Passive/Aggressive

Janushoved – “I always wanted a feeling of anonymity” (interview)

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Interview and all photos (Yuri & Internazionale, Soho Rezanejad, Raquin, Manon Lescaut 22.06.2018 @ Mayhem) by Cameron Pagett

“I always wanted it to have a feeling of anonymity.” Mikkel Valentin, founder and recording artist of Copenhagen electronic label Janushoved reflects. “I started making noise music when I was 16, I thought I had invented a completely new genre.” (laughs). Some years later and a total of 80 releases past the beginnings of Janushoved it feels like a big step forward to him. Showcasing and coming out and connecting physically as a label and a unit hasn’t always been directly on the cards. With numerous releases under different aliases, the label has a feeling of mystery and familiarity. Having established itself firmly as a name in the local Copenhagen DIY electronic scene, it feels like this could have or should have been done much more than it has. With an adoring local and international audience and a unique presence in the noise community with a sound normally bearing a romantic and sensual aura, Janushoved has grown organically from the seeds of pure sound and a penchant for exotic, bizarre and sentiment driven visuality. “It’s a label that draws the intellectually stimulated melody junkie,” an admirer reveals, “The style is distinctively Copenhagen but feels less harsh and calculating then some others … it’s more like red wine on a Saturday night rather than vodka.”
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Angeles & Internazionale – Desolate electronics and echoes of abandoned spaces

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Angeles & Internazionale ”Vigilance” (Janushoved, 2017) – Review by Ivna Franić

Copenhagen tape label Janushoved kicked the year off with several new cassette releases of recordings by Liberty Uganda, Mercury Ribbon, Tevere, and one intriguing duo. Angeles & Internazionale is a collaboration between Soho Rezanejad – whom you might have heard on Croatian Amor’s latest record, if nowhere else, and Mikkel Valentin Dunkerley – the head of Janushoved, member of Rosen & Spyddet and man of many other monikers. Although Internazionale has a new solo album coming out on Posh Isolation these days, which might hopefully bring him some well-deserved exposure, the beautiful ”Vigilance” tape with Angeles should not go unnoticed. Læs resten

Ny Dansk Romantik – en kærlighed skrevet i støvet

Blog September 9 2014 Janushoved

Af Alexander Julin

Janushoved er navnet på et nystartet label i København, der med sin debutudgivelse, ”Ny Dansk Romantik”, har kastet (yderligere) lys over tidens tendenser i dansk synthesizermusik. Idéen opstod af et savn efter igen at udgive bånd og efter at have en direkte kontakt til dem, der lytter til musikken. Ny Dansk Romantik præsenterer dugfrisk musik fra Olympisk Løft, Rosen og Spyddet, Internazionale, Lace & Collar, Genoasejlet og Mercury Ribbon.

Om tankerne bag Ny Dansk Romantik udtaler Mikkel Valentin: ”Ny Dansk Romantik er først og fremmest en kærlighedserklæring. Og et forsøg på at fortælle historien om den tid, den er blevet skabt i. Det er derfor ikke så meget en compilation, som det er en fortælling; et minde, jeg gerne vil forsøge at nedfælde, så jeg ikke glemmer. Den personlige relevans af båndet har været afgørende for mig, og derfor føltes det også rigtigt selv at udgive det.”

I adskillige tilfælde er essensen af numrenes emotionelle kerne i forgrunden og er altså ikke på samme måde distanceret fra lytteren under mure af støj og elektroniske effekter, som man ellers ofte oplever det i nyere dansk, elektronisk musik. Læs resten