Release Date: 12th SeptemberFreshly detoxed after an addictive inaugural release from Beranek, Olsen offshoot Dansbar is back, blowing the cobwebs off another hit from the lesser thumbed pages of the Norwegian songbook. With Bobby Spice, Bjorn Torske and Rune Lindbaek all joining Terje backstage, you can guarantee we're in for one hell of a show.
Our star is Frode Holm, a Norwegian renaissance man who introduced Oslo to bell bottoms and two-tone sofas, prog noodle and wigged out jazz-rock before diving headfirst into Silicon Valley's 1980s PC boom.
Thankfully before the AWOL audiophile joined Flynn and Tron in the Grid, he did hit the studio and lay down the criminally overlooked pop masterpiece '.Login'. Boasting the best of disco, jazz, rock and new wave, as well as housing our beloved 'Fotspor', the kaleidoscopic stylings of '.Login' should have topped the charts - but with a solo Phil Collins at the height of his powers, the timing was all wrong.
Thankfully the Olsen family are here to put things right with a much needed release of 'Fotspor' 2.0.
Borrowing a little extra load from those friendly guys at CERN, Terje turns on the hardware and powers out a pair of supercharged dance floor reboots on the A-side, in disco and dub form respectively.
The disco mix shimmies into view on a killer Compass Point 4/4, firing out celestial sequences, Supernature keyboards and mirror ball guitar while Holm's aspirational vocals soar way overhead.
Tropical synth riffs turn up the temperature and blazing horns offer bursts of sun kissed colour while the star grazing synth solo blasts us into distant dance floor orbit. On a dub tip, Terje takes us on a glue sniffing groove mission from Oslo to Kingston - Rio to Romulus.
Space Echo and Bucket Brigade Delay clothe the funk guitars, clipped horns and chattering monkey drums in a nebulous haze, spiraling off around the sound space as we deck out the love boat in true Carnival style. Stand still to this? You may as well play hoopla on a unicorn's horn.
As we skip to the flip we say hello to Oslo edit machine Bobby Spice, who rearranges the original into a loose and limber funk freestyle complete with cocktail sipping crowd sounds, balloon rubbing bassoons and seesawing organs.
Shaking a yuppie leg in conga line with 'Club Tropicana', 'Wham Rap' and 'Chant No. 1', this wine bar banger is the finest lifestyle choice you'll make all year.
The ever intrepid Bjorn Torske takes the reins for the B2, rolling a barrel of monkeys into studio A and locking the door for the next seven minutes.
Those percussive primates make light work of the master tapes, pulling the original apart and reassembling it into a sunset spectacular awash with croaking guiro, tropical bird calls and spaced out slap bass. A masterpiece of disorienting dub disco, Torske's echo heavy remix should sound perfect in the sweat and swelter of a midsummer dance floor.
If you dig on the digital you'll love the syrupy sway of Rune Lindbaek's sloppy cosmic rework - a mid expanding trip born out of rattling percussion, 'I Feel Love' bass and swirling milky way magic - and a right to the point radio mix from our main man Terje.
Phil Collins can keep 1981. 2016 belongs to Holm CPU and his bell bottomed grooves
I write these lines with tears. Tears of joy and tears of regret. Joy, because Todd Terje's 2011 release Ragysh on Running Back is still one of my labels' pivotal moments - thanks to Terje of course.
Regret, because its flips side Snooze 4 Love experiences a new dawn via Terje's own Olsen Records - and what a repetition it is.
The morning dew is courtesy of Dixon and Luke Abbott, who both puts their respectively unique touch to the original's 8 minute and 8 second long lesson in blissful weightlessness - a true Terjerine dream if there ever was one.
That image is precisely where Border Community mainstay Abbott adds his brush and easel to. Ambient, inventive and absorbing Abbott's remix creates something like a fourth dimension to it.
So good that it is a perfect start to any day or set. On the other end of the Snooze spectrum, Dixon elbows it in the ribs.
First and foremost a DJ, Dixon does what DJs do. He straightens out the thing, loses its fat and makes it fit for his specific dance floor and anyone who is keen to joy. So good that it is a perfect end to any day or set. Damn, I am jealous of this record.
All that's missing now, is a bonus beat. (Gerd Janson)