Danish producer Uffe Christensen returns to Tartelet Records with his second LP No!, a deeply personal LP to follow 2015's unanimously unfuckwithable debut Radio Days. Every bit as abundant as his first, it's a record that scales polyrhythmic percussion, improvised jazz, and billowing ballads. This, that and so much more, it's a triumph of one man's instinctive ear – and should be consumed in one sitting.
A year after his dynamic debut Radio Days, Uffe resurfaces with a record cut in the same spirit as the last: a borderless approach to music-making with organic instrumentation at its heart. Genres collide peaceably – off-beat soul with jazz, hip-hop with the heft of house – and are melded smooth with an earthy warmth. Like nearly all at camp Tartelet, he's a producer who is more interested in cutting loose than playing to the tune of dominant modes in dance music. In that, his album's title is instructive: a 'no' to the tyranny of trends, to slavish Facebook likes, to creative compromise. Beyond the babble of fleeting fads, Uffe enjoys his place on the perimeter – an outlier searching critically for something closer to a timeless groove.
Uffe has all of the intuition of the self-taught instrumentalist, following his ear into unexpected rhythmic and tonal combinations. It's what gives the album its urgent appeal: the sound of tentative experiments being made live, of sequences improvised amongst friends. Far from a churn of simple floor fodder, the album is a journey through a consummate narrative. Shy guitar interlude "Fridge Magnet Radio Theme" feels its way out of the warbling jazz breakdown in "Lesser Known Values." "The Fact," an unexpected vocal ballad, follows the broken beat of "Solo, So Loud." With the record's pleading closer "From Me," it's a story with a start, middle, and end. A long player as long players should be.