Anthony Linell (Abdulla Rashim), Evigt Mörker, Stepn‡ak, Filip Xavi, Kaen
April is the month we get to know Northern Electronics up and down and all around. So after having the almighty Varg this Friday, two more champs of the Stockholm-based label are about to visit Drugstore soon.
Northern Electronics label founders are Anthony Linell (Abdulla Rashim) and Varg. Their opposing visions of what a successful label should be like is maybe what made NE so strong.
The cohesive array of depth charged devices that Anthony Linell / Abdulla Rashim has produced is formidable. From his opening statements as Abdulla Rashim on his early label of the same name, right through to his recent work that puts his aliases aside, there is a robust and rigorous intent that compounds the elemental strategies of techno's models to apprehend his singular vision. Presiding over Stockholm's Northern Electronics label with Varg (Jonas Rönnberg), Linell dispenses with mechanisms of attention on all fronts. Marked by an indefatigable self-reliance, the label presents exactly what it means to display, and no more. Carving an idiosyncratic platform for his music is as great of a warning as there could be that Linell's leveraging little toward the benefit of the audience. By his measure, the familiarity and comfort of contemporary techno is stripped back to its rushing heart, the senses left tailgating the strobe in a fit of intuition over decision. The greater this is exposed the colder it gets, and its in these extremes that Linell's caustic rhythmic precision hits. Live, it comes off as a galvanizing strike from the outside; analysing the room as a DJ, it's a case of being pursued through the dark. Purposively ricocheting between the techno world and experimental electronic music, Linell forges a distinct passage that gathers the aesthetically uncompromising motifs and missions from across this spectrum. It's this combination and resolve that's brought Linell to the world's attention, however little that attention has been solicited.
Surrounded by dense forest landscapes and a family with a keen interest in music, Evigt Mörker started making music in 1996. After dabbling in rock and punk bands it was electronic music that changed his perception of music forever. Always searching for sounds with enigmatic and hypnotic qualities an encounter with the thriving Swedish techno scene in the late 90s laid ground for his musical compositions to come. In 2013 he started his eponymous label on which he has released three highly sought after EP’s, and has worked closely with labels such as Northern Electronics and Semantica. His music has been described as having a strong connection with the tradition of Swedish melancholy but never without the sense of salvation lurking in the shadows.