Thor

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Biography

  • thOr - Icelandic DJ/Producer. : Aliases.: SANASOL, OZ ARTISTS, FLOW MACHINE, THOR54 ,..... Godfather of Icelandic Techno, Thule Records label boss
    For a country with a population less than most major cities, Iceland frequently punches above its weight in music circles. In the 90s when the first wave of techno was taking hold worldwide, the sound had reached all of Europe’s outposts and Iceland was proving a fertile ground for new ideas in the genre. Working prolifically under a dizzying amount of alias, with the most famous of them being Sanasol, Oz Artists and Thor, Thorhallur Skulason was dubbed the Godfather of Icelandic techno. As a young producer he scored his first release, Awakening the Gods during the golden era of Sven Vath’s Harthouse Records in 1995, quickly following this up with Live In Reykjavik on the German imprint soon after. Later that year Thor initiated his own agenda setting Thule Records, which would be home to fellow Icelandic luminaries Exos, Ozy, Yagya (with Thor as Sanasol). A purple patch of production in the late 90s saw the Icelandic producer further release on Electrolux, Yoshitoshi and Planet Vision. Eschewing promotion through the traditional channels, Thor remained a mystery to many, preferring to let the quality of his productions do the talking, a tactic that veiled each release with a unique sense of purity that those in the know lapped up. Like many of his generation he moved on from the music scene as techno began to become harder and loopier in the early 00s but his tracks remained staples for the likes of Richie Hawtin and Ricardo Villalobos, with the taste making DJs dipping into genre spanning range of productions credited to Thor, from his tougher releases to the tight, grooving and sexy sound that fits so well with today’s dance floors. The temptation to return to music became too much for Thor, with recognition coming once more after a much-anticipated reappearance with Icelandic Lost Tracks Volumes 1 & 2 on German label Connoisseur in 2010. Around 2014 musical cycles had realigned so that Thor’s slick, dubby take on house and techno was again at the forefront of techno’s relentless march. A reissue set from Berlin’s highly respected Sushitech followed, compiling Thor’s most celebrated monikers for the first time. Consequences brought together stark techno tracks such as Aliens Don’t Boogie and the fluid, housey leanings of Oz Artists’ As If The Living Were Moving for a new generation of clued up techno lovers. Simultaneously in Iceland the producer was readying his own Thule label for a run of retrospective releases including the much sought after The Normal Spot by Sanasol and Richie Hawtin’s secret weapon T1/T2. All this has made Thor a must check artist for the finest DJs and label owners around. Recent appearances on Radio Slave’s label Rekids with a freshly minted remix of Lo Shea,. Remix work for Steve O´Sullivan, Exos, Eddi Matos, PSI Performer and more have further welcomed Thor into the minds of record buyers and dancers around the world. Shows at Berghain/Panorama Bar, FUSE, Brussels, REX Paris have followed as well as tours of the Canada and US, with regular stops at New York’s notorious Resolute party. With his best work now available and being heard on dance floors week in week out, Thor is now focusing on bringing over 20 years of studio experience to bear on new material with his release “Decay” released on his label Thule Records. With Icelandic techno enjoying a new flourishing, the time is right for its originator to take his rightful place at its head.
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    Selected discography

