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HNR021 - PARDON MOI

Berlin based Pardon Moi, consisting of James Brook and Thomas Freudenthal, makes music that would fit perfect as a soundtrack for a ride in a Ferrari GTO convertible, or on a transatlantic flight on a Concorde. Unfortunately, vintage Ferraris are ridiculously expensive and Concords are taken out of flight but still the music creates an air of luxury and decadence for you to fill your lungs and air with. This 7” release on Höga Nord Rekords is the first on the label but the duo have released material on Nein Records and Vocoder Electro. Pardon Moi’s sound is warm, creative, uplifting and retro thanks to the use of analogue synthesisers. These take on a big role on both tracks, Power To The People/Touch 2 Much. Electro, synth pop, and electronic disco has influenced the duo’s sound on this 7”. The musical direction is toward the future ,to a utopia built on a world where the 90s never happened. This is retro futuristic dance music, but the music don’t stop with being only nostalgic but holds qualities that would make any actor within any scene of modern electronic dance music envy. Listen to the sound of a million bucks never spend. Save your money and travel cheap yet classy with Höga Nord Rekords and Pardon Moi!

TIMOTHY J. FAIRPLAY - MINDFIGHTER EP

Timothy J. Fairplay is revisiting Höga Nord Rekords to release the 12” EP Mindfighter: photosensitive electronic music from one of the pillars of the modern meaningful dance music scene. Together with Scott Frasier, T.J.F. is running the record label “Crimes Of The Future” and he is also known as one half of The Asphodells together with Andrew Weatherall. This is his second release on Höga Nord Rekords and his first EP on the label. The feeling of full control characterizes every second of Mindfighter. As usual, T.J.F picks up influences from everywhere; House, techno, electro, kraut rock and psychedelia forms the sound of this release and creates a unique sound. Drips of discrete and contrasting nuances colours the monotonous and hypnotic groove and creates the effect of double exposition, like in the track Jennifer Has Some Strange Ideas that develops in to a love affair between Hi fi and Lo fi. The build-ups are exquisitely balanced and compassionate and in Nightmare City the melodies resounds from some horror movie soundtrack by John Carpenter or Fabio Frizzi. The title of this EP comes from a cult computer game from the eighties. The game is about a boy with supernatural psychic abilities who wakes up in a post nuclear war Southampton, in an England run by right wing extremists. A theme not impossible to put in present time. Mindfighter shows once again that Timothy J. Fairplay is on to something different. The craftsmanship is undoubted on this trip into a dystopic Europe, in a not so distant future.

HNR020 - ULTRA SATAN

The systems that maintain the total spreading and keeps the western civilisation enslaved under the foot of capitalism are destroyed. The analogue reality reaches you unfiltered and seven billion screens show white noise. The fax network is the only thing working… Höga Nord Rekords proudly present Ultra Satan! A body that have lent blood from other acts on the label, such as SPR, Tentakel, Fontän and Uran GBG, are releasing their first 7”. Ultra Satan displays with the two tracks USA and USB, an almost unprecedented unrestrained creative force, stemmed from the ambition to destroy and rebuild. Rebuild something free and unexplored. Ultra Satan works with the concept of “More is More” and with that principal they capture the Zeitgeist of over consumption, global warming and skew resource allocation. The music presents one part of the whole ambition of this group, and is the strongest sounding source right now. But the more long going plans of this collective, band or whatever you want to call it, is by secret networks to connect all the freaks who also sense that the end of the world as we know it will come to an end sooner than later. Ultra Satan is ahead musically, philosophically, politically and spiritually. Join the gathering!

FONTÄN - FONTÄN

There are many ways for a band or an artist to compile an album: some make it in a week and some let the process go on longer. The latter approach does often mean that that the record will not be better than had it been recorded and mixed within a short amount of time, rather the contrary. However, there are those albums that just could not be made within in a week or a month, those compilation of songs that needed the time to melt together to form an album. Fontäns third album titled “Fontän”, released on Höga Nord Rekords is that kind of an album. Put the opening track “Mangsebung” on, then stay with the record until the closer “Shadows” rings out and you will go clear, sharp, and mildly messed up by the listening experience because this is an extremely well directed trip in mind-altering music! This album needed time to reach such heights. The width of range in influences has become somewhat of a trademark for Fontän. Magma, Pink Floyd, Bhutanese and Nordic folk music, Manuel Göttsching and Ashra, Robert Fripp and King Crimson, Steve Reich, Philip Glass, Talking Heads, DJ Shadow, Brian Eno, Boards of Canada, are some of the music that has made a mark on the psychedelic duo. One of the main differences though between Fontän and other bands with a similar setup of names to drop is that many cannot transform those musical traditions into timeless and boundless songs like those in Fontäns catalogue. With Johan Melin’s and Jesper Jarold’s love for music and non-sentimental creative approach, this album proves that the band never gets hung up on trying to sound like the past masters, but to develop what they once started. 2017 will be the year when Fontän once again challenges the framework for genre bending music. “Fontän” captures the inspired and unafraid feeling from their releases in 2016 but is managed and even more refined on this album. This is Fontäns evolution.

HIGH BOYS - WORLD DUMBINATION EP

Who's the captain of the ship? Who's eyes hide behind the surveillance cam? Who steers your steps out in in the industrial outback? High Boys, who are The Idealist (Joackim Nordwall) and Dungeon Acid (Jean-Louis Huhta), won’t let you be in control of the listening experience; by using steel clad beats they’ll hold you in to a state of submission. Their music is created to be hard and direct – the few, thoroughly chosen sounds that build the construction that is High Boys’ sound, builds the conditions for each other. Exactly everything in the “World Dumbination-EP”, released on 12” vinyl and in digital form on Höga Nord Rekords, is as important to the full sound. High Boys is analogue music for a digital generation. The analogue approach is heard partly in the very sounds on these four tracks, partly in how stripped down the music is; there are but a few elements that are in play but those elements are exquisite in both how they are tuned and how they are placed to corporate with each other. This record is not for you if you are not ready to leave a bit of your integrity in the hands of Huhta and Nordwall. The reward waits for those who see the value in letting two professionals in the art of dance music write the design for you. All you need to do is to let the power of this music pound your head numb. High Boys is control. High Boys is hypnosis. High Boys is strict techno.

