Wiesbaden's Matthias Zimmermann delivers some summery feel good nu-disco and deep house on his new self-titled full length. Anyone who hasn't seen his recent Boiler Room Paris appearance has been sleeping because it is fire! The young producer has been a staple of the Sound Pellegrino roster since 2011 and his productions have just gotten better and better than this is testament to this. Highlights include the pop inflected funky house of "Martin (feat Olivia)" "Elbo" featuring DVNO who sounds like Damon Albarn and the dreamy and slow burning "Lia (feat Jay-Jay Johanson).
Zimmermann has released a series of EPs on Sound Pellegrino, and one doesn't have to dig too deeply to explain the appeal of his music. The title track is a playful, melodic techno track, its rhythm lithe but forceful, those distinctive hooks somewhere between Kompakt and Derrick May. Nathan Melja's remix reminds this writer of classic Dial; the melodies have be-come more fragile and winsome, underpinned by dubby beats and tight, rasping percussion. Koyote provides a version that takes the listener back in time; rave whistles, a jittery rhythm and ghostly Detroit melodies all come together to sound like a long-lost classic from the early 90s.
German producer Matthias Zimmerman is obviously a man of many talents. This EP for Tigersushi wanders off in numerous directions, delivering fine fare throughout. Taking vintage synth sounds and spacey atmospherics as his theme, Zimmerman tries his hand at spiralling, John Carpenter-influenced soundtrack synth moods (the bubbling "Xoxi"), Kraftwerk and Orbital inspired melodic nu-disco ("Joseph") and gritty, low-end dubstep disco ("Yaver"). Best of all, though, is "Martin", a tough tropical-meets-nu-disco workout that boasts delightful cascading melodies and Julio Bashmore-ish R&B vocal cut-ups. When the breakdown finishes and the piano-heavy drop kicks in, you'll be impressed.
Ever committed to his home turf of Sound Pellegrino, Matthias Zimmerman is at it once again and this time he's kick off a new series entitled Momentum. There's certainly plenty of energy to be garnered from "Albert", complete with oddball vocal musings from a quaint English gent in amongst dirty and distorted rhythmic pressure. "Reginald" takes things a little leaner but decidedly heavier, letting a notable bass hit thud out under a more measured house jacker. "Heinrich" has a heavy filter hanging over it, but it doesn't stop the expressive acidities from worming their way out before "Gottlieb" twists into a snappy broken beat arrangement with some raw techno synth flurries thrown in for good measure.
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