Debut album of Norwegian ‘nu-disco’ necromancer Dennis Jr, beautifully titled Elektro Donkey and released via Norway’s Beatservice Records. Music making since the early nineties, Dennis Jr previously released music through the cult favorite Jazid Collective label in addition to a string of well-received EPs through his own Akustikk Recordings imprint. With a background as a drummer, Dennis Jr.’s music has a strong rhythm focus. His tracks are grounded in syncopated, percussive rhythms, with layers of sparse and moody electronics. Style-wise, Elektro Donkey spans across the genre-scape, from dub via nu-jazz and nu-soul to future/cosmic disco and house.
Four tracks from the album highlight the cool, forward-reaching sounds found within Elektro Donkey. The lush and dreamy mid-tempo house tracks “Call Code” and “Are You The One” both feature the evocative vocals of Dennis Jr.’s sister Christabelle, who is known for last year’s collaboration with Hans-Peter Lindstrøm on their shared, acclaimed albumReal Life Is No Cool. “Call Code” is a slinky affair with subtle jazz elements and a melancholy feel while “Are You The One” is somewhat more percussive and playful, somewhat reminiscent of Herbert’s work with Dani Siciliano. The rolling rhythm of “Chicago Bus Stop” uncovers a bit of instrumental funk in Dennis Jr’s repertoire, and features the wild, processed tones of legendary Nigerian jazz sax player Dennis Otone. Having played with the likes of Fela Kuti, Lloyd Baker, and Stan Getz in his younger days, Dennis Otone adds his memorable stamp to Dennis Jr.’s already potent rhythmic concoction. The title track Elektro Donkey is an addictive slow-motion groover filled with bold, bell-like melodies, pulsating synth pads, and hand-clap rhythms.
The Elektro Donkey album is highly recommended from tastemakers worldwide:
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) – “Creative and challenging.I love it.”
Roy Davis Jr. – “Nice project all together, full support.”
Giom – “This is excellent! Thanks for introducing me to Dennis Jr. Great production and songs.”
Bonar Bradberry – “Class production and great tracks … the coolest family partnership in disco!”
DJ Nova (Rodon FM, Greece) – “It’s love at first sight with this album, a hangover of beautiful sounds and vocals.”
Black Alley (In Control Radio Show, Germany) – “A refreshing combination of sounds here. Not your average nu-disco stuff.”
Andy Wilson (Ibiza Sonica) – “Oh, loving this! Every track rocks. Lovely vocals from Christabelle and wicked slo-mo grooves.”
? Akustikk Recordings under exclusive worldwide license to Beatservice Records
Go here to read the full review from Ibiza voice:
Ibiza Voice Elektro donkey album review
…and here to read the full review from Urbnet:
You can listen to my remix of Kohib’s ‘The Fang Song’ on Soundcloud:
You can buy it on Juno:
What can I say when I’m not a real fan of putting songs in genres.
Downtempo funky electronica with female melancholic vocals evolving into atmospheric house?
Anyway, have nice day!
Dennis Sandoo Jr.
Opening track from Dennis Jr’s debut album Elektro Donkey to be released the 26th of September 2011 on
Beatservice Records under worldwide license from Akustikk Recordings.
Another collaboration between Dennis Jr and Paul Ross.
Music by the electronic artist Dennis Jr.
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Akustikk Recordings proudly presents Dennis Jr’s single “Get Me All The Way” that is released today the 10th of December.
The slinky “Get Me All The Way” is provocative future-disco featuring Dennis Jr.’s breathy, catchy vocal, some dueling analog synths, and a low riding tempo for maximum grooviness.
The single contains the ‘original, ‘dub’ and ‘instrumental’ versions.
You can listen and buy it directly from the Akustikk ‘releases’ page,
‘Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) – “A great sound.The dub of Get Me All The Way is a fave.”
Chris Duckenfield (Swag) – “Squidgy synth-outs a go-go!”
DJ Rocca (Ajello) – “Great stuff. Dub meets P-Funk on acid … I love it!”
Pete Herbert (Reverso 68) – “Wow … I remember Dennis from back in the day! The Jazid years … great fun. Nice to hear some new gear from Junior. It’s sounding great!”
Justin Robertson – “Great! I love it.”
Q-Burns Abstract Message – “Delicious dubbed out vibes abound mixed with a welcome bit of melody and a slightly ominous undertone. Lovely.”
Joshua Heath (Golden State Recordings) – “Dirty twisted funky midtempo funk!”
Anthony Mansfield (Hector Works) – “Great production and perfect for those sleazy late night moments.”
ALTZ (Bear Funk/DFA) – “It`s a modern machine funk with an 80`s feeling.”
Mystic Rock (This Is Not An Exit) – “This is BAD-ASS! Nu-disco that doesn’t leave me yawning! Very very funky.”
Cage & Aviary (DFA/The Walls Have Ears) – “Pretty interesting stuff. Mad percolated rhythms and wonky funk.”
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Akustikk Recordings proudly presents Dennis Jr’s single “Multefunk” that is released today.
“Multefunk” basks in its intended spaciness, filled with exotic vocal hits, dubbed out sections, persuasive percussion, and an irresistibly sexy interplay between the bass line and the rhythm. The track is top notch suited for late night cruising or as memorable additions to the sets of ‘DJs in the know.’ Check it!
The Multefunk single contains the ‘dub’ and ‘instrumental’ version.
You can listen and buy it directly from Dennis Jr’s ‘releases’ page,
”Multerfunk” slowburning funky cosmic disco sounds so complete. Eighties ”Balearic” guitar riffs, percussions and floating vocs can take you back, way back in time. Mad about this one.” Dj Nova, Rodon FM 95
“funky and unique stuff. sublime grooves and some changes… well done!” René Josquin, De:Bug Magazine
“It`s a modern machine funk with 80`s feeling” ALTZ, Altzmusica /Bear Funk / DFA
“Great release, the dub are great, will defo play both of them” Cosmo Vitelli, ‘I’m a Cliché’
“Multefunk is awesome, love the wonky dub” Monsieur Monod, Sleazy Beats Recordings
“Multefunk (dub) is the jam for me. Very experimental, and still as groovy as corduroy. Great production all around.”Iron Horse (Marc de Breyne), Pawn Shop Records / Obsessed Radio
“Multefunk is insane, love it. Full support from the Sleazy Beats Camp.” Monsieur Monod (MacGee), Westergasfabriek / SleazyBeats Blog
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Dennis Jr recently did some more edits of some great disco classics and made this dj mix.
Go to the Radioshows page to listen and dance to the mix of the compilation.
You can also buy it exclusively from Dennis Jr’s Bandcamp site.
Dennis Sandoo Jr.