Review: Subculture Present Todd Terje
REVIEW: Subculture Presents Todd Terje
WORDS: Adam Forbes
Saturday night saw Todd Terje descend upon the Sub Club for the second time in less than a year and the anticipation surrounding his return was palpable. By 11pm the queue stretched far down Jamaica Street and the club hit capacity well before midnight.
The Norwegian disco maestro has presumably had an even more hectic schedule than usual over the last year - his last two EPs have received near universal acclaim and he's become one of Europe’s most in-demand DJs as a result. 2011's ‘Ragysh’ became virtually ubiquitous soon after its release, rinsed by Disco, House and Techno DJs alike and topping numerous end of year charts.
His first release of 2012, the entirely synthesised ‘It’s the Arps’ EP, looks set to take a similar course. Despite being released back in January, stand-out track ‘Inspector Norse’ has become a summer staple and already established itself as one of most vital tracks of this year. Between releases he still finds time to sustain an impressive catalogue of edits and remixes (tackling everyone from Roxy Music to Diana Ross) whilst also maintaining a consistent touring schedule.
The bulk of Terje’s set was indicative of this shift in style on Saturday night, as the frantic mixing and eclecticism that defined his early DJ sets has matured into something much more considered. The Subculture crowd were treated to flawless mixing and a selection of House classics, new and old. Julio Bashmore’s summer anthem ‘Au Seve’ received an especially rapturous response, and with the crowd under his spell by 2am, Terje treated us to an assortment of diverse selections for the last hour. With dancefloor edits of the Supremes, Earth, Wind & Fire and even Dolly Parton’s love-struck anthem Jolene, there was a real party atmosphere. The undeniable highlight of the night however was Terje’s own ‘Inspector Norse’, its emergence through the sound system whipping the Sub Club audience into an uncontrollable frenzy. Terje’s performance left the Glasgow crowd sweaty and delirious, reminding us what a great DJ set really should be: skilfully mixed, diverse and unpretentious.
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