Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite

I’ve been listening to this one Todd Terje track nonstop for the past two weeks. When I walk down the street, I assume everybody else knows that I’m listening to this song because of the way I’m half dancing half walking, and because it matches almost every mood I’m ever in while walking the streets. But seriously, when was the last time you listened to a song riddled in synths that sounded this magical?

In high school (and to this day) a friend and I would always pick apart songs that had jazzy arpeggios. We’d sit in his attic bedroom and talk about songs with inadvertent arpeggios and sing along with them while using our fingers to kind of skip along with each note in the air. Coincidentally, we’re both string instrument players — he plays the cello, I play the violin. Since then, I’ve always paid attention and had a secret crush on unique chord progressions in songs. Arpeggios, key changes, slides between notes…all of that, tickles my classically trained musical brain. And I love it even more when it comes to my attention when I’m not expecting it. Aka, this song.

There’s another song like that: “Harlem” by Bill Withers. You guys know what I’m talking about. The key change that won’t stop climbing. (Do yourself a favor and actually watch that live recording, it’s soul shaking good.) Anyways, if Todd Terje can make me think of Bill Withers (and that’s not a direct comparison because lord knows the two could not be more different, musically), then I’m a happy woman. Because I love both of these music makers. In “Delorean Dynamite,” It’s not only the meticulous attention to where each note goes and what role it plays in the melody of the track, but the new elements that are introduced with each “verse.” I use quotations because there aren’t literal verses in this track, but I’d definitely argue that there are parts. The waves of an electronic story begin with a low, slowly climb to a medium, return to a low, rise to a climax, then back to a medium, and then another climax. That ultimate climax is where all of the elements introduced in each bit earlier come together, almost like the final act before the end of a play.

I’m obligated to inform you all that this is off Todd Terje’s first album ever. That’s right. Our homie has managed to create a name for himself over the course of the past ten or so years, having never released an album. The album is aptly titled, It’s Album Time. Self awareness is a hugely admirable quality in any musician, and I am truly grateful that he realized that it was, indeed, album time. This may be one of my favorite electronic records of the year. The transcendent melodic story that’s told over the course of these tracks is historical and tough to refuse. But I won’t get into the technicalities of the album — that’s for another post on another day. Today, you’re traveling through multiple galaxies in alternate universes, and this is the song that plays on your spaceship. Cheers to that.

Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite


EMPT Presents: Balearea by Barry Poppins


The kid Barry sent me this literally weeks ago but somehow in the endless waltz of learning, work, music and insatiable hunger for more that’s my life I haven’t been able to sit down and post it, until now.

For a quiet guy like me, one who enjoys the dwellings of solitude so much I rarely find myself alone these days. Lately though, I’ve been stepping back and taking time for myself and man is it helping. As I write this I’m at some random Cafe in Highland Park, listening to “Balearic” and enjoying an easy Sunday morning only California could provide. I don’t even know how I got here, but my new thing is just getting in my car and going…

I hear the birds on the summer breeze,
I drive fast, I am alone in the night
Been tryin’ hard not to get into trouble,
but I, I’ve got a war in my mind
I just ride, just ride…

Say what you will about Los Angeles but you just can’t beat this weather man, it’s 61 degrees, sunny as fuck and oh yeah, it’s February! Anyways, life on this end has certainly not been smooth sailing but I feel like things are finally coming back to a peaceful place and it most certainly has to do with stepping away from the things that just don’t agree with my disposition. It’s a hard thing to do, it may even be a little bit escapist in nature but sometimes you have to trust your gut and that’s all I’m doing.

This tape is the perfect soundtrack for Sunday. Put this on and go about your business, this is vibe music, sensual, sexy and feel good. This is Space Age Bachelor Pad Music, the type of shit you would place in the morning on a Yacht coasting off the south of France or at a 6am pool party in the Dominican Republic after you’ve been partying all night. It’s beautiful and euphoric chill out music curated at the highest level. Enjoy.

