Review: Todd Terje, Remaster of the Universe
The Norwegian trio of Todd Terje, Prins Thomas and Hans-Peter Lindstrom spearheaded the Nu-Disco, Space Disco or Nu-Balearic (the music went by lots of names) movement. Remaster of the Universe is Terje’s summation of his work in that genre. It’s a two disc collection that includes a 17-track mix by Terje on the first disc and an unmixed compilation of 9 of his remixes on the second disc.
The press release for Remaster of the Universe indicated that the collection is intended as Terje’s farewell to the world of remixing and that now he is going to “heal the world with proper self-composed music”. Wow. “Heal the world”? “Remaster of the universe”? Sounds like Terje has an immensely inflated opinion of himself that’s out of all proportion with his actual abilities. He’s good, but he’s not anywhere near as good as he apparently thinks he is.
Terje’s mix on CD 1 is composed almost entirely of his own remixes. It’s a decent mix that’s certainly worth a listen or four but it isn’t in the same league as the DJs who do this kind of thing for a living. The meat of Remaster of the Universe is the compilation of Terje’s remixes on the second disc. On the basis of what he gives us here, Terje doesn’t have the musical depth of Lindstrom nor the timbral breadth of Prins Thomas but within his narrower range of ability he produces first-rate remixes. Almost every track on the disc is a winner and more than a few are recognized as classics of the genre.
Listeners who like space disco/nu Balearic/nu disco or the music of Lindstrom or Prins Thomas will almost certainly enjoy Remaster of the Universe. If you’re unfamilair with these names or genre labels but like music that rides a compelling groove into laid-back bliss, check Remaster of the Universe out.
Terje’s remix of Rogue Cat’s “Magic Journey”
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