Last month marked the release of a new EP from one of the best, most cheerful producers in dance and electronic music. Telephones has been a firm favourite amidst the Ransom Note camp, his balearic, rave tinged approach to the dancefloor has been well received and much loved. Originating from Bergen, Norway he grew up on the sounds of local heroes and from music which travelled across the pond. Club driven sounds with a euphoric edge and melodic intricacies.
Bjorn Torske, Erot, Prins Thomas and The Persuader led the way for a new generation of producers and disc jockeys who would go on to carry on the cosmic legacy of Norway. Telephones has ridden the wave and can now firmly count himself as one of the piovotal figures in Scandinavian dance music.
His new EP is a throwback to the music which helped him grow to love the late night dancefloor and sent him down the path he walks today. He will play at The Masked Ball in May later this year, a seaside party with a twenty four hour dancefloor.
We asked him to guide us through influences below as he describes...
"Here's my list of 8 tracks that were influential to me, between 98 and 01 when the material for EC01 was originally conceived. Pretty sure the seagulls, stray cats and hedgehogs outside my bedroom window some 20 years ago heard a lot of these!"
Bjørn Torske - Beautiful Thing
From "Nedi Myra", perhaps the most important house-album in Norwegian music history. Also one of great importance and inspiration being my first encounter with proper house-music in 98. I could've picked all it's 8 tracks for this list, but this in particular coloured so many nightfalls for me growing up, with it's mysterious and beautiful ambiance, somehow bridging and merging ambient, hip-hop and house in a way I had never heard before.