Todd Terje Strandbar

One of last year’s most surprising and refreshing dancefloor anthems was the bubbly “Inspector Norse” by Norwegian nu-disco architect Todd Terje.  There was something really special about Inspector Norse’s cartoon-like melodies and percolating synthesizer work that made it stand out from everything else.  Maybe it was the fact that it didn’t sound like anything else, or maybe it was just the fact that it was unapologetically fun.

That same lightheartedness can be heard in Terje’s newest release “Strandbar,” which just came out on his own label Olsen Records.  When you listen to it for the first time, you’ll instantly get the urge to throw on your favorite swimsuit and pour yourself an ice-cold margarita.  This makes perfect sense because “strandbar” in Norwegian means “beach bar.”  As expected, Terje doesn’t miss the mark on filling this single with summertime vibes.

Terje offers us two very different variations of “Strandbar,” the Samba version and the Disko version.  The Samba version takes the grown and sexy approach.  Layers of Brazilian-style percussion create a solid foundation for warm synth tones as the song slowly builds up to a piano-filled crescendo.  But it’s on the Disko version that Terje’s musicianship really shines.  The interplay between the swing of the drums and boogie in the bassline set the stage for a 9-minute disco funk odyssey.

Todd Terje’s “Strandbar” is available now on iTunes.  You can stream both versions here.

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