Last night brought the news of Todd Terje latest release – the next instalment of the Dansbar E.P. series on his label Olsen records. So I thought it would be a good time to do a rundown of Todd’s year so far.
Terje Olsen has to be one of my favourite producers of all time. Since seeing him at Together Halloween Turnmills way back in 2007, I’ve been hooked. What is described as ‘Space Disco’ has been a stalwart of my mixes and record collection for many, many years, and the quality releases seem to be increasing year after year!
Following on from the success of ‘It’s Album Time’ Terje has been touring, focusing mainly on his live set with his band The Olsens in 2016. That hasn’t stopped him from recording and releasing an E.P. of disco covers. Although I enjoyed ‘The Big Cover-Up,’ I was left a little underwhelmed with this July release. Although saying that, the Prins Thomas remix of “La Fete Sauvage” is exceptional. A song originally composed by a Greek composer Vangelis for a 1975 animal wildlife documentary (I must see this).
While touring he has still found the time to Launch the Dansbar series, an exploration of the roots of Scandinavian Disco. He started this off back in May with a reissue of Beranek‘s “Dra Te Hælvete.” Terje goes back to his re-editing roots alongside Prins Thomas with four remixes of a notorious track in Norway. The song by musician and comedian Beranek was banned by national TV and radio for profanity but has become a cult hit for risk taking Scandinavian Dj’s.
Up next came a delight to my ears. Dixon and Luke Abbott remixing a classic Terje track ”Snooze 4 Love”. The original has to go down as one of my all time favourite tracks. This B-side wonder on Todd Terje – ‘Ragysh’ released on Running back has now been given a new twist. Though many would argue the Dixon edit is just a retouch to work better in his sets, Luke Abbot does bring a novel approach to the much-loved song.
Yesterday saw the announcement of the latest in the Dansbar series. He Returns with a take on Holm CPU‘s oddball tune “Fotspor,” off his 1981 LP on Polydor. In this, himself, Bjørn Torske, Rune Lindbæk and Bobby Spice (an artist I’m unaware of) share remix duties. Press release stating “the ever intrepid Torske takes the reins for the B2, while lesser-known Oslo scenester Bobby Spice rounds out the 12-inch with his take on “Fotspor.”
“Fotspor” will be released on Olsen Records on September 9th, 2016.