An Oslo DJ mainstay and a card-carrying member of Oslo’s old guard, Asbjørn E has paid his dues across the city, and played every notable spot in Oslo, past and present, through the course of his extensive career. He remains close to the deep and minimal roots that carried him into the Oslo scene and has played an integral role in the Fin Gardin and Mikrro concepts, as well as G-Ha & Olanskii’s Sunkissed nights. “Semi-retired from Djing”, but still boasting a sizeable record collection, Ivaylo lured Asbjørn E out of the suburbs to reclaim his legacy as this week’s Jæger mix guest.
A soulful blend of micro and minimal textures, that extend deep into the sub frequencies, Asbjørn instils a happy, content mood in his hour at the turntables. Jazzy pianos stomping on repetitive chords while lively, ornate percussive phrases combine and juxtapose each other through a vivid mêlée of timbres. Tracks that combine marimbas circling around deep echoing juno bass lines, puncture a weighty synthetic atmosphere. Clouds of mysticism and intrigue swathe the tracks, but only lightly, as not to lessen the minimalist impact of their arrangements.
There’s suspense and drama that follows Asbjørn selections as each song extrapolates the last, leading onto the next, building up to some divine moment, as if the DJ was opening up for a night at the end of the world. Transposed from and early Sunday evening to a Wednesday afternoon, Asbjørn E is this week’s DJ in residence.