With a sound that straddles electro, funk, disco and house, Oslo based duo Ost & Kjex return
with their second long-player â€˜Cajun Lunchâ€™ on Hamburg based imprint, Diynamic.
Having released their cheese ï¬xated (and indeed sampled) debut album â€˜Some Cheese but
not all Cheese comes from the Moonâ€™ in 2004 the food obsessed Norwegian pair have
released a multitude of EPs and remixes on labels such as Crosstown Rebels, Planetnoise,
Modular, Snick Snack, Punkt, Dialect and now Diynamic Music and played in venues and
festivals all over the world including Fabric (UK), Panorama Bar (DE), Moog (ES), Fusion
Festival (DE), Hove Festival (NO), Nu Music (NO) and Noveau Casino (France) to name a
The debut album, to their big surprise awarded them a nomination for best electronica album
at the Norwegian Grammys and the pair continued to develop their sound on releases such
as â€˜More Songs About Cheese And Revolutionary Tartsâ€™, â€˜How Not To Be A Biscuitâ€™ and
â€˜Boston Food Stranglerâ€™.
Since then the food boys have awoken, got their hands on some serious sounds and started
shredding out tunes aimed at the dance ï¬‚oor. In the summer of 2008 they stumbled upon
Hamburg based Croatian Solomun, resulting in a collaboration track called “Federgewicht”
(Featherweight) and the beginning of their association with Diynamic whilst only last summer
the pair contributed vocals on the dance ï¬‚oor hit â€˜Summertimeâ€™ by UK producer Jamie Jones.
In between live shows and remixing the busy food geeks have now prepared their second
course for your delectation. As the title suggests â€˜Cajun Lunchâ€™ mixes elements of delta blues
and bayou basslines into their organic house sound, especially on the guitar ï¬lled
â€˜Bluecheeseblues Parts 1 and 2â€™ but also in the general laidback atmosphere that envelopes
every track. From the opening sun-kissed grooves of â€˜Mosambiquetravelplanâ€™ featuring Bugge
Wesseltoft on piano to the sexed-up funk of â€˜Continental Loverâ€™ and the deep house tones of
â€˜The Yellow Manâ€™ the boys continue to conspire with the albumâ€™s guest vocalist, Tracee Meyn.
Providing a juxtaposition to the pairsâ€™ house foundation and Mr. Ostâ€™s falsetto lead vocals,
Tracee becomes an integral part of â€˜Cajun Lunchâ€™s funk ï¬lled sound giving it that extra spice
to their production relish. On the darker and minimal edged â€˜A New Dealâ€™ and bassline driven
â€˜Seraphineâ€™ Tracee is further assisted by members of her gospel choir who combine to give
â€˜Cajun Lunchâ€™ a fuller, more rounded sound whilst tracks like â€˜We Got Ticket To Moonâ€™ and
â€˜Bluebirdâ€™ see the guys strip everything down to the bare essentials and groove with their
machines, taking their house sound into dark, sweat ï¬lled boxes the world over.
â€˜Cajun Lunchâ€™ is house music but not as we know it (and certainly with more cheeses). Whilst
â€˜The Yellow Manâ€™ spins a shimmering groove that sees Tracee sparring with Mr. Ostâ€™s lovelorn
delivery we also ï¬nd the duoâ€™s production dexterity in full bloom on the closing â€˜Lets Set The
Timeâ€™ which takes a slo-mo house groove into deep dub territory with Mr. Ost providing a
dreamlike vocal over the top, lulling us in to a chilled, hammock-strewn slumber.
Ost & Kjexâ€™s love for electronic music still takes the boys wherever the cheese is fresh and
the beats are crunchy: from the Reggiano Parmesan factory in Verona to your local watering
hole, churning out theatrical performances or fucked-up live sets for the dance ï¬‚oor. This
summer will be no exception as you will ï¬nd them gigging in clubs, live venues and festivals
across the world both as a duo and also featuring “The Traces” gospel choir.