By Justin Jensen
My fondness for Anders Trentemøller began with his exquisite 2006 Essential Mix of the Year. Prominently displayed were his remixing skills: from his Scandanavian brethren the Knife and Röyksopp to American classics by Moby and Chris Isaak, the Danish producer proved his Midas touch. Today that mix stands with Nicolas Jaar’s EM as one of the most perfectly all-encompassing sets I’ve ever heard.
Trentemøller has always had a rare gift for applying his unique sound to a broad range of electronica, from minimal to maximal to IDM. He’s also a coveted and otherworldly producer, admirably remixing the Cure, Robyn and many more.
Touring now in support of his third album, Lost, Trentemøller leverages his ability to curate and combine forces in a more accessible format. Half the tracks feature guest vocalists, including soaring opener “Gravity” (feat. Lower Dens’ Jana Hunter), whereas the instrumental half shows off Trentemøller’s journey from the early days of dark techno to the almost desperately embellished groove of “Still on Fire.” As Trentemøller becomes more fluent with analog instruments, guest vocals and dubstep beats we have a lot to look forward to at Neumo’s on the November 22.
Lost is a rare treat, an step in the artist’s evolution that brings together more styles than ever before but making sure that Trentemøller’s unique sound is anything but lost.For a preview of this miracle blend of techno wizardry, chilling vox and danceable beats check out “Deceive” featuring the Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner.