House of Wallenberg“Be Somebody” features Octavia St Laurent, star of the famous documentary Paris is Burning, which tells the story of the vogue and ball room scene of Harlem.Released alongside the radio version is the remix “Part II”, which features an additional part by the one and only Neneh Cherry.Sadly Octavia St Laurent passed away before the release of this single. To celebrate her memory, the famous vogue houses of New York, spearheaded by House of Ninja, House of Milan and House of Evisu, came together and gave an epic performance in the accompanying video directed by Petter Wallenberg himself. During filming, a homeless man came up and held an improvised speech about the meaning of being somebody, which is featured in it’s entirity in the breakdown of the video.
The single “Be Somebody” (feat. Octavia St Laurent) including the remix “Be Somebody Part II” (feat. Octavia St Laurent & Neneh Cherry) is released on iTunes, Spotify and all major digital platforms on March 18th.
House Of Wallenberg is the moniker of Swedish producer Petter Wallenberg – after his previous single “legendary” that featured the resurrection of Swedish rap diva Leila K – he returns with a new single “Be My Lover” (which you can listen to and watch over at PSL) + new EP “Legends” (to be released November 23rd) which is a prelude to the release of his debut album with the same name dropping April 2013. On the album he has worked with choice Swedish vocalists such as Efti, Leila K and rapper Mapei along with other guest artists such as Jwl B from Yo Majesty.
We here at Discobelle can give you the exclusive premiere of the track “Katastrof” that features Leila K and Mapei dueling in rapid-fire verses all while the dirty electro production swarms around them.
PS. This coming weekend there will be two releaseparties in Stockholm, first in line is the party for “Be My Lover” on Friday November 23rd at East and the day after there’ll be a party for “Legends” at Mums Mums/Strand.
After many years in London, arranging clubs, creating art and being in electro bands, Petter Wallenberg (check his facebook site) returned to his native Sweden and realised that many of the things he had run away from were actually quite fun and loveable. And so he started Mums Mums (Swedish for yum yum) – a club, a magazine, a creative collective and a movement, bringing aesthetic chaos to the streamlined Scandistyle of Stockholm with twisted happenings, porn musicals and pig-nosed hostesses. All to the soundtrack of dance music from a time when love was the message.
Now Mums Mums turns into a new incarnation, that of a record label, as he releases his debut album. The album itself, Legends, is one big stage featuring the whole cast of his background. A fusion of Disco with old school Hiphop, Electro, Lovers rock, Punk and classic House, on Legends Wallenberg collaborates with his favorite female artists of all time. Stars like Ari Up from pioneering punk group The Slits appear alongside early Swedish rap icons Leila K and Efti (of cult girl group Midi, Maxi & Efti), next to new edgy talent like Mapei and JWL B (of Florida rappers Yo Majesty). It also features soul divas Victoria Wilson James (Soul II Soul and The Shamen) and Octavia St Laurent from the legendary documentary about the vogue scene, Paris Is Burning. Both Ari Up and Octavia St Laurent later died of cancer, making their appearances even more precious.
Wallenberg’s first single, Legendary (featuring Leila K), is released on the 30th of May 2011. The lyrics are based on a triumphantly bitchy line from Paris is burning, introducing the album’s battle cry, “I’m legendary – you’re not!”
Big name producers, DJ’s, fans and beginners – you are all invited to make your own version of “Legendary” (The acapella is available on his website). Mums Mums Records and Cosmos Music Group will then pick out the remixes they like the most and release them both digitally and on an exclusive vinyl 12″!
Wallenberg is looking for your very special remix. Do your thang and remember – you are legendary!