Mungolian Jetset

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AUGUST, 2009

Norwegian psychedelic house merchants Mungolian Jetset -- Pål Nyhus and Knut Petter Sævik to their moms -- specialize in the improbable. Take their remix of "Could You Be Loved" by (oh, that wacky hippie sense of humor) Pizzy Yelliott, which not only pushes Bob Marley's iconic chorus through Mel Blanc voices and a Salvador Dali bassline but melds Melle Mel with 50 Cent: "Don't push me 'cause/It's your birthday, it's your birthday."

Throughout this double-CD overview, most of which collects the duo's remixes, similarly silly voices and tweaked tonality push the duo's disco sprawl past the dance floor or even the sun-kissed atmosphere of similar Nordic dance artists like Lindstrøm and Prins Thomas: We Gave It All Away plays like prog-rock for bouncy castles rather than Dungeons & Dragons marathons. The reworking of Ost & Kjex's "Milano Model," subtitled "A Thrilling Mungophony in Two Parts," focuses its eleven minutes on a ...

posted by THE MUNGOLIAN WEB GNOME  August 26, 2009 23:00  Reviews  comments (0)

This album is on a small list of contenders for album of the year with this long-winded disco cum psychedelic journey down the technicolor brick road to hell. Disk one is the stronger of the two here with a focus on actual songs and the same cheeky sense of humor found on albums by the Orb. Cuts like the mysterious group's collabo with Lindstrøm on "A Blast Of Loser" are redefining the downtempo aesthetic with a nice mix of technology and tune. If the first disk was the Yardbirds in full Sixties glory than disk two is Led Zeppelin at their bloated Seventies worst with a lot more pointless noodling and indie chicanery and much less of the stellar amphetamine sculpted disco-delia found on disk one. It has its moments but you really have to sit down with a big spliff and neutralize yourself before anything even remotely good shows ...

posted by THE MUNGOLIAN WEB GNOME  August 19, 2009 23:00  Reviews  comments (0)

Mungolian Jet Set may well be one of the world’s hardest bands to pin down and decipher. Far from being actual jet setters or hailing the central Asian country of Mongolia, as the name may suggest, Mungolian Jet Set are actually Norwegian DJ Pal “Strangefruit” Nyhus and his collaborators Knut Sævik and Reidar Skår.

Mixing jazz, disco, afro-beats, techno and folk with a hefty dose of tongue in cheek prog-rock epicness, Mongolian Jet Set make unclassifiable and often conceptually insane records. Add to this a whole range of pseudo mystical vernacular coupled with a load of crazy far Eastern imagery and you get one of the most un-pigeon-holeable groups on the planet.

Their latest release is a collection of their finest remixes including their re-works of tracks from Lindstrøm, The Shortwave Set and Pizzy Yelliot – whose cover of Bob Marley’s ‘Could You Be Loved’ is nothing short of deranged. ...


posted by THE MUNGOLIAN WEB GNOME  August 17, 2009 23:00  Reviews  comments (0)


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posted by THE MUNGOLIAN WEB GNOME  August 23, 2009 23:00  Interviews  comments (0)

Mongolia, a country located in East and Central Asia right next to Russia and is nearly blanketed by China. Mungolia? Apparently that's tucked away inner imaginations of two really way off Norwegian dudes. Actually a collaboration between Norwegian DJ Pål "Strangefruit" Nyhus and partner Knut Sævik, together as Mungolian Jet Set they kinda behind the normal concepts of dance and dive into something that's as lush as a tropical forest, but as deserted as Area 51. We Gave It All Away... And Now We Are Taking It Back is pretty what the album implies, literally, a collection of features, collaborations (including sets with the likes of Lindstrøm and the Shortwave Set), remixes that were once "given away" and are now "taken back to be presented in its full Mungolian context" (whatever that means). Within it's contents, We Gave It All Away manages to thinly tread between dance, jazz and even ...

posted by THE MUNGOLIAN WEB GNOME  August 17, 2009 23:00  Reviews  comments (0)

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