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Dalminjo: One Day You’ll Dance For Me Tokyo

Back in 2005, when it looked like downtempo/chill music was poised to cozy up to smooth jazz on smooth-jazz radio, Norway’s Dalminjo, whose real name is Ole Roar Granli, helped shake things up with a delightful bossa-chill tune titled “Bossa Note.” Chill music proved to be too odd for smooth people, so the European producers who dominate downtempo/chill returned to crafting the music they always had; that is, producing whatever they felt like.

Dalminjo’s new CD, the follow-up to 2004’s Fjord Fusioneer, jacks up the techno, drum and bass, and break beats and adds a bevy of sweet-voiced female vocalists (led by the intoxicating Anja Oyen Vister, who sings in English). In an intriguing look into his influences, he even covers “There Is a Light That Never Goes Out” by the 1980s British band the Smiths three times: one straight up, two funky remixes. More than anything, this CD is disco, 2007 Norway style, and the prediction in the title may be prophetic: They may not be able to remain in their seats in Tokyo.

And just what is with that title, anyway? Did Dalminjo once perform in Japan and get wounded by a passive crowd? Who knows? Who cares? Just dance, and when you’re ready to hit the chillout lounge make sure you spin “Scars,” a beautiful mishmash of electronic sounds. Smooth-jazz radio doesn’t know what it’s missing.

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