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A stunning debut album released about a year ago, followed by an extensive tour schedule and numerous radio singles, a massive remix album rounding things off from May 2013 onwards, unveiling more, and mostly electronic, variations of the Reptile Youth trademark sound.

But still this is not the end of the story as Reptile Youth can’t stand keeping all this for themselves. Mads and Esben are starving for reflections of their own world and so they’ve been curious to see what impact their music left on other creatives.

This attitude in mind they’ve been curating what has been filed under the name of The Reptile Youth Video Project within the last months and asked different video directors to shoot videos for every song from their highly acclaimed debut album. After almost one year in the making we are proud to present The Reptile Youth Video Project on youtube.com/hfnmusicTV and the brilliant Remix album which is out now.

Reptile Youth :: Black Swan Born White

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Reptile Youth :: Morning Sun

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Reptile Youth :: Dead End

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Reptile Youth :: Speeddance

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Reptile Youth :: Be My Yoko Ono

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Reptile Youth :: A Flash In The Forest

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Reptile Youth :: Shooting Up Sunshine

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Reptile Youth :: It's Easy To Lose Yourself

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Reptile Youth :: Heart Blood Beat

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Reptile Youth :: Fear

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Reptile Youth :: Speeddance Alternative

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Reptile Youth :: Black Swan Born White (S.C.U.M. Remix)

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Reptile Youth :: Black Swan Born White (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)

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Reptile Youth :: Shooting Up Sunshine Cover Artwork

hfn19cd :: Reptile Youth

"Reptile Youth are anything but usual. This is a band that aims not to capture whatever sound is buzzed about at the moment but what they're feeling at the moment. Which you'd never guess, if you listened to them; emo, they're not. instead, Reptile Youth is raucous rock." (Nylon Magazine)

‘Hotly anticipated’ does not really do justice to the level of excitement the release of Reptile Youth’s debut album is generating among fans and critics alike. Those in the know are expecting the Danish duo to deliver a defining moment of 2012 - injecting their off kilter brand of highly-charged electro-punk-pop into the world’s consciousness - and Reptile Youth aren’t in the business of disappointing.

Tracklisting :

  • 01. Black Swan Born White
  • 02. Morning Sun
  • 03. Dead End
  • 04. Speeddance
  • 05. By My Yoko Ono
  • 06. A Flash In The Forest
  • 07. Shooting Up Sunshine
  • 08. It’s Easy To Lose Yourself
  • 09. Heart Blood Beat
  • 10. Fear

Reptile Youth was formed by Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe in 2009. It was their intense period of gigging through Asia and Europe that earned Reptile Youth their radically evangelical fan base, while also prompting a string of superlative-laden reviews hailing the Youth as the saviors of rock n’ roll. Hype aside, the incredible energy generated by Kristiansen and Valløe and their extended live line up have made the arrival of this debut album a red letter day for their clued up followers.

After having been picked up by influential hfn music and recently signed to legendary livebooking agencies ITB for Europe and ICM in the US, the band is now ready to take on the world.

Danish producer Kasper Bjørke, who acts as the band’s co-manager, declares: “The album captures exactly that same madness and dynamics that the band master on stage and that was exactly what we were aiming for all along”. Amen to that. Produced in London with star producers Dave M. Allen (The Cure, Sisters of Mercy, Human League) and Mark Ralph (Filthy Dukes, Hot Chip) this is a collection of tracks to reset the musical dial. Having already laid out their agenda with the turbo-charged electro pop perfection of ‘Speeddance’ and the grandiose ‘Black Swan Born White’ (both released as singles on hfn this year), the rest of the record makes good on their exceptional promise. Second single ‘Black Swan Born White’ kicks off the journey – as epic a statement of post punk vitality as you could hope for. A devastating track built on Mads Damsgaard’s soaring vocal and sparkling new wave rhythm courtesy of Ebsen Valløe.

What’s clear through-out the album is the total confidence with which Reptile Youth operate – this is a highly assured debut with an acute ear for melody. This is instantly evident on ‘Morning Sun’ – a delicious slice of pure aural bliss in just over 3 minutes, every much as optimistic as its title. ‘Dead End’ follows next, switching up the vibe – hard and sharp riffs, thunderous drums and portentous vocals – a biblical electro-rock jam. ‘Speeddance’s’ primal bounce will be well known to most listeners by now - the devastating debut single that announced Reptile Youth’s arrival early this year. ‘Be My Yoko Ono’, comes up next, a hand-in-hand speed rush through the city, featuring a call and response duet with the vocalist of the Danish female band Nelson Can. ‘A Flash in the Forest’ sees Mads in a reflective mood, coming across like a 21st century Ray Davies - A beautifully produced track with an instantly classic backing vocal hook.

