Get Physical co-founder DJ T. delivers his fourth studio album, digging deep in the outer reaches of electronic music for an LP that shines a light on his own transformative journey.
‘Trans Orient Express’ is an album that almost never happened. In 2011 DJ T. released ‘The Pleasure Principle’, a critically acclaimed LP that was a true labour of love, as he says “The process was extremely gruelling, it was so demanding that I was sure I would never do another album, if someone would have told me that I would be back making a complete album in an ethnic disco style, i simply wouldn’t have believed it”.
However, the last few years have seen the artist going through a deep transformative shift, with a new personal path that has led him back to the studio, overflowing with inspiration and a new musical outlook. T. has been on something of a journey, inspired by South American cultures and the world of healing arts and spiritual growth, encountering the format of Ecstatic Dance in the sacred valley of Peru along the way. For the last two years he has split his DJ performances between traditional clubs and festivals and these dance ceremonies, where he plays a wild, eclectic mix of world & roots music from all cultural circles, drawing on traditional elements and fusing them with the modern sounds of Electronica.. ‘Trans Orient Express’ is, in a way, the result of DJ T. injecting these new influences into club music and continues the story started by his indie dance hit ‘Istanbul’ and the subsequent ‘Nomads’ EP.
‘Trans Orient Express’ opens with the mysterious moods and snaking lead sounds of ‘Sol Oriens’ and then, after the teaser single, which takes the album’s name, comes ‘Bedouin Ride’, a dramatic deep housy affair that takes influence from the desert tribes it is named after. The excellent ‘One Thousand And Two Nights’ is another powerful ride combining an authentic Arabian lead guitar with disco bass guitar riffs and skipping drums to lock you right in.
‘Dünya’’ slows the pace with a sound that evokes DIY 70’s Turkish disco, featuring the vocals of Istanbul based singer Hande, while ‘Next Stop Konstantinopel’ is a brilliantly edgy and cosmic affair lit up by majestic arps and far-sighted pads. Then there is ‘Remish’, with a storytelling, rugged bass guitar taking you on another haunting exotic trip, the slow-motion groove and hypnotic flute of ‘Call Of The Ney’ and the kaleidoscopic colours of the timeless house cut ‘An Arab in Beverly Hills’, a winking allusion to Harold Faltermeyer’s ‘Axel F’. A final triumphant trio of tracks ‘Harem Disco’, ‘Bazar Break Battle’ and ‘I Wear My Sunglasses in Marrakesh’ bring Hi-NRG disco, electro futurism and an epic, cinematic beatdown journey to close out the album in real style.
‘Trans Orient Express’ is a bold, entertaining and adventurous work that brims with essential grooves and plenty of skilled musicianship, an evocative and forward looking records that gives insight into the current musical journey of one of dance music’s most respected figures.
DJ T. ‘Trans Orient Express’
01 DJ T. – Sol Oriens
02 DJ T. – Trans Orient Express
03 DJ T. – Bedouin Ride
04 DJ T. – One Thousand And Two Nights
05 DJ T. – Dünya feat. Hande
06 DJ T. – Next Stop Konstantinopel
07 DJ T. – Remish
08 DJ T. – Call Of The Ney
09 DJ T. – An Arab in Beverly Hills
10 DJ T. – Harem Disco
11 DJ T. – Bazar Break Battle
12 DJ T. – I Wear My Sunglasses In Marrakesh