PRINS THOMAS Principe Del Norte SMALL­TOWN SUPERSOUND

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Nor­we­gian pro­ducer Prins Thomas rose to promi­nence as part of the Scan­di­na­vian “cos­mic disco” scene in the mid-2000s, par­tic­u­larly through his al­bum-length col­lab­o­ra­tions with Lind­strøm. Although it’s now roughly 10 years old, this mu­sic is so slick and plea­sur­able that it won’t go out of style any­time soon — just two years ago, fel­low Scan­di­na­vian Todd Terje’s

It’s Al­bum Time was among the most cel­e­brated records on shelves. Rather than con­tinue in this style on his latest al­bum, how­ever, Thomas em­u­lates am­bi­ent acts of the 1990s, such as the Orb and the KLF. As a means to this end, he mostly scraps his drum ma­chines and finds other ways to cre­ate lux­u­ri­ous, puls­ing tracks. The re­sult­ing dou­ble al­bum is tracked with song ti­tles that are merely let­ters and num­bers. “A2,” the first sin­gle, opens with a frosty sound­scape and slowly builds into a steady clin­i­cal tick-tock rem­i­nis­cent of Kraftwerk. The longer tracks that fol­low (“B,” “C,” and “D”) are dense and moody in the vein of Tan­ger­ine Dream’s psy­che­delic sound­track work. It’s only af­ter that, from “E” on, that Thomas re­turns to any­thing re­sem­bling disco, af­fix­ing these Ger­manstyle rhyth­mic pat­terns to a steady beat on the two and the four, and a melodic bass. The al­bum cov­ers a lot of ground, drift­ing from cos­mic disco and back. Each path is worth­while. — Robert Ker

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