"Contemporary Box" starts things off with a thumping bass drum and simple subby bass line. Subtle elements of percussion are introduced throughout the arrangement until what sounds like a massive gong suddenly makes a loud appearance. Reverberated gong hits, inaudible vocal snippets and the odd bleeps are then dispersed throughout the track, building a tight groove that nonetheless leaves you waiting for something more.
"Maison Noire" is on a housier tip: Chords and clicks play around with the percussional vibes that have become a feature of Oslo, with the rhythm morphing and mutating throughout the track. The third and final track, "Phey Boom," is descriptively named, a groovy little relaxed number that goes "phey"...and then "boom."
This 12-inch is yet another fine release that upholds Oslo's strong reputation for quality control. The three tracks explore different aspects of a similar vibe, but are all likely to go down well on dance floors where a house resurgence has created a longing for all things funky and groovy.