    Albums : THOR - Consequences (Sushitech Records) SANASOL - Deep Thoughts (Hey Babe!) OZ ARTISTS - Ooger (AE Recordings - ae01LP 1998) Singles / Tracks : THOR - Black ( Taken from the V.A. 12" AE09 on Æ Recordings ) SANASOL - Long Lost Thoughts (R-Time Records, Rekids Sub-Label) THOR - Decay (Thule Records) THOR_Sanasol - All Sides Will Be Lost (Sushitech Records) feat.on V/A - Tessera II THOR - Zorglubb (sol mix) ( Strobelight Network, NYC) THOR - Essential Thoughts (The Double R ) THOR - Yellow Sky Over Reykjavik (Connaisseur Recordings) THOR & SANASOL - Flush & Mjúk Brjóst (Connaisseur Recordings) THOR 54 - The Pleasure Dome Part II (Crystal Structure - 2014) SANASOL - Feelarama (Thule Records ) SANASOL - a.m.e.p. (Thule Records) SANASOL vs. OZZY -Seveneleven - Thule Records THOR - T1-T2 (Thule Records) THOR - Aliens Don't Boogie (Æ Recordings) THOR - Aliens Don't Boogie(Missile Records) THOR H.F. - Shrink (Plast Trax) THOR H.F. - Shrink (Reload Records) SANASOL - Tambourine Man (Fear Of Flying) THOR - Uni03 (Uni:form Records) TIM TAYLOR vs.THOR 54 - Over the Hill (Missile Records) TIM TAYLOR vs. THOR 54 - Over the Hill Remixes (Missile Records, UK) TIM TAYLOR vs.THOR 54 - Pleasure Boyz (Omegaritam, Spain) THOR - Fucking Freak (Subconce Records, Spain) THOR - Mind Over Matter (Frequent 21, Spain) THOR S. PROJECT - 1996 (Toasted Records -BMG) THOR S. - Deep in the Night (Logic Records) THOR & HI TECH CHILD-Step Out the Mix (Hey Babe) OZ ARTISTS - The Zone E.P. - 1997 (Oz Inc. Records) OZ ARTISTS - K-Kort - 1998 (Uni:form Records) SANASOL vs. OZZY - Seveneleven (Thule Records) SANASOL - My Favorite Blue Hill E.P. (Hey Babe!) SANASOL - Hlyleg - Timewriter & JFC Remixes (Hey Babe!) SANASOL - Kosy EP (66 Degrees Records) SANASOL - Kosy EP (Yoshitoshi Records) THE UNSLUNG HEROES - Talking Hash Smoking Trash - (Product Deluxe) RO-TH - Just in Case it Goes Out of Space (Planet Vision) F.E.O.S. vs. RO-TH - Time to Remember - 1996 (Planet Vision) FLOW MACHINE - Class of 96 (Elektrolux) FLOW MACHINE - Funky Flow (Elektrolux) THOR INC. - Live in Reykjavik (Harthouse) THOR INC. - Awekening the gods (Harthouse) Remixes : Zarko Rebac - Vibracija - (Thor Remix) - ODT Records GUS GUS - Your Movies are Mine (Sanasol Remix) EinKa - Closing Doors - (Thor Remix) - Goldmin Music Qindek - Slice Of Light (Thor Remix) - Autodidact Lo Shea - Let's Roll - (thOr Remix) - Rekids Luminér - Canadian (thOr Remix) - We Play The Music We Love Ben Sim & Steve O'Sullivan ‎– Where's Burt? (thOr Reconstruction) Sushitech Records EXOS - Gegnum Skráargat (thOr Remix) - Bliq Records Eddie Matos - Hypnotized (thOr Music Box Remix) - People That Make The Music) Kennedy Smith - Traxx 4 U (thOr Remix) - RR BIOGEN - "(Sanasol remix)" - Thule Records BIOGEN - "(Sanasol Lost in Time remix)" - Æ Recordings EARLY GROOVERS-"At the Scene of the Prime (Sanasol remix): (66 Degrees) SIGUR ROS - "Leit af lifi ": Vonbrigdi remix CD (Bad Taste ltd.) GUS GUS - Your Moves are mine (Thor Remix) PSI PERFORMER (Anthony Rother) - "1979" (THOR'S Thule Mix) (K20 / Kanzleramt ) SOUL PATROL - "Keep it country" (SAMUEL L. BRONKOWITZ Camp Mix) - 2000 (Product Delux/UK) BLAKE - "Saturday Night (Orlando Careca vs. Justin Simmons Remake) - (66 Degrees Recordings) COLD - Stobe Light Network (Flow Machine RMX) - (Elektrolux) GUS GUS - Need in Me (Thor Retro Remix/Pineapple Records) FUTURE FUNK - Music Takes U High( Thor X Remix ) - (Dance Pool, Sony)