Review: 'Try new things. You may regret it. It might backfire. Do it anyway.' Norweigian imprint Full Pupp present here a beautiful ambient album by local artist Even Brenden aka Chmmr, following his debut album 'Auto' back in 2017. Here he delivers a new collection of music to inspire half an hour of your life. The sophomore album Try New Things features (in order of appearance): the lo-slung hip-house of "One More Day 2 Play", the chilled beats of "Adult Land #6", the neon-lit '80s boogie of "Nfo Love Song" and the sublime daydream balearica of "4Cc". Absolute bliss on offer here from Prins Thomas' ever impressive Full Pupp imprint.
Review: We aptly described CHMMR's 2017 debut album, Auto, as a "gorgeous LP that spans just about every corner of the electronic dance framework that resides left of field". The set's picturesque Scandolearic eclecticism makes it ripe for remixing, so it's no surprise that Full Pupp boss Prins Thomas has decided to commission a swathe of reworks. This first volume contains two tasty new reworks of album highlight "Pretty Space" by daydreaming Norwegian house hero Telephones. The first, the "Energized Mix", wraps the Running Back regular's usual sparkling synthesizers, glassy-eyed electronics and tropical textures around stabbing bass notes and bustling house beats, while the second (the "Gren Fatarik Oo-mox Dub") delivers Bjorn Torske style drum-laden late night sweatiness by the bucketload.
Review: Intriguingly, Full Pupp boss Prins Thomas has chosen to open this second set of remixes of tracks from CHMMR's charming debut album, Auto, with two previously unheard cuts, rather than reworks. "Fast Forward", is a deliciously glassy-eyed chunk of electro/Telle style synth-pop fusion that's cheerier than a stockbroker on bonus day, while "Solo" melds jazz-funk style synthesizer solos to intergalactic ambient chords and Steve Riley style high-end arpeggios. Both are, naturally, ace. Prins Thomas's two Diskomiks versions of "0x60" are naturally both superb. The first sees him gleefully dance naked through rush-inducing Scandolearic disco territory, while the second ("Part 2") is a delay-laden drum dub rich in layered hand percussion and feverish African influences.
Review: Even Brenden's CHMMR project is giving the Scandinavian scene a renewed sense of freshness and subtlety when it comes to hazy, downtempo beats. The producer is back on Norway's sublime Full Pupp imprint with a gorgeous LP that spans just about ever corner of the electronic dance framework that resides left of field. Auto is a gorgeous piece of work, from its slow, lingering sense of euphoria that spans the entirety of its ten tracks, to the elegance and precision of the melodies themselves. Balearic might be one way to describe this colourful composition of sounds, but we believe that it goes much further than that, and actually resides in the enlarged house domain. This, of course, is for your slower, and perhaps earlier sets...and by early we mean early hours.
Review: Two years on from his last appearance on Full Pupp, Even 'CHMMR' Brenden returns to Prins Thomas' label with three more distinctive chunks of Scandolearic disco/house fusion. The undoubted centrepiece is title track "Media Vision", a thrillingly sparse and analogue-sounding epic built around slo-mo drum machine rhythms, thick acid bass, lilting melodies, stretched-out percussion sections, and occasional ghostly synths. Those looking for more upbeat, peaktime fare are well catered for on the A-side, both by the grunting, warehouse-friendly synth-house pump of druggy opener "Understand", and the cheery, piano-sporting bounce of midtempo anthem "User".
Review: Following a promising debut on Norway's brilliantly bonkers Luna Flicks label, Norse producer Even Brenden ups sticks and moves to Headman's Relish imprint. The Updated & Expanded 10th Anniversary Edition sees him in fine form, dropping a relentlessly chirpy-but-menacing synth onslaught that sounds like Lindstrom or Diskjokke after two days without sleep. Relish have pushed the boat out for the remixes, offering Brassica a chance to lay down some glacial synthwave, and Renaissance Man to come on like Four Tet on speed. There's also a breezy but heavy bonus cut, "Kanke Faux Alt Du Peker Paa" (like Amiga game music with additional sub bass), which gets a grandiose Scandolearic rework from Telephones.
Review: All City's Pear label, Dublin's current finest in the deep house game, comes through with its first collaborative release, a six-track monster carrying all sorts of enchanting synth sounds for the mind. Sage's opener is the perfect companion to an early morning beach set, while Plush Throw's "Plushwoshback" adds in a little quirkiness to the groove, and CLI's remix of "User" by CHMMR lays down a neat little piano house groove for the lovers. The flipside kicks off with Brien's "Convertible Woman", a suave and laid-back house groover, whereas Noah Skelton's dubby minimal techno on "Looped Reflections" makes for a refreshing breath of air, and "Delish89" from Candles ends on an utterly vibeing bit of balearic boogie for the soul. Delicious.
Review: Zurich label Relish Recordings in the house again with a retrospective compilation highlighting a golden period of releases that landed between 2013-2016. Be it the techy cosmic disco of DC Salas, Zelda chiptune electro of Chmmr to the epic 808s and Italo vocoders of Whatever/Whatever's Les Filles Du Limmatquai remix, BORVII pulls at the wonder years of a label that brought classic works from the likes of Headman, Yuksek and Don Cash to Riot In Belgium!
Review: Synth-tastic nu-disco that draws on Italo, Belgian new beat and EBM for inspiration is the general order of the day on this various artists comp from Headman's Relish label. Daniel Avery is the best known name on a talent roster comprised mostly of more up-and-coming artists but the quality standard is high throughout, with tracks ranging from Avery's dark, technoid 'Input/Machine' to Hannelulauri's almost Sparks-ish 'Europa (Dub)', and from Andrea Esu's EBM percussion workout 'E.S.U. Track' to Chmmr's '16 Tonns', which comes on like Sylvester wandering the streets of early 80s LA in a red leather blouson with gigantic shoulderpads.