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Danish producer Uffe Christensen returns to Tartelet Records with his second LP “No!”. The album is every bit as abundant as his first LP, it’s a record that scales polyrhythmic percussion, improvised jazz, & billowing ballads.
After having released a few tracks on labels such as Get Physical and Pets Recordings, Uffe’s debut LP, “Radio Days” came out on Tartelet Records in 2015 to much acclaim. In the year that has gone, Uffe has released an EP on FaltyDL’s label Blueberry, but already now his second full length album is ready.
Uffe already counts the likes of Falty DL, Resident Advisor, XLR8R, Hyponik and Gilles Peterson as fans of his music. His borderless approach to music-making with organic instrumentation at its heart, genres colliding peaceably, the love for off-beat soul with jazz, hip-hop with the heft of house, all melded smooth with an earthy warmth leaves nothing to dislike.
Like nearly all at camp Tartelet, Uffe is a producer who is more interested in cutting loose than playing to the tune of dominant modes in dance music.
In that, his album’s title is instructive: a “No!” to the tyranny of trends; to slavish Facebook likes; to creative compromise. Beyond the babble of fleeting fads, Uffe enjoys his place on the perimeter – an outlier searching critically for something closer to a timeless groove.
Uffe has all of the intuition of the self-taught instrumentalist, following his ear into unexpected rhythmic and tonal combinations. It’s what gives the album its urgent appeal: The sound of tentative experiments being made live; of sequences improvised amongst friends. Far from a churn of simple floor fodder, the album is a journey through a consummate narrative. Shy guitar interlude “Fridge Magnet Radio Theme” feels its way out of the warbling jazz breakdown in “Lesser Known Values”. “The Fact”, an unexpected vocal ballad, follows the broken beat of “Solo, So Loud”. With the record’s pleading closer “From Me”, it’s a story with a start, middle, and end. A long player as long players should be.
Uffe’s “No!” is a mirror to the Tartelet spirit and sits amongst the imprint’s best. For lovers of the true album – the full-length proper; the one-take listen – this one’s for you..