Torkelsen is a young and promising producer and beat wiz from a small place called Torsnes in the outskirts of a small town called Fredrikstad a couple of hours south of Oslo in Norway.
In the basement of his parents' house this classically trained pianist has been
perfecting his approach to hiphop (producing local underground acts)and electro and house (as part of the now defunct, though at the time rising and promising act Munn til Munn Metoden). Through his solo work he's chasing up all of his muses, crafting a tasty and eclectic mix of all of his influences.
What you get is a 10 track album where you can hear traces of everything from Röyksopp, Jaga Jazzist, RJD2 and J.Dilla to AIR, Casiokids, Ratatat and Toro Y Moi. All over the place? Yes. Good? Really good.
In 2011 he released the two track EP/single 'Outside/Inside', the ten track beat
tape 'Torsnes Beats vol.1' and a split 7" with american producer Hard Mix. In addition to that he kept himself busy doing remixes of Casiokids, NIVA, Proviant Audio, Harrys Gym, Hiawata!, Kenneth Ishak & The Freedom Machines and Parker Lewis – and within the first two months of 2012 he's done remixes of Simian Ghost, Maribel and We Are Standard! Productive guy.
"it’s impossible not to love up-and-coming Torkelsen's ridiculously catchy Simple"
// No Fear of Pop
"jazzy, smoothly off-kilter beatscapes"
"The intricate jazz infused soundscapes are peppered with interesting turns and unusual samples."
// Clash Music
"a sample and beat-fuelled piece of electronic pop"
// Bowlegs Music Review
"If some good time glitch electro sounds good right now, then help yourself to a dose of Torkelsen's "Markjordbær"
// Impose Magazine