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T​.​O​.​S. EP

by Crammed Discs

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A collaborative effort by half a dozen young producers from the Norwegian town of Tromsø, these two EPs came out in 1991 and laid the foundations for what later became a vibrant electronic music scene (with acts such as Todd Terje, Lindstrøm, Prins Thomas and more). The atmosphere and landscapes of Tromsø (situated way north of the Arctic Circle) might partly explain the special sound created by the T.O.S. crew (T.O.S. being the code for the local airport), as it does for Bel Canto’s ambient pop sound. The ten tracks on the T.O.S. EPs were mostly written and produced -in various combinations- by Per Martinsen (aka Syamese and Mental Overdrive, here appearing as Alien Nation Corporation), Geir Jenssen (aka Bleep, who became a leading ambient artist with his Biosphere project), Hans Grottheim (aka YBU), Ole Mjøs (later of Ismistik) and, last but not least, Bjørn Torske (Ismistik), who produced his debut tracks on these EPs, and went on to collaborate with Röyksopp (who also emerged from the Tromsø scene) and influence most of the subsequent Norwegian techno scene. The T.O.S. EPs were recorded partly in Tromsø and partly in the SSR/Crammed studio Brussels, where Martinsen, Grottheim and Jenssen were based at the time.


released June 17, 2022


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