From Iceland — Airwaves Tipsters: Tonik Ensemble

Airwaves Tipsters: Tonik Ensemble

Published October 11, 2016

Anton Kaldal is the man behind Tonik Ensemble: an acclaimed Reykjavík-based producer who’s last LP, ‘Snapshots’, won Reykjavík Grapevine’s album of the year award in 2015. We caught up with him to find out what he’s excited about at Airwaves 2016.

Always curious, always evolving. He has been working hard on a new album this summer, so one can expect hearing some new material in his set this november. I can’t wait!

This band has only one song out in the intertubes—‘Water Plant’—a very impressive offering. Lush synths, nice vocal work and a very strong composition makes aYia a no-brainer.

Ben Frost
I’ve not seen Ben Frost live yet; I managed to miss out on his performance last time he performed in Reykjavik. I could spent many words on his aesthetics and influences, his awesome albums, and his now seven-year-old remix of Gusgus’ ‘Thin Ice’… do yourself a favor and check him out.

Prins Póló
Iceland Airwaves bio says: “Prins Póló brings his old time friend Árni+1 from FM Belfast on stage with him and together they are ready to blow the crowd away!”. I was fortunate enough to see this set this summer, and boy are you in for a treat.

Amnesia Scanner
Information on the Berlin act Amnesia Scanner is somewhat scarce, so consider this a wildcard… but through the years, the most rewarding shows are often the unplanned ones.

Tonik will perform at the Airwords event at Harpa’s Kaldalón theatre on Thursday November 3. Follow him on Facebook, and read our in-depth interview here. Read more Airwaves Tipster articles here.

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