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By Kendah El-Ali on February 20, 2013


If there’s one thing Hans-Peter Lindstrøm does well, it’s cut fabulous, space-y disco tracks. Thank god he’s back to that format after January’s Six Cups of Rebel, because the Norwegian can also unfortunately careen down some of the more inane musical back alleys aurally available when he derails from the original plan. Mixed by Todd Terje, Smalhans is all the luscious layering, thoughtful breakdowns, sneaky beats and catchy positivity fans would expect (“Lāmm-ęl-āār”) with some cockier, more straightforward dance moves included, as well (“Ęg-gęd-ōsis”). In all, it’s a relieving journey back home, packed to the gills with all the Oslo disco joy Smalltown Supersound can bring. And FYI, the album title is Old Norwegian for “scarcity,” and each track on the album is named after a traditional Norwegian meal. Yum?  KENDAH EL-ALI

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