Review: Cheekily, Todd Terje has decided to put out these remixes of forthcoming album track "Jungelknugen" before we've had a chance to hear the original version. While it's hard to know how revolutionary these remixes are - or otherwise - it's fair to say that both Four Tet and Prins Thomas have brought their A-game. Keiran Hebden steps up first, layering up looped, kosmiche style synthesizer refrains, wide-eyed piano motifs, low-slung analogue bass, and the kind of jazzy, off-kilter drum machine beats that simultaneously feel loose and sturdy. While undoubtedly impressive, it lacks the hustle and bustle of Prins Thomas's interpretation, which is drive forwards by heavy, bleep techno style sub bass and the producer's own groovy disco drums.
Review: Here we have a collision of Norwegian royalty - Ola Kvernberg being Norway's king of 'string swing violin' and Todd Terje being the country's resident disco tsar. The former had a creative breakthrough on his symphonic 2014 album The Mechanical Fair and Mr Terje, was one its biggest fans. Now Todd has remixed the title track, clearly relishing turning it into a slowly expanding ten minutes' acoustic sunset-house opus. Truly breathtaking.
Review: By anyone's standards, Todd Terje & The Olsens' recent The Big Cover-Up - in which the Norwegian producer and his regular live band delivered idiosyncratic cover versions of stone cold classics - was something of a triumph. That EP also included remixes from various music industry pals, including Prins Thomas and Idjut Boy Dan Tyler. This EP boasts two more revisions from the latter, including a deliciously percussive, dubbed-out and floor-friendly "bonus beats" version of his "Firecracker" remix, the full version of which was featured on The Big Cover-Up. Better still is Tyler's rework of Terje and company's version of Martin Circus' camp disco classic "Disco Circus". Dubby, spaced-out, percussive and blessed with those oh-so-familiar backing vocals, it's an undeniable dub disco delight.
Review: Comedian Espen Beranek Holm might seem like an unlikely Norwegian disco pioneer, but his 1981 single "Dra Te Haelvete" - a sweary, guitar-laden Italo-disco chugger about a man's efforts to get high - has long been a favourite of adventurous Norse DJs. Here, Todd Terje's Olsen Records has decided to give it a re-release, with the man himself providing a trio of reworks. There's a delay-laden, radio-friendly Edit, a strutting, stripped-back Disco Dub, and a thrillingly alien and out-there Acid Mix (which, typically, also features a Clavinet breakdown). This expanded digital package also includes a dubby, punk funk flavoured interpretation from Prins Thomas, and a rubbery disco-punk rework by In Flagranti.