MUSIC: KMF - The Feel Good Six Piece Come to Angel

Written by: Violet Myers

Norway is so hot right now… Figuratively.

Move over Hollywood, today is all about sturdy knitted pullovers, smoked fish and brooding noir dramas, we just can’t get enough of the Scandinavians!

With this in mind, it is with great pleasure that we throw open our arms to the feel good Norwegian six piece Kakkmaddafakka (don’t worry we have no idea how to pronounce it either…) 
Who, on their first visit to the UK since 2010, will be hitting our own Islington Academy this fair month.

We caught up with the boys to talk saunas, Spice Girls and how to make our lives a little more Scandinavian.

You’re getting ready for a gig in Islington, where in North London do you like to go when you’re over here?

“We have no idea.  This will be our first show in London, or even the UK since 2010.  So we don’t have any favourite places yet.  We play so many shows all over Europe so we have many cities, like Berlin or Barcelona, where we have it all worked out.  But it’s going to be exciting to explore a new city for us and discover our own places.”

Great band name by the way… How the flip do you pronounce it and what does it translate as?

“Wasn’t it Shakespeare that said ‘what’s in a name?’, turns out quite a lot! We were 15 to 18 years old when we made that word, actually, before we even formed the band.”

It’s a made up word, but people have attached their own meanings to it. I think the most common one we hear is Party Animal

“…or something like that. We’ve also heard many different pronunciations over the years! But again, feel free to pronounce it how you like.”

Your new song ‘Young You’ has been called a summer anthem, what’s on your go-to summer playlist?

“Sunshine makes some music come to life. At the moment I’ve been listening to Letta Embulu ‘Normalizo’ and Great News ‘Secrets’, but also our friend from Germany, Roosevelt, made a great summery remix of our track ‘Someone New’.  Most of Roosevelt’s own tracks make a good summer soundtrack.”

We hear you love to sauna. What other Norwegian traditions are Londoners missing out on?

“That’s very true. We call ourselves sauna extremists and try to get in there three times a week, with the ice baths also, the works. But I guess in London you don’t get to do the other great Norwegian pastime of walking in the mountains. Bergen is surrounded by seven mountains and we go for long walks as often as possible, or when the weather lets us. It’s great to clear the mind and keep the body moving. We will try the famous Primrose Hill mountain hike when we are over in London.”

When you’re all over here in old Blighty, let’s say you go out dressed as the Spice Girls one night, who dresses as who?

“Haha, that’s pretty easy actually. Axel (guitar) would be Ginger, Sti (bass) would be Scary, Kristoffer (drums) would be Sporty, Emin (piano) would be Posh, and that leaves Baby Spice for me! We also have Helmik on percussion, he could be David Beckham.”

Speaking of the Spice Girls who are your musical guilty pleasures? 

“We don’t really believe in guilty pleasures, a pleasure is just a pleasure, no need to put yourself on a guilt trip.”

When we DJ we are known to play a little bit too much Shaggy.

“…and we’re unashamed fans of Max Martin’s pop output.”

You’re festival regulars, which can we catch you at this year?

“Unfortunately, we won’t be on the UK festival scene this year as the album came a bit late, but if you have a passport then you can find us on my festivals around the world. The most exciting one for us will be Roskilde in Denmark. That was the festival we all went to when we were younger, and it’s sort of like the Glastonbury of Scandinavia.  Hopefully, next year you will be able to catch us playing without leaving the UK. We’d love to play Glastonbury!”

Who would be on your dream lineup? Alive or no longer on this mortal coil…

“Something like this: Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Eminem & Dr Dre, Motorhead, Metallica and Prince could headline. Maybe we’d have to pop ourselves in the line-up too, would be great to be part of that night.”

Finally, if you weren’t musicians you would be….?  

“Gardeners.”

KMF will be performing at O2 Academy Islington on the 31st of May. Watch the video for ‘Young You’ here.