AL LOVER MEETS CAIRO LIBERATION FRONT - NYMPHAEA CAERULEA EP

San Francisco based producer Al Lover’s list of collaborations contain names like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Goat and White Fence, and he has remixed bands like The Night Beats and Thee Oh Sees. Except from producing mind-altering music, Al Lover is also the official DJ of Levitation and tours Europe extensively. Al Lover’s double album release “Zodiak versions” on Höga Nord Rekords (2015) opened up for a beautiful cooperation between the label and the artist and now the two parts are taking it to the next level with the release of The Nymphaea Caerulea EP. On this picture disc EP, a third player flavors the music and that is Cairo Liberation Front (CLF). Residing in Tilburg this collective represents the future of European club music lends equally from House, punk and psychedelia, filtered through generations of hedonistic groove. The six tracks on this picture disc EP holds the essence of what psychedelic dance music is about – escapism. Where to escape? Well, due their sound, CLF could just as well be from where their name implies because this record oozes more of northern Africa than of northern Europe. It puts the listener outside of time somewhere on the banks of the Nile, just before dawn. The combination of Al Lover’s use of samples, drum machines, live instrumentation and analog synthesizers, clashes beautifully with the fierce energy of the CLF’s sound of cracked software, American hip-hop, Euro house and Arabic rhythms. This is the score to the next Arabic spring.

HNR019 - JAMIE PATON

Jamie Paton, one half of the duo Cage and Aviary has in interviews expressed his thoughts about if “Slouchy techno” can be viewed as an own genre. The answer lies in this 7” – “Telefuture / Blind Summit” - released on Höga Nord Rekords, on which the label above is highly appropriate to sum up the sound. The tracks contain elements from the your techno favorites dating three decades back, but the tempo and the production creates a slouchy (in the words most positive sense) feeling clearly influenced by the slow motion house of Cage and Aviary. Paton’s relationship with nature comes through on both sides of this single. For example, you hear it in the space-echo effects of “Blind Summit”, which places you in the natural echo chamber of a grove and like the trees surrounding you shifts in colors through the seasons, so does the music where a certain figure recurs to mark the transition from one part to the next. “Telefuture / Blind Summit” holds depth; Paton has dug down to the sediments created by alternative club music from where he picks samples to be examined in the fluorescent light in his laboratory. The music can be described as some sort of chemical reaction; the songs are characterized by the creator’s curiosity in how isolated, deep lying elements react with the leftovers in his test tubes. Some parts blend and those mixes gets refined to create the beauty of Jamie Patons music.

MYTHOLOGEN - S/T

Alexander Palmestål was fifty procent of the electro duo Pistol Disco – a band that during the 00’s bustled around in the music scene of Gothenburg and became known for having a certain sound and for their unpredictable and often magical live shows. The later incarnation of the band took a step away from the German 70’s influences to move towards a more club friendly universe. In 2015 the band released the 7” ”Goo/Pool” on Höga Nord Rekords which was their last release and now Palmestål, under the name Mythologen, make a release on Höga Nord Rekords. Mythologen continues building on the foundations that Pistol Disco and Palmestål’s other band Iberia was made upon. The songs on this album named “Mythologen” is the perfect combination of the fragility and melancholy of Iberia and Pistol Disco’s monotony and drive. Underneath layers of dreamy, free floating synthesizers and restrained yet steady drumbeats lies muffled melodies waiting for the air to be let in. And then, all of a sudden the clouds disappear and the sunlight is beaming down over the music, like on the closing track “Brighter Summer Day”. In other songs on the album the darkness is more present, embodied by polyrhythmic tribal drums giving the music weight and suggestion. “Mythologen” is the soundtrack for recovering from a depression. The album seduces the whole spectrum of your moodswings, eliminates your ego and moves your focus from the past to the future.

HNR018 - FATMA

Second only to the JFK-murder, the investigation of the assassination of Swedish prime minister Olof Palme in 1986 is the largest unsolved murder investigation in history. And like there’s numerous of theories surrounding the assassination of John F. Kennedy so is also the case concerning the assassination of Olof Palme: “The PKK trace”, “The police trace”, The military league” are amongst many other explanation models, the headlines of the most popular conspiracy theories connected with this huge murder investigation. In Februari 2016, exactly 30 years after the shots on Sveagatan in Stockholm, F.A.T.M.A. laid the finishing touch on the two tracks “Cirklar” and “Dirty Beat” which Höga Nord Rekords now releases on 7” record. The genre can be labelled “conspiracy funk”, where the underlying message is thoroughly masked with a beat that only true professionals on funk, elektro and dub can mobilize. When the bass drops on “Dirty Beat” it is clear that the search for best dance track in 2016 is over! The musicians behind F.A.T.M.A. are no rookies but they keep an anonymous approach: the secrecy surrounding the band fits well with the suggestion of their music and the secret agent/spy aura that encircles their sound. As undercover as SÄPO-agents in a 1987 SAAB 9000 creeping up and down the streets of late eighties Stockholm, F.A.T.M.A. works their way forward in drawing the map over the confusing Palme investigation, and also over how nerve bending dance music should sound like. Yeah baby…

VOX LOW - LOVING HELL EP

In this age of pre-set play lists and total sharing of music, you more or less get served what you expect to hear. Your musical preferences are predictable and you – with little or no effort - get access to music that suits your self-image perfectly and places you in a safe zone. But what if these babysitting services went on vacation and you’re suddenly left alone in the post-industrial outback? Where do you start looking? At first listen you might feel that the songs on “Loving Hell” by Vox Low, released on Höga Nord Rekords, might not suit your needs in such a cold, harsh existence. But that’s where you’re wrong. Vox low’s sound might first appear frightening and cold to you but the tracks on this EP most of all carries with them depth, energy and persistence: the perfect soundtrack to reboot your system to and to get you going straight forward without looking back. This is music for the aftermath of a cathartic experience, music that generates a propulsion that makes you wanna walk on that road forever, music to help you rediscover what punk, rock and electronica really should be about – gut feeling.

