Prins Thomas has made a career of forward surges and calculated retreats. Rather than be sandwiched into a particular lane or sound, he's flirted with being defined for years now, never quite slipping into a set role. To be sure, his music has generally always retained a spacey quality, but rather than leaning into space disco, 2016's Principe del Norte toyed with a more ambient sound, letting grooves wash over you casually and gradually.
At some point over the course of five solo albums, Prins Thomas' space-disco sound slipped into autopilot. His perky beats and basslines were pure ear candy, but on his recent solo albums--2016's Principe del Norte, 2017's Prins Thomas 5--the really interesting stuff happened when he powered down his drum machines and let his tracks spiral out into synth-soaked minimalism. On Ambitions, the Norwegian producer born Thomas Moen Hermansen ducks back inside his groove-fueled wheelhouse, but this time he seems to be reveling in it.
The sixth solo album from Norwegian producer Prins Thomas was built from ideas captured while on tour or at home over the course of two years. It all came together in the studio under the guidance of Smalltown Supersound label head Joakim Haugland. Ambitions follows in the direction of 2015's ambient house opus Principe del Norte and much of Thomas' subsequent work, including collaborations with Bjørn Torske and Bugge Wesseltoft, keeping the hypnotic drive of his space disco sound but not focusing on club-friendly elements.