Album Review: Lindstrøm – Six Cups of Rebel

Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has probably remixed a band you really like. Best Coast, Roxy Music, LCD Soundsystem, Bear In Heaven, Franz Ferdinand, Doves, and Glasser are among his victims. But other than 12″ b-sides and Deluxe Edition bonus tracks, not too many Americans are familiar with Lindstrøm’s work. Truth is, they are missing out.

Lindstrøm released his second full length album, Six Cups of Rebel, this past Tuesday. It’s the follow up to 2008’s Where You Go I Go Too. His first album was comprised of three very long songs, the first of which almost reaches the thirty minute mark. Among others, he helped pave the way for the nu disco influx. His tracks were unapologetically retro, but at the same time, held the timeless, cold, crisp production that Lindstrøm is known for. We see a lot of the same on Six Cups of Rebel, with a couple change-ups to keep things interesting.

This time, Lindstrøm dips into experimental electronica with “No Release” and “Hina” and even stretches out towards house with “De Javu” and “Call Me Anytime”. But the heart of the album is still stuck in disco. “Magik” and “Quiet Place to Live” are dance floor sing-alongs with thick, luscious synth layers and an disco bass beat under every note. Of course, the album sounds best if you listen to it straight through. After all, Lindstrøm makes plenty of singles to be singles, and when he does choose to make albums, they are meant to be played that way.

Six Cups of Rebel is a great dance record, and a fantastic edition to Lindstrøm’s already stellar discography. If you want it, try and find it at your local record store or at the Norwegian label’s site here (you’ll feel really cool buying it because the price is in Kroner!). Otherwise, it’s on iTunes, Amazon or at your local record shop.

Check out “Quiet Place to Live” from Six Cups of Rebel below:

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