DARK STRANDS - THE LAST RIDE EP

No wools, no blerts. Jus’ smoov style. We are talking about scouserin´ and swervin’. And Leeds finest Antony Beardsley in perticular. A lone gunman producing analogue, slow paced dance music influenced by pioneers like Andrew Weatherall, Richard D. James and Danny Wolfers. Sometimes all you need is some service. And that’s exactly what Höga Nord will give you with this four track EP by the name The Last Ride’. Opening title track sounds like Mr Kowalski, top dressed’ in a white track suit, speeding away for the vanishing point. The Last Ride would be the soundtrack of choice for Mr. Kowalskis Requiem for the American Dream. The organic baselines seduces you like the bright side of the illusion of that sleazy dream. A-sides second track ’We Own The Night’ will chug you all nite long. And B-sides ’Black Dog’ will make your mornings velvet with evil heat. Straight acid approach. Magic Feet Recordings, Stripped Off and Clouded Vision Records has already released him. But in Gothenburg we stay Höga and only settles for the best. We mentioned service earlier. We are also a crew. And this time we’re really doing you. All night long. Some darker morning when we’re straight - lets open up... We do dat doe dont we doe. Friendly, witty, welcoming and all. But it isn't called dirty for no reason. All love, charm and bifter - get lifted!

HÖGA NORD WEAR

“The greedy man is running out of space, while we run in outer space.” In a world where fair, sustainable production and high quality seems to be philosophical aspirations rather than reality, we decided to take matters into our own hands. The result? -HÖGA NORD WEAR. We bring you the highest quality goods. Produced by people we know. Fair and simple. HÖGA NORD WEAR leaves mass-produced merch behind and focuses on small batch releases of all-original-design clothing. We bring the same attention to detail in creating every single piece of cloth as we do in our record production. Colors, graphics and silhouette are paramount in bringing the HÖGA-NORD-style to life. This is what the revolution looks like. Remember; fashion is for people that don’t have style

SPR! - MENTAL HEALTH

Stuck in this acid, you will rust. Autumntime 2016. The world is off its tits and its getting harder to laugh about it baby. So let’s talk about Mental Health. By a coincidence that’s the name of the debut LP of Gothenburg-based duo SPR!. Albert Sjöstam and Christoffer Fransson are behind the seven tracks that will force you to some ass and mental bending. Höga Nord gladly supports that type of activities and delivers 300 copies of pure white vinyl. Opening track Cha cha cha goes in like russians on a tour de france frenzy. The album continues with Second hand smoke - pure hypnotic chaotic anarchoi kraut. Beautiful and toned down Turn your illness into a weapon will mellow your mind to (un)comfortable numbness. Closing track Dope Rider aims deep down for the underground. Proper music to go mental to while studying health with your brain is one way to sum it up. Good music another one. Regardless: Stay safe. Hate will eat you whole even tough you might fail when you must sail. Stay Höga!

HNR017 - TENTAKEL

Gothenburgs most manic drummer Pontus Torstensson (URAN, The Exorcist GBG) has created a one man army. Its name? Tentakel. And yä. It´s just simple common sense. The project has already got a rep for the live shows. Now it´s finally here in physical form in the shape of 300 seven inches lazed with drums and synthesizers. Rythmn and the dubby blues. Techno, Dub, Kraut - you can hear it all in the dark moods. Cosmic kraut-techno with some ambient" is Pontus own words for it. A-side Impulse sounds like a nightly search of a Italian party in a haunted and swinging mansion. While driving in a porsche nine two eight. B-side Inversion balancing itchy nerves with cosmic atmospheres. Don´t sleep cause it will hit hard!

FONTÄN - POLAR STAR EP

The civilisation has brought a lot of good stuff to the table, for example, video phones, metal detectors and the Honda Goldwing. But on our way to modernisation, some things got sacrificed on the altar of technology and the urbanisation and industrialisation caused a distortion in the human reception of nature. Ancient musical traditions, which had been part of mankind's development of the fine arts got lost in the noise from factories and growing cities. But. There. Right beneath the low frequent humming which lies as a background for the modern mans everyday life and works as a limit between us and nature, rests an elemental force from the collected art expression of lost times, waiting for a sensitive mind to find the frequency, pick up the transmission, decode the message and use it to create beautiful art. That the echoes from the past has reached Fontän is the answer to why the sound on the ”Polar star”-EP, released on Höga Nord Rekords, is timeless and without restrains. Their expression on this release traces back to their earlier works and the tracks on this EP which is their second Höga Nord Rekords release, they mix the future and the past in typical Fontän fashion. The first notes on the opening track ”Polar star” could have been taken from a playful Pink Floyd session circa 1969 and music then develops into exactly what you should expect from Swedens number one neo-psych band; polyrhythmic patterns á’la Philip Glass executed with confident guitars, break beat disco drums plus organ and song harmonies so sacred that they could wake Jack Nitzsche from the dead. The record continues with ”Machines” where the nordic melancholy goes on a world tour through the stratosphere, with stopovers in California, Bohuslän and mountains of Bhutan. The trip then takes off for the outer orbit! ”Sen sen, no sen” is a term used in Karate and it means that you hold the ability to foresee the opponents strike and strike her/him with that same blow in beforehand. This action takes your full concentration and you must be capable to disconnect from the world surrounding you and be in the moment. Let the needle flow over the closing track ”Sen sen, no sen” and feel the music fulfil you with confidence and soul and strengthen your spirit to the level that you can foresee anything fearful, and thus beat the living crap out of whatever in your presence that might haunt you. Fontän has poured hundreds of generations’ musical expressions in their filter of Swedish west coast psychedelia to let three tracks drop down on your turntable. The band feel no fear to break musical conventions, but yet they pay true homage to their predecessors.

