Review: As far as labels go, we were super impressed with the standard of content that the team behind Articulate were able to mass across 2018, and therefore were super excited to see their latest release appear on our shelves. This project boils down to four futuristic funky bangers, with Ali McK & IYZ leading the way on their industrial masterpiece 'Trenches'. Next, we take a look at Nuaura's patois infused thrill ride entitled 'Lost', which fuses electronic leads with potent sub pressure perfectly. Following this, Doc Zee strips the arrangements right back on 'Kick Back', before Ali McK, IYZ and Retrospect join forces on the fierce designs of 'Quentin'. An excellent way to kick off the year!
Review: For 15 years now Norway's Full Pupp label has been a constant source of redefined disco, rhythm and electro music thanks to a funky fruit salad of artists like Prins Thomas, Magnus International, Oyvind Morken and Blackbelt Anderson - to Lindstrom, Telephones and Chmmr over the years. From that list, Blackbelt makes it back to this anniversary comp with a '70s Jamaican dub inspired house loop alongside the mighty loose but banging and woozy "Blot Fis I Hvite Linbukser' from Fett Burger. Everyone' favourite Bjorn Torske sends in some low end funk and delayed guitar rhythms in "Ramma", with syncopated Latin vibes, shaky pianos and frantic percussion in "Metro Part 1" by Doc L Junior.
Review: Arguably the most notable thing about this third volume in Full Pupp's "Splits" series - aside from the fact that it's really rather good - is the appearance of Doc L Junior, one of the unsung heroes of Norwegian dance music (he first started DJing and producing music in the '90s). His contribution, the quirky dub-disco/Munich Machine/Erot fusion of "C'est Ca", feels like a long-lost gem from the "Bergen Wave" era of Norwegian dance music. It's great, and about the most Norse thing you'll hear this month. Elsewhere, Frantzvaag doffs a hat to vintage Those Norwegians releases on Paper Recordings via the low-slung, filter-heavy disco-house of "Saitama", while MI re-edits "Sampletune" into a suitably celebratory chunk of left-of-centre disco cheeriness.
Review: The sixth volume in Whiskey Disco's ongoing "Small Batch" series boasts a tasty rework from one of the longest-serving members of the Norwegian house and disco fraternity, former Music For Freaks and Sex Tags Mania contributor Doc L Junior. His contribution, "Closer", is undeniably the EP's strongest moment, with the Tromso resident brilliantly wrapping jammed-out electric piano lines, chiming vibraphone solos and tight horn blasts around a chunky and bumping house groove. Elsewhere, Colombian crew GOD (short for "Grumpy Old DJs", apparently) brilliantly breathe new life into what sounds like a sun-kissed Brazilian boogie record from the mid 1980s, before Just Baker offers up a loopy, filter-sporting trip into swirling disco-house territory.