Ame bring out the bells and horns for the duo's latest two track EP which begins with the twists and turns of "Tatischeff", a Balearic-tinged bassline-driven progressive house production tipped with euphoric touches of Italo disco. "Den Ratta" on the other hand opts for something percussive, and clocking in at almost nine minutes, allows Ame the time to confuse, love and tease the dancefloor into climax the Innervisions way.
The title of Ame's debut album could sum up their entire output to date, and in many ways, Dream House is the ultimate statement from the German duo. However, it is not solely focused on the kind of lush, tranced out melodies that they made their name with on "Rej", but it does features collaborations from Gudrun Gut, Roedelius and Planningtorock. It also moves from the hypnotic chants of "The Line" - a track penned with Herbert - into the hollowed-out break beats of "Deadlocked", the Roedelius collaboration, and into more reduced grooves like "Queen of Toys". On "Gerne", Gut delivers a breathy, sensual vocal over a grinding rhythm, which is far removed from those breathy grooves that Ame first rose to prominence with. However, echoes of this hypnotic aesthetic is never too far away, audible on the droning, Dinosaur L-style guitars of "Positivland".
Ame have always been an inventive pair, but even by their standards this is a departure. Along with Amampondo, they've laid down a delicious chunk of ethno-house that just bristles with summery energy. There's infectious ethnic (possibly West African) lead and backing vocals, looped-up acoustic guitars, heavy electronic melodies and, naturally, some deliciously epic builds based around deep organ chords. While the first version is closer in style to much of their previous output, it's the second version that really hits the spot - if only for the sweetness of the production and the summery strut of the composition. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but we think it's spiffing.
Running Back boss Gerd Jansen has already shown a love of DJ-focused rhythm tracks via beat-focused releases from Redshape and Todd Osborne. Here he goes one further, pulling together a six-track collection of drum workouts from an impressive roll call of producers. Amongst the drum machine-heavy treats you'll find a brilliantly loose, metallic workout from Disco Nihlist (track four), a smacked-out chunk of tropical oddness from the ever-impressive I:Cube (track 2), a surprisingly jackin', cymbal-heavy roller from Ame (track 5), and a dense chunk of afterparty voodoo from Radio Slave (track 6). Manuel Tur's dirty, low-down opener is pretty darn tasty, too.
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