HNR016 - MINAMI DEUTSCH

Sunrise, Sunset, Wherever. And who are ya!? We are Höga Nord Rekords and we’re busy keepin on. This time with a fresh 7" release from Minami Deutsch. Pure kraut live and direct from Tokyo. The quartet released their debut during 2015 on Cardinal Fuzz (UK) and Guru Guru Brain in Japan. Of course you can hear their love for kraut-rock legends such as Can and Neu! But more interesting is the bands members definition of themselves as repetition freaks. A-Side New Pastoral Life sounds like a repetitive mystic chant that wants to communicate with Klaus Dinger on a ouija board in a distant and deep forrest. B-side Tunnel offers a straight forward monokrautriot. Kyotara Miula (guitar, vocals, synthesizer), Taku Rauschenberg (guitar), Keita Ise (bass) and Hikari Sakashita (drums) surely comes from the same strain as Bo Ningen, Cybele no Nichiyobi and Kikagaku Moyo. Act like you kno’!

PETE BASSMAN - LOST IN SPACE

Ladies and gentlemen, we are no longer floating in space…we are lost in it. Pete Bain aka Pete Bassman, pioneer and the true bassist from Spacemen 3, The Darkside (Beggars Banquet) and Alpha Stone (BOMP!) revisits Höga Nord. Last time we heard from the legendary Rugby resident he came with ten minutes of pure acid-folk straight outta Drugby. (On now sold out HNR005 7" Small Town Illusion/Poison Butterfly). Now he’s back with hist first solo album, Lost in Space. Opening track Music For Modern Living sets the tone: psychedelic, electronic and atmospheric. Tracks Sweet and Echo Lane will make you braindance - off piste style! Haunting, dark and beautiful track Scar sounds like stalking aliens lurking from a distance. Searching for ideal human guinea pigs. Ambient music to get abducted and spaced out to!

TROSS - THE WALRUS EP

“Since the birth of the band in 2007, Tross has carefully handled and developed the cosmic heritage. Today, in 2016, with the release of “The Walrus – EP” on Höga Nord Rekords they continue to cultivate the gems of the further out regions of far out music from the past five decades back. The trip that will take you to the psychedelic Arctic takes off in an open and airy landscape with the Ashra inspired “Time leaves us”. On the second track “Gagarin”, Tross cuts the waves deeper and dives into a Patrik Vian inspired submarine landscape. The B-side has a louder and messier feel to it and the melodies rest upon a roundhouse swinging beat. Your’e being dropped down between two ferocious sailors beating it out on the docks! Tross is alive in the icescapes of the far north - the tusks of the walrus digs deep and won’t let you go.”

HNR015 - TIMOTHY J. FAIRPLAY

Höga Nord Rekords proudly announces our collaboration with one of our favourite UK producers: Timothy J Fairplay. He is perhaps best known for his work with Andrew Weatherall. Originally operating as Weatherall´s engineer the pair went on to form The Asphodells. Fairplay is also a DJ and producer with solo records on Bird Scarer, Emotional Response, Astro Lab and more. Together with Scott Fraser he runs the adorable label Crimes of the Future. On this 7" he delivers a jacking and chugging A-side named The Cat Prowls Again. Sustained (and prowling) freak-outs guaranteed. B-side A Strange Servant is a bit more laid-back. But lovely cold and dark. Slow-motion psychedelic dance music for forward thinking freaks!

VED - OMIKRON

Lets take a trip to the dirty south of Sweden. Malmö to be more specific. It´s time to get down with VED. The band started as a solo-project by Mattias Nihlén taking inspiration from filmmusic, progressive rock, early electronic music and folkmusic. From there VED has developed into a rhythmic machinery. Surf-rock, horror movie soundtracks and found cassettes are some of the ingredients you will hear on their latest LP. Omikron is the name of the record. And yup. Höga Nord is the label that publishes it. And hopefully will be damned for it. First track Looney Tubas samples sounds from the Looney tunes propaganda cartoon Tokio Jokio from 1943. Angel dusty funk is one way to describe it. Walking on stilts to look bigger is another. That vibe follows through the rest of the album. Title track Omikron contains sounds of neurons being fired in an anesthetizised cat´s brain in an experiment conducted by the Swedish neurophysiologist Torsten Wiesel. Univerb combines a slow and nervy bassline with sounds from a police video of a sports car formerly owned by the Swedish king, Carl Gustaf, being chased by police in Malmö. Closing track Neo geo contains a field recording of a man selling Orbit chewing gum in the streets of Dushanbe, Tajikistan. All good. Yeah its spooky. Mhmmm, its loco. Above all its sensual non-verbal communication. That will make you wanna reproduce…stuff. Strictly Looney tunes!

HNR014 - THE BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE

It’s time for some necessary evil activities. Messy but clean. So we contacted The Brian Jonestown Massacre. The band formed in San Fransisco in 1988. Anton Newcombe is the leader. Their output spans psych, folk, shoegaze, kraut, kosmiche etcetera. Höga Nord proudly releases: La Facon Don't La Machine Vers I´Arrière 7". A-side offers organic beats with a vibe that would make General Curts heart of darkness darker. And more sexual. But hey. Relax. It’s only a cowbell slaughter. B-side takes us on a remixed space odyssey. Behind the bars of that mellow rocket launching we find Al Lover - San Fransiscos own DJ Shadow. Chunky funky. Say yippie. And dig Deeper… Limited to 500 copies with hand printed labelbags.

