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 third volume of Full Pupp's 15-year birthday celebrations sees the label's friends and close associates delivering a wonderfully varied dance floor EP. Iben Elster is a relative newcomer to Norway's scene, but "Kong (Ibens Overdub)" is an alluring slice of dubbed out disco. Meanwhile, label owner Prins Thomas drops an acid-heavy, breakbeat-led take on Magnus International's "Sitronsyre" and Skatebard goes down a deep techno direction with "Bim Bam", where a rolling rhythm and snappy hi hats underpin floaty melodies. Wild Flowers' contribution is different again, as "Magic Johnson" drops a mysterious-sounding house groove that's redolent of classic Nu Groove.
Review: Veteran Scandolearic sort Magnus Sheehan has never been one for putting out huge amounts of material, making this EP - a speedy follow-up to recent debut album Echo To Echo - something of a surprise bonus. While two of the four tracks - the dreamy but jaunty, loved-up goodness of "Big Red", and intensely cheery "Zap The Cat" - are taken from that set, that still leaves a pair of previously unheard cuts to savour. There's "Kambodia", a sparse but heavy combination of chugging, Italo-disco arpeggio lines, hypnotic drum machine beats and tuneful synthesizer motifs, and "Swing Your Thing", a typically positive number that fixes jammed out melody lines to analogue-sounding techno beats.
Review: Norwegian nu-disco dude Magnus International is back on local institution Full Pupp. Prins Thomas' label claims that he has earned his stripes in Oslo's disco scene. After a hiatus from recording, he donned the producer's cap resolutely for his debut LP, Echo to Echo in 2016. Now, Magnus' studio is open for business once again and these four tracks roll on into the world from Oslo's shores. The galloping, neon-lit groove of the title track (remixed in this case by Chmmr) really nails the Pupp sound to a tee, as does the driving and wonky techno (yes!) of the dynamic opener "Fluted Oval". We also had a fondness for the deeply ethereal and atmospheric slow burner "Mirepoix" which really closed out this impressive EP in bold fashion.
Review: This will mark the seventh release by Magnus "International" Sheehan on Full Pupp. The Oslo-based producer returns with a deep and entrancing polyrhythmic workout on "Cosmic Cow Session" which even the label itself says harks back to the sounds from the turn of the millennium - think Danny Tenaglia and Junior Vasquez at Twilo circa 2000. Daniel "Blackbelt" Andersen then provides a remix, the latin tribal aesthetic returns on the hypnotic tool "Cosmic Rhythm Session" similarly impresses and probably the most structured track on here appears last in the form of "Cosmic Jam Session" - a groovy acid nu-disco workout that works those magical rhythms from before into new forms.