Review: Danish producer Anders Trentemoller has gained international recognition over the past decade, but this compilation shines a light on his early releases for Steve Bug's Poker Flat and Audiomatique labels. In places, Trentemoller's sound is sketchy and in need of improvement - witness the proggy minimal grooves of "Gush" and "Rykketid" - but elsewhere, this compilation shows why he rose so fast. From the deep, textured techno of "The Forest", through the stepping rhythm and pre-orgasmic wails on "Moan (dub remix)" through to the subsonic bleeps, murderous bass and clanging rhythms of "Physical Fraction" and "Sunstroke", Early Worx shows that even in the early days, Trentemoller was a star in the making.
Review: Danish producer Trentemoller has always been as much a songwriter as a dancefloor producer. This tendency is evident on "Shades", where reflective guitar riffs and soaring, string-fuelled melodies conspire to create a composition that wouldn't sound out of place on daytime radio. Trentemoller's own remix is a different matter, with a grinding bassline pushing the original's melodies onto the floor, while Kasper Bjorke strives for the same goal, but achieves it using a languid, spaced out disco rhythm. The cream of the remixers however is KiNK, whose metal-plated, driving percussion and swinging rhythm provide the perfect accompaniment to Trentemoller's musical outpourings.
Review: Trentemoller's Into The Great Wide Yonder sees the Danish producer dipping his toe into new territory to deliver an LP that sounds wholly natural and unforced, showcasing yet another side to his musical prowess. Not that we should be surprised - 2006's critically acclaimed debut The Last Resort was a crisp dance record, while his first mix compilation, Harbour Boat Trips, came loaded with varying sentiments of indie, rock and pop. Into The Great Wide Yonder completes Trentemøller's transition from his roots as a dancefloor producer into the more instrument-led domain of pop and rock tinged electronica. Still using a driving kick drum as the core to the album, the In My Room head honcho is still very much part of the dance scene, just not in the club focused way that we're used to.