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Slap bass, seedy mo’s and slinky beats: Todd Terje slays it at the Metro Theatre

Booking a spot at Meredith Music Festival, Todd Terje and the Olsens also made time to swing by Melbourne and Sydney to appease our thirst for slap bass and techno beats.

Todd Terje finally brought the funk to the Metro last week and it was a long-awaited arrival. The acclaimed Norwegian producer made his way to Oz with his band of funky priests The Olsens for the very first time and punters were reeling.

The electronic maestro brought us absolute banger Inspector Norse back in 2012 and followed up with his debut LP It’s Album Time two years later. His latest tune Maskindans is a cover of a 1982 dance track by a similar name, with the original artist Det Gylne Triangel laying new vocals over the top. It’s taken from Terje’s next studio album, which is yet to be officially announced.

For the Sydney leg of their summer tour, Terje recruited exciting up-and-comer Andy Garvey and Melbourne’s acid house staple Roland Tings. Arriving in time for the second opener, Tings and his band edged their way into a banging set to an already packed space.

Having caught an utterly satisfying DJ set by him at the close of VIVID a few months back, the live band element featuring ethereal guitar, keys and drums was another gorgeous layer to Tings’ hypnotic synth builds.

After copping and earful of his blistering pop cuts and buoyant techno, the space was well and balmy and raring for the main act. Terje and co entered and set the mood with a fruity build of funk, soul and disco.

Equal parts mock Miami Vice pleasure cruise vs. robo-disco, butts had all of the reasons to groove. Hit Inspector Norse finally rolled through and took the place out in a spectacular wave. The floor didn’t give way but we’re certain it was damn close.

These photos hardly do the party justice.

Words and photos by Dani Hansen.