Regional Spanish tasting menu at Pilgrim, a new pop-up supper club in Hackney, North Four Magazine
Eat & Drink

Pilgrim: A Unique Spanish Pop-up Dining Experience

Pilgrim, the newest kid to Hackney's pop-up scene, is a unique dining experience inspired by the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage. This six course tasting menu includes regional dishes with a contemporary twist not yet seen before in London.

Read More...
Amelia Donkor as Rose standing in shadow behind Ian McDiarmid as Enoch Powell holding speech at Park Theatre
Culture

Theatre: What Shadows

Recent times have seen an unnerving surge in right-wing politics. President Trump’s campaign to ‘make America great again’ saw him make the audacious promise to ‘build a wall’. France saw the uneasy ascent of Marine Le Pen’s National Front in its general elections and Germany’s AfD, (the first openly nationalist party in almost six decades) celebrated an unprecedented third place victory in its recent elections.

Read More...
Dog being petted, North Four magazine
Events

Dogtober Doggy Brunch at The Narrowboat

Bark bark bark. Bark! Woof! Yep, you heard it straight from the dog’s mouth. Dogtober (definitely a real thing) is in full swing and The Narrowboat is hosting their annual Doggy Brunch next Saturday 21st October. Bone Appétit!

Read More...
Eat & Drink Events

Magic Roundabout's Retro Winter Wonderland

Summer is officially over. We're not sure it ever began in the first place. I guess that's one of the few downsides of living in London (other than crippling debt, tube strikes and Boris Johnson), but I digress... Magic Roundabout Old Street is raising the bar for winter, transforming the site into a tented, heated, 'Decades' inspired wonderland.

Read More...
Slow roasted lamb shank shawarma at Fat Macy's supper club in The Luminary Bakery, Stoke Newington
Culture Eat & Drink Events

Fat Macy's Middle Eastern Feast

Guess who’s back, back again. Fat Macy’s back, tell a friend. No, really. Tell everyone about it. Fat Macy's supper club came back into our lives and this time around they had their Middle Eastern Feast on at the cute as a button Luminary Bakery in Stoke Newington, with a menu inspired by Ottolenghi and the #CookForSyria campaign.

Read More...
North Four Magazine, Alcotraz, London, Pop up, Prison Bar, Hackney, East London
Eat & Drink Events

We Spent the Night in Alcotraz

Getting shouted at by a burly prison guard with a buzz cut and an offensively loud American accent isn't usually the way one wishes to begin one's night. Nevertheless, as I clamber into a very large (cheers guys) orange jumpsuit, the guard shoves a bottle of Conkers Gin wrapped in a thin towel (no fluffy Egyptian cotton here lads), into my now somewhat clammy hands. Whispering hastily at me to not get caught by the warden I'm ushered off in single file into the depths of Alcotraz.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, new beacon books, uk first black bookshop, books, refurb, campaign, reopened, mini black market, event, stroud green road
Culture Events

New Beacon Books Mini Market

If you haven’t heard the news yet, the world’s first black bookshop is back. Yes, after months of campaigning for funding and volunteers, New Beacon Books has reopened after threat of closure with a brand new refurb to boot. Established in 1966 by John La Rose and Sarah White, New Beacon Books is the UKs longest running independent bookshop specialising in African-Caribbean literature, cards and artwork.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, cocktail, mint gun club, stoke newington, tea room, london cocktail week, drinks, alcohol
Eat & Drink

Top Four “Hold My Phone I'm Going In” Cocktails

London cocktail week is upon us. To be honest I can think of nothing worse than strapping on a wristband, carrying around a guidebook and queuing up for something that just needs to be brought to my sorry, tired old lips immediately. Apparently this year however, Drink Up London have released an app that eliminates all of the above nonsense. Get your ticket, download the app and get enjoying your £6 cocktails all week long. Just remember to flash your digital pass to the bartender first.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, the psychotic monks, camden, gig, live band, music, culture
Culture Events

