Diskjokke in London

Tonight, April 22nd, Norway’s newest dance music export makes his London premiere. The venue is the hot-spot de dance The White Heat Club. Diskjokke shares the bill with Hearts Revolution, Crystal Fighters and Slagsmålsklubben.


Diskjokke is the latest aural spray from the wave of fresh Norwegian danceable music. His debut album “Staying in” has reaped radiant reviews all over and he has quickly become a hot new name in the circles of the club world. He’s already spun discs at cool caverns in America and Europe. Now the place is London.

Upon the Norwegian release of his record late last year we wrote a short profile:

An apprentice of such names as Hans-Petter Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas and Rune Linbæk Diskjokke, aka Joachim Dyrdahl, has taken the trademark “humane” Oslo disco one step further by creating what critics – all delighted - have called “fire-place house.”

“Staying in,” the title of the album, might be read as an allusion to exactly this: you no longer need to go clubbing to enjoy house music and disco. Diskjokke has made a record that in the words of the Norwegian daily Dagbladet’s critic “combines club and cocoa.” Others have called the music a “soft electronic hammock.”

Diskjokke, 28-years-old, has played the violin since the age of five and spun discs since fourteen. During university math-studies in Trondheim he started hosting club concepts, and then he was discovered in earnest by Prins Thomas after relocating in Oslo.

But it is Lindstrøm who has been Diskjokke’s main inspiration, he relates, by demonstrating how catchy disco melodies and old-school sense of tune-craft could be fused with cold electronic elements and beats.

Diskjokke first made his name known in Oslo through the Sunkissed club concept and the compilation records released under that name by Smalltown Supersound, the same label that has now released “Staying in.” Sunkissed has made quite a stir internationally the past few years, and now the gates are open for Diskjokke, who has become something of a darling of the zeitgeisty musical establishment in Oslo, as well as the media.

-I always build the music on the basis of dancing and danceability, says Diskjokke, and my focus and drive has always been the live club context. But when I think the songs become too cold and sterile, melodies start popping-up.

The result is very soft and cosy; perfect for not going out at all. It is an innovation, no less, in the field of house-disco-trance. In his own words it’s “trance, only not.”

International reviews have been trickling in throughout the winter. Here’s a couple:

The milk factory:
Staying In is a juicy guilty pleasure, filled with melodies devised to keep the heart warm and beats to keep the head nodding and the feet tapping all the way through. This is not an album in the pure disco tradition, far from it, but Joachim Dyrdahl openly plays with the party tone inherent to the genre, giving his debut album a thoroughly enjoyable feel, yet his approach goes further by playing on a wide palette of emotions, making Staying In a very accomplished dance record. (Rating: 4.2/5)

A lot of love for Kelly polar and Hercules and Love Affair in the blogosphere right now. But currently our noveau disco album is this jolly affair from Oslo’s Joachim Dyrdahl. Hurrah!

Time out New York:
Staying In’s shimmering glissandos, heavenly synth washes and overall lightness are certainly appealing, but as often happens with an album’s worth of highly stylized music, the LP is at its best when it strays a bit from the template. The short, discordant breakdown of “The Dinner That Never Happened,” for instance, is almost shocking when it intrudes upon the track’s otherwise angelic vibe, while “I Was Go to Marrocco and I Don’t See You” adds a touch of techy toughness to the proceedings. And did we mention the songs have odd names?

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