Todd Terje – ‘Maskindans’ (Feat. Det Gylne Triangel)
As the Norwegian electronic buzzer prepares album number two, he decided to cover a icy electro-punk song from Det Gylne Triangel who released his ‘Maskindans’ in 1982. Nearly 35 years later, Terje got Triangel, the original vocalist to appear on his version and in the process, he put some oily disco funk bass into the original while keeping its metallic sheen intact. Terje plays Dublin on Friday night in District 8.
GL – Destiny
The under-rated Melbourne electro-pop duo of Ella Thompson and Graeme Pogson return with a new single. The duo’s abilities to weave classic disco, funk and boogie textures into a modern track is evident.
Toro y Moi – ‘Girl Like You’
Chaz Bundick is now calling himself Chaz Bear and he’s returned to his Toro Y Moi project with a fifth album Boo Boo inspired by from Travis Scott and Frank Ocean to Oneohtrix Point Never (see below) and Daft Punk. ‘Girl Like You’ is an understated R&B inspired by those aforementioned artists use of space.
Oneohtrix Point Never – ‘The Pure And The Damned’ feat. Iggy Pop
Iggy Pop and Oneohtrix Point Never team up for this beautiful and brittle track from the film Good Time, which was received well at Cannes and stars Robert Pattinson and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
Pop really channels his softer side here and it lifts the song like few others could.
Dioscó na mbó – ‘Are You Busy Enough?’
The Sligo band pop up to deliver a slanted and enchanted song built of analogue synth-funk grooves and vocal callback of the title.
Gordi – ‘Heaven I Know’
A young Australian artist with an album Reservoir on the way on Jagjaguwar (August 25th). Sophie Payten’s music for short-hand has some of the atmospheric epicness of the recent Bon Iver album who she supported in Dublin last Monday.
EMBRZ – ‘Higher’
A new single from the young Irish producer EMBRZ further demonstrates his EDM-leaning starry-eyed electronic sound.
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Posted on June 12th, 2017
Todd Terje has just been announced for a live show at District 8 on Friday June 16th.
Tickets on sale from €18+ fees from Eventbrite this Friday at 9am.
Terje was last here with his live band The Olsens at Dublin City Block Party. Since then, he’s kept up his quota of great track releases/remixes as featured below.
Posted on April 26th, 2017
Norway is a surprising hotbed of electronic disco talent with the likes of Prins Thomas, Lindstrom and Todd Terje among the names often cited as leading lights of their home country.
Northern Disco Lights is a documentary film coming on April 29th that tells the story of how that happened starting with a group of teenagers in Tromsø who out of boredom and isolation started a music scene, set up radio stations, parties, built synths and made music that spread all over the world.
It features 67 contributing interviewees including Bryan Ferry, Bjørn Torske, Prins Thomas, DJ Strangefuit, Nemone (BBC 6 Music), Mental Overdrive, Idjut Boys, Lindstrøm, Bill Brewster and many more.
Paper Recordings (the label behind the film) will release the soundtrack of the film covering the most seminal tracks from the scene from the scene wihle Lindstrøm’s Closing Shot will feature on a 7″ for Record Store Day, backed with Erot’s ‘Song For Annie’. Erot tragically died at the age of 23 and this tune was instrumental in the Norwegian disco scene.
Northern Disco Lights – Soundtrack
Lindstrøm – Closing Shot (Original Mix)
Biosphere – Novelty Waves (Original Mix)
Doc L Junior – Sentimental Breakdown (Original Mix)
Rune Lindbaek – Ok, Kjor Romskip (Original Mix)
Bjørn Torske – Gullfjellet (Original Mix)
Erot – Song for Annie (Original Mix)
Mungolian Jetset – Moon Jocks Prog Rocks (Todd Terje’s Schlong Tong Vocal Version)
Mungolian Jetset – Quintessential Trip To Bergen (Original Mix)
The Torske / Mundal Explosion – In Disco (Original Mix)
Rune Lindbaek – Junta Jaegar (Original Mix)
Those Norwegians – Kakao (Original Mix)
Ralph Myerz & The Jack Herren Band – Think Twice (Original Mix)
Blackbelt Andersen – Sandoz (Original Mix)
Doc L Junior – Twilight (Original Mix)
Lindstrøm – I Feel Space (Original Mix)
Prins Thomas – Fehrara (Original Mix)
Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas – Boney M Down (Original Mix)
Lindstrøm – Rà-àkõ-st (Todd Terje Extended Edit) (Original Mix)
Bjørn Torske – Møljekalas (Original Mix)
André Bratten – Be A Man You Ant (Original Mix)
Diskobeistet – Birkelunden (Original Mix)
Posted on March 28th, 2017
I’ve made an Electric Picnic DJ Mix every year since 2008. It’s always been a blast to make and a highlight of the site for me personally. 2016’s mix features 22 artists on the Electric Picnic lineup over 20 songs in just under 55 minutes.
