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Please welcome: 'It’s The Arps!' Oslo’s magic music maker Todd Terje has already gained a wunderkind like reputation for his gentle yet potent productions (we won’t mention the “E” word here) on labels like Full Pupp, Permanent Vacation or Running Back on top of being one of the best remixers money can buy (Shit Robot, Bryan Ferry, Dølle Jølle et cetera et cetera). What is there left for him to do? Establish a label of his own! “It’s The Arps” is the starting signal for Olsen. And what a splendid one it is. Created from scratch and solely on the mythical synthesizer ARP 2600 (check www.letsnerd.com for help), it features four tracks (reads instant classics) that couldn’t be a better follow-up to his 2011 super hit EP “Ragysh”. Towering over the assortment is the laser crime scene called “Inspector Norse”. Defying genres and blinkers, this is finest goose bumps dance music that makes you whistle along, laughing and crying all at the same time – but the rest isn’t half bad either. The short, but sweet “Myggsommer” gives away Terje’s secret love for quirky exotika, whereas “Swing Star Pt 1” and its brother have a (balearic) brilliance and witchery to them that is rarely found nowadays. Powered by Smalltown Supersound and housed in a beautiful sleeve courtesy of Bendik Kaltenborn (www.benkalt.no). 100% Arp 2600 and 200% Todd Terje!

Todd Terje shimmies into summer with a new single entitled "Strandbar" on his so far unmissable Olsen imprint. The title "Strandbar" means "beach bar" in norwegian and is a pun on the description "Inspector Norse" got on Norwegian national radio ("sounds like background music at a beach bar"). What's wrong with a beach bar anyway?!? "Strandbar" follows 90s tradition by featuring three mouthwatering flavours of the same piano based idea with the "Samba", "Disko" and "Bonus" mixes.The A-side "Samba mix" is ready made for cocktail sipping evenings in the sun, marrying a percussion cacophony with a busy beat tailored to make your limbs loose. The relentless piano rhythm buries itself deep in your brain before Terje drops into a stunning progression with typical elegance. The disko mix is what Terje would've played IF he'd been asked to program the music at the Virgin space shuttle, blasting off with zero gravity squiggles and a synth bass that sounds like "Gotta Be Starting Something" on Qualudes before getting headlong into some proper space disco reminiscent of his remix of Lindstrom's "Another Station".

The bonus mix is... a bonus mix. This is the sound of your summer so get out the Ray-Bans and whack those ice cubes in the freezer.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: He does it every time doesn't he? Another classic from Terje that will dominate playlists for the foreseeable, or at least until his next single in late summer. Oh, there's an LP coming soon....

All's well in the world of the Terje. Album sales are booming, the beard's coming along nicely and people have even learned how to pronounce his name. Thankfully, he's not been frittering his hard earned cash away on silly synths and studio equipment, instead making a wise automotive investment with a few extra cylinders for the trusty Delorean. We catch up with Todd in the middle of a driving holiday in the scenic mountains of Italy. Shades on, beard trailing in the wind, Todd's opened her up and let the engine purr in metronomic beauty. Luxuriate in the rumble of the sequenced bassline, the snap, crackle and pop of percussion and those expansive melodies. Moving through the gears like a young Senna, Terje takes us on an exhilarating jouney into the night. All that speed, euphoria and effort is bound to make a man sweat, and "Oh Joy" carries the faint whiff of More-odour in it's wide eyed disco bounce. Zero gravity sequences, phasing white noise and super melodic synth-lines fill our ears as Todd fires up the flux capacitor and sends us hurtling into the future. Prepare for the ride of your life.

FORMAT INFORMATION

12" Info: In deluxe silver embossed sleeve!!!

What time is it Mr. Terje? “It’s Album Time”. Indeed it is. In the course of the last decade, Terje Olsen has ascended from trainee astrophysicist, acclaimed balloon artist and occasional cocktail critic to be crowned Prince of Norse Disco, without even having to release an LP. His exceptional “Eurodans” on Full Pupp announced his arrival on the beardo disco scene, and killer remixes of the likes of Lindstrom, Antena and Studio made it clear he wasn’t a one hit wonder. Next came the slew of classy disco edits, which spread across the web like a low bitrate fire, saving many a DJs life in the process, and soundtracking every decent bar in the Western World for about five years. Since then our Todd has risen to the top of the disco world with a string of flawless original productions which have dominated end of year charts in recent years.

And so now we come to his debut full length, which sees Terje taking a step away from the club to offer a refined home listening experience. The producer marries the louche charm of exotica with a synthesizer obsession, pairs Latin rhythms with Fjord melodies and does it all with a great sense of humour. Old classics “Inspector Norse”, “Swingstar” and “Strandbar” all feature, with the latter segueing beautifully into the rampant Carpenter-esque “Delorean Dynamite”, lending their expansive melodies and driving pulse to the record. Elsewhere, “Leisure Suit Preben”, “Preben Goes To Acapulco”, “Svensk Sas” and “Alfonso Muskedunder” take us on jazzy diversions into an alternate reality of 60s hula bars, with scatting vocals and meandering solos. The hotly anticipated Bryan Ferry collaboration, a cover of Robert Palmer’s “Johnny and Mary” is the only vocal cut on the LP and provides a moment of sentimental beauty as the Roxy Music man’s vocals sit perfectly on Terje’s arpeggiating synths. Mr Olsen has given us that rare gift, an electronic music LP which works perfectly as home listening, and comes fully realised as the complete package; “It’s Album Time” more than lives up to expectations. 

FORMAT INFORMATION

2xLP includes MP3 Download Code.


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