The Bells of Mist – Skatebård

Now this is an interesting fella. Skatebård (real name Bård Aasen Lødemel) is from a small coastal town in Norway called Ørsta. This probably makes him your second favourite Norwegian DJ. He was originally a heavy metal drummer before getting into techno and rave, hip-hop, and latterly Italo disco. Not that these shifts away from heavy metal seem to have impacted his aesthetic.

He has released 3 full-length solo albums, the last of which was CDIII (geddit?). My pick is from that album, and it is called Bells of Mist.

Progressive house music made for the misty mountains. Lovely touch.

If you enjoyed this track, check out Wayward. Also delightfully composed introspective beauties.

Wayward

This UK duo have popped up from under the radar to be one of my favourite producers of 2018. They’ve released a load of beautifully trance-inducing, goosebump-raising electronica. The music sounds like an embrace. Think of them as a bit like Four Tet’s housier/trancier cousins.

This EP on SilverBear has a whole bunch of gems.

Bonus track: I couldn’t help myself. Orissa is simply stunning. It is named after an Eastern state of India, and uses a beautiful chanting sample. I’ll say it again, stunning.

Photo credit: Nathan Greenwood