It’s for bumping for your festival prep for the next week or in the car on the way down to Stradbally. Last year’s mix.
I’m DJing at the Red Bull Tropical Garden at EP on Saturday from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.
Nialler9 Electric Picnic Mix 2016
- Lynched – Father Had A Knife
- Toby Kaar – Snapdragon
- Nao – Inhale / Exhale
- Muro Masa – What If I Go?
- Glass Animals – Youth (Instrumental)
- John Talabot & Pional – Destiny (Dubtool)
- Jessy Lanza – Keep On Moving
- Todd Terje – Alfonso Meskedunder (Deetron remix)
- Prince Rama – Bahia
- Roisin Murphy – Evil Eyes (Hercules & Love Affair remix)
- New Order – Tutti Frutti (Tom Rowlands Chemical Brothers remix)
- Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence (Prins Thomas remix)
- Shit Robot – End Of The Trail
- New Jackson – Shoot Out The Lights
- Daniel Avery – Knowing We’ll Be Here (KiNK remix)
- LCD Soundsystem – Home (Loving Good mix)
- Gene Dudley Group – Inspector Norse
- Super Furry Animals – Wherever I Lay My Phone (That’s My Home)
- Animal Collective – Brother Sport
- Broken Social Scene – Pacific Theme
Posted on August 26th, 2016
Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from all the below along with Glass Animals, Skott, Chance The Rapper, Ardyn, Father John Misty and Hvmmingbyrd.
Check out the Songs of the week Soundcloud playlist.
Mac Miller feat. Anderson Paak – ‘Dang!’
A summer breezy joint.
Anderson Paak appears to feature as a guest on one new song every few days. The dude is having a prolific year and also released the album of the year (Irish show please? I was sure a Picnic show was happening). On his latest feature, he sets the bumping airy tone on Mac Miller’s new track from new album The Divine Feminine (September 16). The album also features Kendrick Lamar, Cee-Lo, and Robert Glasper. A classy joint.
Todd Terje – Snooze 4 Love (Luke Abbott remix)
A strong remix on 12″ / download now.
Coming across like a lost Mariah track, Luke Abbott’s new remix of Todd Terje’s 2011 track has a summery stamp all over it.
Massive Attack feat. Ghostpoet – ‘Come Near Me’
Massive Attack released three new songs via an iOs app this week but today, they posted two of those songs on Spotify and Apple Music/iTunes. Hope Sandoval anchors the dreamy trip-hop of ‘The Spoils’ but it’s Ghostpoet’s turn on ‘Come Near Me’ that fits the band’s dystopian downbeat tune.
The songs are the followup to Ritual Spirit which was helmed by Robert Del Naja. These songs were both written by Daddy G and collaborator Stew Jackson, proving that if you are clashing in creative endeavours just take charge of every second release, it seems to be working for the Bristol band for now.
Badbadnotgood & Colin Stetson – ‘Confessions Part II’
A highlight from the Canadian jazz trio’s new album IV.
Badbadnotgood make jazz music that is made with a deeper knowledge of the modern music of hip-hop and electronica. But while those influences are felt on the album with collaborations with Mick Jenkins, Kaytranada and Samuel T. Herring, it’s the Arcade Fire-featured sax player Colin Stetson whose contribution to ‘Confessions Part II’ feels the most natural. Stetson’s reeds bring a nervous underbelly to a tune that seems to spiral out of control, in the way that Miles Davis’ experimental On The Corner feels like it’s falling off its tracks only to be nudged back into focus once more.
