2015 looks like it could be the year that the Danes make underground dance their own. The long running Tartelet label changed direction last year and found a winning formula releasing the incredible Max Graef LP. You have Paxton Fettel slowly but surely building his name through some fine releases on Apersonal and Greta Cottage Workshop. Now it’s the turn of Uffe to show us why there must be something in the bacon over there. Although now living and studying in Amsterdam, Uffe Christensen has already made some waves with his releases on Catz and Dogs label Pets, and an EP for Tartelet and so when a 6 track demo arrived in the inbox we were all over it. And it was a case of Uffe’s sound is unique yet classic, taking the raw, disco influenced approach of Detroit luminaries Theo and KDJ but with a 2015 twist which sees him sitting comfortably in the ranks of exciting young producers such as Glenn Astro, Max Graef, Damiano Von Erkert and Ugly Drums.
Like You Mean It opens the EP with a suitably bold and confident groove, all lopsided cross-rhythm hats and off-kilter bass. This is seriously lo-fi gritty funk that has been getting a brilliant reaction on the dancefloor. The Detox comes next with more hip-hop influenced house beats where there isn’t a quantized sound in sight but everything seems to fit together just perfectly. This one favors a deeper approach and keeps things very subtle and stripped back to the bare bones.
Flipping over we have Solid Satin (We Can Do Something) which goes percussion- heavy and treads a slightly darker path. Finally we have Good For You which closes the EP in fine fashion and shows Uffe work his magic on a low- slung deep masterpiece. Bending moog lines and dusty guitar samples sit on top of a raw house beat culminating in a track that sounds as fresh and timeless as it does classic and familiar.
Published: 26th March 2015