Blackbelt Andersen

FP 002CD FP 002CD

2009 release. This is the debut full-length release from Blackbelt Andersen aka Daniel Andersen, who has been active in the Norwegian dance music community for a number of years. He got into electronic dance music in the early '90s, and first started emulating the sound of Detroit techno on his father's home computer. In the last half of the decade, he bought his first turntables and a mixer, and was soon DJ'ing around Oslo. His first releases were on Canadian label Restructured Recordings and Prins Thomas' first label Tamburin, under the name Kalle Magnus & Daniel, a collaboration with his childhood friends Kalle Sandås and Magnus "International" Sheehan. He has enjoyed success with his releases on Full Pupp, Trailerpark and Claremont 56 and remixes for Fjordfunk and The Glimmers. He's a co-resident of the monthly Full Pupp Oslo and has also had a number of international DJ gigs from Berlin to Beijing. The Blackbelt sound can be described as Juan Atkins jamming with Airto Moreira, with a bit of Larry Levan thrown in for good measure. His first album is a prime example of the aforementioned -- a highly infectious mix of Motor City strings, slight Brazilian rhythms and arpeggiated disco bass-lines... a 70+ minute potpourri of songs blended into each other and actually turning into THE dance album of 2010. Check the incredible "Ditråit," the spine-tingling "Kuk Av Stål," the Thomas Dolby-esque "November" and the future-classic "Sandoz" as an example. It's hard not to get excited listening to this brilliant dance masterpiece.