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From shimmering space disco to deep melodic house, Internasjonal has got you covered. The German/Norwegian label run by Prins Thomas and Kai Fraeger has been releasing banger after banger since 2007. Artists that have jumped on this cosmic journey include: Roland Tings, DJ Harvey, Gerd Jansen, Tridact, Cooper Saver, Windsurf, Cole Medina, The Emperor Machine and more. Internasjonal’s parent label is Full Pupp and its sub-label is Internasjonal Spesial.
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The Wall
The Wall (Prins Thomas remix) - (7:10) 53 BPM Hot
Petro (Prins Thomas edit) - (4:25) 112 BPM
Material Illusion - (5:05) 101 BPM
Shaken Not Stirred (Prins Thomas edit) - (4:43) 102 BPM
Review: Baltimore head Discuji somewhat out of nowhere arrives on Internasjonal. The American artist does so with The Wall EP, throwing down some classical slo mo and groove-chugging contemporary disco of an esteemed order. A somewhat illusive artist, Discuji's music has previously appeared on labels like Better On Foot and Sub_Urban that dates back to 2019, and a pandemic later and some years later, we're privy to a rare new original. With sailing star synths, keys and a cruising rhythm with the most subtle of space western themes, the record also comes with a bevy of Prin Thomas edits of other killer Discuji numbers. Our tip: "Shaken Not Stirred".
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INTSS 015
03 May 24
Balearic/Downtempo
Mascara De Tigre
Mascara De Tigre - (6:10) 120 BPM
Mascara De Tigre (Prins Thomas remix) - (8:38) 120 BPM
Dreamers - (5:52) 120 BPM
Drummer's Dance - (5:36) 120 BPM Hot
Review: For the latest missive on his long-running Internasjonal imprint, Norse disco don Prins Thomas has turned to first-time collaborators SONNS (AKA South Korea-based Frenchman Timothee Victorri) and Mexcian maverick Inigo Vontier, a producer renowned for the psychedelic nature of his dancefloor workouts. The headline attraction is arguably title tracl 'Mascara De Tigre', a pleasingly percussive, offbeat and mind-mangling affair that wraps hazy piano motifs, trippy electronics and tactile vocal samples around an unusual but addictive beat. Prins Thomas remixes, giving the track a sleazy Italo disco-meets-weirdo house flex, before the pair offer up two more tracks: the acid-flecked nu-disco shuffle of 'Dreamers' and the post punk-goes-dark disco flex of 'Drummers Dance'.
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INTSS 012
12 Apr 24
Disco/Nu-Disco
Brother
Brother - (5:19) 122 BPM Hot
Sticky Fingers - (5:22) 124 BPM
Brother (Alan Dixon Piano Reprise remix) - (2:30) 124 BPM
Brother (Alan Dixon Love Attack remix) - (6:49) 124 BPM
The New Normal - (5:59) 120 BPM
Review: The artist now known as Atlantic Brain has previously released lots of music under a wide variety of solo and collaborative aliases, most notably Linntronix. Here the Munich-based producer delivers his second outing under his current alias, a quietly impressive label debut for Prins Thomas's Internasjonal imprint. The key cut is 'Brother', a squelchy, star-gazing slab of melodic electro brilliance that comes accompanied by two Alan Dixon reworks: a short, spine-tingling 'Piano Reprise' (two minutes of saucer-eyed bliss) and a sublime, Italo-house influenced 'Love Attack Mix' that sounds like an anthem in the making. Elsewhere, 'The New Normal' is another atmospheric, rubbery and attractive electro workout, and 'Sticky Fingers' is an acid-electro roller.
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INT 053
10 Nov 23
Electro
Ciao Sei Tu
Ciao Sei Tu - (6:58) 128 BPM
Ciao Sei Tu (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (8:39) 126 BPM Hot
Stud Puffin - (5:09) 130 BPM
Review: Berlin-based Italian Luigi Di Venere makes his solo debut following a period spent working alongside Jules Etienne as SolidAir and Massimiliano Pagliari as Banana Moon. It's a very strong debut, too, with 'Ciao Se To' wrapping waves of hallucinatory electronics and incessant bleeps around a throbbing, neo-trance bassline, suspenseful chords and breathless beats. As is customary, Internasjonal label co-founder Prins Thomas provides an extended remix, reaching for mind-mangling acid lines, weighty dub disco bass and his usual energetic, sweat-soaked drums. It's an intense remix, but also a genuinely brilliant one. To round off the EP, Di Venere drops 'Stud Puffin', a jacking slab of sub-heavy techno with added peak-time funk.
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INTSS 011
06 Oct 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Master Of Disaster
Master Of Disaster - (6:09) 125 BPM
Interrazziale - (5:53) 126 BPM Hot
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INTSS 010
22 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Differenze
Differenze - (6:37) 116 BPM Hot
Sandy - (4:55) 120 BPM
Review: Prins Thomas and Kai Fraeger's Internasjonal label welcome back Italy's Angelo Battilani. His 'Gabbiani' EP for them late last year packed three tracks of synth-tastic, wonked-out Italo and we're very much in the same vein here. 'Differenze' has one main synth riff that pulsates throughout while all manner of other squiggles and FX do battle around it, and is definitely one for those weirded-out 5am moments, while 'Sandy' is a more melodic affair with the drums and bassline playing a more central role, and as such would probably be the better bet for non-specialist floors.
