Globe trotting DJ and producer Anders Trentemøller seems to agree, and so a brand new compilation has been put together that explores some of the Danish maverick's favourite songs for those special, intimate moments that exist purely between sound and listener, with no interruptions.
Denmark's musical lineage is a rich one, and Trentemøller takes inspiration from the transient, constant life of Copenhagen's harbour to highlight some of the greatest moments from his home country's talents, as well as many more international artists of course. This, his first-ever mix CD, also sees the heralded producer creating his own special edits along the journey...
Launched along with a brand new label platform, HFN, Harbour Boat Trips - 01: Copenhagen by Trentemøller is a very special, life-affirming CD that speaks to us in volumes, sharing Anders' absolute favourites from four decades of music history.
Full of magical melodies, inspiring lyrics, haunting musical sequences and openly honest emotions, this collection ranges from wonderful singer-songwriter visions such as Emiliana Torrini's serene "Lifesaver," to swathing synthscapes like Suicide's "Cheree," to low-slung electronic escapades such as Musclehead's freaky "Phosphorescense." There's a wealth of fantastic music on offer, not to mention some inspiring combinations of unlikely tracks and rare outtakes. The mix's finale, a subtle mix between Copenhagen Collective and Soft Cell, really needs to be heard to be believed!
The Mix: Song By Song
This haunting opening from Oregon's Liz Harris aka Grouper sets the tone for the first part of the mix, combining beautiful, mysterious vocals with spacious, drifting guitar tones.
The UK's Warp Records have proven that they not only release cutting edge electronic music, but also wonderfully grounded folk-meets-rock like Gravenhurst. This song soothes the listener whilst carrying a serious message within.
Acoustic-folk songstress Emiliana Torrini's "Lifesaver" is a truly mesmerising trip through her beautiful and melancholic world. Fitting perfectly with the water theme that runs throughout the mix, it's an early highlight!
Danish band I Got You On Tape present a stirring vision of electro-acoustic harmony and song. Listen carefully to the calming, distinctly human lyrics that speak volumes.
Modern dreamers Beach House fuse smooth guitars and tremolo-ed organs with vocalist Victoria Legrand's remarkable sonorous tones in this slow motion love affair.
Mid-'90s psychedelia from the sunny streets of San Francisco, blending lazy, sultry vocals with a lo-fi indie soundtrack that melts '60s influences and '90s chilled-hedonism together perfectly.
The first purely electronic groove to be introduced in the mix, and a marker for things to come, this slowed down neo-electro jam is Nic Endo of Atari Teenage Riot's interpretation of The Raveonettes' classic.
A rare 7-inch from 1981, listening to this wonderfully before-its-time early freaky-dub-house experiment now it's clear to see where so many later '80s artists found their inspiration. Classic drum machines, tape delay and sonic trickery in abundance...
Alan Vega and Marin Rev's mid-'80s love song about Vega's "black letter lady." NYC's Suicide stood out as some of the pioneers of the synth-led rock and pop movement, pre-dating artists like the Human League by almost a decade.
A modern electronic-rock jam in the form of the Musclehead's tough funked and tripped out builder. A D.C. Recordings release, from this genre-defying London based outfit.
Brussels-based artist David Garcet presents his New Wave mix of the powerful and room-filling "Confidence." It's clear to hear why Anders Trentemøller picked up on this one, with its sinister guitars and synth hooks sitting perfectly against a sharp breaking rhythm section.
Haunting is really the only word to use here, as Tokyo-based Rennie Foster unleashes his beautiful modern house sound through the Italian Rebirth imprint. Hissing, skipping percussion forms a blanket for a bizarre and unforgettable vocal to unfold.
Acoustic meets electronic as Four Tet unfolds the magical en-masse vocals of "Melody Day" around this reduced and carefully constructed floating production.
Trentemøller puts his own twist on a buzzing cover of Joy Division's infamous "She's Lost Control." Sure to be well known and loved, the power and message of this anti-pop anthem continues to resonate through new portals.
A deeply set synth-rock-meets-post-punk outing for A Place To Bury Strangers, drenching all elements in smoky reverb and the warmth of valve distortion, it's classic old meets new.
NYC band Suicide's early experiment gone-right, "Ghost Rider," is a wonderfully deep set slice of pre-EBM reactionary synth rock. Dripping with raw energy and the genius of social frustration, it's a sobering and remarkable addition to the mix.
Berlin-based Khan fills the spectrum with an all-encompassing French spoken word in this super cool fusion of dub, electronic jazz and phantom blues.
A special live edit of Trentemøller's stirring "Vamp," originally released on Poker Flat in 2006 as part of The Last Resort long-player. Delightfully tweaked blues rock and playful, powerful electronic beats are mashed together in this live recording.
A great meeting of minds, between Andrew Weatherall and Keith Tenniswood, resulted in the infamous Two Lone Swordsmen project. This driving, free jam once again combines so many genres it's clear to see why the duo's popularity has seldom dwindled.
A modern anthem for Copenhagen's thriving live-band scene by the mysterious Copenhagen Collective, remixed by Trentemøller.
The early 80s synth-pop hit of Soft Cell's classic "Tainted Love." A fitting climax to an album that is as diverse as it is captivating!
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Free download: Vamp (Live Edit)