This is Anna's first time as co-composer with Arnold Ludvig. The music came to her in a sudden flash and Ludvig was able to understand the music that Anna heard in her head. The inspiration took place upon arriving in their flat in Reykjavík, Iceland, when they were welcomed and shaken by an earthquake. Ludvig was studying at Listaháskóli Íslands for his Masters and one of his courses was working with Ableton Live. This was also the first time that Ludvig incorporated the use of Ableton Live in his composing process for, Good Morning Reykjavík. Anna and Ludvig were lucky to have lived in an area in Reykjavík surrounded by a patch of nature where fairies are believed to be living in the great big stones. On one glorious morning, Anna stepped out on the balcony, got inspired and sang the second part of the song (a throwback to the 60's) to the fairies. Then the question was how to blend the two very different styles of music - funk and retro together. That's when Anna came up with the idea to use a radio tuning sound, which Ludvig found on Ableton live and other sources. The sound of tap, which Anna took classes in Reykjavík and the constant sound of Icelanders saying já, já (roughly 'yow-yow' in English phonetic spelling), which Faroese people call Jau'ari were all elements that inspired Anna in the creation of Good Morning Reykjavík, a song that surely will move your feet.
MonkeyRat delivers multi-genre music rooted mainly in Funk. The band was formed in Copenhagen, Denmark with award winning guitarist, Alain Apaloo from Togo, Africa and superb Danish drummer Jens Stoklund. Together they have been performing since 2010 and recording with award winning sound engineer, Louise Nipper at Soundscape Studio in Frederiksberg, Denmark. MonkeyRat released their 2010 debut album, Fuck The Jante Law followed by Sunshine in 2012 to great reviews and many #1 hits. In 2016, 4 digital singles were released with The Hentze Horns and received international radio airplay. Get Into The Light, MonkeyRat's first hip-hop/gospel collaboration with Debbie Cameron, Deborah Herbert, and Joanita Zachariasen was released in 2018 with resounding success.
Anna Iachino from Montreal, Quebec, Canada is the songwriter, vocalist, rapper, spoken word artist and Arnold Ludvig from the Faroe Islands is the composer, arranger, and award winning virtuoso bass player. Together, they are a dynamic husband and wife team and the creators of MonkeyRat founded in 2006, in the Faroe Islands. Anna's love of dancing to funky music met her match made in heaven - Arnold Ludvig - a bad ass bassist, with an incredible slap bass technique.
1. Good Morning Reykjavík
Released on the following formats:
Digitally on all major platforms (Spotify, Apple Music, etc.). You can check it out on the player below.