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Trentemøller

Live In Concert EP

Roskilde Festival 2007

(Poker Flat; US: 11 Nov 2008; UK: 27 Oct 2008)

Denmark’s Anders Trentemøller has been one of electronic music’s biggest names ever since his flawlessly produced, award winning Last Resort blew 2006 wide open. A half remix/b-sides type compilation followed in 2007 with less fanfare, yet supported by a massive, world-sweeping tour. As you could have guessed, Live In Concert is a live EP, and it is his first venture as such. Recorded with the home venue advantage, the (mildly annoying) crowd sounds very much behind him, though their noise is often given a little too much presence in the mix throughout the four “live” cuts. More pressing is the fact little of the music actually sounds live. A friend of mine caught his Vancouver gig last year and, though he had a live drummer, much of the songs were constructed through preprogrammed triggers, and that is exactly what this sounds like. Push a button, push a button, hold for applause, push a button, and go home.


Three remixes fill out the tracklisting, two of which don’t even hint at the power of the originals. The extended version of Gluteus Maximus’ “Miss You” remix comes close, though, on the back of some organic sampling and intricate production still given the room to breathe, but it’s not quite enough to make the whole effort worthwhile. This EP can only be recommended to completists. Everyone else would be well advised to find his studio albums first, and then attentively preview this Live In Concert EP before considering purchase.

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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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6 Oct 2009
This mostly non-electronic mix gives greater insight into what makes Trentemøller tick without regurgitating the top like-minded singles of the day.
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