It’s hard to pick stand out tracks on such an assured album, but ‘Shooting up Sunshine’ has to be a strong contender. A chiming piano hook introduces this 3 and a half minute gem – containing the turbo-powered euphoric pop that Reptile Youth are clearly making their own. This is the soundtrack to a million great nights and the perfect days that follow. One of the rockiest moments on the ablum, ‘Heart Blood Beat’ fires along at a breakneck pace, a surefire live favorite with a filthy synth line destined to loosen a few hips around the world. The penultimate track, ‘It’s Easy To Lose Yourself’ mixes up a sweet melody and arrangement with memorable lyrics, before the album rounds out with the longest track on the release – ‘Fear.’ It’s a rousing, epic, driving closure to an album that will surely find Reptile Youth exploding across the musical landscape this year. Big things await.

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Reptile Youth :: Remixed

hfn27 :: Reptile Youth :: Remixed

Their debut album”Reptile Youth” is “an LP to get excited about. An album carefully thought out and confidently executed, specific tracks have been described as “pure aural bliss,” “a biblical electro-rock jam,” and “a surefire live favourite with a filthy synth line destined to loosen hips around the world”. (Purple Sneakers)

Mesmerizing through it’s clarity, rough around the edges and with a strong attitude, Reptile Youth’s selftitled debut album impressed both media and music fans. Triggered by the outstanding “Speeddance” and released in autumn 2012 on hfn music, the album is a complex statement wrapped up in accessible arrangements and an outstanding production. Brilliant songwriting meets thoughtful lyrics, full of rebellion, anger and outbound introspection.

Tracklisting :

  • 01. Fear (Slow Hands Remix)
  • 02. Black Swan Born White (Terranova Remix)
  • 03. Speeddance (Smash TV Remix)
  • 04. Fear (Kasper Bjørke Version)
  • 05. Be My Yoko Ono (Peaking Lights Remix)
  • 06. Fear (Broke Party Anthem)
  • 07. Black Swan Born White (Mark E Remix)
  • 08. Speeddance (Antonio Gram Remix)
  • 09. It’s Easy To Lose Yourself (Diana Remix)
  • 10. Be My Yoko Ono Francis Harris & Gry Remix)
  • 11. Speeddance (My Favorite Robot Remix)
  • 12. Black Swan Born White (S.C.U.M Remix)
  • 13. Black Swan Born White (Keep Shelly in Athens Remix)

Reptile Youth can’t stand keeping this all for themselves. Mads and Esben are starving for reflections of their own world and so they’ve been courious to see what impact their music left on other creatives. They’ve been curating the ongoing videoproject and asked different video directors to shoot videos for every song from the album, but also looked out for musical reworks, remixes and reinterpretation of their songs.

After almost one year we are proud to present the Reptile Youth videoproject on youtube.com/hfnmusicTV and the brilliant Remix album due for release in early may 2013.

Soul Clap’s Slow Hands open up the remixed album, that includes five brand new unreleased mixes, with their soulful and beautiful rework of “Fear”, before Terranova provide a narcotic & groovy underground club version of “Black Swan Born White”.

On one of the new exclusive tracks Berlin’s own Smash TV push Reptile Youth’s anthem “Speeddance” so deep down into the club underground that you can hear Hades knocking on the ceiling.

Thanks to Kasper Bjørke, Peaking Lights, Broke and Mark E, the lucky bag gets pulled back into the bright neon light. Bjørke’s blazing, yet unreleased, remix of “Fear” doesn’t allow to stand still, before Wiscon’s psychedelic pop duo Peaking Lights pave the way for newcomers Broke and UK old hand Mark E. Another highlight and also brandnew and exclusive to this remix album is the Antonio Gram remix of “Speeddance”. With an irresistable build from the unagitated beginning he extracts the raw energie of the song. Pure excitement.

Diana then turns “It’s Easy To Lose Yourself” into an experimental aural sculpture of monolithic Free Jazz, while Brooklyn’s finest Francis Harris & Gry as well as Canada’s My Favorite Robot send you back to the advanced dancefloor with solid drumworks and acid sparkles.

