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)