Music: The Psychotic Monks London Debut

Garage and psych rock fans rejoice - The Psychotic Monks are stopping off in Camden tonight as part of their European tour. Roughly translated from French (GCSE stylee merci very much), the psych rockers describe themselves as “noise, fury, music impregnated .. with life impulses” finding a balance between “neurotic madness and contemplative melancholy”.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, chicken, don and co, finsbury park, dining, eatery, teriyaki, bubble tea, pork, mixed veg, rice
Eat & Drink

Bubble Tea and Banging Teriyaki Chicken in Finsbury Park

A bubble tea place in Finsbury Park? That also does a bangin’ teriyaki chicken rice box? Uh, hell yeah. This little gem quietly opened up last March on Wells Terrace. Y’know the spot where folks bumble off the most crowded bus in the entirety of London and damn near break a hip scampering for the tube round the corner? Yeah, that little pocket of Finsbury Park.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, stoke newington, londoner, brown sauce, fish and chips, chippy, diner, condiment, bottles, counter top
Lifestyle

Londoners: Are We Proud or Ashamed?

According to a recent Provident Personal Credit survey Londoners still remain at the bottom of the friendliness scale scoring just 6.44 out of 10. Begging the question, how could anyone be possibly proud to be a Londoner? A city where its inhabitants revel in their ability to remain as cynical and isolated from the outside world as possible. A shallow group of people who are far more interested in Instagramming their brunch then saving money to buy houses or giving back to the community.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, Neil Laybourne, Jonny Benjamin, conference, mental health, charity, talks, speakers, event, raise awareness, finsbury park, arts and media school
Events

Conference: Raising Awareness for Mental Illness in Young Men

A series of talks taking place this November shines a necessary light on mental illness in boys and young men. Speakers will gather at Finsbury Park’s Arts and Media School to raise awareness and help advise on a variety of topics including substance misuse, eating disorders and suicide.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, green rooms hotel, arts, culture, review, interiors, design, photography, wood green
Eat & Drink Lifestyle

My First Night at Green Rooms Hotel

Staying in a hotel one mile from where you actually live feels strange enough, but doing it on your own is even stranger. These photos are a visual record of me wandering the lonely corridors of a new boutique hotel between the hours of 10-12pm. I would describe the decor as handmade but not cheap, minimal but not clinical. It has the feeling that money has been spent on the things that matter.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, cheese, fromage, cheese festival, n1, islington, market, festival, food, gouda, edam, brie, camembert, wheel of cheese
Eat & Drink

You Feta Brie-lieve it: Cheese Festival Comes to North London

The rumours are true: a cheese festival exists and it’s coming to North London. This Sunday. Be there or be … cheese-less I suppose. But you’ve gouda get there early:  If you’re as keen as brie and one of the first fifty fromage fondlers to show, you’re in the running for a free bottle of Black Cow’s pure milk vodka. Traders will be setting up stalls along Islington’s Chapel Market: from the Raclette Brothers and Mac to the Future to La Fromagerie and The Cheese Truck.

Read More...
North Four, North London magazine, dream phone, dream talk, sound art, collaboration, musician, artist, london, phone boxes
Culture Lifestyle

Dream Talk: Sound Art for Your Commute

Dream Talk. It’s like Dream Phone, but not at all. Artist Emma Alonze and musician Andy Becker have joined forces to collaborate on a (possibly prophetic) new sound art project. Londoners are invited to take a moment out of their daily commute, routine or journey and immerse themselves in a narrated collection of dreams. Taking three years worth of forty winks, Alonze has gathered and narrated a chosen few to be set to an ambient soundtrack by Becker.

Read More...
Events

Between the Sheets at the Underbelly Festival

Holy smoke, her nipples are on fire! Somebody pass the woman an extinguisher. Wait, why is she climbing into that giant margarita glass - does she not know it's highly flammable? She's going to need to be doused with a sizable portion of aloe vera gel at this rate, the poor lamb. 

Read More...