Catchy as always, Todd Terje is treating us to a funky summer tune. Starting off with the bare minimalist beat, Strandbar is available to you in three flavors, from a samba to disko, the latter escalating into a lushly piano driven piece of disco. And then there’s the bonus mix - nobody knows where that’ll go. So take the dive and live the summer with Uncle Todd!
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- Strandbar by Todd Terje
9/10 Andrew Customer review, 21st March 2015
Todd Terje getting more mileage out of 'It's Album Time', but why the hell not when its so good? Here we get a disco version of Strandbar that stands apart from the album version. Nearly 9 minutes long it really hits peak time action from a third of the way in when an adrenaline kick of piano enters the fray. The classic house piano, instigator of a million endorphine rushes does it again. After a tasty, but rather minimal (for Terje anyway) start the incessant piano takes this track to another level. Dancefloor dynamite.
On the flip you get a 'samba' version that quite obviously ups the percussion and adds a drop of south american carnival flavour. That piano is still king though. The latin action, the piano over the percussion, does remind heavily of Basement Jaxx's 'Samba Magic' track from 15 odd years back. However whilst that was pure party, in typical scandi disco style this has a slight melancholy underneath. It's not Leonard Cohen miserablism for sure, its just that to these ears the slight reference to morning after comedown vibes that Terje, Torske and Lindstrom for example get into even their most upbeat dancefloor tracks adds a real depth.
Another winner, with tracks like these you can have a beautiful summer.
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