Vök To Release ‘Figure – The Remixes’; Iceland Airwaves Festival Dates Announced
October 27, 2017 BY Nettwerk
“Vök shares the xx’s slow tempos, whispery female vocals, sparse but echoey bass lines and melancholy questions.” – The New York Times
“Channelling The Beach soundtrack via 80s synth pop and the dark, modern sexiness of The Knife.” – Noisey
“A truly special band.” – The Line of Best Fit
Ahead of their three shows at this year’s Iceland Airwaves Festival, rising electronic dream-pop band Vök has shared a remix of “Polar” by renowned Swiss techno/house veteran Ripperton.
The in-demand DJ & producer has previously remixed Laurent Garnier, Radiohead, Thom Yorke, Alex Niggemann, and Vessels, worked with Steve Bug and Joris Voorn and released records on acclaimed electronic labels (Border Community, Planet E, Wagon Repair) under names like Headless Ghost and Lazy Fat People.
The track is the first taste of Vök’s upcoming EP Figure – The Remixes, due out January 19 via Nettwerk Records. The EP will also feature diverse remixes by Mexican underground techno producer Demian Licht, Maya Jane Coles’ protegee Wax Wings, and Manchester based ambient group Marconi Union.
Watch a live performance of “Polar“ recorded at Vök’s album release show at Gamla Bíó, Reykjavik: https://youtu.be/ODKBQWNz_co
Vök @ Iceland Airwaves:
1st Nov – Reykjavik @ Bryggjan Brugghús (off festival show)
2nd Nov – Reykjavik @ IÐNÓ
3rd Nov – Akureyri @ Hof
Vök (named after the Icelandic word for ‘hole in the ice’) are an electronic dream-pop band based in Reykjavík, initially formed by Margrét Rán (vocals, guitar, keyboards), Andri Mar (saxophone, synths) in 2013. Vök first gained recognition within months of forming when they won Iceland’s prestigious Músíktilraunir (‘Music Experiments’), a battle of the bands contest where past alumni winners include Mammút and Of Monsters And Men. Their triumph soon led to release of their debut EP Tension through Icelandic label Record Records — to a slew of positive and glowing reviews. Soon after they became a four-piece with Ólafur Alexander (guitar, bass) and Einar Stef (drums) joining the band — they began to further mark themselves out as rising innovators of smart, atmospheric jams on their second EP Circles. Hailed by Noisey as “channelling the Beach soundtrack via 1980s synth pop and the modern sexiness of The Knife,” the Circles EP won them even more positive praise and key tastemaker support. After playing shows and festivals in Europe, winning many new fans along the way with their brand of dreamy electronics with melodic vocals, the band soon caught the attention of Nettwerk Music Group, who instantly signed them for an international record deal. April 2017 saw the release of their highly anticipated debut LP Figure to critical acclaim. Produced by Jack Garrett collaborator Brett Cox, The Line of Best Fit hailed it a “brilliant debut album”. Vök latest headline tour saw them sell out numerous venues across Europe.