Todd Terje

DJ/producer/remixer Terje Olsen, who records as Todd Terje (a play on the name of house legend Todd Terry), has been steadily releasing records since 1999, and moving crowds for longer than that. As the youngest member of Norway’s “space disco” trifecta  Terje was perhaps lesser known than fellow countrymen LindstrØm and Prins Thomas.

His profile began to rise In the early aughts as he began to release a series of quality re-edits of obscure disco tunes, edits which found their way into many a DJ’s record bag.

In the last few years however, it’s been original productions that have been turning heads (and moving feet), as Terje has dropped bomb after bomb on clubland seemingly without missing a beat (pun intended)

The sound Terje has perfected is eminently dance-able, fusing hot and cold elements–funky tropical percussion with icy melodies courtesy of a variety sweet vintage synthesizers from the ’70s and 80s.

His official debut It’s Album Time released on his own Olsen Records imprint is actually largely a collection his previous singles, like “Inspector Norse” and “Swingstar”, that have been strung together into a seamless DJ-like blend, with the newer, generally more mellow songs acting like interludes.  There’s a conscious retro campiness that pervades the album neatly summed up by the comical lounge lizard cover art. He even covers Robert Palmer — Robert Palmer.

 
Here are a bunch of his more popular tracks– all are certified bangers, take your pick.

Todd Terje – “Inspector Norse”

Todd Terje – “Swingstar I & II”

Todd Terje – “Q”

Todd Terje – “Spiral”

Todd Terje – “Delorean Dynamite”

Todd Terje & LindstrØm – “Lanzarote”

And here are a few of the aforementioned reedits:

José Gonzalez – “Killing for Love” (Todd Terje Brokeback Mix)

Studio – “Life’s a Beach” (Todd Terje Beach House Mix)

KC & The Sunshine Band – “I Get Lifted” (Todd Terje Re-Edit)

Canned Heat – “Wanda Rode Again” (Todd Terje aka Wade Nichols Edit)

DecibelCast Vol. 7 “Discobelity”

As you may have already discerned from the title, Vol. 7 of our DecibelCast series delves deeply into retro dance territory – think hideous polyester shirts with huge collars, ridiculously flared pantaloons and pointy ugly shoes… and cocaine of course, ridiculous amounts of cocaine on trays strapped to the heads of midget waiters (or something).

Now, had you told the me from 10 years ago that I would be promoting something like this, I would have surely looked at you cockeyed and said something to the effect of “Are you fucking High?” so allow me to give a bit of background on this one.

I began 2012 primarily listening to old funk and soul music, and in my searchings, I  came across a fair amount of disco.  (I had slowly, grudgingly come to at least respect the genre at this point, for without it there would be no house music and without house there never would have been jungle, and without jungle there would have been no drum and bass, and without drum and bass my musical taste would never have become as broad as it is now.)

I remember jokingly telling both TY-rannosaurus-RIE and Evander Hologram that I probably had enough in my possession to put together a mix. When both of them unexpectedly responded with encouragement, I thought “fuck it, if nothing else it’ll put some more variety into the DecibelCast collection.”

The general aim was to display the full spectrum of the genre, which is actually much broader than probably most folks realize (I know I didn’t). So here you have it: 74  minutes of mac’d-out disco music, from under the sea to the dance floors of swanky night clubs; from the outer reaches of space to the jungles of Africa and back again, I give you Discobelity.

[dB-07] “Discobelity”

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Tracklist:
John Forde – “Atlantis”

Odyssey – “Me & You”

The Blackbyrds – “Rock Creek Park”

Dynamic Five – “Skyboat”

Emma Dorgu – “Rover Man”

The Modulations – “Love At Last”

Charles Mann – “Do it Again”

William Devaughn – “Be Thankful for What You Got” (12″ Mix)

Unlimited Touch – “Searching to Find the One”

Golden Flamingo Orchestra feat. Margo Williams – “Guardian Angel”

Joe Bataan – “Rap O Clap O”

Pino d’Angio – “Ma Quale Idea” (Nassau Rework)

Kindness – “Gee Up”

Meco – “Star Wars Theme/Cantina Band” (12″ Disco Mix)

Tappa Zukie – “Freak”

Benis Cletin – “Jungle Magic”

McFadden & Whitehead – “Aint No Stopping Us Now” (Risco Connection Dub)