Review: The mighty Paper Recordings bring us a split EP from two producers who (as the EP title kinda hints!) both hail from Troms? in Norway: Keecen and Torje Spilde AKA Third Attempt. The deep disco-house of Third Attempt's 'Push' and wonked-out squelch of Keecen's 'Gone' are just the hors d'oeuvres: it's the entr?es that make this EP essential. Third Attempt's 'Discotek' is a bass-y, brassy stomper - complete with Loleatta vocal bites - that could get the dead up and dancin', while Keecen's 'Define Jazz' rocks more of that phat, squelchy bottom-end and wouldn't have disgraced Basement Jaxx in their 'Remedy'-era prime.
Review: Label co-owner Flash Atkins is at the controls for this second celebration of Paper Music's first 25 years. While there's a smattering of material from the label's first 15 years, the majority of Atkins' selections come from releases put out over the last decade. Like its' predecessor, it's an action-packed affair full of high quality cuts. Standouts include the swirling nu-disco bliss of Rave-Enka's "Honningen", the hazy lounge-jazz-meets-house sleaziness of Diskobeistet's "Birklunden", the piano-powered chunkiness of Leon Sweet's "Beat Slave Auto", the analogue deep house bubbliness of Doc L Junior's "Twilight" and the early morning deep house hypnotism of Ryan Kick's remix of Space Coast's "Just Past Midnight". Best of all, though, is the TB-303-powered hypno-house insanity of Ralph Myerz and The Kosmik Diamondz 14-minute "Acid 4 Eddie".