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INTSS 009
08 Sep 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Capricorn In Pisces
Capricorn In Pisces - (6:06) 120 BPM Hot
Obetrol - (5:42) 120 BPM
Skylark Dance - (5:20) 115 BPM
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INTSS 008
14 Apr 23
Disco/Nu-Disco
Low Battery
Low Battery - (5:16) 123 BPM Hot
Keep Me Up With You - (5:45) 124 BPM
Floral World - (6:35) 124 BPM
Celebration - (6:27) 126 BPM
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INTSS 007
30 Dec 22
Funky/Club House
Half Season
Half Season - (6:27) 120 BPM
Botox Mea Lux - (6:37) 118 BPM Hot
Circulation - (7:25) 121 BPM
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INTSS 006
09 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Gabbiani
Gabbiani - (6:03) 118 BPM Hot
Frapi - (6:45) 110 BPM
AECG - (8:52) 120 BPM
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INTSS 005
02 Dec 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fall
Fall - (6:57) 120 BPM Hot
Fall (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (7:09) 123 BPM
Take Over - (5:52) 120 BPM
Review: There's much to set the pulse racing on sometime CORRESPONDANT contributor and Biesmans collaborator Mala Ika's first EP for Prins Thomas' Internasjonal imprint. Titke track 'Fall' is a strong chunk of post-Italo nu-disco sleaze rich in deliciously lo-fi, 8-bit lead lines, Moroder style sequenced bass, sustained melodies and unfussy electronic disco drums. Prins Thomas predictably provides the obligatory accompanying remix, seizing on the track's sleazier elements and adding even more layers of psychedelic disco electronics, before Ika returns with cheery, pulsating and smile-inducing bonus cut 'Take Over', when another arpeggio-style bassline, heady lead lines and grandiose synth chords catch the ear.
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INTSS 004
21 Oct 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rbot
Rbot - (6:00) 118 BPM Hot
Device - (6:15) 108 BPM
Rise - (5:43) 124 BPM
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INTSS 003
29 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Pillow Stories
Pillow Stories - (7:42) 115 BPM Hot
Gdziekolwiek - (5:18) 118 BPM
Onomatopeja Slimacza - (7:40) 113 BPM
By The Hand - (4:22) 110 BPM
Nawet - (6:50) 118 BPM
Parawany - (6:34) 117 BPM
Review: Given his love of dub disco, dusty samples, skewed house and all things cosmic, it's arguably surprising that Pillow Talk marks Das Komplex's first appearance on Prins Thomas and Kai Fraeger's Internasjonal label. It's less of a surprise to find that the EP - featured here in extended six-track form (the vinyl version only has four) - is a belter. For proof, check the cowbell-sporting, bass guitar-heavy, piano stab-showcasing dub disco chug of 'Pillow Stories', the effects-laden, edits-not-edit early morning disco fun of 'Onomatopeaja Slimacza' and the pitched-down brilliance of 'By The Hand', a breathlessly heavy, percussion-rich slab of Afro-disco/dub disco fusion that makes great use of sneaky samples. 'Nawet' and 'Parawany', both of which are very Prins Thomas style space disco workouts, are also well worth a listen.
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INT 052
29 Apr 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Space
Space - (5:06) 102 BPM Hot
Danza - (5:17) 119 BPM
Lluvia - (5:46) 115 BPM
Review: An apt title for this three-tracker from Nicolas Saavedra, who hails from Bogota, Colombia where he co-runs the Nomada label and is resident at the city's Kaputt club. Brought to you by Thomas and Fraeger's Internasjonal, 'Space' itself is a slo-mo disco chugger with much use of sci-fi synth sounds and a suitably expansive feel. The other two cuts operate in similar stylistic territory, with the throbbing 'Danza' nodding just ever so slightly to EBM/new beat/industrial influences, while 'Lluvia' has an almost S-Express like feel in parts, not to mention a distinctive bassy, heavily treated gurgle that'll give it a little extra attention-grabbing impact. Good stuff!
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INTSS 002
25 Mar 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Various: Space Station Part 5 (Internasjonal)
Berny - "Aperitivo Cosmico" (Fred Berthet edit) - (7:29) 120 BPM
Lugovskiy - "My Brother Is A Raver" - (6:26) 125 BPM
Atlantic Brain - "Olivetti Dreams" (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:35) 128 BPM Hot
Played by: DJ Mau Mau
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INTSS 0015
04 Mar 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Space Station
Various
Divagar - "The Love That You Promised Me" - (6:03) 119 BPM
Pleasure Voyage - "Melon Cocktails" (Fully Dressed) - (5:59) 120 BPM Hot
Time To Sleep - "A Wonderful Breakdown Song" - (5:45) 118 BPM
Shubostar - "Acuario" - (6:21) 117 BPM
Shubostar - "Acuario" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:22) 120 BPM
Vibe Impact - "Italica" - (7:14) 121 BPM
Nhar - "Obsidian Order" - (6:22) 121 BPM
Vicky Montefusco - "Il Nulla Cosmico" - (5:35) 118 BPM
Vicky Montefusco - "Il Nulla Cosmico" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:42) 120 BPM
Vini Pistori - "Magic Dance" - (5:45) 118 BPM
REES - "Steel In Space" - (6:30) 128 BPM
REES - "Steel In Space" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:45) 128 BPM
Millions Of Dead Sequencer - "Awake Us" (Prins Thomas remix) - (7:07) 122 BPM
Millions Of Dead Sequencer - "Awake Us" - (5:26) 124 BPM
Berny - "Aperitivo Cosmico" - (7:29) 120 BPM
Lugovskiy - "My Brother Is A Raver" - (6:26) 125 BPM
Atlantic Brain - "Olivetti Dreams" (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:35) 128 BPM
Review: Divager's 'The Love That You Promised Me' opens with a fat bassline that's vaguely reminiscent of Funky Green Dogs classic 'Reach For Me' - a fine way to kick off this latest compilation from Internasjonal, the outward-looking sister to Prins Thomas and Kai Fraeger's all-Norwegian Full Pupp label. With 17 tracks from a total of 13 artists there's obviously a fair degree of stylistic variety on offer, but generally speaking if heavily electronic, largely instrumental grooves that fuse house, disco, techno, Italo/kosmische and prog influences are what floats your boat, this is a collection you're not gonna want to miss.
