Todd Terje's It’s Album Time: What You Need To Know
What’s the background?
Norwegian DJ, producer and songwriter Terje Olsen, better known by his stage alias Todd Terje, has been a fixture on the European club scene for a number of years now, cutting his teeth as a DJ in the mid-2000s where his habit of mixing quirky and progressive house music with samba rhythms, bossa and other styles earned him the nickname ‘king of summer jams’. Along with Prins Thomas and Lindstrøm he is considered one of dance music’s leading lights, featuring at no. 17 on Rolling Stone’s list of ’25 DJ’s who rule the Earth’ and remixing tracks by the likes of Roxy Music, Curtis Mayfield and Chic. On top of all that he also co-wrote Robbie Williams’ ‘Candy’, earning him a UK No.1 in the process.
He really started to take off around 2012 with the release of his dancefloor smash ‘Inspector Norse’, accompanied by a video and then a spoof documentary by his friend Kristoffer Borgli, supposedly detailing the song’s inspiration: a man named Marius Solem Johansen who makes Youtube videos of himself dancing to Terje’s music and making his own drugs (which aren’t real, by the way – it’s a spoof, remember?)
Despite all of that it’s only now he’s finally gotten around to releasing an album – the cunningly titled It’s Album Time – due to be released on Monday April 7th.
What are the standout tracks?
Aside from ‘Inspector Norse’, which closes the album, there are plenty of other killer tracks to choose from on what is a varied and very strong debut from one of dance music’s most creative and unique talents. Some of the other tracks will also be familiar to anyone who’s been following Terje’s recent work, including last year’s single ‘Strandbar’ with its latin-infused piano rhythms and analogue synth basslines, as well as ‘Swing Star’ parts 1 & 2, both of which featured on 2012’s It’s The Arps EP (you might remember this from our feature on synthesizer documentary I Dream of Wires)
Other highlights include the pounding, retro-tinged disco of ‘Delorean Dynamite’, the baffling but playful breakbeat shuffle of ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ and the sparkling synth arpeggios of ‘Preben Goes To Acapulco’. On top of that there’s the summery samba rhythms of ‘Svensk Sås’ and the Giorgio Moroder-channelling ‘Oh Joy’. Actually, there’s barely a track on the album we didn’t like.
Any special guests?
Just the one guest in the form of Bryan Ferry - presumably as a reciprocal favour for Terje’s remix of Roxy Music’s ‘Love is the Drug’ - who croons his way through a cover of Robert Palmer’s ‘Johnny and Mary’, representing a rare downtempo moment on the album.
Does it deliver?
Absolutely. If you’re a fan of that Scandanavian brand of electronic music that encompasses acts like Royksopp, The Knife and Robyn, or even if you’re just looking for something a little more interesting than the current crop of ‘EDM’ DJ’s around at the moment, we highly recommend you add this to your collection. There’s a playfulness about the album that makes it easy to see why the ‘king of summer jams’ moniker is so appropriate. Put it on, mix yourself a cocktail and hey presto! - instant summertime.
It's Album Time is available from hmv stores on Monday April 7th - you can pre-order it from our download store here