TRENTEMØLLER with DJ T.O.M. , KENNY GLASGOW , NITIN and others at Studio 99 (99 Sudbury), Saturday (October 28). $20 advance, more at the door. www.afesociety. com. Rating: NNNNN
Anders Trentemøller's had one of the most meteoric ascents to dance music success in recent memory, even if it was almost a decade in the making.
After time in various bands and taking a couple of years off in the early part of this century, the Danish producer released his first solo as Trentemøller in 2003 on American deep house label Naked Music. It quickly became one of the biggest hits of the year, despite the fact that it was much closer to techno than anything Naked had put out before.
His melodic minimalism and immediately identifiable sound made him a hit with tech-house guys like Steve Bug (who named Le Champagne his number-one song of that year and later signed him to his Poker Flat label), but also with people in the house scene like Fred Everything, who was so into one of Trentem¿ller's remixes that he started his own label in order to release it when the original label turned it down.
What followed seemed like a flood of remixes and releases, as well as a sense that other producers were already borrowing from the template he'd laid down. Combining the dubbed-out dirty clicks and glitches of German techno with the hooky, buzzing synth riffs of electro-house, Trentem¿ller crafted a deep, moody sound that was still accessible enough to get played to death by big, cheesy DJs as well as cool underground ones.
He's just released Last Resort (Poker Flat), his first full-length solo album, using it as an opportunity to move away from big, chunky beats and concentrate on the more emotional and atmospheric side of his sound.
You have to agree with him that an album of club-ready tracks doesn't make for great home listening. But stripping away that aggressive side may end up disappointing some fans, since what made him stand out in the first place was his ability to make mellow, introspective music that still worked on the dance floor.
While The Last Resort succeeds as a downtempo album, it remains to be seen if that's what people actually want from Trentemøller Considering how few electronic producers are among his top 10 Myspace friends, he may not be too concerned about keeping his hold on the dance music world. This is a guy who put Sigur Rós and Devendra Banhart above anyone who's ever stepped into a DJ booth.