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DJ Platurn mixes a selection of unheard Icelandic funk and disco with Breaking The Ice

The new mixtape documenting the Icelandic music scene circa 1960–1980 features photos by the DJ's father Magnus Thordarson

Breaking The Ice is a limited edition double disc mix of rare and previously unheard tracks made in Iceland between the late 1960s and early 1980s. Influenced heavily by funk, soul and disco, the mix was compiled by Icelandic DJ and turntablist DJ Platurn, and includes a 16 page digibook featuring sleevenotes and photos taken by his father Magnus Thordarson, a DJ and promoter who in the 1970s set up his own show on Ríkisútvarpið, or the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service.

“We pitched an idea to this guy named Ólafur [Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland between 1996–2016] about playing new musical forms and stuff,” explains Thordarson in his notes. “And like a typical politician, he said, ‘Put it down on paper!’ So we gave him a list of music that we thought should be in the library. I have no idea if he figured any of it, he probably only recognised The Beatles.”

Breaking The Ice is released on 23 March by Needle To The Groove. It's available to pre-order now. Listen to part one below: