Prins Thomas feeling the remix love
One of the highlights from the Norwegian super-producer’s recent ‘Ambitions’ album is given new dancing legs.
We love Prins Thomas. The Oslo-based kaleidoscopic disco maestro’s output routinely piques our interest, not only due to his impeccable production skills, but also because the sounds he creates are so often boldly unique.
Real name Thomas Moen Hermansen, the Full Pupp label boss has been shining his musical light on the world for almost 20 years. His early work on labels including Rong, Eskimo, and Noid caused an instant stir, and his prolific sonic yield has cemented his reputation as a Norse-disco colossus. Fingering through the racks, we found so many pearls from his catalogue: From the propulsive acid bass of ‘Stockholm Express’, the shuffling cosmic joy-ride of ‘Apne Slusa’, all the way to the grubby dub trip of ‘Montague Grant’.
His sixth studio album, ‘Ambitions’, came out in April this year on the excellent Smalltown Supersound label and included much to get excited by - not least the delightfully wigged-out rhythmic explorations of the title track. More universally palatable but equally refined, ‘Feel The Love’ was one of our favourites from the collection, so we were happy to see this remix package appear. On duty are Thomas himself, along with Tuff City Kid Lauer - who delivers a pair of rave-appropriate revisions - and happily the original album version is also included.
The original’s lazy tempo, soothing vocal, aquatic stabs, and uplifting pads have made it a rush-inducing staple of our sunset and blissed-out sets over the last few months and its inclusion on this 12 should ensure it gets plenty more attention. We’re still fully enamoured by its Balearic magic and needed little excuse to play it again here.
Prins Thomas’ Diskomiks ups the tempo and takes the track deep into club territory. The high-energy bass thrusts the cut forward, euphoric strings add vigour, and all the while the subtle vocal texture echoes in the background. The groove breaks down as horn stabs make way for mystic layers before the beat reforms for a hands-in-the-air reprise.
An impressive offering from an ever-expanding inventory of Nordic dopeness, the record is out now and you can buy it here.