Todd Terje

It's Album Time (Olsen)

Rating: NNNN

Norwegian DJ/producer Todd Terje has said that his country’s restrictive alcohol laws and subsequent short set times have forced him to approach his craft more playfully than his European counterparts.

That anything-goes attitude carries over into his debut full-length, which is teeming with vibrant, melodic hooks, vintage textures and loungey rhythms – all inspired by disco, jazz fusion, classic British TV and the computer game Leisure Suit Larry. It’s accessible like the best pop music, and idiosyncratic like the best dance music.

It’s Album Time’s zig-zagging arpeggios slow only once – for an entrancing Bryan Ferry-sung cover of Robert Palmer’s Johnny And Mary (the lone vocal song). The 11 tracks culminate in Inspector Norse, his irresistible 2012 club hit composed entirely on a vintage ARP 2600 synth.

You get the impression that Terje has a serious hard-on for retro kitsch, but his focus on high-quality, vintage synth sounds gives the songs a unique flavour and energy that are hard to resist.

Top track: Inspector Norse

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