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New Remix + Demotape success

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Although we are working like mad on tracks for our debut-EP, one needs some therapeutic relief sometimes. So we made a remix of FCL’s (San Soda & Red D) club hit “Let’s Go”. While keeping it simple, it’s got some interesting funky synergy and progressive energy which will fit in a club setting.

In other news, we got to the finals in the demotape-contest we entered. Thanks to everybody who voted! So on the 12th of January we’ll be playing in the final at Parkteateret, Oslo. Before this, there will be another online vote between the five finalists. You can check them all out and vote here.

Edit: As a result of getting to the finals, we were featured in Firda, and in the paper editions of Fjordabladet and BA. As well, thumbs up to the fine people behind Malakoff Rock Festival which gave us some promo on their facebook page!

b0ka in Demotape Contest

We have entered a demo contest where it’s possible to win music equipment and cash valued 100.000 NOK. We have been promoting it over facebook for a while, and thought we would give a small “heads up” here as well. Our entry, “Heartbroken City”, is a song we’ve had great response to while playing live, and this is the first time you’ll get to listen to it online.

To vote and to listen to it, go here: https://www.demotape.no/artists/230612

1) Choose the “Gi din stemme”-button

2) Choose “Connect with facebook”, which will allow you to vote without becoming a member of the site. 

If you want to make our day special, you can go to the facebook-event and invite your friends to do the same. We appreciate all the help we get! If we are among the top 5 artists in terms of votes, we’ll go on to the final in Oslo, where a combination of jury and online votes will decide the winner. Although the number of votes is secret until Dec 01, when the voting ends, judging by the response so far, it’s looking good!

The Last b0ka Radio?

“Will Ray Reagan return?”

It’s been about six months since b0ka Radio abruptly ended, and so far for unknown reasons; Ray Reagan blamed his producer on air during this final episode, but we’ve been unable to confirm or reject anything. And, since things obviously took a bitter end, it took six months from the episode aired, to Ray finally uploading it to cyberspace for your b0katastic enjoyment. We at b0ka HQ really do hope that the show that featured guests such as Mathias Stubø and Elektrofant, continue in the future, online if not on the actual air.

The b0ka Radio host has later admited to deliberately breaking rules imposed on him by the broadcasting company, and that he took the opportunity of the falling out to give his listeners an all exclusive b0ka demo special, cutting down on advertisements. Ray sent an email to several b0ka producers, and shortly after had new material from The Famous Biting Guy, Etoh, Edit, Fjompenizer and InfinitEvol, among others at his disposal. Though Ray sounds sarcastic and crass at times, the show runs smoothly and unravels some great demo tapes. While we hope and pray to The Pink Donkey for more b0ka Radio, grab this episode to ease the wait.

b0ka @ Sommerøya!

As many might already know, b0ka returns to Oslo this saturday to play a gig during the EDM-festival Sommerøya. b0ka will play at Fabrikken at midnight, in between Mathias Stubø and Lemaitre. Other great acts include Strangefruit, DJ Friendly, Riva Starr and Torkelsen. Did we mention Felix Da Housecat?

We were also lucky enough to get our very own Dance Commander to step in with a great visualizer made entirely of b0kart! Bring your dancing shoes, glow sticks and disco attire. As a warm up, have a listen to one of the tracks the band will perform:

b0ka’s Stickers In Da House

b0ka Recordings has revealed a new edition to its roster! Previously under the guise of The Stickers, the Bergen based edit/remix-outfit has changed its name to b0ka’s Stickers. To celebrate their addition they dropped off a brand spankin’ new edit of the Stein Ingebrigtsen track Noe Til Kar. Regardless of genre, the dudes manage to crump out bomb assed traxx, and the ladies løv it.

Noe Til Kar sends you on a mid-tempo, romantic journey with elements of stormy dub and bitter sweet synthesizers. Clearly a sign of more quality tracks to come.

Photos – b0ka @ Revolver, Oslo

b0ka performing at Revolver, Oslo – 08.06.12

As a warm-up for the anticipated gig at Sommerøya, b0ka performed for the first time in Oslo at a club called Revolver, playing right after the feel-good pop group You And Me Alfred who delivered a tight set of high quality music akin to Jackson 5.
The crowd responded by doing hip hop chants and dancing hardcore to b0ka’s delight, making their debut concert in Norway’s capitol one to remember. Their next gig is not too far away, and if you get your ticket to Sommerøya, you’ll also get a chance to see the dance legend Felix Da Housecat! Thanks to Tormod Sira for capturing the event.

Last b0ka Radio on SRiB!

Ray Reagan is calling it quits and putting on the last b0ka Radio to ever air on the Bergen Student Radio. To celebrate Ray’s dedication to the b0ka spirit, b0ka producers of all shapes and sizes submitted demo tapes to air tonight, so this is a once in a blue moon opportunity to get a sneak peak at never heard before b0ka music. This is not to say that Ray’s career with b0ka Radio is coming to an absolute end – Rumor has it he plans to continue doing podcasts in the future.