De La Soul – ‘Royalty Capes’
A strong track from the rap legends
Still going strong after all these years, De La Soul have never made the kind of music that made people want to forget they’re still around plugging away. There’s always usually something to recommend. For their forthcoming and the Anonymous Nobody… album which was crowdfunded and features David Byrne, Damon Albarn, Usher, Little Dragon, Estelle, Pete Rock, 2 Chainz and Jill Scott, they’ve let us listen to a new song featuring Snoop Dogg, ‘Trainwreck’ and the funky ‘Action’.
‘Royalty Capes’ is another fine track, a brass-assisted jazzy big-beat hip-hop track that doesn’t look to the past in its execution.
Doctr – ‘Tropique’
Sunshine danceable giddiness.
One of those tunes that only makes sense with loads of people around, Doctr’s ‘Tropique’ is pure sunshine giddy energy. The song is italo meets cosmic disco meets tropical house. It gets an official release on August 19th on Music For Dreams. You might hear this at Lumo’s all-day party tomorrow. Ok, you will.
Posted on July 29th, 2016
Follow the Nialler9 New Music playlist on Spotify. This week’s additions include new songs from The Invisible, Grace Lightman, Classixx and more.
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The Cork-born artist drops her second single.
The London-based Cork artist Lyra debut with an impressively polished ambient pop song called ‘Rabbit In The Headlights’ last month that simultaneously recalled Kate Bush, Enya, FKA Twigs and Swedish pop.
Last week, Lyra played her debut gig at Communion Music’s night in London and she dropped ‘Emerald’, her second track. That previous song was largely about embracing her Irish accent – something she does here too. Also embraced, big drums and production, sustained chords and a grand chorus.
Production comes from Rupert Christie (Kate Bush, Coldplay, Aurora, Say Lou Lou).
The British singer takes time out from collaborating with Kanye to release his first track in 3 years.
In the five years he’s been making music in the public, first with SBTRKT and later on his own, there’s been a slow release of solo tunes from Sampha. His last solo material was ‘Too Much’/’Happens’ in 2013 but in the meantime, he’s featured on songs from Kanye West, Drake and Katy B.
New song ‘Timmy’s Prayer’ arrives three years after his last solo track and came with a message that suggested the guy has been having a hard old time (“It’s been a while. I’ve had a lot to process these past couple of years, as we all do, and it’s hard to articulate sometimes”). As ever, the honeyed tones of his voice are always emotive and welcome to these ears.
Posted on May 23rd, 2016
Ahead of some live dates this summer, Todd Terje and his dance troupe/band The Olsens have announced a double vinyl EP of remakes/covers of tracks by Yellow Magic Orchestra, Boney M, Vangelis and remixes of the tracks.
The Big Cover-Up is released on June 17th on Terje’s own Olsen records. The tracklist is velow and this is the remix of the Boney M cover:
Todd Terje & The Olsens – ‘Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Daniel Maloso Remix)’
THE BIG COVER-UP’ TRACKLISTING
A1. Firecracker (by Yellow Magic Orchestra / Martin Denny)
A2. Disco Circus (by Martin Circus)
B1. Baby Do You Wanna Bump (by Boney M)
B2. La Fete Sauvage (by Vangelis)
C1. Baby Do You Wanna Bump (Daniel Maloso remix)
C2. Firecracker (Dan Tyler remix)
D1. La Fete Sauvage (Prins Thomas remix)
D2. Disco Circus (Øyvind Morken remix)
Posted on April 28th, 2016
Electric Picnic’s 2016 lineup has just been revealed for Stradbally from Friday 2nd – Sunday 4th September this year.
Lineup for Electric Picnic 2016
- LCD Soundsystem
- Lana Del Rey
- The Chemical Brothers
- New Order
- Super Furry Animals
- Years & Years
- Todd Terje
- Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats
- Animal Collective
- Gavin James
- Wolf Alice
- The Avett Brothers
- Wild Beasts
- Glass Animals
- Jack Garratt
- Pantha Du Prince presents The Triad
- Broken Social Scene
- Ezra Furman
- Mount Kimbie DJ Set
- Daniel Avery
- Girls Names
- Meilyr Jones
Area wise, expect the return of all the main stages, Salty Dog, Body & Soul, Trailer Park, Trenchtown, Theatre Of Food, Casa Bacardi, Just Eat Retreat, Electric Ireland and Global Green.
