Review: Prins Thomas's Full Pupp label turned 15 in 2020, and here's the final installment in a series of five various artist EPs (Vols 1-4 plus, confusingly, 'FPXX15') they've been releasing to mark the occasion. As with the other volumes, all four cuts are brand new productions from label regulars, and as per the label's MO generally, all four blur the boundaries between deep house and nu-disco, with Jarle Brathen's 'Vaguely Wavey' probably the pick for house floors, and Velferd's 'Returning' the one to head for if you're in search of some of that shimmer-y, sparkly 80s Euro flava. Scandi-disco at its best.
Synk - "Lykkemaskin" (Prins Thomas mix) - (4:58) 131 BPM
Review: Prins Thomas's Full Pupp reached their 15th birthday in 2020, an event they've been celebrating all year via a series of five EPs. Now, all five get conveniently bundled together in album for the benefit of anyone who hasn't been paying attention! The album's 23 tracks span a fair range of musical ground, from straight-up deep house (see Marius Vareid's 'Acidus') and shimmering nu-disco (Pandreas's 'N.M.') to leffield electronica (DJ Fett Birger's 'Blot Fis | Hvite Linbukser', floaty prog (JaddaJaddaPlay's 'Flagrende Gevanter') and haunting cosmic/Italo disco (Tarje & Are's 'For Rubicon'), making for an enjoyable and varied listen.
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Bergen-based producer Velferd, whose 2010 cut "The Aspen's Turning Gold" - later reissued with fresh remixes by Hell Yeah Recordings - has become something of a Scandolearic disco classic. There's something rather fitting, then, about his first single for seven years appearing on Prins Thomas's Full Pupp label. Happily, opener "The City That Drowned" is something of a stunner - a warm, evocative and breathlessly melodious fusion of tactile bottom-end, spiraling synths and sun-bright electronics seemingly tailor-made for summer dancefloors. Elsewhere, "Never" is a piano-heavy Scandolearic house roller, while the wonderfully positive "Through The Valley" sounds like Talamanca System jamming with Hans-Peter Lindstrom. It's good to have Velferd back.