FONTÄN - BABYLON EP

The Wintherwila. 
It lasted six years, six months, and one day. 
And we thought that we would never ever have one again. 
But hey. 
Fontän, consisting of Jesper Jarold and Johan Molin, returns the 28 of january 2016. And Höga Nord is bout it when it comes to stylish resurrection. And this Gothenburg based duo deserves excessive awe and reverence. Especially with this comeback: A three track picture disc EP. They have slipped directly inside our house. And if the first title track Babylon is wrong - we don´t want to be right. The closing tune Bardo is pure bliss with a bass line that would make Buddha twerk. But underneath the perfection and smoov melodies lies a sense of subtle disturbance... For the prepared and appropriately trained individuals the Bardo offers a opportunity for liberation. The transcendental insight may arise with the direct experience of reality. For others it can become a place of danger. The karmically created hallucinations can impel one into a less than desirable rebirth. Barbarism begins at home! Enjoy the Earth!

HÖGA NORD REKORDS SINGLES CLUB

Kick start yer hearts and the new year with our subscription based vinyl club. Strictly limited to 50 members. Here's the deal: During 2016 we will release five 7". All of them will be sent directly to your home two weeks before the official release date - sharply dressed in members only sleeves. On top of that you'll get an exclusive singles club patch. Liquorice allsorts - only for the chosen few Bertie Bastards out there. Automatic satisfaction! Sign up now at shop.hoganord.com

URAN - PUSTERVIK

Höga Nord celebrates three years of existence the 26th of december@Pustervik, Gothenburg. The legendary space punks Uran GBG will preform live. Top selectors Elena Wolay and Robert Leiner will spin records and Youth Pictures will do the visuals. The Effect Will Last Forever!

HNRBOX001 - REPENT YE' AND PRAISE THE GOSPEL - HÖGA NORD SINGLES COLLECTION VOL.1

It began in Gothenburg! Three years of lovely thrills, chills and acid aches has passed for Höga Nord Rekords. A better reason then any to keep the partey going. If it makes you feel good then we say do it. And we like it smart and sharp. For our third year anniversary we´ve collabed with the professionals at Norrmalms Kartongfabrik. It ended up with 30 handmade and numbered boxes: Repent Ye´, And Praise the Gospel - Höga Nord Rekords Single Collection Vol.1. It includes our first ten 7" releases. it also comes with a booklet containing each singles artwork. The records comes in hand stamped disco sleeves. 20 tunes in total. Day of release: December the 7th. Jesus Christ died for nothing - but lets praise the Gospel and suck the box!

AL LOVER - ZODIAK VERSIONS

San Francisco-based producer Al Lover has spent the last several years evolving a unique approach to psychedelic music by way of exploring the common threads within it’s various genres. His newest effort, ‘Zodiak Versions,’ sees Al exploring what he views as two musical styles that have defined modern underground music culture, Jamaican Dub Reggae and the German experimental “Krautrock” from the 1970’s. The main point of interest is how these genres were translated through the lens of Post Punk, Hip Hop and Post Disco Electronica to create what we see now as contemporary ‘Indie’ music. The birthplace of Zodiak Versions is literally the long stretches of highway in mainland Europe, mainly in a tour van filled with the smell of Moroccan hash and tobacco smoke (not to mention the potent human funk only an extensive European tour can produce). Sketching out repetitive dub baselines and leads using only the keyboard of his laptop as a musical device, Al formulated the basic structures of the what would become these versions. Reminded of what artists like Kraftwerk and Neu! attempted to portray with the driving motion with their motorik beats and expansive washes of analog synthesis, Lover felt compelled to write music directly within the environment that had once inspired the original ‘Krautrock’ sound. Once back in the states Al teamed up with good friends Burnt Ones in LA to add some touches of guitar and synth drone to the sketched out songs. At this time he was further introduced to the some of the lesser known efforts of Kraut pioneers that would later influence the rise of Ambient music. Returning home completely inspired, he added even more layers of analog Moog synthesizer, tribal percussion, and vintage rhythm box drum sounds before sequencing and mixing all the elements through a vintage Roland RE-201 Space Echo. The end result is is what you have here in Zodiak Versions. With his last few projects, Al Lover has been bouncing back and forth between a more sample based remix approach and actual synthesized music composition. You can hear elements of his earlier works - Distorted Reverberations (of Reverberating Distortion), Vodun Moon, Goat Remixes, Sacred Drugs, Cave Ritual (& Redux) - in Zodiak Versions, but the music is heading in a more textured, droned out direction. An experiment in maximized minimalism. Subtlety and nuance hidden within an intense wall of sound, as if the psychedelic aspects of everything that influenced the record have been extracted and reconfigured to produce the sonic dub version of a bad trip.

LABELNIGHT 009 - FOLK

The last Höga Nord labelnight for 2015 will be held at Folk, Gothenburg the 21th of November. Ved and Tross will preform live. These two great acts will get a nice cosmic wrap up by gothenburgs finest selector; Mr. Sebastian Løken (Tractor Beam, Silk Road) and Youth pictures will deliver a heady soup af eyecandies. Keep it pure, Keep it ape!

LABELNIGHT 008 - FOLK

Höga Nord Rekords will host a new label night at Folk, Gothenburg the 31th of October. Paper and Osynlige mann will play live. These two great acts will get a nice cosmic wrap up by the top electro selector; Mr. Lucas Eargoggle (Bunker den Haag, Stilleben). The video artist Nils Esping and William Hedegärd will take care of the visuals. Trip or treat! https://www.facebook.com/events/482027635291650/

HNR013 - PISTOL DISCO

Höga Nord Rekords first release was Pistol Disco. That was, of course, no coincidence. This time the armed disco-duo (Berlin-based producer Alexander Palmestål (Iberia, Myth) and Gothenburg-based Mikael Enqvist) returns with a tropical and quite chilled out seven inch-revenge. First track Goo will manipulate you like a Hare Krishna recruitee would - if he or she had groove and swagger. B-side Pool has an organic baseline combined with a dreamlike landscape that will drag you up to a place where KLF:s golden era echoes inside yer head like an appealing Conny PlankOCD!

