When Diskjokke disc-jockeyed our showcase at this year’s by:Larm festival, the Oslo-based digi-beat man turned up towing a full band. Actually and otherwise the Norwegian native is still a one-man operation, but one for whom changes are afoot: Joachim Dyrdahl is a new father, and with the release of his forthcoming second-record En Fin Tid (meaning “a happy time”), is now a full-time musician. Fair title for the record then. Its first single “1987” drops the needle on spacey future-disco, synths that echo and glimmer, quirks and cowbells, post-house and pre-apocalypse. This remix by UK bedroom producer Banjo Or Freakout sublimates those sonics into a bit of insistently building minimal techno, bookended by gauzy sound sploshes but otherwise motoring through on a stately sense of tension, volumes increasingly pushed, keyboards clacking percussively to Alession Natalizia’s airy vocals. At five minutes it simply breaks with no major release, just one long wash, sans freakout.
Diskjokke’s En Fin Tid is out 6/22 via Smalltown Supersound.