In a former Porsche repair shop, just streets away from the University of Oslo’s botanical garden, Karima Furuseth, AKA Karima F, can be found plotting her label’s next move. It’s worth mentioning that the Jaeger Oslo resident divides her time between Oslo and Berlin, but this feels like a spiritual home of sorts. Sharing a base of operations with the art gallery it was born out of, which also happens to be its namesake, Schloss is the latest endeavour from the Norwegian-Algerian DJ and producer, launched in partnership with visual artist Ida Ekblad.
Even a mere two releases in, the label’s reputation already feels cemented – thanks in no small part to the continued support of Karima’s full debut (the bleeps and breaks of opener ‘Random Loop From Doepfer Site’ can be heard on Resident Advisor’s recent Art of DJing feature with Avalon Emerson), Schloss has certainly caught the attention of peers, journalists and fans alike. Full of quirks and playful melodic flourishes, the three-tracker embodies her ethos as a DJ: kicking off with a Nokia ringtone-flavoured cut, Karima’s mix has an air of carnival to it, flitting between leftfield house, bass-heavy hybrids, UK Funky, breaks and the rest.
SCHLOSS02 is out now on Schloss – buy it direct from the label.