“Many thanks to Wit for putting together a fantastic representation of Icelandic talent, I’ve had this on a lot, and there’s some really lovely stuff included. I also recommend you make your way to the fantastic 101 Reykjavík, another example of Southsea’s own, digging deep and coming up with something we didn’t know we need, but quite clearly did !!! So, without much further ado, I’ll hand over to Wit to tell you a little more…” – Charlie
“101 Reykjavík is a brand new ‘Inspired by Iceland’ Kaffibar at the Southern tip of Castle Road in Southsea.
We’re not your everyday, run-of-the-mill cafe. Nor are we your bog-standard ten-a-penny chain restaurant. We’re not a cheesy theme bar or a tired old gastro-pub. Neither are we a pretentious wine lodge or a questionable greasy spoon. We’re something new.
We want to bring together the young and the old. The past and the future. Everything that’s great about where we live and where we love. The music we play…the prints, posters and photographs on our walls…the beers, spirits, sauces and sweets we import…all are Icelandic in origin.
We want your eyes, your ears and your minds to come and absorb some of our unique ‘huggulegt’ (loosely translated as the feeling of a cosy, laid-back place with good coffee, drinks and company…)
Music is a hugely important part of who we are here at 101 Reykjavík, as it is to most Icelanders. You’ll definitely know Björk. You probably know Sigur Ros. Both are fantastic artists. You might know Of Monsters & Men or even FM Belfast. We highly recommend all those guys. For this playlist though, we decided to focus on some of Iceland’s slightly lesser known talent (possibly not for much longer for a few of them like Ásgeir, Ólafur Arnalds, Sóley and Samaris). We’ve also thrown in a few more established gems that may or may not have graced your ears before (Múm, Emilíana Torrini, Borko & Snorri Helgason).
If you find you like what you hear then there are plenty more fantastic Icelandic artists out there…most of which you can hear piped through the speakers at 101 Reykjavík!