Due to a lactose intolerance, it’s rare that anything to do with cheese doesn’t make me feel queasy at the thought of it – and that goes for cheesy music as much as cheesy food. But the cheese-loving duo of Ost & Kjex are just too irrepressible to dislike. After seeing them by chance in Fabric’s cosy Room Three back in 2008, I was instantly hooked on their house and techno beats smoothed in Mr Ost’s high-pitched vocals. This, their second album, sees Ost & Kjex make a gospel house sound their own as they continue to share their love of cheese, though they’re careful to keep it only a mild feature in their sound if not their diet.
The follow up to their Norwegian Grammy-nominated debut Some Cheese but not all Cheese comes from the Moon with a firm eye on the dancefloor. Subtle piano tones from Bugge Wesseltoft introduce the album on opener “Mozambiquetravelplan” for a funky start and “We Got Ticket to Moon” is a floaty disco joy. The gospel backing headed by Tracee Meyn makes its first appearance on “Continental Lover”, a tune about being alone which you’ll be humming after the first lesson. They blend all kinds of instruments and sounds into “New Deal” for a minimal slow-builder that again makes excellent use of the gospel backing.
Uplifting food fantasies
Title track “Cajun Lunch” is a call-back track which edges up to a joyous release on the back of an electro synth. The pair go all funky on “Seraphine” with a classic piano house sound then on two part track “Bluecheeseblues” they start with a lethargic guitar strumming while Ost wails and a harmonica sounds ahead of part two beef where Kjex brings in a booty-jigging 4/4 bassline to push the tune into dance territory. They round off the album in the same vein with a trio of tech house triumphs which will go down a storm in any future live shows.
Teaming up Mr. Ost’s falsetto lead vocals with Tracee Meyn’s gospel choir brings balance to the vocal performance on Cajun Lunch that works wonders for Ost & Kjex’s sounds. There is a chic 1980s feel to much of their new material, with the modern techno hints ebbing in throughout, to add to their predominantly house influences. There’s a fair whiff of cheese, as is to be expected, but only the most refined of tastes, so there’s no loss of quality. Ever since first witnessing the duo in Fabric’s intimate Room Three in 2008, I’ve longed to hear Mr Ost’s dreamy, high-pitched delivery accompanied by Mr Kjex’s synths again, such was the good vibes they created in the London superclub. While I’ve never had the joy of seeing them since, Cajun Lunch is evidence they are still operating at maximum catchy tune capacity with 12 tracks of uplifting food fantasies.