The singing DJ brings his unique mixing and vocal skills to US clubs in support of his applauded DJ Kicks mix-album. The Kings of Convenience member’s ability to spin vinyl while singing over the mix represents a new and fresh take on live electronica - lively and full of humour.
The bespectacled half of well-known NAM duo Kings of Convenience is set for a US tour in support of his DJ Kicks mix-album out now on respected German label !K7.
Joining the ranks of such heavyweights as Kruder & Dorfmeister, Trüby Trio, Kid Loco and Thievery Corporation, Øye has been chosen by the respected !K7 label to mix the latest instalment in the renowned DJ Kicks series. The seamless mix of tracks from such acts as Phoenix, Röyksopp, are often enhanced by Øye’s soft velvety voice, singing alternate lines or quotes from other tunes. Says Øye on his unique “singing DJ” approach: “DJs often mix in a few bars of the track coming next. I do the same thing, but I don’t announce the track by playing it. I sing a verse of it.” One track stands out from the rest: on his re-take of Röyksopp’s “Poor Leno” hit (which originally features Øye’s vocals) he sings a few lines of the Smiths classic “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” – unique.
Erlend Øye’s DJ Kicks mix-album also includes three unreleased tracks composed by the DJ himself. “Intergalactic Autobahn”, “The Black Keys Work” and “A place in my heart” shows where the Berlin-based singer-songwriter/DJ is heading in the wake of his acclaimed and successful 2003 solo album “Unrest” (Source/Virgin).
A new Kings of Convenience album is also underway with the recording process being done in Bergen. No official release date exists, but the album is scheduled to the launched during 2004 – likely this autumn.
Go to the calendar to check out Erlend Øye’s US live dates.