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INTSS 001
04 Mar 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Various: Space Station Part 4 (Internasjonal)
REES - "Steel In Space" - (6:30) 128 BPM
REES - "Steel In Space" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:45) 128 BPM
Millions Of Dead Sequencer - "Awake Us" (Prins Thomas remix) - (7:07) 122 BPM Hot
Millions Of Dead Sequencer - "Awake Us" - (5:26) 124 BPM
Review: We don't, for the past month or two, seem to be experiencing quite the deluge of cosmic/Italo-inspired material that's defined the contemporary disco scene for the past few years. If you think that's a bad thing, though, then fear not because here come REES and Millions Of Dead Sequencer to sort you right out, matey. There are two very faithful-sounding originals to choose from - the pacey, driving 'Steel In Space' and lower-tempo squelcher 'Awake Us' - and with both packing rerubs from the mighty Prins Thomas, this is one that lovers of the style won't want to miss.
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INTSS 0014
11 Feb 22
Disco/Nu-Disco
Various: Space Station Part 3 (Internasjonal)
Vicky Montefusco - "Il Nulla Cosmico" - (5:35) 118 BPM Hot
Vicky Montefusco - "Il Nulla Cosmico" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:42) 120 BPM
Vini Pistori - "Magic Dance" - (5:45) 118 BPM
Review: While the first two volumes in Internasjonal's thus far superb Space Station series of compilation style EPs each featured tracks from three different artists, this edition showcases the work of just two, Vicky Montefusco and Vini Pistori. The latter's 'Magic Dance' is funky, cheery and memorable in the best possible ways - think restless de-tuned drum machine cowbells, star-fall electronics, mazy lead lines and driving bass guitar - but it's Montefusco's contribution, 'I Nulla Cosmico', that lingers longer in the memory. An alien-sounding, analogue-rich chunk of body-popping deep electro goodness with added Radiophonic Workshop synths, it comes accompanied by a heavy and restless Prins Thomas remix that sits somewhere between cosmic disco and modular techno.
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INTSS 0013
21 Jan 22
Deep House
Cosmo Cosmo
Cosmo Cosmo - (5:36) 127 BPM
Sinfonia Celeste - (7:03) 131 BPM
Tripp Cosmo Mix - (5:11) 121 BPM Hot
Playa Paraiso - (5:44) 117 BPM
Argonauta - (6:09) 123 BPM
Cosmo Cosmo (Demo mix) - (7:04) 127 BPM
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INT 051
21 Jan 22
Deep House
Various: Space Station Part 2 (Internasjonal)
Shubostar - "Acuario" - (6:21) 117 BPM
Shubostar - "Acuario" (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:22) 120 BPM
Vibe Impact - "Italica" - (7:14) 121 BPM
Nhar - "Obsidian Order" - (6:22) 121 BPM Hot
Review: More multi-artist antics from Internasjonal's compilation style Space Station series, which debuted in December 2021 via a three-track missive of chunky, intergalactic house and melody-rich space disco. The headline-grabbing track here is undoubtedly Shubostar's 'Acuario', an insanely positive blend of undulating synthesizer arpeggio lines, glistening melodies and unfussy drum machine beats that's subsequently given a more driving and druggy makeover from Internasjonal co-founder Prins Thomas. Elsewhere, Vibe Impact's 'Italica' is a thrillingly positive, saucer-eyed chunk of sunrise-ready Italo-disco revivalism and Nhar's 'Obsidian Order' is a warming chunk of star-fall nu-disco of the sort that would not sound out of place on Prins Thomas's other label, Full Pupp.
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INTSS 0012
07 Jan 22
Deep House
Various: Space Station Part 1 (Internasjonal)
Divagar - "The Love That You Promised Me" - (6:03) 119 BPM
Pleasure Voyage - "Melon Cocktails (Fully Dressed)" - (5:59) 120 BPM
Time To Sleep - "A Wonderful Breakdown" - (5:45) 118 BPM Hot
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INTSS 0011
17 Dec 21
Deep House
Prins Thomas Remixes
Plastic Riviera - (7:40) 122 BPM
Miramare 89 - (6:07) 123 BPM
50cc Getaway - (7:24) 119 BPM Hot
Review: Naples-born Giorgio Lopez made his debut on Horizontal Mambo back in May with 'Palinuro Phonebox', an EP inspired by 90s childhood holidays in southern Italy and packing seven mellifluous, melodic instrumental groovers. Clearly Scandolearic legend Prins Thomas was a fan, because he's remixed three of said tracks for an EP on his own Internasjonal label. None of the remixes actually DO anything that radically different from the originals, but all three have the kind of polish and depth you only get from a producer of Thomas' long experience, while 'Plastic Riviera' probably has the broadest appeal of the three and could find its way into melodic/organic house sets.
