Category: Lucky Records Sessions




I never understand why any mention of Icelandic hip hop is so often accompanied with a sense of surprise that it even exists. It is an international language and music form that by virtue of Iceland’s geographic isolation must be embraced by many of the island’s youth as they shout to be heard. Maelgin demonstrate a grasp of the intricacies of hip hop rhythm with courageously relaxed beats and some clever drum and vocal interplay.
Unafraid to rap in their native tongue they bring their own personality front and centre with a performance where the biggest surprise of all is it’s warmth. I suspect they might have no truck with kind words and and for that lads, I apologise.

Heidrik a Heygum

At the heart of Nordic art and design is a basic principle alien to so many of us UK hoarders. De-clutter. Faroese performer, Heidrik, lives this writ large. In his stripped back performance only the essentials remain. Sweet vocals and intimate guitar structures create the most unlikely perfect songs. How can something so empty be so complete?

El Quinto Sol

I wish I had been more involved with the El Quinto Sol story.
I certainly wasn’t there for the beginning and I fear I might have missed the finale. It is a key central chapter that we are focusing on here. Somehow, the plot took this amazing Mexican three piece on an Iceland tour in 2017 and, by necessity, on to the stage at Lucky Records.
This session gives us an all too brief glimpse of an inspired free form trio with a warmth to their music that often eludes lesser outfits prone to dabble with a loose jazz construct.
My advice? Listen to it, let it flow and go with it.
And to the members of El Quinto Sol, if you are out there, talk to me.

Fai Baba

As a means to turn heads the tattoo has had its day. These days you’re more likely to turn an outraged eye at a pluck on a v-neck than ink creeping up a neck like ivy over a crumbling stately home. Fabian from Fai Baba, however, has us all looking again. We can’t help but wonder what goes through his mind. What type of man can he be? Can we really be seeing what we think we are seeing?
How does he effortlessly make us question the fundamentals of right and wrong? Well, he does it by making brilliant, moving music whilst sporting a moustache (yep, that’s what you do with a moustache… you sport it). Can such a wrong be so right?
Of course it’s been done before but not in living memory.

Viva Zapata. Viva Fai Baba.


This is a broadcast from the North.

Radio Summerhall loves Lucky Records. We have the rain, they have the snow and we both have the music.

Listen, don’t let the name throw you, there’s no luck involved. You either know what you’re doing or you don’t and Lucky Records is Reykjavik’s seat of vinyl learning. Countless hours spent trawling through their crates of records has unearthed numerous gems, most of which have at some time become components of our Radio Summerhall programme setlists.

Lucky Records is also a hub for live Icelandic music. Crammed onto a tiny stage, local and international bands play what must be their most intimate live sets.

Radio Summerhall has teamed up with Lucky Records to bring you up close to some of the bands that played there over recent months.

​We kick start this series with an amazing up close, explosive experience from Reykjavik locals; Tófa.

Graveyard Club

Next up in our Lucky Records Sessions are Minneapolis residents Graveyard Club. Their sound clearly nods in the direction of the 80s but it is so very much more than a retro lift.

There is no doubt that the four piece are at home in the close confines of the Lucky Records stage but somehow their songs effortlessly give notice of a time ahead when they will surely be heard by a infinitely larger audience. Perhaps Matthew Schufman, searing crooner extraordinaire, will argue against that but he might not have a choice in the matter.

Epic Rain

The third in our Lucky Records Sessions is an intimate and edgy performance from Reykjavik locals Epic Rain.

This session was filmed during last year’s Iceland Airwaves and on this occasion members of the Radio Summerhall Expeditionary Force were lucky enough to be in the audience.

Epic Rain’s most recent album “Dream Sequences” was actually recorded on the Lucky Records label.

Check out the record and enjoy the footage.


Gróa provide the next in our lovely Lucky Records Sessions. If Gróa is a secret, it won’t be kept for long.

They casually defy the parameters laid down by the constraints of an orthodox three piece set up. Gróa master effortless grace and naïve chaos with a song writing ability that will, as every good trio does, have you filling in the spaces yourself.