Family Weekend camping tickets are sold out.
Sunday day tickets are sold out.
Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.
Family Campervan/Caravan + Car passes are sold out.
Phone and Internet bookings are subject to 12.5% service charge per ticket (Max €6.10).
Alternatively, You you can register to cycle or run to Electric Picnic. See RaboDirect Tour De Picnic 2016 . It’s a €50 deposit to secure your place for a ticket to Ireland’s biggest and best festival this way and then you fundraise a minimum of €380 for charities: ISPCC, Headway and The Jack & Jill Foundation.
Posted on March 2nd, 2016
10 of the best remixes, edits and refixes collected over the month of April.
- Todd Terje – ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ (Mungolian vs. TangoTerje)
- Miss Kate – ‘Groovy Baby’ (Hystereo remix)
- Jaga Jaggist – ‘Oban’ (Todd Terje remix)
- Cashmere Cat & Ariana Grande – ‘Adore’ (MssngNo remix)
- Jungle – ‘The Heat’ (Creange remix)
- Kelela – ‘Send Me Out’ (Girl Unit remix)
- Hot Chip – ‘Atomic Bomb’ William Onyeabor cover (remix by John Talabot)
- Lindstrom – ‘Home Tonight’ (Fort Romeau remix)
- Color//Sound – ‘The Wolves’ (Holmes Price Pretentious Disco Dub)
- José González – Let It Carry You (Holy Ghost! Remix)
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Posted on May 6th, 2015
Here are the top 15 tracks of the last week:
- Wet – ‘Deadwater’
- Cinema – ‘Horizon’
- George FitzGerald – ‘Call It Love (If You Want To)'[Feat. Lawrence Hart]
- Young Wonder – ‘Sweet Dreaming’
- Chemical Brothers – ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’
- EMBRZ – ‘Silent’
- Blonde Maze – ‘Awake / Asleep’
- Lianne La Havas – ‘Unstoppable’
- Unknown Mortal Orchestra – ‘Can’t Keep Checking My Phone’
- Roots Manuva – ‘Like A Drum’
- Calm Candy – ‘Tunnels’
- Lyttet – ‘Saint Etienne’
- Evvol – ‘Four Steps From Home’
- Jaga Jazzist – ‘Oban’ (Todd Terje Remix)
- Moullinex – ‘Take A Chance’
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Posted on April 24th, 2015
Todd Terje has released a fine set of remixes of his album tune ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’ from It’s Album Time! which takes the track’s hammy orchestral prog throwback vibes into something less esoteric.
There are four remixes in total from Deetron (who takes it percussive and deep while retaining the melody), a Bullion remix (more dance/funk), Mungolian Jetset (more steel drum style piano house) and my personal favourite Mungolian vs Terje himself (a brass soulful house take on things with a drum breakdown)
Here’s the animated video for the song
Posted on April 7th, 2015
Norwegian space-disco DJ Todd Terje played at Dublin club Space Camp in January 2007 at Rogue on Dame Street.
Stephen Manning, now of Hidden Agenda, who was involved in the club and supported on the night, has posted a recording of that set from seven years ago.
Have a listen or download to the set below which features Inner City’s ‘Good Life’, Gloria Gaynor, 10cc, Jermaine Jackson, Sparks, MJ and Bunny Sigler.
Posted on August 12th, 2014
OK it’s been a few weeks due to me being away so there’s some songs that are a few weeks old in here.
Tracks of the Week playlist
‘Simple Life’, is as bare as they come, a piano-lead striking ballad with Niia’s jazz vocals yearning for something else as she “makes her lovers used the back door when they leave.” It’s an effective showcase of a new talent years in the making.
2. Todd Terje – ‘Oh Joy’
Probably the only banger we hadn’t heard from his debut and album of the week, It’s Album Time.
Wobby electronic pop from a London singer produced by Micachu on the Greco-Roman label.
The Transitions EP has been out a few weeks and this song first appeared in 2012 but this came on my headphones yesterday and took me by surprise.
