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Album Review

When you hear about a producer/DJ releasing a new mix CD, what you most decidedly do not expect to hear is a collection of quiet singer/songwriter fare, much of it in largely acoustic settings. And yet that's pretty much what you get on this album by Trentemøller, though the reality of the program is actually a bit more complicated than that: in amongst wispy offerings like Emiliana Torrini's "Lifesaver" and Grouper's weirdly ethereal but strikingly pretty "Heavy Water/I'd Rather Be Sleeping," are startling entries like a Raveonettes version of Joy Division's post-punk classic "She's Lost Control" and some kind of large-ensemble version of Soft Cell's "Tainted Love," both of which are excellent. There are also two songs from the back catalog of Suicide, Alan Vega's old band. This is the kind of collection that is bound to have a few clunkers, and sure enough, there are some doozies here: I Got You on Tape performs a weird and pretentious near-choral tune called "Somersault," and Four Tet remix of Caribou's "Melody Day" is similarly silly. But for the most part, the languid, semi-acoustic ambience that prevails through most of the program creates a quirkily enjoyable mood, and most of the individual songs are really quite good. The inconsistency is a problem, but not a deal-breaker.

Customer Reviews

Great concept album...but iTunes where are all the tracks?

Would have given it more stars; however, for some strange reason that last two cuts that are mentioned in the primary review are not included in the iTunes version. Specifically, the Copenhagen Collective/Soft Cell - Copenhagen (Trentemoller 4:59 Edit Mix)/Tainted Love

Simply amazing!!

As usual, Andres Trentemøller never disappoints. The artists and songs featured on this album are great, but I wouldn't get it here on iTunes. What's really worth having is Trentmøller's 1h & 17min, single track, mix of all these songs. Which, as you can see, you can't buy here. It says "album only." Plus, it's almost 4 minutes shorter than the real version of Trentemøller's mix. Sorry iTunes, but you need to get your stuff together, man!! The way Andres mixes these songs is a true joy to listen to. You become lost in the music as Trentemøller takes you on a musical journey that's just simply amazing.

Headphone Commute Review

Danish electronic producer, Anders Trentemøller, sets aside his studio equipment used to make some of the finest raw and tight minimal house grooves, to put together a compilation of some of his favorite downtempo tracks from Copenhagen. Harbour Boat Trips is a commissioned selection of folksy, ambient and electronic tracks, sprinkled with beautiful vocals, beats, and live instrumentation. This is the music you'd expect Trentemøller to listen to on early lazy Sunday mornings as he's waking up to a cup of coffee. In the liner notes, Trentemøller confirms: "Dear Listener, within this compliation I have basically chosen some of the many songs I use in my own most intimate hours, coming down after gigs, cleaning my apartment, waiting for friends to arrive or simply daydreaming with my twenty-first century walkman through the city of Copenhagen. [...] All the artists on this compliation which include names from nearly four decades have, to me, created different aspects of beauty." Opening up with Grouper and diving into Gravenhurst, you're immediately set for a selection of songs traversing moods and genres. There are many pleasant surprises along the way from previously unknown (to me) artists. For example, I've heard before music by Emiliana Torrini with releases on FatCat, but after hearing her lovely voice on a track "Lifesaver", I add her acoustic album, Fisherman's Woman (Rough Trade, 2004) to my collection. A track by The Hypothetical Prophets (Proroky) with Russian overdubbed lyrics take me out of their experimental neo-industrial chemical dub-house into the late 70s synth-pop track by Suicide titled Cheree. Moving through new wave beats by David Garcet. Following a haunting glitchy house track by Rennie Foster, in floats a Four Tet remix of Caribou's Melody Day, full of acoustic guitars and confident muffled four-four kick. With that we move into Trentemøller's edit of The Raveonettes cover of Joy Division's She's Lost Control. Before the compilation ends, Trentemøller finally appears with his own track, Vamp, followed by Two Lone Swordsmen and a fitting closure by Soft Cell's Tainted Love. This compilation is the very first release from Hamburg based hfn ['ha:fən] music, which opens up on its site with the following statement: "Harbours are open doors to the world, and so is hfn, and to all spectrums of music." There is not much information that is available about the label on its site or elsewhere, but I expect we'd see a few more installments in this series in the future. In closing, I'd describe this release as a personal mixtape shared by Trentemøller especially for you. Enjoy!


Born: October 16, 1974 in Vordingborg, Denmark

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Initially known for releasing deep house and minimal techno 12"s, Danish electronic musician Anders Trentemøller has continually expanded his sound with his ambitious full-lengths as well as his live shows, which often incorporate a full band. Based in Copenhagen, he made his debut in 1997, DJ'ing the local club circuit and occasionally performing live. After a self-imposed hiatus spanning several years, he returned with his own productions, which quickly grabbed the ear of the then red-hot Naked...
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