Thorsteinssøn has been making waves across underground deep house and disco circles with a slick collection of EPs released on Monologues, Legendary Sound Research and now Catz N'Dogz's own Pets Recordings.
Except, in throwing caution to the wind, the shadowy newcomer is releasing remixes of select tracks from his forthcoming Academy of Heroes album in a bid to whet the appetite and keep those dancefloor's nice and toasty warm as another ice-age winter begins to kick in. And what a cockle warmer this sampler turns out to be on judgement from the first bars.
With a mixture of immediacy and convention coupled with flourishes of underground traits and nuances, Ashworth. His remix of Sixtrak Blues is instantly recognisable after being rinsed out across many fine establishments the world over. Its Bollywood-esque sitar sample adding a large swing to the track, while percussive skin hits make way for a driving irresistible groovy bassline, sinewy, lean and stabbing.
Across the water, Dutch powerhouse and man of many guises, Gerd Jansen, steps up with his sassy, spiky Geeeman moniker for some highly decompressed, punchy analogue grooves. With the original described as acidic in tone and liquid in form, the Dutch master irons out the kinks and solidifies the form of the track, completely changing the function of Sammy from one of loose, whimsical experimentation into a raw, crunching warehouse weapon laced with 808 claps and thick bass.
Live Berlin outfit Cab Driver bring a skipping, percussion heavy track. Rolling, dipping bass warms up the palette of sound, while swirling, dream like aesthetics and bulbous, swelling bottom end tonal work, flushed out and sent skywards through a cosmic disco template that turns the once meandering slo-mo groove into a jackin', swing loaded dancefloor workout. Its a brilliant end to a fantastic EP - the only difficult job is choosing a favourite.
The album had better be as good or Pets Recordings will be in serious trouble (with this writer).