Surprising hip-hop Bibio-style beats from the normally dance-oriented producer. From his new album for R&S, Reality Testing.
“It’s The Final Countdown by fucking Journey!” Nottingham Lo-fi English punk poetry.
Another quality free download track from the re-emerging Kildare duo.
Just a lovely fresh take on the still ubiquitous track.
Irish-rap beats from a Cork producer as used by Young Thug, Bun B and Fat Trel.
10. Halsey – ‘Ghost’
Speaking of the Glasgow band, this is some Chvrches’ style electro-pop from a New Jersey singer.
Posted on April 4th, 2014
You could argue that we don’t even need a Todd Terje album. The Norwegian cosmic disco don has proved his worth over the last ten years with a series of killer dance singles. ‘Eurodans’, ‘Inspector Norse’, ‘Strandbar’, ‘Spiral’, ‘Lanzarote’ and ‘Ragysh’ are some of the tracks he’s released that are almost guaranteed to help fill a dancefloor. He’s also a prolific edit maker and remixer – there exists a torrent of 96 different edits of tracks of Paul Simon, Thin Lizzy, Chic, Belle Epoque and Alicia Keys amongst others. Terje’s well-crafted output lives in front of spotlights, speakers and sozzled feet.
If you take a combination of those edits, those singles and the eclectic Essential mix from last year, you’ll arrive at the sound of It’s Album Time, Terje’s debut long player.
The Essential Mix featured some deeply uncool, or at least, culturally out-of-step music and there’s plenty of that here. The album begins with a trio of lounge disco instrumentals which feature bright as a button synthesizers, bouncy prog rhythms, dramatic ’70s strings, harpsichord and jazz melodies.
Where Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories deliberately recreated a prog disco lounge, Terje’s version is less self-conscious in its appearance, that he throws his music headlong into some some calypso rhythms on track four ‘Svensk Sas’ should be really quite laughable but his decision to use those kitsch Latin tropes for some weird treated scat vocals and as a segway into a truncated ‘Strandbar’ works because of its sheer sonic enthusiasm. Terje has studied the past but is also recreating its giddy adventure as well as its sounds.
The actual prog orchestral track, which appears later in the form of ‘Alfonso Muskedunder’, is less warranted – a valid exercise in recreation it no doubt was, but less fun to listen back to, it is. There are plenty of first-hand examples of that style if you want to dig it out and Terje’s version doesn’t reignite to the conversation or update it. Still, those wayward sounds show us what Terje is capable of – he’s very much a musician as well as a fine producer.
If we’re looking for something new to show is what Terje is capable of, then ‘Johnny And Mary’ , his collaboration with Bryan Ferry is it. Robert Palmer’s 1980 original was a synth-rock single. Terje and Ferry’s ballad is more languid, and more devastating in emotion. Ferry does his dishevelled craggy man thing and Terje matches him with some sweeping Twin Peaks/Angelo Badalamenti orchestration. ‘Take My Breathe Away’ style.
Along with the glorious ‘Delorean Dynamite’, ‘Johnny And Mary’ forms the centre of an album which features previously-released songs on the tracklist, ‘Strandbar’ and the mighty ‘Inspector Norse’ despite its prescience, still sounds as glorious as ever. ‘Swing Star (Parts 1 and 2)’ from the Arps EP could have been jettisoned in favour of newer tracks as everything else isn’t dulled by its familiarity.
‘Delorean Dynamite’ is a rush. A bombastic hurtling journey than a synth highway in retro-futuristic vehicle. The giddiness inherent in its arpeggiated synth line is not to be underestimated. It’s ably matched by ‘Oh Joy’, a seven-minute gallop towards the victory lap of ‘Inspector Norse. ‘Oh Joy’ features a three minute intro build before the beat drops into euphoric Moroder swing.
Terje’s willingness to not just put out an album of bangers is admirable. In general, the mesh of synth-disco, prog, jazz and lounge works because he ties it all together with an infectious and skilled sonic enthusiasm that papers over any cracks.
Posted on April 4th, 2014
Todd Terje – It’s Album Time
Ratking – So It Goes
Teebs – E S T A R A
Cloud Nothings – Here And Nowhere
Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
Mica Levi – Under The Skin
EMA – The Future’s Void
Posted on March 31st, 2014