Skatebård is one of the very best Classic Techno producers from Norway since the early 2000’s – the distinction from others simply lies within his sense of melody, rhythm and live arrangements. The 2002 release “Skateboarding Was A Crime” on Tellektro had a clear thread of Detroit Techno and Electro, a craft and influence that also heavy club hitters “Conga”, “Ta-Ta Arr” and “Emotional Bits” on Sex Tags Mania strongly carried. It’s unarguably always a “classic touch” in his dance music, but still it always sounds like a Skatebård production – there is simply no blueprinting in true inspiration.
“Spektral LP” has been compiled and edited by DJ Sotofett with material from Skatebård’s 2001-2005 recording archive. In short it’s recordings nobody else could get a hold of – fine tuned and restored into a synergetic and consolidated world of riding, mechanical and electronic funk – released on Skatebård’s own Digitalo Enterprises.
Tracks “Seventh” and “Vaskemaskin” are both cymbal driven Techno cuts by the former metal drummer, one with chorded synth stabs growing in harmony, the other leaning on a dark sci-fi pad and a flipped vocal loop. There’s a bit more of Skatebård’s vocals on the beautifully robotic “Ei Anna Framtid”, an alternate take of “Future” which Finlands Keys Of Life released in 2003. DJ Sotofett’s mix of “Den Anarkistiske Anode” is nothing but a distorted head-schredding basement Techno blaster, while “Strengje”, “Bassi” and “Spektral Elektro” punctuates the catchy Electro & Italo grooves Skatebård crafts so much better than most current producers.