“This mix took me 6 months to finalize and is an ode to the “Balearic” realm of music that can’t be defined by words, only brisk, smooth sounds. It’s a collection of tunes that make me feel like I’m surfing on a rocket or floating on a Banana Boat. It’s a collection of songs that both calms and awakens me, if that makes any sense. For me, Balearic tunes are ones that can calm your nerves but make your nipples hard at the same time. And that is what these songs mean to me.”


Psychemagik – Wake Up Everybody
Late Nite Tuff Guy – I Can Feel It
Chris Malinchak – So Into You
Reverso 68 – Piece Together (Todd Terje Spinning Star Mix)
Classixx – Supernature (Hot Toddy Remix)
Appo – Cocaine
Mario Basanov – Caribbean Girl (New Found Land Remix)
Satin Jackets feat. KLP – For Days
Air Zaire feat. Patric Baker – Sanibel
Flight Facilities – Shine A Light
Laid Back – Fly Away (Poolside Edit)
Roy Ayeres – Everybody Loves the Sunshine

Music Remixes

Chic – I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit)

I spent a lot of time this weekend thinking about love. In all of its shapes and forms, all of the people I love, and have loved. Again, in the spirit of reflection, it’s good to keep those sorts of thoughts in mind because they are such good feelings. I gave some time in my head to a most recent love of mine that is no longer in my life. I thanked the universe for giving me that time, it was awesome and precious. And now, it is no longer and I’m so happy that I’m at a point where it is acceptable to acknowledge that. Past happinesses are always something to be thankful for, because they make the present day emotions that much more real.

I guess it’s fitting that I find myself writing about love while listening to this lovely edit. Todd Terje brings the funk while Chic brings the disco, and I’m in bliss. I’ve got this playing at the end of a super summer day, and I’m a little bit sunburnt, but I’m satisfied overall with the state of things.

So maybe turn this song up with a positive outlook and give some time to reflect on those past loves. Present loves. All of the loves. I hope that it makes you happy, and if it doesn’t, then leave it be. Only go to the place that will positively serve you on this lovely day.

Chic – I Want Your Love (Todd Terje Edit)


Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)

Hit songs are supposed to be < 3:30 in length. If a pop song exceeds this length, it’s breaking this rule, and it becomes unfriendly for radio play. Fortunately, “Remaster of the World” Todd Terje just doesn’t give a rat’s ass about pop aesthetics. No, by bringing back old school synths (Mogs?) and thumping in new school grooves, the Scandinavian Synth Slayer is creating his own brand of “pop”
…-ular music. No, you won’t find this 9+ minute song on z100 or K1SS FM anytime soon, but thanks to SoundCloud and the bloggosphere, it’s getting it’s due play (over 20,000 plays in a day).

What does this mean? Well, I guess it means in the ADD generation that people do still have some kind of attention span. And that a lot of people still know how to appreciate really, REALLY good music. Because Todd Terje is making some of the finest in the world.   And showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.

With Terje, there’s no drops nor gimmicks. Just pure class. And this thorough re-work is just that good that for almost 10 minutes, you won’t really be thinking about what’s coming next–and that may be cause you have this one stuck on repeat.

Hot Chip – How Do You Do (Todd Terje Remix)


If you’ve ever heard Phish (guilty as charged) play “Boogie on Reggae Woman,” this will ring a couple bells:

M – Pop Muzik (Todd Terje Remix)


EMPT Presents – S U M M M E R : a n t i – w i n t e r 2 d by Ryan Radler

For years when it came to EMPT I’ve been a one man band man. For those of you not familiar with the term coined by contemporary painter, producer, rapper Kasseem Dean aka Swizz Beatz, that basically means that from top to bottom I’ve running the show. Of course all credit due to Steph and the beloved LMDM series and Ryan Radler’s anti-winter/summer series, both which have become ultimate delineation of what Space Age Bachelor Pad Music is about, but when it came to running the show it all started and ended with yours truly. Recently however, things have changed and with my new fancy role as Creative Director there’s no way I would be able to keep this up. That’s where Mollie, the new EMPT operations boss comes in. If you’ve noticed the new increase in output lately she’s the reason why and compared to my sporadic post when I feel like it style of operation, it’s a welcome change. It’s great to see this site take on some new legs and run faster than it ever has and for that we’re all grateful. That said, looks like we’re ready to usher in a new era for EMPT and there are many reasons to be excited.

