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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Raquin – Musikalsk eufori i nye facetter

Kritik May 2 2018 Raquin_indrammet

Raquin “Ariclone” (Janushoved, 2018) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Raquin er et af de nyeste projekter, der er udkommet på båndselskabet Janushoved. På mange måder ligger det i tråd med det væld af lo-fi synth-projekter, der er udkommet på selskabet siden dets begyndelse. Der hersker den samme enten vemodige eller euforiske grundstemning på tværs af udgivelsens numre, og den lydlige æstetik er fortsat umådeligt skrabet.

Projektets debutudgivelse, “Ariclone”, er dog ikke blot endnu en udgivelse fra Janushoved. Projektet fremstår særegent i lyset af Janushoveds øvrige diskografi, fordi den euforiserende spænding flere gange på uvant og uforudsigelig vis accelereres til nye højder. Læs resten

Soho Rezanejad – Længslens og harmens mange stemmer

Kritik January 19 2018

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Soho Rezanejad “Six Archetypes” (Silicone Records, 2018) – anmeldelse af Alexander Julin

Soho Rezanejad debuterede i 2015 med EP’en “Idolatry” på Silicone Records, som Rezanejad selv driver. Foruden et par mindre udgivelser, hvoraf seneste single, “Uplifter”, udkom på Janushoved sidste år, har Rezanejads stemme ellers figureret på bl.a. Croatian Amors album “Love Means Taking Action”  og Lust for Youths album “International”. Mens Rezanejad siden sin debut er blevet en fast del af Lust for Youth og har udgivet en række bånd på Janushoved med projektet Angeles, er “Six Archetypes” det første mere substantielle udspil i eget navn siden “Idolatry”. Læs resten

Truce & Rosen og Spyddet – Images of desire

English Kritik December 12 2017

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Truce “An Olive Branch on the Bed, Pictures of Christ and Military Clothes” (Janushoved, 2017) & Rosen og Spyddet “Fantasia” (Janushoved, 2017) – review by Alexander Julin

Since the label’s first release, the compilation “Ny Dansk Romantik” from 2014, Janushoved has manifested itself as one of the most prominent Danish labels when it comes to synth-oriented lo-fi aesthetics. Back in September, the Copenhagen based label released its latest batch of tapes, counting four new releases: “Uplifter” by Soho Rezanejad, a two-track tape consisting of the title track and a remix by Internazionale; a double-tape by Olympisk Løft entitled “Tvillingeseglet” which is the project’s first release since 2015; “An Olive Branch on the Bed, Pictures of Christ and Military Clothes”, which is the fourth release by Truce; and “Fantasia”, the follow-up to Rosen og Spyddet’s “Drengen Ved Brystet” from last year. Læs resten

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