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Harbour Boat Trips 01: Copenhagen

(HFN; US: 9 Jun 2009; UK: 25 May 2009)

This mix is worthy of serious props, if only because it is more of a mixtape than a traditional deejay mix. Thus, it is a surprise and possibly a risk from Denmark’s Anders Trentemøller, whose minimal tech-house has turned the industry on its ear since his 2006 full-length debut The Last Resort. True “mixing” has been kept to a minimum throughout this maiden Harbour Boat trip as Trentemøller focuses on the cream of independent rock with a little industrial and new wave tinge for added color. Harbour Boat Trips 01: Copenhagen is not easily anticipated, party-starting dance-floor filler like so many Fabric mixes. It comes off more like what was on Trentemøller’s iPod on-the-go playlist at the time rather than a collection of tracks that kind of sound like but aren’t as good as the music he typically makes. As such, it gives a greater insight into what makes Trentemøller tick, rather than regurgitating the top like-minded singles of the day. That makes it far more essential to fans and more palatable to prospective ones.

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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Casual fans shouldn't bother checking this release out. Only completists and those who were actually at the Roskilde Festival in 2007 need apply.
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