Norwegian native, Peder Losnegård, made a big splash this year. Not under the water sample-enthused, Jersey club sounds of his counterpart, Trippy Turtle, but under his original moniker Lido. Still known as LidoLido on his official Wikipedia page the recent Jersey Club superstar originated as a rapper in his native Norway. During those years as Lido, the young Losnegård had 2 successful albums peaking respectively at numbers 5 and 6 in the Norwegian charts. In addition to this, the Nowegian star opened tour stops in Oslo for Talib Kweli and the Queen B herself. Things have taken a 180 since then, and in matter of less than a year he was taking on a whole different genre.
Lido has an eclectic and eccentric style to his music. One song can be the bubbliest, most animated electronic song you’ve ever heard, and the next release is this minimalistic, piano-guided that brings out emotional depth all the while keeping it original and unmistakably his own sound. You can tell he has a rich musical background. His varying time signatures, intricate percussion, and beautiful runs and harmonies sound almost orchestral in a modern, electronic sense.
Lido gained the adoration of the electronic world with his debut EP ‘I Love You‘, receiving so many remixes that he offered an official remix EP and a “Remixtape” for free download to showcase his appreciation. He flooded us with remixes of his own as well. Ranging from Justin Timberlake’s ‘TKO‘ to Bill Withers’ ‘Ain’t No Sunshine‘, he displays there’s no genre he can’t tackle. Even after all the original and remixed material, Lido produced for electronic music’s rising starlets LIZ and Alison Wonderland. Also going under the radar and assisted Cashmere Cat with his track for pop princess, Ariana Grande.
It’s interesting to see where Lido goes from here considering he’s been a recurring face amongst much of this year’s musical offerings. As much as I want to hear his old “hip-hop” days and spit a few bars, I’d be content to see even more of his electronic self than we did in 2014.
Words: William Cua