Finally the fantasic S.C.U.M, who unfortunately just split up, contribute a stunning remix for “Black Swan Born White” and Keep Shelly in Athens close the album with a chill wave version of the same song.

Obviously centered around the original album, the impressive and manifold body of work on the remix album forms a whole new music universe in it’s own right.

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Reptile Youth Be My Yoko Ono

hfn23 :: Reptile Youth :: Be My Yoko Ono

Reptile Youth are back to mix up your head and break your heart with another standout track from their exceptional debut album.

‘Be My Yoko Ono’ is yet another slice of the Youth at their best – an electrifying, exhilarating rush of electro pop set to detonate the airwaves and dancefloors alike. Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen delivers his plea over a ferocious bass riff by partner-in- crime Esben Valløe, while the whole thing threatens to spiral out of control like an over-indulgent, neon lit night in the big city. Featuring a call and response duet with the vocalist of the Danish female band Nelson Can. Be sure to check out the track’s stunning video courtesy of Lucy McRae, and see our heroes rendered and manipulated as puppets of technology.

This forth single from Reptile Youth’s album also delivers a set of essential remixes – maintaining their reputation for collaborating with the hottest talents out there.

LA based psych-rock-dub-synth-pop-duo Peaking Lights’ remix plays up the bright, day-glo synths and draws out even more of the new wave influences, echoing their groundbreaking work on last year’s ‘936’ and the new ‘Lucifer’ long players.

Brooklynite Francis Harris, (aka Adultnapper), alongside his collaborator Gry Bagoien, also produced two sublime mixes. The main mix strips down the original to a low slung, moody affair, while the dub takes it further into to the realm of discerning dancefloors.

Reptile Youth continue their year of total world domination – the only question remaining is whether you are already on board?

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Reptile Youth Fear

hfn26 :: Reptile Youth :: Fear

Packed with stunning remixes, “Fear” is the latest single taken from their debut album Repitle Youth.

The first step takes international allaround music wizard Kasper Bjørke, who crafted a blazing remix in his signature sound and adds an urging synthline alongside glittering beats. Danish newcomer Broke turn the piece into a psycho disco song in their “Broke Party Anthem”, before New York’s Ryan Cavanagh aka Slow Hands contributes a soulful and dreamy rework centered around beautiful piano chords.

The release is accompanied by a fascinating video directed by Icelandic duo Ellen Lofts & Thorbjörn Ingason, who form the “Narvi Creative” unit. Ellen, a stylist, costume designer and director, and Thorbjörn, an art director, illustrator and graphic designer take us on an agravic trip though Iceland’s breathtaking landscape, and perfectly illustrate the lovesong “Fear” might be. The leads are Reptile Youth frontman Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Iceland’s new star model Kolfinna K, who’s career only spans a year, but who already walked for Versace, Prada, Fendi, Giles, Acne and Marc Jacobs amongst others.

The remixes here also herald the upcoming Reptile Youth Remix-album which is due for release in early May, while the band just returned from the US and keeps touring all the way through autumn.

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Reptile Youth Shooting Up Sunshine

hfn20 :: Reptile Youth :: Shooting Up Sunshine

“Catchy as all fuck and will no doubt be in your head for the rest of the day, if not year. ”
- Purple Sneaker

Since Reptile Youth have been sticking out their heads in spring 2011 and rapidly became the “most hyped” band only because of their incredible live shows, 2012 saw them finally releasing their first single “Speeddance” which took the listener’s hearts accross the globe by storm.

Followed by “Black Swan Born White” and three videos for this single there’s a serious tension noticeable that the danish duo’s debut album is now ready for release. While the album drops in late September, we couldn’t resist to evoke the European holiday season with this fabulous super-summer anthem “Shooting Up Sunshine” which will be available in the download shops August 5th.

As with all of Reptile Youth’s songs there’s a certain twist to both music and lyrics. “Shooting Up Sunshine” says singer Mads Damsgaard, “is a song about being so overcome by happiness that it completely overshadows everything else in life. Happiness feels fantastic in the entire body and can be triggered during the making of a song, milestones in life or simply just sex and drugs. Jonathan Leder, founder of Jacques magazine, who is currently working on his first feature length film, took time to make this hypnotic video where the sexuality draws you in to the catchy hooks of Reptile Youth’s sun-drenched lyrics. The girl in the video seduces you and all of the sudden you are pulled into a fantasy of summer, sex, and fun. This is part of the addiction of our new generation who are obsessed with the feeling of being free to enjoy whatever whim they want at any given time. To stay up all night dancing until dawn and then driving to the beach still reeling from last night’s high. For one second you can lose yourself in this fantasy but in reality your body possesses the greatest drug, endorphins.”. “The pop-illusion” adds Esben Valløe, ”only works in a fairytale, you need a bit of truth and a sense of who you are to enjoy the real word.”

