Real Life Is No Cool

Christabelle Sandoo is a nomad diva who landed in the Oslo studio of Hans-Peter Lindstrom, the electronic producer whose 28-minute 2008 "Where You Go I Go Too" posited a new genre: epic prog-house. They're a perfect pair. Christabelle maximizes her limited instrument throughout, speaking with moist vowels between sung verses like Grace Jones in a training corset. Lindstrom's tracks shine like sun on snow, disco struts alternating with electro-funk chugs. Defining moment: a techno-fied cover of "Let It Happen" by Vangelis, another visionary European who never let genre considerations get in the way of a tasty overproduction.