DJ Fett Burger doesn’t deal in absolutes. Whether in the context of a DJ set or his own productions, music in the world of Fett Burger lives in a grey area; a variable no-man’s land between succinct hemispheres in electronic club music, drawing influences from a vast sonic tableau.
Under the Sex Tags banner, a label consortium spearheaded by he and his brother Sotofett, DJ Fett Burger has been a significant proponent, contributing his fair share to the labels’ catalogues and playing a significant role in the auditory aura that surrounds the wholly independent franchise. The DIY aesthetic; the unflinching loyalty to the physical format; and the diversified portfolio, Sex Tags and DJ Fett Burger have garnered a dedicated following from the more determined heads out there, with a unique approach and facilitating those artists that share in their ideals.
Concurrently, Fett Burger’s reputation as an artist and DJ has grown alongside the enterprise and today he marks one of the more adventurous figures working within the broad expanse of House music. Records like his conceptual Pizza Burger compilation; Disco Tre / Fire and his extensive collaborations with kindred spirits like Stiletti Ana and Luca Luzano are part of a larger movement in House music supplanting big room tendencies for the more intrepid House- and DJ music enthusiasts.
Thank U 4 Letting Me Live My Life maintains this approach to music in DJ Fett Burger’s first LP as a solo artist. Following a couple of collaborative LPs for Royal Oak and Freakoutcult, the Norwegian artist cements in the album format what he’s achieved across so many EPs, 12”, the labels and as a DJ; something unexpected, different, approceable and fresh. It consolidates a musical purview extending from Disco to Techno across nine tracks, expressed as an homage to club music from the artist’s unique and personal experience.
It’s definitive DJ Fett Burger, working in that distinctive palette between the abstract and the familiar, but expounding on the textural for the sake of the album format. By the time you get to the extensive fooray through ambience and Techno on Breathing Ground, the album collates a sonic miasma into visceral narrative, interspersed with talking head documentary of an oblique narrative through music.
From the clattering acid of This Game, The World to the glitching paradise garage of Disco-Fem, DJ Fett Burger hovers around distinct islands, but feigns the concrete for the eclectic. A tabla weaving through a Techno kick; a bubblegum synth line sticking to the surface of a filter House track; and an artificial jungle springing to life around a chaotic hand percussive rhythm – familiar elements are reconstructed and subverted in textures that blur the edges between independent, at times opposing sonic worlds.
Thank U 4 Letting Me Live My Life is an abstract painting, reconstituted as sound, a heady assemblage spilling out from the frame, where DJ Fett Burger expertly shoe-horns his extensive paletteto the album format for the first time. Fett Burger could only ever sound like this on an album.
It’s an album that comes at a prolific time for the artist, who has been working relentlessly on music throughout the pandemic, most notably for his Digitalized Planet B digital imprint, and yet it only contains one track (411 – Esperanza) from his incredible back catalogue and only a nod to some of his earlier work (Disco Fem). It feeds perfectly into the extended Fett Burger discography with a couple of extensive dance floor tracks that retain the roots of his music, and while it might leave it open-ended there’s something final to this record, like one era moving into the next, or perhaps even more dramatically drawing to its conclusion.
That could have something to do with the time it ‘s arrived in, and while that indeterminacy looms large over club music in general, what DJ Fett Burger has created here is not some mournful soliloquy, but rather a joyous celebration of the music and what it represents; a happy ending if there was to be one.