- Bjørn Torske is the man, so says fellow Norwegian Todd Terje, who switched him onto disco back in 1999. Here, Terje returns the favour as one of three producers getting to grips with tracks from Kokning, Torske's album of last year. TT takes on "Langt Fra Afrika" not in his spangly disco pants but by taking it down to Copacabana in a pair of tight Speedos. Here, its sets to a twisted samba rhythm, complete with authentic cuíca percussion, parping horns and a vocal slice from "Mas Que Nada." For added nuttiness, the horns eventually settle down into the refrain from Lil' Louis' "French Kiss." Honestly.
You sense the idiosyncratic Terje has a kindred spirit in DJ Harvey. The Balearic colossus clearly enjoys himself on "Nitten Nitti," adding his unhinged vocals to a remix that sprinkles seagulls over the top of some gently throbbing, disco-tinged electronica. As ever with Harvey, it really sounds like no one else out there. Amid such competition, Crimea X could have crumbled, but instead the Italian duo deserve a commendation for keeping up with the Jones' (and Harveys and Terjes) with their chugging, kosmiche nu-disco take on "Slitte Sko."
A Langt Fra Afrika (Todd Terje's Enda Lengre Miks) (Fra Afrika Altsa)
B1 Nitten Nitti (Harvey's Not Normal Mix)
B2 Slitte Sko (Crimea X Remix)