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Prins Thomas Live at Robert Johnson Vol.2

  • Words: Dave Segal
  • Label: Live at Robert Johnson
  • XLR8R Rating: 7/10

Norwegian DJ/producer Prins Thomas’ 2007 Cosmo Galactic Prism mix exhibited his voluminous idea of what cosmic-disco entails: space rockers Hawkwind, jazzman Bob James, avant-disco producer The Mole, and country-funk combo Area Code 615. For Live at Robert Johnson, Vol. 2, Thomas hews closer to disco conventions—whether they be loved-up, libidinous, or suspenseful. Of the former mode, the Balearic blissfulness of Low Motion Disco’s “Love Love Love (Still Going Remix)” and “Gallery Oslo” by Kåre & The Cavemen stand out; among the latter, Cage & Aviary’s “Giorgio Carpenter” conjures those composers’ dark atmospheres. While the mix suffers from several surprisingly inelegant transitions, the strength and diversity of Prins’ selections overcome his technical flaws. Hail the Oslo-motion disco king.

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