KEXP at Iceland Airwaves, Day 3: Úlfur Úlfur

Úlfur Úlfur (or “Wolf Wolf” in Icelandic) is a hip hop trio that is currently one of Reykjavík’s most popular bands. Their overall style and creative melodies would fit well with Seattle acts like Blue Scholars and Macklemore.

During their set for KEXP’s broadcast live during Iceland Airwaves, they played primarily new songs, the first of which featured prominent bass and lovely vocals by Hildur of Rökkúrro. Though the style was distinctive, it felt a little like a less “Freeky” Die Antwoord tune. The next was more high-energy and featured a guitar solo that was being played live for the first time. The next song had very heavy bass, which could be felt vibrating through the whole KEX library and gastropub, and a kind of call and response style of rapping.

They finished their set with “Föstudagurinn Langi,” (recently a KEXP Song of the Day podcast). The song leads off with chants of “puff puff pass”, and though the rest of it was in Icelandic, I can’t imagine the subject matter would be all too hard to discern. This tune’s infectious nature brought Úlfur Úlfur all-too-short show to a very fun close.

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