Norwegian Cosmic Disco pioneer Hans-Peter Lindstrøm’s output can swing from the crowd-pleasing floorfillers to eclectic and freeform sonic experiments. You never know quite which you are going to get but you know what either way it will be musically exciting; and no doubt funky as all hell.
Closing Shot is the man’s new single, taken from a forthcoming EP set to drop 8th July on Lindstrøm’s own Feedility imprint. Closing Shot kicks off Lindstrøm’s 2016, after a super busy 2015 loaded with collaborations and reMixes (notably reMixes from Foals and Grizzly Bear and collabs with Todd Rundgren & Emil Nikolaisen), and see’s Hans-Peter getting his head down and serving up what he does best. Full on Cosmic Disco weirdness.
In the classic Lindstrøm vein, Closing Shot hits around the seven minute mark and is loaded with nice vintage synth hook set to a wobbly bass groove. The opening salvo of claps and chords set the tone for this return to the dancefloor, as with all Lindstrøm tunes; taking it’s time to ease you into it’s hypnotic flow. Gradually layering bright retro leads and spaced-out percussion over a commanding kick, Closing Shot builds it’s base until it’s final minute kicks in with a spine-tingling finale of sparkling arpeggios and syncopated synth stabs.
It’s a lovely, nostalgic and fun track aimed squarely at the dancefloor and one that bodes extremely well for the forthcoming album.
Norwegian producer Lindstrøm’s current single, the Grace Hall featuring Home Tonight, was release back in February and we loved it. Now, a couple of months later, there’s a brand new video for the track.
The video was directed by Petter Tangmyr the clip features Hall getting up to shenanigans in Los Angeles.
We’re a week or so late on this one, but we’re pretty sure it is deserved of your attention if you haven’t already jumped on it. Norwegian ElectroPop chanteuse Maya Vik has teamed up with fellow Nord and Cosmic Disco powerhouse Lindstrøm for this track from her just released EP Beyond The Basics. It’s called Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas), which is an odd subject matter for a song, but there we go.
Vik, vocally, serves up a nice mix between Scandinavian icy Pop and retro SynthWave-y nostalgia which makes for the perfect partner for Lindstrøm Space-Age tundra Disco. Slightly more ElectroPop than his recent collaboration with Say Lou Lou, Lindstrøm offers up a driving, energetic slab of Poppy House that, combined with Maya Vik’s vocals and the quirky subject matter make for some ScandiPop gold.
♫ Maya Vik – Y.M.D. (Young Michael Douglas) (Prod. By Lindstrøm)
Norwegian Cosmic Disco wizard Lindstrøm, this week, unleashed his new single. The man is an epic freak-out master, but also has released some amazingly catchy stuff when teamed up with some vocal talent. On this occasion he’s got together with Skin Town singer Grace Hall to deliver a nine-minute epic (not that nine-minute epics are a rarity for the Scandinavian Cosmic Disco crew) that melds the galactic with the emotional.
Home Tonight is classic Lindstrøm. The man’s first original (and solo) track in two-ish years burbles and sweeps through it’s extended length but never loses focus. Peppered with an 80s feel, Lindstrøm build the boogie with vintage synths and shuffling percussion before dropping the listener ears first into a solid-as-hell space-age Disco groove. Sparkling and uplifting, the synths dance over the tune with a playful decadence while Grace Hall’s retro Electro Soul vocals surge in and out of the mix. In it’s race for the finish, Home Tonight drops the full force of piano hooks and orchestral stabs to bring it home.
The funky Disco spike in Australian/Swedish ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou’s career to day, their collaboration with Comic Disco dog LindstrømGames For Girls has been brought back into their more familiar ElectroPop territory with this storming new reMix from our favourite Parisians lost in London, The Penelopes. As Say Lou Lou ramp up to the release of their début album, Lucid Dreaming, early next year, this is the prefect tune to bring the hype.
The Penelopes lay on the Tropical grooves thick to keep things fresh, but the main crux of the reMix is turbocharging the groove. This is a slamming dancefloor take on the tune; the beats pound, the basses pop and the builds go stratospheric. A punchy synth symphony that’s perfectly at home with Say Lou Lou’s vocals, which are kept largely intact here. the Penelopes have turned in an awesome, adrenaline spiking track that we’re saving for the weekend.
♫ Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls (The Penelopes reMix)
Say Lou Lou’s début Album Lucid Dreaming is released 2nd February.
Australian/Swedish majestic ElectroPop sisters Say Lou Lou are already touting the release of their long awaited début album, and it;s not going to be here until early next year! It’ll be called Lucid Dreaming and despite not being available until February 2015, we can already get excited for it with their brand new single, a collaboration with Norwegian Cosmic Disco master Lindstrøm. Let the good times roll!
We have to admit, we found it a immediately a little jarring to hear Say Lou Lou in the context of quirky Scandinavian analog Disco, but as soon as you settle into the groove it all seems to make sense. Say Lou Lou, obviously, appear a lot less serious and a lot more fun as their intertwining vocals bounce over a cheeky arpeggiated bassline and and a sweet plethora of playful synths. It’s good to hear Say Lou Lou branching out in the lead up to their album. If we were interested before, we are super interested now!
♫ Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm – Games For Girls
Say Lou Lou X Lindstrøm’s Games For Girls is released 12th October.
Never one to sit around on his arse, prolific ElectroPop producer Johan Agebjörn having already released the new Sally Shapiroalbum and it’s associated collection of reMixes, the man is keeping himself busy by releasing this free compilation of his reMix work, both as himself and as part of Sally Shapiro. Sweetened pulls together some pretty big names that Agebjörn has gifted with his production skills, featuring the likes of Little Boots, Jam & Spoon, Glass Candy, Lindstrøm, CFCF, Wolfram and Holy Ghost! and Hercules And Love Affair, and more.
It’s hard to pick favourites from this sweet collection, the releases here span a couple of years and showcase every side to Agebjörn’s production. From the blistering ElectroPop to the growling Italo, Johan always injects his music with an emotional energy, often mirroring the mood of the vocals, rising and falling with the sentiment of the track. Expect an album’s worth of punchy dance beats and starlight synthesizers that whirl around your head. At times the album show’s off Agebjörn deeper, groovier, more experimental side, but on the whole you’re treated to 13 tracks from one of the best ElectroPop producers in the world working today. Did we mention it was free?
Well this is pretty exciting. The queen of UK ElectroPop Little Boots and Norwegian Cosmic Disco master Lindstrøm! That’s a meeting of minds! Lindstrøm is serving up just one of the many reMixes to be featured on Boot’s new single Satellite, which is taken from her amazing second album Nocturnes. To coincide with the single’s release, Boots is also launching a reMix competition for the track, the prize for the most played entry being a Traktor Z1 controller, and one reMix will be picked by Victoria personally to appear on the single release. Get the low down here.
So, to Lindstrøm’s mix. It’s a glorious six minutes of driving tundra Disco, as ecclectic as ever, Hans-Peter rolls in a symphony of synth stabs, organic beats, and bubbling bass notes, and hit just that right note that only he and his Scandinavian peers can. Cosmic, but very down to earth too. Lindstrøm revels in Little Boot’s anthemic vocals and really makes the best of them, never overpowering the vocal melody with his own groove. It’s a good, complimentary, relationship. We can;t wait to see what’s on the rest of the single.