Third Attempt - On Tonight (Beatservice Records)

Third Attempt is Torje Fagertun Spilde, a 20 year old artist and DJ originally from Asker, just outside of Oslo. Now established in Tromsø , Norway, he is one of the young forces in the rising new generation of electronic producers from the birthplace of the Northern Disco Groove.

Third Attempt has a distinct and uplifting flavor, firmly planted in the smoother areas of deep house. His influences range from jazz to ambient, trip hop to classic house. Third Attempt’s Beatservice single, “Shoreline,” accumulated numerous accolades and tens of thousands of plays on various streaming platforms.

This new Beatservice double A-side single opens with “On Tonight” which takes old school sounds and transports them to modern club sets. A funky bass bounce is complemented with squelchy synth lines and an atmospheric, submerged breakdown section. It’s all driven by an insistent rhythm track to keep the floor in motion. “Loading Music” introduces a shuffling breakbeat that anchors jazzy electric piano chords and more analog synth fun. The result is dreamy but propulsive, potentially inspiring introspective dance floor moments. Another winning single from Third Attempt!

(Artwork by Harry Pullar / Twin Sissors)

Chris Udoh (Tigerhook) – “Great lounge vibes.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “Lovely tracks. I’ll play both of these.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “I tell you what, I’m getting RIGHT into these Third Attempt EP’s. Real class.”
Andrew Emil (Broadway & Wilson) – “Fantastic Record! I will be playing both cuts.” Jeromy Nail (Alibi Room) – “Dope chill vibes.”
Pete Williams (Natural Rhythm) – “Loading Music is a nice, sultry groover.”
Jaymz Nylon (Nylon Recordings) – “Great tracks to start off my radio show!”
Jean Jérome (Kut ‘N’ Paste) – “On Tonight is the track for me. Lovely vibes!”
Simon Kirk (Stag Beetle Radio Show) – “Two superb cuts. Love it!”
Bruno From Ibiza (Ibiza Global Radio) – “Both tracks are really nice.”

Available Now From Bandcamp, Beatport, Apple Music, And Spotify.

Vinny Villbass Moneymaker (Sloth UK Remixes) [Beatservice Records]

Vinny Villbass is one of the long-time driving forces behind the Norwegian club scene. In addition to an extensive list of club nights and house parties on his conscience, he is 1/3 of the crew behind the renowned Oslo club night Sunkissed and initiator of the Norwegian web-portal OsloClubCast, building ties between the clubs, DJs, and producers of Oslo.

As a DJ, Vinny Villbass is known for his exceptional groove and timing as a result of 15 years behind the decks, mostly in Scandinavia, but also as a resident in Berlin as well as New York City. As guitar and synth player in diskJokkeBand, Vinny’s musical experience reaches far beyond his DJ and vinyl junkie exploits. Also a master of acoustics, Vinny’s production skills front his very own trademark sound of house music. He has releases on labels such as Eskimo Recordings, Trunkfunk, and Afro Art, and a long history of remixes. Lately he has been remixing Norwegian bands as diversions from his daily studio focus, as collected on Beatservice’s Diversions remix-compilation.

Vinny’s “Moneymaker” was a standout track on the Prima Norsk 4 compilation, alternately released as its own single in 2017. It’s a slinky house groover with vocals from King Midas singer Ando, tailor-made for late night action. British dance music legend Peter Hurst, AKA Sloth UK, has remixed the track into a dubby, percussive masterwork that has ‘instant classic’ written all over it. Cheekily titled the Queen’s Lead Hat Remix, Sloth UK has provided a full-on vocal mix and a potent instrumental, both ready to do serious dance floor damage. Get down!

Dutchican Soul (Strictly Rhythm) – “Love this track! Will be playing this out.”
Lenny Fontana (Ministry of Sound) – “Feeling this. I will play it.”
Tyler Stadius (Deepsite) – “I like it. Right funky.”
DJ Harri (Sub Club) – “Both remixes are great. Will play and support.”
Flash Atkins (Paper Recordings) – “Vinny Villbass can shake his moneymaker at me anytime!”
Sean Johnston (Hardway Bros) – “Norwegian disco of the highest order!”
Lee Jones / Country Gents (Buslife) – “Instrumental really rocks. Thanks for this.”
Al Bradley (3am Recordings) – “Ace stuff here. Love the slightly sleazy loose feel to this one, plus the vocals add a really cool twist. Top beats!”
Richard Hardcastle (All Out War Radio Show) – “Straight up fire!!”
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel, Sydney) – “Sweet groovy tune! Love the percussive parts and the flow of it. Will definitely play.”

