He is the youngest new voice working in the same hallowed studio in Oslo that Prins Thomas, Todd Terje and Lindstrøm all create in. Rather than replicate their path, he has sculpted his own sound world, ready to reshape the future.
In place of light-hearted fun or blissed out landscapes, he draws creative inspiration from the sinister and suspenseful microtonal variations of Italian composer Giacinto Scelsi. While the solid sound design could only be Norwegian, André’s riffs around the house 4/4 allude to the trippy analogue bubble-baths of Autechre and his lysergic inner-visions. It’s an epic and thrillingly scary place of shadows and things that creep up on you in the night (club) spurring thoughts of psychosis and questions for one’s sanity.
All qualities that have rightfully made “Trommer & Bass” a must-play in the most discerning record boxes in the world, from DJ Harvey to Erol Alkan. The track, originally released on a compilation by Berlin-based label Correspondant, has solidified Bratten as the dark heir to the Viking disco throne.
Outside “Trommer & Bass”, “Math Ilium Ion” is a further insight to Bratten’s compositional skills. His patience to let an idea develop over a dramatic 7 minutes perhaps related to his day job before this of writing scores for the theatre. By the time we arrive at the tone poem that is outro song ‘Intro’, consider all Norwegian disco expectations thoroughly twisted.
Out now on Smalltown Supersound.
1. Trommer & Bass
2. Your Sincerely, André Bratten
3. The Little Things, Fools And Kings
4. Common Misconception
5. Minor Misconception
The video depicts a couple in love, separated after an argument. The girl is trapped in her car, witnessing apocalyptic scenarios unfold. We question if they ever are to be re-united as the world comes crashing down. Her love is the only person she wants to be with, but it’s too late. He texts her “I never meant to let you go…”.
The battle between reason and desire is a theme that runs throughout ‘The Inevitable End’ and ‘I Had This Thing’ sums it up perfectly. Röyksopp delicately utilizes the deliriously sad vocals sung by Jamie Irrepressible. Lyrics like “I still don’t know just what I’ve done”, and the mantra of “I never meant to let you go”, are weaved into exquisite harmonies over a dirty, pulsing bass.
Following the success of the Maceo Plex remix of ‘Sordid Affair’ that was #1 on Hype Machine, Röyksopp present an impressive line up of remixes for ‘I Had This Thing’: Joris Voorn, whose recent album ‘Nobody Knows’ was named Billboard’s Electronic Album of the Year, dark disco Norwegian Andre Bratten, hot production trio Kraak & Smaak, will.i.am collaborator Wolfgang Gartner, as well as The Presets, Sebastien and Röyksopp’s vocalist on ‘Sordid Affair’, Man Without Country. The Joris Voorn remix has already created an early buzz with over 186k Soundcloud plays and The Guardian highlighting it in their top 10 big tunes from the Miami music conference.
Röyksopp ended 2014 with a string of international Grammy nominations having released two critically acclaimed albums in one year; their fifth and final album ‘The Inevitable End’ and their mini album with fellow Scandinavian legend Robyn ‘Do It Again’.
Röyksopp will release new single ‘I Had This Thing’, taken from ‘The Inevitable End’ on April 3rd 2015, through Dog Triumph via Wall Of Sound and Cooking Vinyl.
The battle between reason and desire is a theme that runs throughout ‘The Inevitable End’ and ‘I Had This Thing’ sums it up perfectly. Röyksopp delicately weave the deliriously sad vocals sung by Jamie Irrepressible, “I still don’t know just what I’ve done” and the emotional final mantra of “I never meant to let you go”, around a cavalcade of electronic textures that descends around him. ‘I Had This Thing’ is another fully realised electronic symphony from a pair of production geniuses constantly looking to innovate.
Following the success of the Maceo Plex remix of ‘Sordid Affair’ that was #1 on Hype Machine, Röyksopp present an impressive line up of remixers for ‘I Had This Thing’. Artists include Dutch born Joris Voorn (stream here) whose recent album ‘Nobody Knows’ was named Billboard’s Electronic Album of the Year, dark disco Norwegian Andre Bratten, production trio Kraak & Smaak, Will.i.am collaborator Wolfgang Gartner (stream here), as well as The Presets, Sebastien and Röyksopp vocalist on ‘Sordid Affair’, Man Without Country.
Stream the original version and the Andre Bratten remix of “I Had This Thing” below.