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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
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Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
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The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum
Various Artists
Smalltown Supersound

Rating: 7.5/10 ?

June 22, 2007
There is a club in Oslo (yep, the capital of Norway) called Sunkissed, where resident DJs G-Ha and Olanskii (both traditional Norwegian names) mix things up. The venue has hosted a lot of big names over the years, both international and Norwegian, and the club's eclectic concept has now been transferred to compact disc as a compilation fittingly named Sunkissed.

On the compilation G-Ha and Olanskii have compiled some of Norway's biggest and best names in electronic music. To drop a few, both Mental Overdrive and Rune Lindbaek, the guys responsible for kick starting the entire Norwegian electronica scene back in the 80's, can be found on Sunkissed alongside more recent acts like DiskJokke, Wekan, and Bjørn Torske, among many others.

The latter three in that list are the artists contributing the strongest tracks to the collection. DiskJokke's "Cold Cut" is an amazing piece of music; a bit on the slow side, it has such a captivating beat that you just want to put it on repeat and listen to it all day. However, the best track in this fine mix is Bjørn Torske's second contribution, "Hatten Passer," an uplifting and happy tune with some whistling thrown in for extra sprite. A word of warning is appropriate here; before listening to the track, be sure that you have cleared your calendar to provide a few days of walking around and whistling the short melody. It's just that catchy.

Another interesting aspect of Sunkissed is that the more contemporary tracks are measurably stronger than those composed by the genre's elder statesmen. Mental Overdrive and Rune Lindbaek's contributions (Lindbaek delivers a mix of Mudd's "54b") seem to fall a bit flat in the face of later cuts. This is very promising for the future; acts like DiskJokke, Magnus International, and Todd Terje (how can anyone not just love that name? Todd Terje! Todd Terje! Todd Terje!) will unquestionably bring us loads of danceable tunes down the road; the Norwegian electronica scene continues to expand, and Sunkissed exposes only the tip of the iceberg. Also, acts like Datarock, and the new wave of cosmic rock exploding in Norway and proving the Norwegians to be masters of mixing genres (which in itself is both exciting and promising) aren't even included here, so the only way to go is up.

Presenting both old and new acts, Sunkissed is a good sample of Norwegian electronica, as defined by the history of a singular venue. As a mix collection it is a solid documentation of a fledgling scene, and one can only wonder what a similar compilation will sound like 10 years from now. Most likely awesome.

Reviewed by Daniel Svanberg
A contributing writer for LAS, Daniel Svanberg now lives in Boston, far far away from Sweden, where he once lived, although the weather is the same.

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