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INT 050
20 Aug 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Spiegel
Spiegel (feat Justine Forever) - (6:06) 122 BPM Hot
Spiegel (instrumental) - (6:06) 122 BPM
Hypernova - (6:10) 115 BPM
Mindroid - (6:12) 100 BPM
Review: If you're looking for authentically 80s-sounding cosmic vibes that conjure images of European discotheques at the height of the Cold War, you'll struggle to do better this week than this EP from Mexico-based South Korean producer Shubostar, brought to you by Prins Thomas and Kai Fraeger's Internasjonal label. "Dark disco" is the term Shubostar herself prefers but you get the general idea, with Spiegel sporting sci-fi synths and available with or without a spoken female vocal in German, 'Hypernova' continuing the sci-fi theme and 'Mindroid', the pick for this reviewer, dropping the tempo to a druggy, chuggy crawl.
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INT 049
09 Jul 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Love Machine
Love Machine - (6:02) 120 BPM
Love Machine II - (5:09) 118 BPM Hot
Preview - (5:14) 119 BPM
Xanga - (6:33) 115 BPM
Review: Next up on Prins Thomas' esteemed Internasjonal imprint is Australian producer Temple, the alias of Adelaide-based Ben Smith. The Love Machine EP features four juicy tracks skillfully written and performed in his hardware packed studio, and further enhanced and balanced by Prins Thomas at Full Pupp HQ in Norway. The title track comes in two parts, the first having a slo-mo, sensual boogie-down vibe for the late night, followed by an upbeat Italo influenced second part. There's also the woozy balearica of "Preview" featuring some super sultry saxophone and ending with the psychedelic nu-disco shenanigans of "Xanga".
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INT 048
28 May 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Apollo 21
Apollo 21 - (6:55) 126 BPM Hot
Brownsfield - (5:50) 122 BPM
Tempest - (7:34) 120 BPM
Never Odd Or Even - (5:55) 125 BPM
Review: After releases on House Of Disco and Dirt Crew, Sound Support - AKA Lars Dale of Detroit Swindle fame, plus German DJ/producer Lorenz Rhode - return to Prins Thomas's Internasjonal with a four-track EP. 'Apollo 21' itself is a low-slung, funk-fuelled disco chugger with a nice fat, squelchy bottom end, 'Brownsfield' is a more dreamy, drifty, blissed-out affair, while 'Never Odd Or Even' brings the Italo/cosmic vibes. The standout for this reviewer is 'Tempest', which has the surging, pulsing euphoric energy of Italian house from the late 80s and early 90s, but any/all of the four should keep more leftfield/forward-thinking disco floors grooving nicely.
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INT 047
09 Apr 21
Disco/Nu-Disco
Cosmos
Cosmos - (6:38) 124 BPM
Cosmos (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (6:39) 122 BPM Hot
Cosmos (Telephones Subspace remix) - (7:19) 128 BPM
Cosmos (Beatless) - (3:53) 83 BPM
Review: Given that both All is Well and Martin "Atjazz" Iveson are hugely experienced and talented producers with a penchant for creating emotive, atmospheric dance music, you'd expect this collaboration on Prins Thomas's Internasjonal label to be rather good. It is, of course, with the pair supplementing their tactile, huggable and life-affirming original mix of 'Cosmos' - a smooth, rolling peak-time number complete with deep sub-bass and addictive organ stabs - with a wonderfully evocative and immersive ambient version (the 'Beatless' mix, which you can find at the end of the EP). The accompanying guest reworks are rather good, too. Prins Thomas brilliantly reimagines 'Cosmos' as a constantly building slab of Scandeloearic space disco excellence, while fellow Norwegian Telephones turns it into a dreamy, colourful and glassy-eyed sunrise house treat.
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INT 046
12 Mar 21
Deep House
Hall Om Mig
Nangijala - (5:37) 120 BPM
Zweifler - (4:35) 142 BPM
Fujisun - (6:09) 105 BPM
Ny Dag (album version) - (6:00) 115 BPM
Cloudwalking - (6:19) 120 BPM
Svirvlaren - (5:11) 125 BPM
Hall Om Mig (album version) - (6:05) 126 BPM
On The Dock - (6:21) 125 BPM
Vaxelvarm - (6:48) 120 BPM
Route E18 - (6:38) 120 BPM
Hall Om Mig (12" version) - (5:58) 126 BPM
Cheetah Haze - (6:39) 120 BPM
Ny Dag (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (6:45) 119 BPM Hot
Time - (6:10) 125 BPM
Review: Swedish producer Harold Bjork released rather a lot of fine music earlier in the decade, including inspired early outings on Studio Barnhus, before the trail went cold four years ago. Earlier in 2020 he returned to action via a minimalistic melodic techno album on Cocoon, and now he's ready to release his second full-length of the year: a more expansive, musically rich and stylistically varied excursion on Internasjonal that adds an atmospheric Balearic edge to his drowsy, synth-heavy template. Highlights include the sparkling, uplifting shuffle of 'Zweifler', the tactile and immersive piano house twist of 'Cloudwalking', the Isolee style bliss of 'On The Dock' and the typically dubby, freewheeling Prins Thomas 'Diskomiks' of 'My Dag'.
