Nina Kraviz's Trip label is releasing an album from Biogen on June 23rd.
Biogen, AKA Sigurbjörn Þórgrímsson, was a pioneer in Icelandic electronic music, first as part of the hardcore group Ajax, and later as a founder of the Thule label, which released music from other Icelandic producers like Thor and Exos. (He also started a label called Weirdcore.) His own music was unpredictable and experimental, encompassing made-up genres like "sofatrance." He only put out a few records under the name Biogen, through Thule and Uni:form Recordings.
Halogen Continues, compiled by Nina Kraviz with help from Ruxpin, who gave her access to Þórgrímsson's archives, collects rare and unreleased material, some of which was first unearthed last year for digital-only Bandcamp releases.
"I picked the most idiosyncratic cuts that show his creative approach most brightly," Kraviz says. "Some of them are short cuts ending obnoxiously with a lot of temper, and others gorgeous atmospheric narratives—so deep and haunting that it feels like they are not familiar with a notion of time and dissolve slowly into the eternity."
The album will be followed by compilation of Þórgrímsson's ambient and experimental music on GALAXIID later in 2017.