Having done such wonderful work alongside Wolf Muller on The Sound Of Glades album, Cass makes a welcome return with an expansive album release on Emotional Response. The German producer's ambient tendencies blossom here, occasionally meeting with laconic drums as on "U" but primarily dealing in huge swathes of melody. DJs will want to hold out for the dramatic pulse of "Ann", where a more pronounced drum set makes for one of the album's most club-ready moments. There's a strong variety of tones and moods across Youth Sessions, from the strafing arpeggios of "Running" to the bliss-out shapeless swirl of "Prismatic Prolog", and this ensures that the album will not dull with repeated listens.
German ambient musician Niklas Rehme-Schlueter began releasing music under the name Cass in 2012, creating loop-based compositions with pianos, strings, and other acoustic instruments, as well as field recordings. His new EP for James 'Fucking' Friedman's Throne Of Blood follows up a tremendous album with Dusseldorf's Wolf Muller and you can be sure that "Red Atlantic" is a blissful nu-gaze excursion following in the German tradition of Tangerine Dream, Ulrich Schnauss and Thorsten Quaeschning. The remix up next by man of the moment: Tel Tel Aviv's Autarkic takes it into exotic indie-dance territory and will appeal to fans of Multi Culti and I'm A Cliche. Speaking of which, the label boss of the latter Cosmo Vitelli delivers an absolutely electric remix of "The Voynich Manuscript" up next, which channels a gutsy EBM type of vibe which is in stark contrast to the dreamy and chilled-out balearica of the original.