HNRLP004 - THE EXORCIST GBG

Pure DDR-groove! The Exorcist is a gothenburg-based trio consisting of Osynlige Mann, Pontus and Petrus - members from bands as Uran, Tentakel and Sork. Höga Nord invites you to their soundscape with their full length debut album The Exorcist GBG: Everyone could be an informant. The cold war is alive. Dark Cabaret. Spythememode. David Lynchelectro. Italian horror. Easily put - This is kinky organic acid for all of you looking for a exit - but know you have to stay.

LABELNIGHT 007 - FOLK

Höga Nord Rekords will host a new label night at Folk, Gothenburg the 19th of September. The Exorcist GBG and Motormännen will play live. These two great acts will get a nice cosmic wrap up by the UK legendary top selector; Mr. Andy Votel (Finders Keeper, Twisted Nerve). The video artist Nils Esping and William Hedegärd will take care of the visuals. Come join the psychedelic disco trip! https://www.facebook.com/events/1679638365598756/

THE EXORCIST GBG - RICHE

Höga Nord and The Exorcist GBG are doing a party the 16th of September at Riche, Stockholm to celebrate their debut album. The Exorcist GBG will preform live and Höga Nord crew will spin vinyls. All this to satisfy you! GOOD CLEAN FUN! https://www.facebook.com/events/1536957083191722/

HIGAMOS HOGAMOS - SPACEROCKS EP

Hi kids! Stop hang your heads low! Sure the northern blackness - that got us by our genitals for most of the year - is a reasonable reason. But tone down your despair. Focus on the, soon to come, bright confusion. Sure. Höga Nord is for the children. And good fun in the sun. But most of all we’re about dropping tunes that will fuck brains, legs and ears as clinically good as a treatment from an over experienced masseur. Höga Nord Rekords give you Higamos Hogamos on a four track instrumental EP. This is something of a solo effort for Higamos Hogamos’s Steve Webster - but in good assisting company by friends and viciously fonky machinery. One common denominator for the EPs four tunes is an attempt to say fuck off to overkilled editing and instead indulging in the dynamics and tensions that steams from mistakes and magic created live. All with the intention to squeeze our sweetest and most sensitive nerves in waiting for the mothership to take us all upwards 45 deegrees. Johari Window features the fine fretwork of original Higamos guitarist Toby Jenkins as well as Stipo Androvic on funk bass duties and Chris Hodges holding the groove together solid on drums. What might not be as apparent is the audio signal from the guitar being filtered into Steve´s mouth through a hosepipe to make a ghetto talk box (Don’t ask, just listen and freak out!) N.Y. List was the product of Higamos guitarist Andrew Robertson spontaneously finding a fuzz box and a backing track waiting, ready for some first take inspiration. For "Sorcery" and "Purest Space" it’s time to give the human masses a rest and jam your momsys arse to mars! To sum it up: Big fuck off spacediscorock, with elements of kraut, funk and hedonistic vibes to drag us all lost in dark and bright confusion!

HÖGA NORD 012 - PAPER

Oh baby we like it raw: With this 7" Höga Nord gives you a coldwavey hard pop-uppercut! Paper is a trio featuring Calle Olsson from The Bear Quartet and Paddington DC along with members of Audionom and Pig Eyes. Punk-kraut is one way to describe their music. But as you'll notice on A-side Come on - there are well arranged melodies, desperation of monotony and echoes of synth in their mix too. B-side We hold you responsible is two minutes of distilled hardcore frustration. And uhm...What else…You'll learn that life is lovely too!

HÖGA NORD 011 - OSYNLIGE MANN

Fixfixfix. Upupup. Höga Nord notches up that ocdmode again: Fixin' up. Sounding, looking...Sharper! Let's stomp things forward together with this wide-hole 7-inch vinyl single. Behind the alias Osynlige Mann you'll find Timo Lundgren - one of the architects behind Gothenburgs legendary band URAN. This superb ruffneck selection of Osynlige Manns material lurks off with timeless style. A-side Snake Eye takes us on a pleasantly spooky journey: Moody and dark. With a fresh beat and a haunting Carpentervibe. B-side Electrodes…the title speaks for it self. Nervebending energy. You won't be able to escape the electrodes. A bangin' tune reaching for the highest high. Music for people chasing the climax of the night!

FLOWERS MUST DIE - MONTANA/NUSRAT

Höga Nord hereby gladly announces the release of a 12" Picture Disc EP with swedish band Flowers Must Die. With a name inspired by Ash Ra Temple’s greatest masterpiece you know that FMD knows their space rock history. Inspired by bands and artists such as Bobby Hutcherson, Angelic Upstarts, Skip James, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Blue Öyster Cult and Oscar Sulley & The Uhuru Dance Band they have proven themselves both on records and on live shows. Their gig at swedish festival Psykjunta in 2013 are already a classic among freakoutheads. Their music has been described as Doom Jazz and Oriental Hard Rock. Höga Nord prefers to simply call it good music. Stomp out the jams to A-side Nusrat and kick back to B-side Montana. Or vice versa. There surely is a riot going on. So remember that it's not all good in the hood motherfonkers!

ROBERT LEINER - MELOMANIA

BOOOM! This is a big one! Swedens finest electronic wizard Robert Leiner are back. With a eight track LP - Melomania. Since the early 90´s Robert Leiner has been a highly respected part of the global electronic music scene. Ambient, techno, electro, acid, house, kraut - whatever. The fact that Robert never confined himself to a single genre suits Höga Nord more than well. This time he brought some friends: The Source Experience band. First track Dromomania sounds like Daft Punk would - if they were relevant. The monotonous machinery is just as efficiantly mechanic as the slow liquidation of human labour at Volvo and other big companies within the car industry. Second track Drive makes us think of an unwillingly beautiful and violent tramaccident. Chaotic supreme confidence is what follows through the album. Pure organic uncompromising energy. It´s time to get down to the source for some excperience!

