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There's something about a debut album that comes almost a decade after the artist started making big waves that makes you slightly suspicious. It's impossible to not have a doubt somewhere in the back of your mind; that little niggling voice that it just isn't going to be any good. After all, you've been waiting a decade for a full length album and now it's here, sitting on your desk. On the one hand, you want to dive right in, because it feels like you've been waiting for this for so long but, on the other, you start thinking "well, why has it taken a decade to get around to releasing a full length album? Have they run out of ideas?"

This is pretty much the thought process I had when Todd Terje's debut, the extraordinarily titled It's Album Time...With Todd Terje, arrived. The Norwegian disco superstar has been making his name since the early 2000s after releasing his first single 'Eurodans'. Since then, he's created some of the best disco re-edits worthy of constant rotation. The Turtles, Chris Rea, Chic, and Bryan Ferry, to name a few, have all been injected with a dose of the Terje Funk. Though he has definitely focused more on the remixes, his own productions have been just as stellar. 'Eurodans', 'Ragysh', 'Inspector Norse', and the most recent 'Spiral/Q' have made their way into nearly every respecting disco DJs regular rotation; addictively upbeat and distinctly Todd Terje. Yet, for some reason, it has taken him until 2014 to get an album together. Although I definitely should have guessed it from his exceptional previous output, all my doubts were completely unfounded and it seems the answer to "why has it taken him so long?" is simply "because he's been doing other stuff, obviously, now quit your whining and just dance, dammit!"

It's Album Time is an album imbued with that sense of cheekiness that pervades everything Todd Terje lays his hands on. You can sense it from the off, before you even press play; its title is clearly both a cheeky pot-shot at those, myself included, who have been complaining that there hasn't been a Todd Terje album yet, and a celebratory statement. Once you do press play, though, it's everything you hoped it would be. After the equally cheeky intro track, things really kick off with 'Leisure Suit Preben', a gloriously laid back track that begins with a marching bass line and a few shimmering synth blips here and there, plodding along without a care in the world, before strings and a piano line that brings to mind the prog/glam styles Justice experimented with on their last album kick in. Then by the time our laid back protagonist hits Acapulco in 'Preben Goes to Acapulco' we start to get a hint of the meat and potatoes of what Todd Terje is all about. The laid back theme from 'Leisure Suit Preben' is still prominent but, here, it's surrounded by spacey synths, disco basslines and flourishing strings that make you feel as though you've been shot back to a time of garishly bright cocktails, big hair, and even bigger flares.

By the time we hit 'Svensk Saas', all systems are pretty much go on what is one of the most standout tracks on an album of standouts. Introduced by a simple latin flavoured piano line and a rhythm formulated entirely from vocal samples thrown through a bunch of different modulators which could quite easily have come from Reggie Watts' vast catalogue, it's a wonderfully exotic and ridiculously addictive little track that is almost a guaranteed floor filler. Things don't let go from here, with a shorter version of 'Strandbar' making an appearance keeping the dancefloor jumping with that addictively catchy rhythm that made it such a hit last year, before leading into 'Delorean Dynamite', a track that sounds something how I'd imagine the theme to Knight Rider would go, if KITT was actually a dancefloor demon. In fact, this seems to be a running theme throughout It's Album Time; a lot of these tracks sound like they could quite easily work as the theme tune for some entirely imagined but utterly amazing '80s detective series set in space, all pulsing synths and groovy basslines. There are tracks here that root itself in the brain as much as the themes to Magnum, p.i. or Airwolf did.

After all that excitement, though, it's nice to have a little break, which is where 'Johnny and Mary' comes in, a cover of the Robert Palmer track with vocals from Bryan Ferry. It's a stunningly haunting little piece of music which seems at odds with the rest of the album but shows Todd Terje's diversity; that he can, in fact, do slower, beautiful tracks as well as he can songs that make you just want to shake your thing. For those jonesing for more of that disco variety, though, things get right back on track with 'Alfonso Muskedunder', with its jazzy time signature packed full of joy, handclaps, and a rhythm that's just impossible to not snap your fingers and tap your feet to. It's a track that's just itching to race off the starting block and get things really swinging again. The two-part 'Swing Star' takes a trip to the dingier side of disco; all undulating bass lines and dark synths, this is a trip to the near pitch black basement club with just a few strobes going and sweat dripping from the walls. As we hit the final stretch, the 'I Feel Love' esque 'Oh Joy' carves a perfect euphoric path towards Terje's most well-known track 'Inspector Norse', exactly the sort of track that would get hands up in the air and feet dancing until legs felt like jelly. It's the perfect finale; the ultimate crowdpleaser and the sort of track that would cause rooms to shake and sheer joy to erupt from everyone in the vicinity.

The reference to Donna Summer's 'I Feel Love' in relation to 'Oh Joy' is no isolated incident. The whole album has that feeling of unadulterated love for music and movement that disco legend Giorgio Moroder, who produced the Donna Summer smash, injected into so much of his music. Todd Terje is, and I don't feel this is an overstatement, probably this generation's Moroder; someone with a real knack for getting people to just close their eyes and get lost in the music. It's Album Time is so full of joy it feels like, at any second, rainbows might burst from the speakers or headphones. It's an album that would work as well on sandy beaches in the hot sun with a cocktail in hand as in a sweaty basement club with very little lighting. Any reservations you might it because we're only now getting a debut album, throw them away. Just throw them as far as you possibly can away, because it's been worth the wait. It's Album Time is exactly what the Todd Terje album we've been waiting so long for should sound like; cheeky, clever, and well and truly packed to the rafters with incredible tunes.