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Reptile Youth Black Swan Born White

hfn16 :: Reptile Youth :: Black Swan Born White

Listen, instead, to the spunky, almost too forward flirtation with disco. Even better, hear how they shut her down in the chorus with those few, perfectly-voiced minor chords. Once its feathers settle, “Black Swan Born White” will prove to be one of 2012’s most creepily danceable numbers on this side of the first side of Hot Chip’s new record. (Ad Hoc)

Following the war cry of their first single “Speeddance”, Reptile Youth return with another sublime release for hfn music.

The second single ‘Black Swan Born White’ taken from their self-titled debut album sees the Youth expand their sound towards a grandiose post-punk pop. Already a live favourite at their increasingly intense gigs, Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen’s vocals soar above the funk-driven robo-rhythm, while an instantly addictive melody references their newwave roots.

Experienced house-meisters Terranova bring the late night underground vibe to the original – providing two stunning mixes. The ‘Terranova Remix’ submerges Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen’s evocative voice into a narcotic groove, teasing out the new wave vocal influences and steadily building the tension into a dancefloor burner. Terranova also supply the more stripped down dub version, taking the track in to even deeper territories – a depth bomb sure to find its way into the record boxes of many after-hours DJ – late night body music for the elegantly wasted.

London’s futuristic psychedelic no-wavers S.C.U.M provide a remix that drenches the vocals in waves of reverb and suspense, before the track explodes into a churning power riff.

Keep Shelly In Athens - a duo based in, as the name suggests, Athens, provide another remix that adds a more relaxed atmosphere to the package with their moony, glistening sounds.

The last track is given over to edit-master-turned-house-innovator Mark E, who provides one of his signature journeys, the track building like Lego over seven incredible minutes. A tightly wound groove is propelled by Esben Valløe’s insistent bass, before waves of synth, guitars and robot vocals push the whole thing over the edge - psychedelic, euphoric and epic.

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Reptile Youth Black Swan Born White cover artwork

hfn13 :: Reptile Youth :: Speeddance

“Reptile Youth is a riot, a dream and a 21st century fuck you dadaism movement.”
- Mads Damsgaard

Having already earned a devotional following after a series of intense, raucous and explosive gigs across Europe and Asia, the release of their debut single ‘Speeddance’ will let the rest of the world in on the Reptile Youth secret. Formed in Denmark in 2009 by Vocalist Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and bassist Esben Valløe, and previously known as Reptile and Retard, the band toured extensively in 2010 and 2011 to rapturous acclaim from audiences and critics alike. Their live shows have border on barely contained chaos, their dominance of the stage inspiring a fervent following among those in the know.

Danish producer Kasper Bjørke, acting as A&R and executive producer for the band, is the man ensuring the transfer of this volatile energy to Reptile Youth’s releases. In 3 minutes of high-octane pop punk perfection, ‘Speeddance’ is a slap in the face to the indie pretenders, and a call to arms for a new generation. On the visual side UK photographer David Richardson took responsibility for the cover shooting.

“Speeddance is a reaction to a world of conformity. It‘s a hope and an encouragement for our generation to rise against this. Sometimes you need to lose yourself to find your way. Speeddance is this way of losing yourself” says Esben Valløe.

Propelled by Esben’s elastic bass, ‘Speeddance’ fires out of the traps with kinetic urgency, giving way only to Mads’ anthemic, semi-deranged vocal hook. Dripping with drama, lust, and absolute self belief, the track’s pulse is a pure rock n roll statement - welcome to Reptile Youth, the bastard sons of psychedelic Sixites Soul, Post Punk and Synth Pop. This 7inch is a bold statement of intent – furious, sexy and provocative.

