Motion in Bristol will be welcoming in the Norwegian king of feelgood house on Friday 10th February, with Todd Terje giving his anthemic back catalogue a new lease of life with a full live performance. By now well known for both edits and originals that are as uplifting as they are stomping, Todd Terje is matched by few when it comes to raising the roof with a synthesiser.
Terje may not be the only star to pop up out of Norway’s fertile dance music earth, but he may well be the most fun. Nurturing disco that grows up towards the sun, Terje’s music sounds more like a summer beach party than the Scandinavian fjords, with enough warmth to keep you in T-shirts and shorts even in the chilliest winter. Springing onto the scene back in 2004 with the bouncing disco-tech of “Eurodans”, Terje marked his territory and has found no need to stray, pumping out euphoric disco banger after euphoric disco banger. Flitting between prestiged labels like Permanent Vacation and Running Back before settling on an imprint of his own making, Olsen, Todd has enjoyed the release of two LPs and loads of other EPs, with tracks like “Inspector Norse”, “Strandbar” and “Delorean Dynamite” cementing his place as one of the most groove-happy producers in town.
The rave reviews have come thick and fast, and a few listens to any of his tracks ought to leave you clear on why. It’s no surprise then that Terje is a man in demand when people catch wind of a live tour, so if you’re in Bristol this winter you could do much worse than to get yourself down to Motion for a little boogie (Norwegian style).
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photo courtesy of Backroom Entertainment