The Field

Stockholm's own, Axel Willner aka THE FIELD joined the KOMPAKT family back in 2005 with the release of his cherished 12” debut “Things Keep Falling Down”. His adoration for KOMPAKT co-owner Wolfgang Voigt's GAS and M:I:5 projects from the '90's and the shoegazer rock of Slowdive and My Bloody Valentine brought forward a new fusion of ambient and techno that nobody here can ever recollect being accomplished (post-Pop Ambient anyone?). The road was paved and continued on with a remix of ANNIE that leapt onto the web - THE FIELD immediately became a cult favourite amongst the blogging community which continues to be the case to this day. The turning point for The Field could have been his remix of VICE RECORDS Scandinavian rockers, 120 DAYS. Found on well over 200 blogs and web zines, this exposed THE FIELD to a whole new realm of fans. With his 2nd single for KOMPAKT “Sun & Ice” (which appears on “FROM HERE WE GO SUBLIME”) and a remix for JAMES FIGURINE (of POSTAL SERVICE fame) this poised him for the release of "From Here We Go Sublime", his debut album which shattered everyone's expectations making it one of the most talked about albums of 2007...earning a mighty 9.0 rating on Pitchfork where they reviewed the album as that "Willner's triumph on Sublime remains how he manages to isolate and repeat his little moments, transmuting them through the basic dance music building blocks of juxtaposition and repetition into something bigger, wringing pleasure out of the always potentially dull aforementioned "sound sculpting"...."...If Willner doesn't hit at least some of your pleasure centers, well, forget your ears-- your nerve endings might actually be dead." 

This all followed with non-stop touring around the world, taking him on the road with !!!, LCD Soundsystem and others around the world on a tireless schedule. In 2008 he grew weary of performing alone and the limitations this brought with that. The Field has now evolved into a three piece band consisting of percussionist Dan Enqvist and multi-instrumentalist Andreas Söderstrom which have brought a completely new depth and voracity to the music of The Field's live performances. Together they're finishing up a new full length which will be released on Kompakt in late-May, 2009.