Fabled Norwegian producer of cosmic disco, prog techno and all beats in-between, "Prins" Thomas Hermansen is pulling the plug on his drum machine and going straight kosmischeon his upcoming full-length, Principe Del Norte.
Having earlier this year released a 57-song mix inspired by the famed New York club, Paradise Garage, Thomas seems to be starting 2016 by slowing things down — or at least elongating them. None of Principe Del Norte's nine blissful tracks come in under seven minutes, and more than half break the 10-minute mark. This includes the album's first single, "B," a smoldering slow-burner full of twinkling synths and languid guitar that just screams for a comfy couch, a lava lamp and maybe an eye-mask.
This isn't what you'd call a dramatic departure for Thomas, who gained attention more than 10 years ago for basically establishing the spacy, psychedelic corner of the disco and dance world with friend Hans-Peter Lindstrøm. But his approach on Principe Del Norte reaches even further back; Thomas wanted to make an ambient, chill-out techno album in the vein of late '80s/early '90s records by likes The Orb and The Black Dog. This is music made for the living room, not the big room.