Review: Although they have plied their trade in many different places over the years, Norwegian jazz mavericks Jaga Jazzist have in many ways always been synonymous with Ninja Tune, not least since The Stix woke the world up to the band back in 2002. After a two year gap since their Live With Britten Sinfonia LP, Lars Horntveth and his merry band of multi-instrumentalists return with a new collection that five sizable pieces. The glittering romanticism and expressive musicality of the Jazzist is still very much present, with the sprawling "Big City Music" displaying a noticeable kosmische leaning in its forthright propulsion. It's an approach that should satisfy long time fans as much as new recruits.
Review: Acclaimed Norwegian modern jazz ensemble Jaga Jazzist are keen to state that this new live album of theirs is anything but dull in the way the most live albums tend to be. They needn't have worried though because a) they know what they're doing and b) it's a recording of their much-celebrated Barbican shows with the Britten Sinfonia. None of the show's dynamics are lost in this format, instead the recording is almost like a new studio album in itself!
Review: Making their mark on Smalltown Supersound, the nine-piece Norwegian Jaga Jazzist ensemble have earned their place on Ninja Tune by supplying the label with five albums and a clutch EPs over the course of five years. It's clear the collective hold a special over at Ninja Tune which perhaps explains why the label have commissioned a remix from fellow countryman Todd Terje who keeps the original's classical theatrics in tow, while also adding his trademark disco touch in a 10-minute production that traverses many genres - and cosmic galaxies.
Review: Mungolian Jetset's Pal Nyhus, aka DJ Strangefruit, is one of the unsung heroes of Norwegian electronic music. While nowhere near as celebrated as compatriots Hans-Peter Lindstrom, Prins Thomas and "Todd" Terje Olsen, he's been the glue that holds the Oslo disco scene together for the best part of a decade. His project with studio don Knut Saevik is consistently excellent - and fittingly, their new offering Mungoldelics starts with a bang. Opener "Toccato" starts off sounding like a cosmic disco take on Steve Reich's Music For 18 Musicians, before morphing into a thrillingly Scandolearic fusion of spine tingling marimba melodies and trippy, darkroom electronics. There's much more to explore here - a string of collaborations (Balearic types Athana, Norwegian pop singer Unni and electronica/jazz fusionists Jaga Jazzist all feature), a handful of strange new pseudonyms (Knights of Jumungus anyone?) and the occasional original production. It's pretty much a brand new Mungolian Jetset album proper; it doesn't sound like anything else.