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INTLP 008
04 Dec 20
Deep House
Stab By Stab
Stab By Stab - (8:02) 124 BPM
Europe - (6:27) 115 BPM Hot
Catwalk - (6:57) 126 BPM
Europe (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (6:02) 117 BPM
Review: Sound Support may be a new name, but the producers behind it - Lorenz Rhode and Detroit Swindle's Lars Dale - both have bags of experience. That shines through on this debut outing for Internasjonal, which sees them bounce between rubbery and colourful boogie-house fusion (ear-catching, emotive and piano-rich opener 'Stab By Stab'), musically layered and life affirming deep house/Afrobeat fusion (the superb 'Europe')and a smooth, synth laden blend of deep house and D-Train style electrofunk ('Catwalk', whose rolling synth-bassline is immense). Label co-founder Prins Thomas applies his magic 'Discomiks' touch to 'Europe', offering a deeper and far more delay-laden interpretation that pushes the duo's acid lines and Tony Allen inspired drums to the fore.
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INT 045
23 Oct 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Fortuna
Fortuna (original mix) - (7:18) 105 BPM
Fortuna (Prins Thomas remix) - (7:09) 110 BPM Hot
Fortuna (Red Axes remix) - (7:13) 120 BPM
Review: Italy's Michele Mininni cites Krautrock, post-rock and Kosmische as influences alongside house and disco, and it shows on this latest offering. In its Original form, 'Fortuna' is a throbbing slab of electronic disco topped with flutes and sampled female vocal snips of Arabic, Turkish or Middle Eastern origin, and sports an extended synth solo that'll suit melodic/prog floors. The remix from Prins Thomas houses things up slightly while simultaneously bringing the ethnic elements further to the fore; the Red Axes Mix leans more towards techno while toning them down. Thomas takes the gold for this reviewer, but you pays your money and you makes your choice!
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INT 044
04 Sep 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Pluck
Pluck - (5:58) 120 BPM Hot
Pluck (Gerd Janson remix) - (6:41) 125 BPM
Take A Break - (5:11) 120 BPM
Take A Break (Prins Thomas remix) - (5:57) 124 BPM
Review: Prins Thomas's Internasjonal label may not be as high-profile or hyped as it once was, but there has been no dip in the quality of its occasional releases. For proof, check out this excellent EP from rising Spanish nu-disco star Ivan Fabra. EP opener "Pluck" is utterly gorgeous and life-affirming: a sparkling combination of spacey melodies, tough electronic beats and mind-altering nu-disco bass that's as entertaining and addictive as it is mind-altering. Gerd Jansen brilliantly re-imagines that track as a throbbing slab of trance-inducing space-house hypnotism, before Fabra returns with some spine-tingling ambient breakdowns, glassy-eyed melodies and chunky analogue bass on "Take a Break". Prins Thomas's acid-and-piano heavy accompanying remix is, of course, also superb.
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INT 043
14 Aug 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Pacific Visions
Pacific Visions - (5:46) 123 BPM Hot
Surfline Express - (7:29) 119 BPM
Born Sleepy - (6:15) 120 BPM
Caf? Tropical - (6:37) 110 BPM
Cafe Tropical (Turbotito remix) - (7:01) 110 BPM
Review: Five tracks here coming from that nebulous zone where deep and progressive/melodic house cross over and blur into one. The standout for this reviewer is 'Born Sleepy', which actually achieves the kind of big and epic feel that so many records of this ilk strive for and miss - a few festival spins from the right names and this could be HUGE! Elsewhere, 'Pacific Visions' itself owes a debt to the likes of Moroder, Robotnick and Baldelli, 'Surfline' is bleepy and twitchy and could find its way into minimal sets, while 'Cafe Tropical' is a beefy sundown groove in its original form before being given a stripped-back, percussive rerub by LA-based Turbotito (real name Filip Nikolic).
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INT 042
19 Jun 20
Disco/Nu-Disco
Mad Honey (Prins Thomas edits)
Hokhmah (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:01) 122 BPM
The Avocado Jungle Of Death (Prins Thomas edit) - (5:48) 125 BPM
Mad Honey (Prins Thomas edit) - (5:47) 128 BPM Hot
Review: Internasjonal's latest must-have missive is a collaborative affair, with label chief Prins Thomas re-editing tracks jointly produced by MILR (AKA Studio Barnhus-signed duo Marco Gegenheimer and Einor Christofferssson) and Velmondo (Hivern Discs artist Amau Obiols). First up if formidable dancefloor weird-out "Hokhmah", a delightfully intoxicating fusion of hypnotic drum machine kicks, layered hand percussion, dubbed-out noises and delightfully psychedelic synthesizer lines. "The Avocado Jungle of Death" takes a deeper and more melodious approach to trippy tribal business - despite the presence of trance-inducing TB-303 style acid lines - while "Mad Honey" lives up to its title via chugging bass, jacking machine drums, layered percussion, surging hallucinatory electronics and creepy wind chimes.
