Todd Terje – Inspector Norse (Olsen, 2012)

We’ve long championed the moustachioed musical wizard around these parts and the man continues his winning streak with this latest release. Coming to prominence a little with the ever reliable party starter Eurodans, Todd then unleashed a myriad of high class disco edits to the world, mostly bootlegged or circulated on low bitrate mp3 but nonetheless essential listening. Sadly with a hiatus from original productions and only the odd (exceptional) remix appearing there were those keyboard warriors who turned on Todd’s playful nature and pop edits and he was branded a ‘wedding dj’. Well in April this year he smashed the haters out the park with the glorious dancefloor bomb ‘Ragysh’ on Running Back and its equally good, melodic and ambient b-side ‘Snooze 4 Love’.

Well, the man has excelled himself and topped these efforts with his new release. Musically you could say it falls somewhere between his previous two tracks, dancable but more subtle than ‘Ragysh’ and containing some lush synth melodies along the lines of ‘Snooze 4 Love’. The track is propelled by a bouncy italo bassline and some synthetic lazer sounds, before the stunning heaven sent melodies start to come to the fore. The beauty of this one washes over you whilst still retaining a tight groove until a rumbling and darker bass sound and some swirling arpeggiator  takes the track to its immersive crescendo. This could already be crowned as the track of 2012.

It first appeared in the middle of a recorded dj mix on soundcloud and had internet heads turning immediately, gradually further information has surfaced and today a presell link has been added to the Piccadilly Records website (check it out for a hilarious press release!). The track will be released on Terje’s own label Olsen (co-run with the ever excellent Smalltown Supersound) on the ‘It’s The Arps’ E.P., so named as all the sounds found on it have been produced by the ARP2600. This is an essential release and is in shops on January 9th, do not sleep on it.

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tiger & woods – through the green (running back, 2011) review

A couple of weeks ago I did a little preview on this LP, giving the details and a brief account of what the record was about. I promised that it would be some fire to start your party, and I was right. Last night the promos arrived from Running Back, and I’ve subjected the album to my three tests; cooking music, eating music and driving music. It scores highly in each category.

For the uninitiated, Tiger & Woods create hyper edits, taking old boogie or rnb releases (if you imagine Mark E’s edit of RnB Junkie you’d be on your way) and then finely chop, season with a some heavy basslines, and serve with a touch of filter house. They have a fairly unique take on editing, applying so many processes and effects to the such a small amount of the original material that they create something new which is a sound of their own. There are definite nods to filter house, and the bass is reminiscent of the new boogie of Metro Area or Dam Funk, but the whole package has a definite peak time vibe.

For long time fans, half of the tracks here have been included on the previous editainment 12″s (as mentioned and linked in the previous post) so I’ll move straight onto the fresh material. First up is ‘Don’t Hesitate’, which includes piano and string vamps into the usual looped up mix, then breaks into a lush string filled disco breakdown which is reminiscent of the Jackson Five, before finishing the track off with a very Metro Area bassline. A good mid tempo warm up number.

Next up is ‘Curb My Heart’, which is the longest track on the release at 9 minutes. This time the duo make liberal use of some rnb vocals, with the first half of the track almost sticking to a song structure, before the second half of the track opens up with some sparkly synths and filters. ‘El Dickital’ begins as a looped up disco number, before a dark sapcey synth arrives straight from mid 80s detroit and takes the track very deep. It’s early days but this could well be an album high point. ‘Kissmetellme’ begins seeming a little simple and samey, but has a HUGE drop after the first couple of minutes, after which it thumps its way out of the speakers with a heavy groove. Finally (and after a value for money 70+ mins) ‘Speed of Light’ brings proceedings to a close. Probably the most interesting track on show here, the duo display all their usual tricks, but this time with jazz tonality. The female vocals which sit on top of their spacey groove have some definite echoes of ‘Talking Book’ era Stevie Wonder (and thus it does sound a bit like the faux acid jazz of early Jamiroquai) and some ranging synths give the track a more developed sound than shown elsewhere.

This record is not an unqualified success. It would be impossible to disagree that all the tracks here sound very similar, the formula and process applied is the same as that found on all the Editianment back catalogue, and in terms of the album as an artform, there’s no emotional depth or variation. However, if Tiger & Woods only do this one thing, they do it brilliantly, and have delivered 10 tracks which could sit in any set. Each one is strong enough to be played out as a single. Realistically, this record was never going to be picked up by anyone who isn’t deeply involved in the dance music world, and so it serves more as a singles compilation and a manifesto of the unique sound of the duo than a traditional album. For fans of disco and house, this is a definite contender for record of the year, and promises much more from the mysterious golfers.

tiger & woods – through the green (running back, 2011)

Tiger & Woods have been regulars in our record boxes ever since the release of the Hole in One E.P. in 2009 (I can’t believe it was that long ago) and so we were delighted to discover that the pair are going to follow up the three strong 12″s released on Editainment, with a long player on Running Back. The album is slated for May and features the strongest of those 12″ cuts in addition to five new tracks. The looped up and super processed edit sound of the golfing duo has received support from all across the dance music spectrum, proving as popular amongst the disco crowd as it is with the house and techno aficionados. For those who can’t wait until may the album will be preceded by a 12″ sampler made up of some of the new material as well as a solo outing for David Woods on Editainment and the duo’s rework of Tensnake’s boogie monster ‘Need Your Lovin’ on Permanent Vacation. Keep your eyes peeled for these releases and your ears will thank you, this pair always bring the fire when they take to the desk. You can pick up copies of some of the back catalogue here, especially the recently released Larry Tiger solo outing ‘Alone on the Green’. Here’s a stream of the storming ‘Gin Nation’ from the sold out Caddy Shag E.P. and its source by Imagination in both original and Nightdubbing format.

Tiger & Woods – Gin Nation

Imagination – Music and Lights /// discogs

Imagination – Music and Lights (Nightdubbing Version) /// discogs

todd terje – ragysh (running back, 2011)

Norwegian king of the edit Todd Terje has been fairly quiet of late, not releasing anything in ages aside from the Remasters of the Universe package, but since that was a collection of edits that had been knocking around the internet at varying bitrates since time began, it doesn’t really count as anything new. That was until now, when Todd announces that he has an upcoming 12″ on Gerd Janson’s Running Back imprint titled Ragysh. The 12″ contains four cuts beginning with the titular ‘Ragysh’, a balearic house number with deep and warm stabs soaring over some head nodding percussion incorporating the first two seconds of Blondie’s ‘Heart of Glass’. This is joined by its sister track Bonysh, which is a crazy drum track based on the same Blondie sample and some hot cowbells. The 12″ is rounded off with ‘Snooze 4 Love’ in two different incarnations. First up is the original version, a dreamy and spacey mid tempo number reminiscent of ‘All Flowers Must Fade’ by Daniel Wang, lush synths coasting along on top of a bouncy rhythm. The ‘Snooze 4 Love (Version)’ is a beatless treatment of the track bringing to mind Tangerine Dream’s ambient classic ‘Love on a Real Train’. The record is of the highest quality and is out soon, so check the usual vinyl haunts. As a treat here are some samples of the moustache wearing genius, along with the two other classics mentioned in this post. As always they are here for a short time only and i recommend you dig deeper into the artists and track down the releases as they should be heard on beautiful black wax.

Todd Terje – Eurodans /// discogs

Lindstrom – Another Station (Todd Terje Remix) /// discogs

Chaz Jankel – Glad to Know You (Todd Terje Re-edit) /// discogs

Daniel Wang – All Flowers Must Fade /// discogs

Tangerine Dream – Love on a Real Train /// discogs