Kohib



photo: Knut Aaserud

Kohib is the primary studio moniker of wildly talented Norwegian artist, Øivind Andersen Sjøvoll. The DJ, producer and club organiser has been actively producing exquisitely formed and far-reaching music for two decades, releasing cosmically-centred sounds on labels including Beatservice, Paper and Sprechen, and compilation series like Buddha Bar. Ranging in glorious tone from the sweetest sunset soundtracks to throbbing meta-disco deviance, his expansive sound palette is both rich with vibrant luminosity and refreshingly difficult to predict.

Hailing from Sortland in the north of Norway, he's been a key figure in the smouldering club scene in Tromsø since 1997, initially operating solely as a DJ before later adding the role of club organiser to his repertoire. Sjøvoll's musical debut came as a member of the band Parliavox back in 2001, where he and his bandmates skilfully blended a jazz-funk essence with elements of house and electronica. Continuing in the proud Norse meta-disco lineage, two years later his solo electronica production journey began in earnest, and his recording debut arrived in 2005 when his 'Truger' track featured on Beatservice Record's 'Prima Norsk 3' compilation. In 2010, Beatservice again provided a home for Kohib's first album 'Make Fire', with a remix edition following a year later, and 2020 saw the much-anticipated follow-up long-player 'In Mountains' launched to critical acclaim. The past two decades have seen Kohib deliver a steady stream of immaculately constructed singles, with some of many highlights including the 'Solar Day' and 'Tirakan' EPs on Beatservice, and 'Italovest' and 'Itchy Kitchy People' EPs on Sprechen.

Aside from his solo work, Sjøvoll has collaborated with numerous singers and artists – notably joining forces with Lydia Waits, Bel Canto's Anneli Drecker, Mari Boine and Dagny – and combining as Kohib & Kahuun for a pair of scintillating eponymous EPs. On top of this, he serves as producer and band member of the acts F.A.C.E. and High Heeled Giants, where still more captivating and at times pop-centric sonics are explored.

Kohib's diverse yet distinct sound palette has its roots firmly planted in the analogue realm, with some of the key weapons in his audio arsenal including vintage rarities like Mini-Pop Junior, MC-303 and MS-20, as well as contemporary favourites from synth legends Moog, Dave Smith and Roland. The beating heart of his studio is a small modular system, with a Doepfer Dark Time sequencer utilised to direct the pulse from one machine to another.

Outside of the studio, he has been no less active. In 1998, he and a few friends started the legendary club Yaz'n – Norway's smallest club – which quickly gained a reputation for its delightfully sweaty club nights. Following this, he owned and ran the revered club/cafe Circa for 15 years – a jewel in the Tromsø club scene – and now he is a part of the live stages at Storgata Camping and Amtmandens.

With yet more lovingly-crafted studio fire forthcoming over the coming months, Kohib is beyond doubt an artist whose exquisitely imagined work elegantly soars above the saturated field, and whose exceptional work continues to move and inspire in equal measure.


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Discography

  • BS121CD Make Fire CD (Beatservice Records 2010)
  • BS130 Make Fire - The Remixes Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2011)
  • BS137 Solar Day EP 12" (Beatservice Records 2012)
  • BS139 Tirakan EP (featuring Mari Boine) Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2012)
  • BS152 La Grave EP Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2014)
  • BS153 Kohib & Fox: Ben She Digital Single (Beatservice Records 2014)
  • BS157 Kohib & Kahuun: Kohib & Kahuun EP Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2015)
  • BS166 Kohib & Kahuun: Kohib & Kahuun EP2 Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2016)
  • BS192 Kohib & Fox: Talk To Me Digital Single (Beatservice Records 2018)
  • BS210 So Good (Discomix) Digital Single (Beatservice Records 2019)
  • BS228 Alone In Mountains Digital Single (Beatservice Records 2020)
  • BS229 In Mountains LP/digital (Beatservice Records 2020)
  • BS247 Armored Boy (featuring Anneli Drecker) single (Beatservice Records 2021)
  • BS250-1 Rhythm Cast A Spell On Me (featuring Lydia Waits) Digital single (Beatservice Records 2021)
  • BS250-2 Fake Fur (featuring Helle Larsen) Digital single (Beatservice Records 2021)

