Alvia Islandia's Top Five Albums - The Reykjavik Grapevine

Alvia Islandia’s Top Five Albums

Published October 3, 2016

Parker Yamasaki
Main photo by
Nanna Rúnars

She was born in the summer but she loves the winter. This makes perfect sense. Alvia Islandia has a way of exhibiting darkness and lightness not as opposites, but as complements. She’s a total tomboy and rosy-pink pretty girl in one picture perfect package. In June of this year she released the six-track album ‘Bubblegum Bitch’, a little bit trap, a little electronic, a lot rap, and a lot don’t-bother-classifying, it’s Alvia Islandia—just go listen to it.

Alvia’s spent the past year based in Copenhagen, jumping around Europe performing, filming videos, and creating new music. From November on, though, she’ll be back in RVK proper. As if playing Friday night at Airwaves isn’t a good enough homecoming celebration, we wanted to send her some love too by including her top five albums in this issue. Welcome home, lady Islandia.

Tanya & Marlon – ‘Quillock’

This one just has to be named, not just because of how unique and nice it is—it goes deep—but also cuz it has sentimental value to me. This sound connects me to my roots. When I started making music I recorded over dreamy mystical beats from Marlon Pollock. Tanya and Marlon are one of a kind and amazing musicians. one love.

Skrattar – ‘Hellraiser II’

Ow mjaaw, listened to these fuckas all summer while sipping on rosé wine in my garden feeling Sally. Skrattar are like a black hubbabubba bubble. raw stunt <3 i love it.

Killer Sounding Frequencies – ‘KSF’

It has not been released yet but oh my tiny infant jesus! I got a copy and it is the B to my booty on the dance floor. U have to check them out and stay tuned for their upcoming album. Fire!

Björk – ‘Debut’

This album is ! mad creation BZZZ.

Gísli Pálmi – Gísli Pálmi

The game popped onto the next level when this album was released. All the way through—banger beats, mean flow, attitude on lock! BAM!

Also MEOW’s my mind
Shades Of Reykjavík – ‘Shades Of Reykjavík’
Lord Pusswhip – ‘Lord Pusswhip Is Wack’
Bubbi Morthens – ‘Sögur 1980–1990’

Alvia plays Airwaves on Friday November 4 at Húrra, 22:30. In the meantime, check out her Soundcloud.

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