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The Field

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Multiple artists have released music under the name of The Field, the most widely known being Swedish minimal techno producer Axel Willner. Others include a British rock band and a Norwegian pop/jazz band.

1. Stockholm, Sweden
The Field is the minimal techno project of Axel Willner from Stockholm, Sweden. Since 2005, he has released three full-length albums, in addition to a handful of 12-inch singles and EPs, primarily through influential German label Kompakt. His unique, mesmerizing blend of ambient, trance, and techno is focused on repetition, while incorporating microsamples of pop songs from artists like The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, and Kate Bush.

Willner had previously released music under various names (Lars Blek, James Larsson, porte, Cordouan, etc) through his own Garmonbozia label. In 2005, he debuted as The Field with the 12-inch single “Things Keep Falling Down” on Kompakt, who signed him after he submitted a demo featuring a remix of Annie’s “Heartbeat.” The 2006 release of 12-inch Sun & Ice, in addition to remixes for 120 Days and James Figurine, added to the growing anticipation for a full-length debut.

In March of 2007, his first LP for Kompakt, From Here We Go Sublime, received acclaim from publications like Pitchfork, Stylus, Dusted, and NME. According to Metacritic, it was the best-reviewed album of the year. Resident Advisor eventually placed it 29th on their list of the decade’s best records. Also in 2007 Willner was recruited by Stockholm’s Nordic Light Hotel to record a four-track EP for their Sound of Light project.

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