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INT 041X
13 Mar 20
Deep House
Gitts
Gitts - (6:58) 120 BPM
Ojoj - (4:53) 113 BPM Hot
Dingdong - (5:43) 121 BPM
Eld - (6:48) 100 BPM
Review: Next on Prins Thomas' Internasjonal imprint it's over to Gothenburg-based DJ/producer Anton Klint, aka Tiedye and Tryck & Ton (with Edvin Edvinsson) following up previous releases on Public Possession, Hivern Discs and Munich's Gomma. Dusty, lo-fi, '80's themed electronics are pervasive on the 'Gitts' EP: from the lo-slung movie soundtrack vibe of "Ojoj", to the moody and minimalist tribal rhythms of "Dingdong" which will hypnotise you into submission. Likewise, Klint saves the best for last on the tripped-out slo-mo psychedelia of "Eld".
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INT 040
28 Feb 20
Minimal/Tech House
Mad Honey
Hokhmah - (6:02) 122 BPM
The Avocado Jungle Of Death - (7:27) 125 BPM
Mad Honey - (7:06) 128 BPM Hot
Malkuth - (5:44) 115 BPM
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INT 041
31 Jan 20
Deep House
Syrius
Il Teorema Del Delirio - (6:56) 110 BPM
Syrius - (4:11) 111 BPM
10.01 - (5:22) 119 BPM
Endless Truth - (6:45) 125 BPM
Brzone23 - (6:22) 123 BPM
Arpini - (5:43) 114 BPM
Athena - (6:08) 109 BPM Hot
Dromo Celeste - (6:53) 118 BPM
Review: If deep house of the variety that's best enjoyed from a sofa-based and herbally enhanced perspective is your bag, then check for this long-player by Italy's Daniele Tomassini, AKA Feel Fly, immediately! From the midtempo throb of opener 'Il Teorama Del Delirio', via the spaced-out near-ambience of the title track, the warm-up friendly pulsations of 'Dromo Celeste' and the sheer luxuriance of 'Arpini', to the more urgent, blissed-out 'Endless Truth' and 'Brzone23', it's a masterclass in mellow, late-night listening, and impeccably programmed so as to provide the perfect soundtrack to your next voyage into inner space.
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INTLP 007
31 May 19
Deep House
Hill Street Beat/Star System
Hill Street Beat - (7:38) 120 BPM
Hill Street Beat (Matt Karmil remix) - (5:42) 120 BPM
Star System - (6:46) 120 BPM Hot
Star System (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:26) 120 BPM
Played by: LE DISKO
Review: Cooper Saver is a Los Angeles-based DJ and producer, responsible for Far Away - a roaming party, cassette mixtape series and radio show on Dublab. He's spent a handful of years developing his sound as a busy remixer, most recognized for frequent remixes for DFA Records. It's only until now that his own original work is beginning to surface, following up tracks on Permanent Vacation is his debut 12'' on Prins Thomas' esteemed Internasjonal imprint. Features the dusted down yet still dirty acid jack of "Hill Street Beat". The ever impressive Brit Mat Karmil (Endless Flight) goes deeper on his rework of the track up next, then this is followed by the tunnelling EBM/techno crossover of "Star System" - which gets reworked by label boss Thomas with more dancefloor dynamics on his respectful remix.
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INT 038
24 May 19
Minimal/Tech House
Space Is The Place EP
REAL DE CATORCE - (9:22) 120 BPM Hot
SPACE IS THE PLACE - (7:09) 121 BPM
WALKING TO XILITA - (5:54) 122 BPM
Review: Synthy, suitably spaced-out nu-disco is the order of the day on this three-tracker from Mexican duo Zombies In Miami, which is brought to you by Norway's Internasjonal label. 'Real De Catorce' opens proceedings, underpinned throughout by panned percussion and a pulsing two-note bassline while six-string flutterings and space-y 'Love Will Tear Us Apart'-like pads play on top. 'Space Is The Place' itself is a breakbeat-led concoction with more sci-fi synths and a rave-y buzz bassline, while completing the EP is 'Walking To Xilita', which brings yet more synth-bass and cinematic 'space' FX.
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INT 039
17 May 19
Disco/Nu-Disco
Il Teorema Del Delirio
Il Teorema Del Delirio (original) - (6:56) 110 BPM
Il Teorema Del Delirio (Prins Thomas Versione Tenace Acido) - (7:26) 117 BPM Hot
Review: In tandem with Feel Fly aka Daniele Tomassini's debut album, Internasjonal present the first single from his opus titled "Il Teorema Del Delirio" and it's a lo slung, neon-lit and and absolutely reflective gem. Head honcho Prins Thomas then delivers a rework (Versione Tenace Acido) in his idiosyncratic style that features some good old fashioned 303 squelch for added dancefloor dynamics. This will be Tomassini's third release on the Norwegian imprint, the man from Perugia also records under the alias Vaisa and released on Too Romantic and Roots Underground.
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INT 037
12 Apr 19
Deep House
Weekend Lights
Be With U - (7:01) 123 BPM Hot
Weekend Lights - (5:32) 122 BPM
Weekend Lights (Axel Boman's Trans Migg Upp remix) - (13:20) 122 BPM
Review: It's been a long time between drinks for Japanese duo Traks Boys, whose last single dropped on Internasjonal way back in 2010. Happily, their return to action is something of a triumph. Turn your attention first to lead cut "Be With U", a thrillingly choppy and thrusting, off-kilter house cut where stabbing vocal samples, jumpy riffs and starry synth lines ride a bustling groove. Arguably even better, though, is "Weekend Lights", a gorgeously sunny, Balearic house excursion that sounds like the perfect accompaniment to a lingering Adriatic sunrise. Axel Boman's accompanying remix of the latter track, a meandering, loose and gently melodious affair that stretches to 13 minutes, is also superb.