In a further homage to their punk forefathers, accompanying the original on the single is a remake of ‘Speeddance‘ by much-lauded Norwegian band Deathcrush - the trio of Andreas Larssen, Åse Røyset and Linn Nystadnes. After seeing them playing in a sweaty apartment in Copenhagen, Reptile Youth quickly asked them to record their own version of the song. Åse and Linn‘s formidable female drawl leads the riot, as dance-punk meets postfuck-noise-disco in a great big slice of attitude pie. Very close ‘to the embodiment of all that‘s good with dirty and intoxicating noise-rock‘, as described by UK techno veteran Luke Slater, this Nordic outfit are hot on the heels of Reptile Youth, careering around the rocky highways of the music industry with plenty of afore-missed artistry.

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biography

"Contrary to their official bio, which claims they're a duo from Denmark, Reptile Youth are actually the relocated souls of a thousand long-lost Brooklyn post-punk bands, cousins of the Rapture and Radio 4 who have been summoned back to this cold, dead earth for one last dance. Luckily, the funky, hook-laden Gang of Four worship, with some production from a guy who's worked with the Human League, Lady Gaga, and Hot Chip, sounds sincere enough to make these Danes pretty great. " (Spin)

Welcome to Reptile Youth, the bastard sons of psychedelic Sixties Soul, Post Punk and Synth Pop, stirred into a lookbook-approved vodka cocktail of sweaty, high-energy post-modern pop. Smart, but not too clever that they won‘t make you seriously lose your shit watching them live, the band are worshipped by almost every show critic, or indeed gig-goer out there.

"Denmark’s best export since Lego." (The Ripe)

“The renegades in Reptile Youth are energizing themselves into a sharp cocktail of frequent police threats and a musical horror vacui at every concert that makes everyone run amok. You would most defo do the same.” (Vice)

Reptile Youth is a post pop/punk/electronic duo from Denmark. The band was founded in 2009 by Mads Damsgaard Kristiansen and Esben Valløe. In 2010 the band received fame after doing the longest China Tour ever for a Danish band. In the following year the band expanded with the drummer Emil Vissing Christiensen and build up an even bigger hype by playing their intense live show at big festivals and venues as the only band without an actual release: Iceland Airwaves (IS), Reeperbahn Festival (Hamburg, Germany), Montreux Jazz Festival (Switzerland), Wavves Vienna (Austria), Sonic Visions (Luxembourg), Unit Tokyo (Japan), CMJ (New York), Eurosonic (Groningen), SPOT Festival and Roskilde Festival (Denmark).
In Tokyo, Robert Michael Poole (CNN), said:
“Reptile Youth brought the Club to its boiling point. I have worked here for six years now and I know how restrained - reserved even - the Japanese audience can be. That‘s why it was particularly cool to see the effect Reptile Youth‘s show had on the audience that got pumped right from the beginning.‘‘

In 2012 the band transmogrified into a new form, under the name of Reptile Youth. Expanding their stage presence with guitarist Mads Bergland and Emil Vissing on drums, the band continues to tour out of their Copenhagen headquarters - a city with a well known high-octane live band scene.

2012 has also seen Reptile Youth’s hotly anticipated debut album released to the world. Capturing the raucous kinetics of their live shows, the LP is set to stun. The album has been produced in London with star producers Dave M. Allen & Mark Ralph. Allen famously produced legendary bands like The Cure, Sisters of Mercy and Human League, while Ralph sat behind the desk for the Filthy Dukes, remixed Lady Gaga and produced the new Hot Chip album.
“Reptile Youth is a riot, a dream and a 21st century fuck you dadaism movement.” Mads Damsgaard
A stunning debut album released about a year ago, followed by an extensive tour schedule and numerous radio singles, a massive remix album rounding things off from May 2013 onwards, unveiling more, and mostly electronic, variations of the Reptile Youth trademark sound. 

But still this is not the end of the story as Reptile Youth can’t stand keeping all this for themselves. Mads and Esben are starving for reflections of their own world and so they’ve been curious to see what impact their music left on other creatives. 

This attitude in mind they’ve been curating what has been filed under the name of The Reptile Youth Video Project within the last months and asked different video directors to shoot videos for every song from their highly acclaimed debut album. After almost one year in the making we are proud to present The Reptile Youth Video Project on youtube.com/hfnmusicTV and the brilliant Remix album released which got released in Mai 2013.

In the near future Reptile Youth will continue to tour all over the world and focus on the production of their second album.

"We´re a band that´s gonna change a lot all the time - at least album number two is not gonna sound anything like album number one - that´s a promise" Reptile Youth 

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