Review: Norwegian hotshot Charlotte Bendiks delivers another killer release for Mental Overdrive's label. The title track is a tracky affair, its tough claps and robust rhythm providing the basis for a seductive female vocal. There's a similar approach on the other tracks, and overall Aurora sounds like a harder take on Prins Thomas' nu-disco. Veteran Norwegian spinner Strangefruit makes an appearance on the tribal drums of "Bananas", and both "Inside Joke" and "Crazy In The Coconut" resound to system-levelling basslines and woozy synths. The final piece in the Norwegian jigsaw is complete on Bjorn Torske's Torskefoten remix of "Lofoten", where a sulky robot proclaims 'I like to lose control' over a bleak mutant disco groove.
Review: It sounds like Norwegian producer Jon-Eirik Boska is channelling a range of techno sources for Interiors. While the title sounds like the name of a design magazine, the musical interior is quite different "Aspartam" starts it off in relatively sedate mode, the shiny dewdrop melodies combined with a stepping rhythm, while "Caves" is far more abrasive. Over a frazzled rhythm and hammering minimal beats, he drops throbbing bass licks as the track drops and then climaxes in quick succession. "Safehouses" is more understated and stripped back, but carries with it a sense of menace thanks to the bleepy bass. Finally, Boska drops "Ferns", which sees a return of sorts to the territory occupied by "Aspartam" - the only difference is that this time, the rhythm is more jittery than Shane McGowan with alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
Review: Straight out of Norway, house/bass producer Boska drops four effervescent new tracks on Mental Overdrive's label Love OD. Using some beautifully natural percussion sounds amongst a range of deep disco synths, the rim shots of "Moonsliders" and the dry toms of "Without Love" add a sophisticated edge to the driving analogue funk, while the more warped half-step of "Pictures" makes for an eerie closer.
Review: Stockholm based newcomer Boska delivers his first EP on Norwegian label Love OD Communications, home to disco oddballs Mental Overdrive. If it initially seems odd that this label is releasing what is, for all intents and purposes, bass music, then that initial suspicion soon gives way. Taking the light percussive nature and colourful analogue palette of Nordic cosmic disco and applying it to a template of bass and funky, Boska manages to create something quite unique; "Arrival" combines a bright kwaito style melody with rolling percussive rhythms not unlike Prins Thomas's more upbeat cuts, while "Extraperennial" is a more grounded production, utilising a punchy ring-modulated bass and 2-step skip.
Review: Originally released on his "Everything Is Connected" EP, Mental Overdrive's synth-string sampling "Monster" gets a re-release fresh for the summer complete with the brand new "Ritual". The former is a real hype-raiser with some very cool old school samples while the latter is a much more penetrative, percussive work out. Complete with a series of trippy acid bubbles, it's a guaranteed headtwister designed purely for late nights and late nights only. Monstrous business, not to be missed!
Review: It's been a while since we last heard from Norwegian dance veteran and weekend situationist Per Martinsen, so it's nice to know he's still making music. Some may consider Everything Is Connected his most impressive work for some time - a four-track onslaught that touches on most of his familiar themes (techno, Norwegian disco, electronica). Lead cut "Time/Mind" offers ragged electronic disco thrills and a great "French Kiss" style stop/start breakdown, whilst "Shinjuku Station" sounds like a contemporary take on early YMO. "One Canada Square" harks back to Martinsen's early days on R&S, before "The Tower" wraps things up in a glistening electronic style. Excellent.