After a series of brilliant remixes (for Naked, Kontor, Uno etc.) and only three EPs under his own name on Naked, Out of Orbit and particularly the highly successful "Physical Fraction" on Audiomatique, Anders Trentemøller from Copenhagen released his first EP 2005 on Poker Flat.
The title track "Polar Shift" is a highly elaborate tech-tune. Kicking off with crackling minimal rhythm patterns, Trentemøller layers on more and more sounds and instruments that fit perfectly while appearing to be dangerously incompatible at the same time. "Polar Shift" builds over four episodes with almost completely different soundsettings and peaks with dirty rocking synth lines. Trentemøller has already managed to develop his own signature sound; the fascination of his music lays within the contrast between large and vast echo chambers and sharp, direct in-your-face sound bits.
This principle of contradiction becomes even more obvious on the second track "Chameleon", recorded by Trentemøller on his laptop in a hotel room in Cairo in a few nights. The track opens up with dark and deep bass sounds in a very large echo chamber before one hihat adds a swinging mood to the track, allowing more and more abstract sounds to barge in. The construction of the song leaves room for a lot of unexpected turns and twists. “Polar Shift” is a classy 12” that rocks advanced dance floors, but also offers enough “brainfood” for an eclectic listening session.