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: Four very solid deep house cuts here from Oslo's Mats Frantzvaag. Aptly-titled opener 'Beginning' is a mid-paced groover with filtered synth sweeps and a vaguely disco-ish feel, and would sound fantastic combined with big speakers and sunshine. 'Annan Dag Versjon' is a more stripped-back affair centred around an understated rumbling b-line, crisp percussion and barely-there vocal snips, while 'Going There Someday' heads even deeper, with jazzual sax flourishes, before 'Bolgehouse' plays us out on a more contemplative, post-club kinda note. No big room drama here, just finely crafted grooves built for true house music lovers.
Review: Smallville rarely disappoints, so it's little surprise to find that the label's latest multi-artist excursion is packed with high-grade deep house treats. Frantzvaag kicks things off with "Fredens", a quirky, off-kilter number that wraps a lo-fi electronic melody and sreamy chords around clicking machine drums and a dub style bassline, before Nightseajourney ups the tempo via the sun-bright peak-time warmth of Rhodes-sporting EP highlight "Lonnie's Condition". You'll find more bleeping melodies and enveloping chords on the jazz-fired deep house bump of Margaux's "Water on Mars", while Qnete's "A New Beginning Ending" is an alien-sounding shuffle into early morning deep house territory.