- Words: Brandon O'Connor
XLR8R readers may remember earlier this year when Norwegian producer Kristian Torkelsen offered his self-titled debut on the internet as a free download. You may have also caught wind of the second beat tape he released in October, Torsnes Beats Vol. 2, in which he sampled from his heavy collection of vinyl and from the Torsnes countryside where he resides. Following his string of releases with the Oslo-based imprint Sellout!, the prolific beatmaker is now offering us a never-before-released exclusive. "Travels" displays the warm, vinyl-cut sound that Torklesen established early on in his work; subdued kicks build up into a cadence of bleary-eyed piano flourishes and unified humming, putting the listener right there with the producer in his beautifully dismal Torsnes landscape.
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