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INT 036
08 Dec 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
2500 VOL 2
U.M.O - (8:31) 120 BPM
Back To Bali - (2:57) 117 BPM
Africa (Wolf MAlller remix) - (6:43) 120 BPM
Africa V2 - (6:50) 120 BPM Hot
Review: Analogue synth fetishist Andrew Meecham is back in action, delivering another EP full of wayward electronic treats under the now familiar Emperor Machine alias. Like its predecessor, release back in December 2016, 2500 Volume 2 is full of off-kilter treats that sound like the product of late night hardware jams. Check, for example, the fizzing, intergalactic electronics, bass-heavy thrust and acid-flecked drive of intense opener "U.M.O" and the John Carpenter-goes-to-Croatia synth-scape "Back to Bali". Arguably best of all, though, is the feverish late night workout "Africa V2", in which drum machine poly-rhythms are peppered with mind-bending noises and foreboding modular motifs. Wolf Muller's remix of that track, which blends Meecham's wild electronics with the German producer's own organic drums, is arguably even better.
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INT 035
18 Aug 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
Find A Place (Beyond Space & Time)
Find A Place (Beyond Space & Time) (Smagghe & Cross remix) - (7:54) 120 BPM
Find A Place (Beyond Space & Time) - (6:19) 110 BPM
Find A Place (Beyond Space & Time) (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:23) 119 BPM
Find A Place (Beyond Space & Time) (dub) - (6:27) 110 BPM Hot
Review: The latest missive on Prins Thomas's Internasjonal label comes from previously unheralded trio Midnight Dicers, whose members include sometime Mahogani Music and Strictly Rhythm man Obas Nenor. Their original version, which boasts a pleasingly wonky vocal from Samy Morpheus, is pleasingly trippy, with psychedelic, effects-laden guitars crowding round a low-slung, pitched-down punk-funk groove. The headline remix comes from Ivan Smagghe and regular collaborator Rupert Cross, who serve up a more heavily electronic interpretation that draws influence from Italo disco and minimal wave. Arguably even more impressive is the Prins Thomas remix, which sees the Norwegian legend take the track further into intoxicating, cosmic disco territory. The trio's throbbing and intoxicating Dub completes a superb package.
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INT 034
28 Apr 17
Disco/Nu-Disco
2500 Vol 1
2500 Edit - (5:49) 161 BPM
System 700 Jam - (6:31) 124 BPM
2500 (Prins Thomas remix) - (6:22) 121 BPM Hot
System 100 Jam - (6:14) 110 BPM
Review: Long before nu disco, edits and hipster beards became trendy, there was The Emperor Machine. Andy Meecham's studio project yielded a series of albums and EPs worth of oddball electronic disco, first on J Saul Kane's DC and then Southern Fried. After a short break, Meecham is back and never sounded so relevant. "2500 Edit" is a stuttering, atonal groove, while "System 700 Jam" sees him up the ante with a bleep-heavy, jacking groove. Label owner Prins Thomas delivers a more streamlined take on "2500" with a rolling, percussive take, before Meecham descends back into weirdness with the lo-fi, discordant "System 100 Jam".
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INT 033
09 Dec 16
Techno
Kosmiquest
Kosmiquest - (6:02) 120 BPM
Kosmiquest (Lauer version) - (6:46) 120 BPM
Kosmiquest (Prins Thomas Versione Lunga Strada) - (9:04) 120 BPM Hot
Played by: Pete Herbert
Review: Given the fact that his first collaborative released dropped on 20:20 Vision way back in 2005, it's a surprise to find that Kosmiquest marks Gabriele 'Lele' Sacchi's full solo debut. Happily, the Milanese producer is in fine form, delivering an attractive blend of rubbery, synth-heavy bottom end, loose grooves, rough-cut disco touches and Kosmiche influences for Prins Thomas' long running International Feel label. The latter provides a typically epic and eccentric remix, adding a touch of acid and other psychedelic flourishes on a version that's notably Balearic in feel. The package's other rework comes from Philip Lauer, whose glassy-eyed, sunset deep house revision makes great use of bubbling acid bass, sweeping chords and tactile melodies.
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INT 032
23 May 16
Disco/Nu-Disco
La Spirale
La Spirale (original mix) - (7:32) 121 BPM
La Spirale (J Loveboat mix) - (9:51) 121 BPM Hot
Review: Word on the street is Prins Thomas whispered sweet nothings into the collective ears of Compost regulars Phreek Plus One during a hot summers Ibizan night last year in order to ensure that "La Spirale", the Italian trio's rasping strut through el clasico disco, was destined for his Internasjonal label. It finally sees release in time for the summer season, chugging along in a manner a legion of Soundcloud producers can only dream of and is complemented by a belter of a remix from Justin Vandervolgen. Allegedly the inspiration for Midnight Star's "Midas Touch", Vandervolgen has been on a constant ascent through quality production for far too long now, and his Love Boat remix sits comfortably alongside a recent storming Soft Rocks revision in contemporary classics, roughing up the groove without losing the vintage feel.
