Hans-Peter Lindstrom's mini-album 'Smalhans' punches well above its weight.
This Norwegian electronic music producer certainly knows how to work his
beats but there is much more to these six tracks than mere filler for the
dance floor. Mr Lindstrom's ability to syncopate rhythm and melody makes
for the kind of listen which sustains attention and interest as well as
keeping our toes tapping. He's particularly fond of staccato structural
patterns and the kind of walking bass lines which J.S. Bach might well
have tipped his wig to but he's not afraid to funk up the action too when
the mood suits him. It's delightfully infectious and intelligent stuff.
Truth-be-told I seem to have fallen for it all hook, line and sinker but if
I had to pull out a couple of numbers for closer inspection I'd probably plumb
for 'Eg-Ged-Osis', a quasi-fugal composition which builds, in an arch-like
progression, to a dauntingly complex central climax before settling down again
into its addictive introductory groove and final track 'Faar-I-Kaal' which, with
its chattering synths and loping bass, is very nearly impossible to sit still to.
A small but nonetheless perfectly-formed technological confection.