When he isn’t crowd surfing at hometown geothermal spa parties; making tech-house under the cheeky alias Gluteus Maximus with Radio Bongo label mate GusGus’s President Bongo; playing with his Symphony Orchestra; or touring with the likes of Carl Cox, Daft Punk, and Booka Shade, Icelandic DJ Margeir (Ingolfsson) is compiling The Blue Lagoon Soundtrack series, named after the volcanic nation’s famed healing spa.
Previous Blue Lagoon Soundtrack collections have featured Ryuichi Sakamoto, Rhythm & Sound, Tangerine Dream, Cold Cut, Zero 7, Jose Gonzales, Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, Bat for Lashes, Chromatics and Little Dragon. This third installment in the indie electronica set includes cuts from Recondite, When Saints Go Machine, GusGus, DJ Koze, Matthew Herbert and Icelandic artists from the last few decades. The first CD is mixed by Margeir himself, with President Bongo joining on the second mix for a Gluteus Maximus throw-down.
Among the standouts is Kasper Bjørke’s “Heaven (Beatless Version)”, premiering exclusively at Vibe below. A renowned producer, remixer, DJ, and manager to fellow Danish artists like Trentemoller, Kasper has played festivals as diverse as Sonar Reykjavik and the Montreux Jazz Festival. He’s also fond of re-editing new wave era classics like Kim Carne’s “Bette Davis Eyes” and Vanity 6’s “Nasty Girl.” The stripped down version of “Heaven” similarly pairs a female vocal with dark, down-tempo synth-pop. Its moody atmospherics evoke steam rising into the Aurora Borealis-dappled sky after a long night of hallucinogenic grinding.
Compilations inspired by idyllic places are no substitute for being there, but Margeir’s Blue Lagoon Soundtrack does a good job hinting at the shenanigans that surely abound when you pile a bunch of elf-worshiping, eco-friendly, holistically-inclined, half-naked happy-go-lucky Scandinavians into hot water in the middle of nowhere and bump the Balearic beats up to 11.