If you’re in Bergen, tune in at 96.4 FM at ten pm tonight, or if you live elsewhere, go to http://www.srib.no for the online stream. Tracklists and podcasts can as usual be found here.

Fingers and toes crossed for Ray, and much, much b0kaløv.

Bergen Studentimpulser + New mix

b0ka HQ is proud to announce that b0ka DJs will be playing records at this year’s Studentimpulser in Bergen. The Famous Biting Guy and Edit will be playing everything from obscure norwegian rock to modern hiphop glitch. b0ka DJs will be playing in-between bands, artists, authors and poets such as Erlend Nødtvedt, Tore Renberg, Young Dreams, Machine Birds, Njål Paulsberg and many more. Here is a little video-teaser for the event.

Video by Yorick Gontarek. Music by The Famous Biting Guy.

To prepare ourselves for this great evening our very own Biting Guy has made a new volume in the b0ka Dancing series. Biting Guy has made yet another eclectic affair. Enjoy and see you on friday!

b0ka Dancing Vol. 9 Tracklist:

Discodromo – Safari Wild
Sleazy McQueen – Do I Do (Sleazy McQueen Re-edit)
Vanish – Don’t be Afraid (Dublin Aunts Remix)
Kool Water – Ready To Go feat. Mark
Theophilus London – Sorry To Interrupt
Amp Fiddler – Eye 2 Eye (Moodyman remix)
Dirty Kckenzie – Get Up Off My Cloud (Original Mix)
Ka So Re – Petit
Gazeebo – Love Games
Modern Romance – Can You Move
Donna Summer – Love’s Unkind
Paul Macartney – Silly Love Songs

New Track… Techno Color!

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In the b0ka roster of producers, there is a man who seems to take his tracks to the extreme, whos use of contrasts and controled chaos reveals a strangely beautiful universe of sounds. We are of course talking about Edit, who recently sent b0ka HQ a schizoid instrumental techno demo called Techno Color, with saxophone by Tenor Nudler. He could also reveal he plans to lay down some vocals on the album version, but was reluctant to give more details. Check it out below:

b0ka LIVE! @ Fantoft + Ray Reagan presents b0ka Radio!

b0ka Night @ Klubb Fantoft

b0ka LIVE! is back, this friday (21.10.11) at Klubb Fantoft, Bergen. b0ka LIVE! will bring you b0ka music from artists such as The Famous Biting Guy, Etoh, Edit, Jesse, Etoh, Blakman Boo and many more, all performed using computers, vocals, guitar, bass, saxophone, trombone, talkbox, vocoder and lots of synthesizers! As if this is not enough to please our Pink Donkey, there’s going to be a projector showing some amazing b0kart, as well as b0ka DJs ensuring all night dancing!

Facebook event can be found here.

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But there is more! That very same day b0ka’s own DJ, jet-setter, journalist and radio host Ray Reagan will be on the air with his brand new show; b0ka Radio. The program will air on Bergen’s Student Radio at 22.00, but will also be posted here by b0ka HQ as a podcast. Ray Reagan has been quite secretive as to the show’s contents, but could reveal that he will be talking to his long time pal Klaus Skrudland of Elektrofant, play music from the unreleased Elektrofant album 1992, as well as a couple of Ray’s own favorite mid-tempo house tracks. A pretty good substitute if you can’t make it to Fantoft that night.

b0kaløv!!!


b0ka happenings & hasbeens:

########## 2013 ##########
:: 21 Dec - Nordfjordeid / Straum
:: 14 Dec - Oslo / Dattera
:: 13 Dec - Bergen / Østre
:: 30 Nov - Oslo / Verkstedet
:: 15 Nov - Oslo / Jaeger
:: 23 Oct - Tromsø / Insomnia
:: 29 Aug - Bergen / Elefanten
:: 18 Jul - Nordfjordeid / Malakoff
:: 27 Apr - Bergen / Kvarteret/SoS
:: 27 Mar - Øystese / Påskelarm
:: 23 Feb - Bergen / Kosmo
:: 21 Feb - Bergen / Kvarteret
:: 02 Feb - Bergen / Østre - N&D
:: 19 Jan - Oslo / Jakob Kirke
:: 12 Jan - Oslo / Parkteateret
:: 11 Jan - Bergen / Hulen

########## 2012 ##########
:: 27 Dec - Nordfjordeid / Straum
:: 21 Dec - Bergen / BAS
:: 16 Nov - Bergen / Kvarteret
:: 02 Nov - Bergen / Fantoft
:: 05 Oct - Bergen / Kosmo
:: 08 Jun - Oslo / Revolver
:: 04 Mai - Bergen / Hulen

########## 2011 ##########
:: 21 Oct - Bergen / Fantoft
:: 08 Oct - Bergen / Kvarteret
:: 16 Sep - Bergen / Kvarteret
:: 04 Jun - Bergen / Cafe Opera
:: 12 May - Bergen / Landmark
:: 11 Mar - Bergen / Kosmo
:: 05 Mar - Bergen / Kvarteret
:: 17 Feb - Bergen / Kosmo
:: 29 Jan - Bergen / Electric Cafe
:: 14 Jan - Bergen / Kosmo


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