In this series, Selections, we invite DJs, producers and label heads to dig into their digital crates and share the contents of their collections. This week, Terr spotlights retro-futurist indie dance, slow-burning techno, high-energy electro gems and more
Since 2016, the Berlin-based Brazilian DJ and producer, Daniela Caldellas, aka Terr, has written and played music that is simultaneously rooted in the nostalgic stomp and arpeggiated gloss of Italo disco and Hi-NRG, and laser-focused on dancefloors of the future. Stargazing synths, buoyant basslines and sexy swing of those genres permerate her repertoire of tracks released on labels such as Hotflush, Permanent Vacation and Correspondent.
Since 2019, she’s felt right at home on Erol Alkan’s Phantasy Sound, alchemising the influences of Giorgio Moroder, Wendy Carlos, The Knife, grunge, electroclash, pop and more into a singular string of EPs and singles, her velvety vocals soaring over irresistible basslines and thumping beats.
Her debut album, ‘Consciousness As A State Of Matter’ is the high-water mark of her musical journey to date, an 11-track trip into cosmic house, disco and electro pop that crystallises her sonic identity, while pushing further into new directions. From the rolling deep house ‘Time Crystal’ and ‘Wings Of Time’ and thirsty thump of ‘Only For Tonight’ to the acid techno rush of ‘States Of Mind’ and blissed-out pop of ‘Energy Sync’, it’s the sort of vibrant dance music we expect to be hearing a lot of this summer.
It’s an energy Terr captures in her Selections too, which encompass retro-futurist indie dance, slow-burning techno, high-energy electro gems and more. Dive in below.
Buy/listen to ‘Consciousness As A State Of Matter’ here.
“People use the word ‘timeless’ a bit too much, but I have to use it here. This is from the ‘90s but could be released today that would still be a bomb.”
“I played the original from Renato Cohen a million times already, and now I'll play this one another million times.”
“Great remix. It has this electro/futuristic vibe but at the same time with a funky groove. Music to listen to at home and at the club.”
“I love the retro-futuristic vibes of this. It sounds like something that's playing in a disco while Deckard is chasing androids in Blade Runner.”
“Great slow-burning classic techno atmosphere, full of bleeps and spectral vocals. Underworld is always a sure shot. It's great to see their new stuff is as good as always. Quality music.”
“I first heard of Kiko when he was releasing on Gigolo, in the middle of the 2000s. Time has passed and he's still delivering these French ultra-compressed, high-energy electro gems. Huge.”
“I'm a big fan of this guy from Mexico. His music has something that's very rough, unique and explosive. People go really crazy when I play his stuff at the right moment.”
“Some tracks are really beyond any genre of classification, and this is one of them. In 20 years people will still play this one and it will still work. Big.”
“I've been playing a lot of house music lately, more than ever in my life. I love classic house: raw, pure… This kind of stuff makes me want to be in a time machine and go to some foggy warehouse in the ‘80s or ‘90s.”
“I love tracks that are in the realm of dance music but at the same time don’t sound like anything else that could be played on a dancefloor. Of course this is not for every moment or every club, but when it hits right, it hits hard.”