Todd Terje: Spiral/Q
I absolutely bloody love this man. And wow, what a year he’s had. With Strandbar and an amazing Essential Mix already under his belt, it’s safe to say he’s put his indelible mark on 2013 already. He owes us nothing more. And yet, Terje is a generous, giving kinda guy. So much so that he’s released two more slabs of wonderful winter disco this week, just in time to undoubtedly jostle for position alongside Stranbar in every discerning DJ’s year-end lists.
It’s difficult to pick a fave between the two tracks. Spiral is a beaming, Italo-inspired answer to Miami Vice, right down to the roto-toms. It’s unmistakably Terje but definitely has some of the balearic sunshine stripped away to match it’s winter release date. Q has a similarly glacial edge but feels more peak-time, and ups the emotional ante along with the BPM. It probably just edges it for me, and feels like a little more of a departure for Terje.
They’re both utterly fantastic though, and warrant your attention right now.
Take a bow, Todd, 2013 is yours.