Available Now From: Beatport, Bandcamp, iTunes / Apple Music, And Spotify.

Barabass & The Happy Few - Tumba Rumba (Happy Few Records)

Barabass & The Happy Few was a musical collective from Bergen, Norway. Now defunct, the band consisted of a standard DJ-keyboard-drums-bass-guitar line-up, but they could easily be fronted by a bluegrass-guitarist one moment and a jazz trumpet player the next. Barabass & The Happy Few’s aim was to make instrumental music where humor goes along with improvisation, while keeping things funky and focused on the dance floor, especially in their wild live shows.

Happy Few Records has been reissuing the rare, original EPs, with Arizona and Madagascar delighting fans new and old over the last few months. Now Beatservice has released the third and final of the original EPs, Tumba Rumba. Originally released on vinyl in 2002, Tumba Rumba continues the eclectic approach and adds funkier elements. The title track showcases this with its wildly mesmerizing electric bass, cut-up beats, and stereo-swirling synth lines. “Fonk” is a mid-tempo excursion led by a pulsing synth bass and a theremin-like melody. “Luca Rossi,” which also appears on the band’s 2004 album Rali Rei, is another funk stomper, already receiving tons of play on streaming platforms. The EP closes with the breakbeat frenzy of “Dødt Nebb,” complete with cool vinyl scratching, spacey melodies, and another fantastic bass line.

Rory Hoy (Super Hi-Fi) – “Really strong release with plenty of funk.”
Jon Fugler (Fluke) – “Another lovely and bizarre offering. Very inventive and thoroughly enjoyable.”
Chris Massey (Paper Recordings) – “All killer! I love ‘Dodt Nebb’.“
Andreas Kinzl (Aromabar) – “Jazzin’ vibes 4 the floor.”
Clairvo (Tilos Radio FM 90.3) – “I’m loving this superb downtempo funk!”
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show) – “An inspired EP.”
Patrick Balzat (BXFM / Vibration) – “Very funky, how I love it. Perfect weapon for my radio show.”
Ulf Engelmayer (StadtRadio Göttingen) – “Funk the Fjord!”
Holger Menzel (The Funky Photographer Radio Show) – “Luca Rossi is a fantastic tune. I think it will be a massive dancefloor stomper!”
Crate Invader (Point Blank FM, London) – “All are great tracks, Tumba Rumba just edges it. Still sounding relevant which is a testament to the original production.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, iTunes, Spotify, And Google Play.

Linnea Dale & Of Norway - Wait For The Morning (Of Norway Versions) [Beatservice Records]

Oslo-based duo Of Norway — comprised of Vegard Wolf Dyvik and Christian Steenstrup — have made a name for themselves through countless DJ and live gigs and a healthy discography on the esteemed Connaisseur Recordings. And Linnea Dale is a rising Norwegian singer, known as a popular contestant on Idol Norway before releasing a pair of solo albums on Warner Music Norway. Linnea has guested as vocalist on Of Norway’s recordings.

Linnea has a new album released in November 2018, and it’s an opportunity to work again with the talented production duo Of Norway. The previous collaboration, Of Norway’s remix of Linnea’s “High Hopes,” created waves when it came out last May. This new song, “Wait For The Morning,” also gets the Of Norway treatment with similarly spectacular results. The remix is built around a dark techno throb, heavy on the low end and sonically inviting. The entry of Linnea’s vocal comes as a ray of sunshine in the track, illuminating the production as deep and evocative. A steady build and a rising arpeggiated synth line further cement this tune as an after-hours DJ staple. An instrumental and a radio edit are also included.

Eelke Kleijn (DAYS like NIGHTS) – “Vocal version is excellent!”
DJ H4L 9000 (Excuse Me? Club) – “Epic instrumental version.”
Ulysses (Neurotic Drum Band) – “Vegard always does a top-notch job.”
Sumsuch (Colour and Pitch) – “Stunning! Support is a no-brainer.”
Marco Valvekens (Trendy FM) – “More like this please!”
Sasha (Last Night On Earth) – “Of Norway always deliver.”
Harry Avers (NOICE! Radio show) – “The full version is absolutely stunning.”
Duserock (Duserock) – “This is great!”
Indy Lopez (D&S) – “Wow! I can only say I LOVE it.”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM 95) – “Impressive follow up to ‘’High hopes’’. These deeper Of Norway versions are offering a mysterious lightless journey into further reaches of deep house where elements of synth-laden deep techno and semi-trance surround you. Industrial rhythms merge to form a harmonious whole after Linnea’s vocals.”

Available Now From: Bandcamp, Beatport, iTunes, And Spotify.