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CD: Erlend Øye 'DJ Kicks', Guardian

Friday April 16, 2004, The Guardian

14/06/2004 :: Otherwise known as one half of Bergen troubadours Kings of Convenience, Erlend Oye has become an unlikely clubland fixture in the last three years, singing with Royksopp and recording an electronic solo album, Unrest. Caught mid-leap on the cover of his inaugural mix album, the bespectacled, curly-headed Norwegian looks less like an international DJ than a 14-year-old maths prodigy who has just won a place at Oxford.
His outsider status makes this the most unusual DJ-Kicks release in the series' nine-year history. Over throbbing, atmospheric instrumentals, he dolefully croons familiar songs, turning hits such as Venus and Always on my Mind into haunted dancefloor mantras and intertwining the Smiths' There is a Light that Never Goes Out with a bass-heavy Royksopp remix. Throw in songs from the Rapture and Phoenix and this is the perfect mix album for people who don't buy mix albums.

Dorian Lynskey

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