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INT 022
04 Jun 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
Migration
Giorgio Carpenter (Director cut) - (5:37) 133 BPM
Friday The 14th (part IV) - (5:41) 110 BPM
In Todd We Trust - (5:18) 95 BPM
Television Train (Platform II) - (6:25) 104 BPM
Infatuation - (8:01) 112 BPM
The Smackdown - (4:57) 116 BPM
Good Egg, Bad Apple - (5:45) 108 BPM Hot
Dead Dancers - (3:38) 120 BPM
Colourless Plastic - (6:10) 124 BPM
Beat N Other Path - (6:44) 117 BPM
Lean On Me - (5:27) 120 BPM
Migration - (4:45) 122 BPM
Played by: Bottin, Leri Ahel, Tulioxi
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INTCD 004
09 Mar 12
Disco/Nu-Disco
In My Arms
In My Arms - (6:44) 120 BPM Hot
Dropping Bombs - (5:53) 120 BPM
Those Lights Are Lives - (9:35) 116 BPM
Played by: Mat Hoods, Da Funk, Fernando
Review: As Mano Le Tough's reputation continues to head skywards, the Irishman-in-Berlin makes a welcome return to Prins Thomas' Internasjonal label with another sterling three-tracker. Unlike his recent Stories EP on Buzzin Fly, In My Arms largely eschews intricately layered soundscape deep house in favour of prog disco sounds. Of course, the attention to detail and emotion-rich melodies remain, particularly on the slow building 10-minute epic "Those Lights Are Lives". "Dropping Bombs" is deliciously Norwegian in its feel (think early Magnus International), while the shuffling title track impresses with its woozy krautrock synths, scratchy vocal and mournful pianos. Great stuff... as usual.
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INT 020
10 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
Viaggio Verso Pegaso
Viaggio Verso Pegaso (original mix) - (6:01) 118 BPM
Numero Uno (Prins Thomas edit) - (6:07) 123 BPM
Viaggio Verso Pegaso (Ichisan & Nakova remix) - (8:24) 118 BPM Hot
Played by: Kid Who, Dirty McKenzie
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INT 019
04 Oct 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
Tridact
First Steps (original mix) - (4:11) 105 BPM
Light Minute (original mix) - (3:02) 88 BPM
Heels In Sand (original mix) - (3:46) 115 BPM
J24 At Sunset (original mix) - (6:42) 121 BPM
One Wheel Race (original mix) - (3:49) 73 BPM
Over The Clouds (original mix) - (8:04) 112 BPM Hot
Here To Here (original mix) - (4:34) 125 BPM
Cold Star (original mix) - (6:28) 105 BPM
Sky Blue Dart (original mix) - (4:02) 118 BPM
Time To Go (original mix) - (6:20) 105 BPM
Review: Here's an interesting proposition: a debut album from a hitherto unknown American producer on Prins Thomas' globally-focussed Internasjonal imprint. To say that Oregon-based musician Tridact has little previous pedigree, it's an impressive debut. Fusing fuzzy old analogue synths (think Stereolab or vintage kraut rock) with Balearic guitar flourishes, lazy disco grooves and sprightly electronic melodies, it's a jolly and at times utterly joyful set (see "J24 at Sunset", "Cold Star" and "Over The Clouds"). While comparisons can be made with, say, fellow American nu-Balearic twiddlers Windsurf or Hatchback, there's a freshness and rhythmic urgency that was lacking on those largely super laidback affairs. Well worth a listen.
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INTCD 002
29 Aug 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
Billiards With A Midget
Billiards With A Midget - (5:51) 110 BPM
Billiards With A Midget (Prins Thomas Diskomiks) - (5:55) 114 BPM
Billiards With A Midget (Dr Dunks Keep Tt Cheap mix) - (7:26) 116 BPM Hot
Review: Hailing from Los Angeles and New York, it would be safe to assume that Addled, Slow Hands and Tom Croose can draw on a trunk full of musical influences. So far, their limited but impressive releases (see, in particular, the brilliant "Neves For None" on Future Classic) have painted an aural picture of a combo stuck somewhere between the West Coast wizardry of nu-Balearic adventurer Sorcerer, the San Francisco/New York disco dubbiness of the Rong Music label and the aural trippiness of Norway's Scandolearic masters (see early Lindstrom & Prins Thomas) - with more than a dash of Claremont 56/Mudd thrown in. Given their sound and success, its little surprise to see them popping up on Prins Thomas' Internasjonal label. They're a natural fit, especially when they indulge the Norwegian's notoriously silly sense of humour by calling their single "Billiards With A Midget". Even more thrillingly spaced-out than "Neves For None", it's a dubswise Balearic gem based around a delightfully lazy dub rhythm. For those with half an eye on the dancefloor, there are a couple of corking remixes to choose from. First, Prins Thomas himself gets out his drum kit, polishes down the synth marimbas and drops a Scandolearic disco chugger. Then, as if trying to outdo the Norwegian, Eric Duncan dons his Dr Dunks moniker, ups the tempo and lays down a seriously freaky space disco trip that should find fans within San Francisco's dub-disco community.
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INTSPE 005
25 Apr 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
Rain Parade
Rain Parade (original mix) - (7:07) 110 BPM
Rain Parade (Prins Thomas Miks) - (5:33) 110 BPM
Rain Parade (Mark E remix) - (8:09) 108 BPM Hot
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INT 018
14 Mar 11
Disco/Nu-Disco
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