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Listen to the Stubborn Heart Remix of Samaris' 'Góða Tungl' [Best Fit Premiere]

31 May 2013, 11:30 | Written by Paul Bridgewater

We first saw Icelandic trio Samaris two years ago, during our trip to Reykjavik for Iceland Airwaves 2011. The three teenagers were one of the festival standouts, wielding an unorthadox setup that mixed clarinet and laptops with a vocal that carried lyrics drawn from 19th-century Icelandic poetry.

The combination was (and is) sublime yet totally in keeping with the invention and development of forward-thinking Icelandic music. The band have found a home one the now legendary One Little Indian label (which couldn’t be more appropriate given their role in the careers of other notable Icelandic folk) and they’re poised to be one of the next big things to break out of the Nordic region.

London electric duo Stubborn Heart’s take on the Icelandic trio’s recent track ‘Góða Tungl’ - draws its cues from both the juddery beat as much as the hauntingly memorable vocal lines of Jófríður Ákadóttir (also one half of Best Fit favourites Pascal Pinon), the lynchpin of Samaris’ unique appeal.

‘’We were really excited when we were asked to remix ‘Góða Tungl’”, explain Stubborn Heart. ”The beautiful vocal line reminded us of plainsong chant…so we knew that we had to keep that element in the remix.We decided to go really percussive in the rhythm department and had a lot of fun mixing jungle elements into a sort of broken-esque beat’’.

Listen to the track below and check out the band when they hit London on 13 June for a show at the Servant’s Jazz Quarters in Dalston. Samaris’ self-titled album – which combines their Hljóma Þú and Stofnar falla EPs - is released via One Little Indian on 29 July. A full length debut proper follows in the Autumn.

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