Weekend Rewind: Listen to Trentemøller’s ‘Essential Mix of the Year’ from 10 years ago
Last week, Trentemøller announced a new single dubbed “River In Me,” due out on June 24, followed by his fourth studio album Fixion in September — his first since 2013’s Lost.
It comes as little surprise that his recent announcement sparked immense furor across the music scene — the legendary Danish producer has gained notoriety for his expert manipulation of sound and ability to incorporate multiple musical influences and instrumentation into forward-thinking, cohesive compositions. As we anxiously await to hear what Trentemøller has in store for Fixion, we take a look back at his groundbreaking Essential Mix from ten years ago which took the 2006 title of “Essential Mix of the Year.”
The mix consists mainly of his own music, starting off on a relatively somber note laden with pianos, guitars, and glitchy ambient overtones. He then branches into a more eclectic zone, adding in odd rhythms and left-field sounds into the mix, creating an engrossing, futuristic soundscape. Unpredictability rules this Essential Mix as it normally does in Trentemøller’s music; all paths from funk, to ambient, to house and techno are traversed — establishing a sense of where it will go next is virtually impossible. Regardless, each piece somehow feels right in its placement throughout, giving way to an intricate and timeless listening experience.
photo credit: Jean François-Cyr