One of those reasons is the topic of todays conversation, S u m m e r : anti-winter 2d! Yet another inspired concoction of music from sir Ryan Radler. The tape starts off with with Keljet’s lights out remix of Coldplay’s UFO and then masterfully builds to an intermission provided by Quincy’s Summer In The City. I wish I was a better writer so I could tap into all my musical knowledge, experience traveling the world and living amongst different cultures so I could accurately express how wonderful it is when Ryan brings together these worlds, times and styles so effortlessly. Don’t get it twisted my friends, you can’t get this anywhere else. Music can be so many things, one day you might feel like Skrillex’s Kill Everybody because you love how aggressive, fast and exiting it makes life feel. Another day you’re bumping Hello Nasty or Doggy Style as loud as possible because it’s flat out fresh, that’s how you want to feel and…

Nothing sounds quite like an EIGHT-OH-EIGHT!” – Beastie Boys (Super Disco Breakin’)

The music Ryan puts together can be described as a lot of things but to me it’s mostly just beautiful. When I want to feel ethereal and put life in a the right perspective that’s where I’m going. Every one of these tapes has been nothing but good vibes and somehow this guy only gets better and better. Press play, kick back and you’ll see what I mean, enjoy.

S U M M E R :  a n t i  –  w i n t e r   2 d

  1. COLDPLAY – UFO (Keljet’s Hawaiian Remix)
  2. MIIKE SNOW – The Wave
  3. THE TURTLES – Happy Together (Todd Terje aka Wade Nichols Edit)
  4. ALAN HAWKSHAW & SI BEGG – Spaced out Sportsgirl
  5. DAVE GOLD & GORDON REES – Like Summer
  6. BLACKBIRD BLACKBIRD – Modern Disbelief
  7. QUINCY JONES – Summer In The City
  8. RÜFÜS – Paris Collides (Dante Nou Remix)
  9. EDDA MAGNASON – Jona (Vidderna Remix) (Niva Remix)
  10. WALTER SOBCEK – Hollywood Cries (Video Mix)
  11. DITT INRE – Månljus (Saknad)
  12. PERSEUES – Russian Girlfriends
  13. WILDCAT! WILDCAT! – Mr. Quiche (The Dirty Tees Official Remix)
  14. GOLDROOM – Nights In Nantes
  15. GOLDROOM – City Girls
  16. ADVENTURE – Meadows
  17. DIRTY BEACHES – True Blue


Todd Terje – Inspector Norse

Veteran producer/DJ Todd Terje released a 7 minute single recently, when’s the last time you listened to a 7 minute long track? In the age of microwave consumption we want everything to happen fast. We breeze through RSS feeds, aggregate our music and blow through it all so fast the only thing left to do is wait till the next wave of things get released to do the same. I love the new speed and I’m the worst culprit of them all. However, I’m starting to realize something that’s given me reason to consider slowing things down a bit and run at my own pace. What I’ve come to realize is that in order to meet the demands of microwave consumption, content creators, artists, writers etc essentially have to be either prolifically efficient or become microwave creators. The latter is more realistic. Just look at all your iPhone apps, look at the titles of some of these articles, examine the content, listen to the lyrics. What the f&$k are people talking about? Nothing.

Todd Terje’s new single caught my attention, it made me stop skimming to sit down and really take in the moment. This song wasn’t produced to grad your attention while on a massive skimming spree, barely listening anything and if so only to see how many other people like it and add it to a playlist of approvals you’ll never listen to again. This one develops, it’s an adventure made for you to sit back and throughly intake. This is not microwave music.

Take your time with this one. Give your manic skimming disease a much needed rest and truly take in this music as it was intended, enjoy.

Todd Terje – Inspector Norse