HÖGA NORD FEST 2015

A warm welcome to this year's edition of the Höga Nord Fest. The party will be held the 23th of May at Folk in Gothenburg, Sweden. Dungeon Acid, Kriget and Robert Leiner will perform live. Erik Nordin, Gustav Bendt and Höga Nord will spin records and Is This It will do the visuals. Raw and primitive machine funk all night long!

LES BIG BYRD - LIQUID SKY EP

The Byrds are back! With pure liquid for all the freaks on the inside longing for the outside. Höga Nord are more than happy to deliver their latest EP Liquid Sky on a picture disc 12". The album was recorded during the winter 2014 according to band member Joakim Åhlund. That might explain the subtle dark nerve in the music and lyrics. Mellow, mature music for fresh motherlovers as usual: Opening track The Summer Ends Tonight takes off like a melancholic third eye opener. Title track Liquid Sky sounds like a loving hug when you really need it. When the Roundhouse Blues kicks in it´s time to play hide and seek with our minds. And then. Um. Well. Just remember to enjoy the summer before the night it ends. Steady psychin´! The record will be available in our webshop and in all good record stores around the world the 13th of may!

LABELNIGHT 006 - PUSTERVIK

Höga Nord Rekords will host a new label night at Pustervik, Gothenburg the 13th of May. No Science and Töcken will play live. These two great acts will get a nice cosmic wrap up by the top selectors; Simon Ohlsson (Silverbullit) and Jesper Jarold (Fontän and of course yours truly. The video artist Nils Esping and William Hedegärd will take care of the visuals. Come join the psychedelic head fuck!

LABELNIGHT 005 - PUSTERVIK

Höga Nord Rekords will host a new label night at Pustervik, Gothenborg the 10 th of April. Hills and Flowers Must Die will play live. These two great acts will get a nice cosmic wrap up by the top selectors; Sebastian Loken and Grindmaster Flesh and Is This It will take care of the visuals. Come join the psychedelic fiesta because the summer time here kitties and is time to take a trip!

KRIGET - RICHE

Höga Nord and Kriget are doing a party the 18th of March at Riche, Stockholm to celebrate the Höga Nord 010 - Kriget. Kriget will preform live and Höga Nord crew will spin vinyls. All this to satisfy you! GOOD CLEAN FUN!

HÖGA NORD 010 - KRIGET

Drums, bass, saxophone. Three main ingrediences for the three members in Kriget. In this gorgeous 7" they´ve added mad nice electronics. It´s krauty, spacey, free jazzy etcetera, so forth, blah blah blah. Lets settle at free music for free people. A-side Din Cons bass seduces you so subtle that you hardly notice that you´re about to take off for a ride that you can´t fight. Only feel. When you think you´ve landed safe and sound its time for side B: Sama kicks of like a no-nonsense session with a sleazy elektroschaman who wants to hypnotize and program you with so vicious methods that the CIA would be impressed. When the acid kicks in at the end it´s time to breathe slowly and quietly repeat for yourself: Keep calm and remember that being paranoid doesn't mean they aren´t after you. Releasedate 2015-03-15. Pre-orders taken now!

HNRLP002 - URAN

Due to a huge demand and one actual death threat, Höga Nord decided to do a small second pressing of the Uran LP. This modern masterpiece will be available again. 200 copies pressed only! You can pre-order your copy now from the webshop. (The orders will be shipped out the first of march) DON'T SLEEP ON THIS ONE...AND DON`T FORGET TO FORGET THAT NO ONE LOVES URAN!

HÖGA NORD 009 - KRATER

Craters are created in many ways. For example: When two celestial bodies impacting each other, such as a meteorite hitting a planet, by volcanic activity or underground explosions. Anyway. Friction, tension and direct physical confrontation are common denominators behind those, often stunningly beautiful, circular depressions on the surface of a planet or moon. Krater from Gothenburg consists of three dope musicians with their roots in bands like legendary Uran and Neneh Cherry & The Thing. Their fluffy psych-pop sounds like a bastard child that was made during a warmhearted orgy with Jacques Dutronc, Air and The Byrds minutes before a meteorite hits the earth. In a very good and mellow way. To put it simple - babymakingpsychmusic for all the motherlovers out there diggin' in the crates!

LABELNIGHT 004 - PUSTERVIK

Höga Nord celebrates two years of existence the 27th of december@Pustervik, Gothenburg. Robert Leiner & The Source Experience Band and Krater will preform live. Höga Nord crew and Marco Gillingsmark from Levande Begravd will spin records and Patrik Johansson will do the visuals. The Effect Will Last Forever!

HNRLP002 - URAN

For all the fucked up children of this world we give you a nuclear meltdown. This is what you get when you mix Uran with Gothenburg. So let's shut up and dance while continue being chaotically focused on that keep on keepin' on, smashin', grabbin' 'n' kickin' out the jams etcetera… And never learn to forget that no one loves Uran!

HÖGA NORD 008 - DUNGEON ACID

Höga Nord Crew straightens our backs and proudly puts our fists in the air in genuine enthusiasm to be able to release Northern Acid/All-Nighter. Behind the single you'll find Jean-Louis Huhtas project Dungeon Acid. Jean-Louis are also playing with Skull Defekts and has played in legendary bands such as Anti-Cimex, Cortex and Lucky-People Center. As Dungeon Acid you'll hear him behind analogue synthesizers, drum machines and effects. The result are raw and a bit left field grimy. But always with a undeniable groove rooted in punk, techno, electro and acid. Northern Acid creeps upon us with a proper and smart moderation. It's also, a almost frightening perfect, soundtrack for november months in the Nordic climate: grey skies, rain in sideways, dark days and black nights. When the B-side All-Nighters four on the flour-ish beat subtly kicks in it reminds us of the importance of dancing away the night and our tears dressed in our most smart and sharp clothes in dark spaces together with like-minded freaks. Northern acid will touch your soul even if you aint´t got one. Keep the faith, kick out the jams and keep on burnin´!