Forthcoming

  • BS250-3 Sidewalk Confessions (featuring Helle Larsen) Digital single (3. dec 2021)

compilation contributions

  • Prima Norsk 3 - the space disco EP (BS078) 12" (Beatservice Records 2005)
    Kohib: Truger
  • Prima Norsk 3 - the space disco edition (BS078CD) CD (Beatservice Records 2005)
    Kohib: Truger
  • Frisvold & Lindbæk: Diskoism (BS123CD) CD (Beatservice Records 2010)
    Kohib: Tales From A Nomad (Frisvold & Lindbæk Mix)
  • Kohib & Kahuun EP (BS157) Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2015)
    Kohib: Dynamo Rex / Kohib: Dynamo Rex (Kahuun Remix)
  • ArchiPOP#1 (BS160) Digital Album (Beatservice Records 2015)
    Kohib & Fox: Ben She
  • Prima Norsk 4 (BS165) Digital Album (Beatservice Records 2016)
    Kohib: Ut Paa Diskotek
  • Prima Norsk 4 (BS165CD) CD (Beatservice Records 2016)
    Kohib: Ut Paa Diskotek
  • Prima Norsk 4 (BS165LP) LP (Beatservice Records 2016)
    Kohib: Ut Paa Diskotek
  • Kohib & Kahuun EP2 (BS166) Digital EP (Beatservice Records 2016)
    Kohib: Pittsburgh / Kohib: Pittsburgh (Kahuun Remix)
  • ArchiPOP#2 (BS200) Digital Album (Beatservice Records 2018)
    Kohib: Talk To Me (featuring Fox) (discomix)
  • ArchiPOP#2 (BS200LP) LP (Beatservice Records 2018)
    Kohib: Talk To Me (featuring Fox) (discomix)
  • Prima Norsk 5 (BS215) Digital Album (Beatservice Records 2019)
    Kohib: The Kung Fu Session
  • BSRMX01 (BS236) Digital Album (Beatservice Records 2020)
    Kohib: So Good (Reggie Got Beats Remix)
  • BSRMX01 (BS236CD) CD (Beatservice Records 2020)
    Kohib: So Good (Reggie Got Beats Remix)

Remixes

  • Kings of Convenience: I'd Rather dance with you (Orions belte mix) (EMI 2005) * as Parliavox
  • Flunk:Morning Star (Parliavox Remix) (Beatservice Records 2005) * as Parliavox
  • Cinque Cento: Ease My Mind (Parliavox ørkenmix) (Beatservice Records 2005) * as Parliavox
  • Mari Boine: Davvi Bávttin (The Shadow) (Kohib Remix) (EMI 2007)
  • Urban Tunell: Balkanbeat (The Kohib Remixes) (Upnorth Records 2007)
  • Adjagas: Mun Ja Mun (Kohib Remix) (Ever Records 2007)
  • Fjordfunk: Aurora (Kohib rmx) (Luna Flicks 2008)
  • Flunk: Common Sense (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2009)
  • Hex Pistols: Discko Computer (Kohib RMX) (Love OD Communications 2010)
  • F.A.C.E.: Components (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2010)
  • Karoline Garfjell: Tokyo Night (Kohib Remix) (Frostworld Recordings 2010)
  • 22: Kneel Estate (Kohib Remix) (Best Before Records 2011)
  • Nils Noa: Move Like The Wind (Kohib Remix) (Troll Records 2014)
  • Syntax Erik: Hello My Name Is Raymond (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2015)
  • Kahuun: Superduplex (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2015)
  • Mørk: Tour De Senja (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2016)
  • Kahuun: Sangefjell (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2016)
  • Rave-enka: Diskomiddel (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2017)
  • De Fantastiske To: Syklon (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2017)
  • Reggie Got Beats: Verdensrommet (Kohib Remix) (Beatservice Records 2019)
  • Julie Alapnes: Støa (Kohib Remix) (Apollo's Place 2020)
  • Aggie Frost: Tidløs (Kohib Remix) (Frostworld recordings 2020)

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