HÖGA NORD 007 - THE PSYCHEDELIC SCHAFFERSON JETPLANE

When the Psychedelic Shafferson Jetplane released their self titled, analogue recorded, debut 2010 it became painfully obvious that the band are among the key-players on that scene. The record sold out faster then Pinochets fascist heart stopped beating after his attack 2006. And that's just one, among many, reasons to why we at Höga Nord Rekords feel extraordinary proud to release two new psychtunes from TPSJ! A-side takes off with a linear psych-blues vibe until the riffs pleasantly starts to cut and stimulate our eardrums frantically: Membrillo's Ride is the sound of ZZ Top on the run on choppers after a drunken shopliftningbender on the wrong side of town. If you study TPSJ:s debut-cover you can't miss that the band not only loves Hugo Chavez but also Spacemen 3. Suitably the B-side share names with the three british space rockers hometown - Rugby. It's time for a revolution boys and girls. And all it takes is five seconds. And, uh, yeah…we smell burning!

HÖGA NORD 006 - LAMAGAIA

It's obvious that Gothenburgbased Lamagaia are the second generation musicians on the swedish proggscene when the needle starts to read information from the A-side Space Normal Speed. The track will stone yer asses back to your momas wildest moments on Kabul hashisch and red wine. Before the B-side Seebass fades out the fog is so thick that you'll wonder if it was spacey sci-fipsych, Träd, Gräs och Stenarsalutes or a classic haschpsychosis that hit you. Buckle up and stay fresh as Kabul kids!

LABEL NIGHT 003 - RICHE

Höga Nord have the honour to host a labelnight at Riche in Stockholm the 20th of August. Robert Leiner will preform brand new material from his upcoming LP on Höga Nord and Tross will cook a psychedelic three-cours meal for your ears. Both acts will guaranteed take you on a journey to the inner and outer space. Höga Nord Crew will play their favorite vinyls throughout the evening. Tune In, Turn On, Stay Up Forever

TROSS - 16:11

Today is the digital release for Tross debut album 16:11 released on Höga Nord Rekords. You hear influences from the city and the woods, the sea and space – inner and outer. Tross deintellectualizes the jazz whilst taking club music back to its roots. The “kraut machine” is motoring on some tracks, while others are more clearly driven by dreamy melodies than by a monotonous beat. The vinyl release are set to the 27th of Juni. 350 copys pressed, 50 of them on pearlwhite vinyl and only available from the web shop. Pre order your copy now!

HÖGA NORD 005 - PETE BASSMAN

Pete Bain aka "Pete Bassman", the pioneer and the true genius from Spacemen 3, The Darkside & Alphastone releases his new single "Small Town illusion/Poison Butterfly" on Höga Nord Rekords on Record Store Day. 10 minutes of pure acidfolk comin straight outta Drugby. Don't miss out on this baby. Pressed in 300 copys only! Pre-order your copy now in the store.

LABELNIGHT 002 - PUSTERVIK

Höga Nord Rekords will host a new label night at Pustervik, Gothenborg the 20th of April. Pistol Disco will preform live for the last time ever and the psychedelic electronic duo Supra! will do their first preformance of 2014. These two great acts will get a nice cosmic wrap up by Fontän, who will play a Dj-set in three parts and Is This It will take care of the visuals. Höga Nord Crew and Thomas Frank will play records throughout the evening in the lobby. Come join the 420 fiesta because the summer time here kitties and is time to take a trip!

TEATER TRIXTER - TROSS

Come celebrate the release of "On Board/1514" vinyl 7" with us at Teater Trixter, Gothenburg on the 14th of februari. Tross will do a two set gig, Grindmaster Flesh, Thomas Frank, Höga Nord Crew will play goodies from their record collections and Is This It will do the visuals. GOOD CLEAN FUN!

LABELNIGHT 001 - PUSTERVIK

Höga Nord celebrates one year of existence the 26th of december@Pustervik, Gothenburg. Les Big Byrd and Tross will preform live. Robert Leiner and Alexander Palmestål from Pistol Disco will spin records. Is this It will do the visuals. The Effect Will Last Forever!

HÖGA NORD 004 - TROSS

The story of Tross could have ended on a terminal station in the Stockholm subway, at a mail center in Gothenburg or on a island on the swedish westcoast called Tjörn. 2009 was the year when the band members disappeared into a heavy haze. Two years later, when three of the original members re-found each other in a bunker at Odenplan, Stockholm they locked themselves in with the collected works of Neu!, Can and Brain Records. Summarized the loneliness, the infinity, the sea and the space in relentlessly driving melodies and rhythms to set your watch by. If Sun Ra was born on Tjörn he had started Tross, If Klaus Dinger had still been in mortal life, he had played in Tross. Höga Nord will release On Board/1514 on 7" vinyl/download the 26th of december, with follow-up full length album in the beginning of 2014. Tross - a band founded upon the seas in space!

HÖGA NORD 003 - ROBERT LEINER

Höga Nord Rekords pays respect to one of the true swedish pioneers of electronic underground music, Prof. Robert Leiner. 12:33 minutes of analoge machinefunk will hit the streets the 303th day of 2013 on limited 7" vinyl/download only. Tune In, Turn On, Stay Up Forever!

HÖGA NORD 002 - LES BIG BYRD

New 7" vinyl/download from Stockholms finest Les Big Byrd is now released on Höga Nord Rekords. Available at all good record shops and in our webshop. Act fast becauce this baby will be gone within seconds!