Tal Der Verwirrung's latest offering features a quintet of trusted artists remixing each other. Nutia gets to work first, turning in a woozy, ultra-deep take on Billy Caso's "Alive", before Caso turns Christopher Schwarzwalder's "Ess" into a dub-tinged chunk of spacey deep house liquidity. Schwarzwalder opts for a hybrid deep Italo-disco/nu-disco sound on his interpretation of Lopal's "Attitude", while Zebra Centauri wraps Nutia's "Bridge" in ghostly chords, subtle strings and oodles of deep tech-house textures. Finally, Lopal steals the show with an evocative, fluid and quietly contemplative mid-tempo revision of Zebra Centauri's hushed "One On One".
Two Journeys ("Mar Y Tierra"/"Welcome Woodi") by Feathered Sun which is comprised of Berlin legends Acid Pauli, Christopher Schwarzwalder, Jo.ke, NU and the inimitable Raz Ohara. Bringing to mind shores of a deep blue sea, mountain tops with blinding hats and wrapped up greenery in recurring patterns. Three places, two journeys, heavenly lit in gentle warmth by the Feathered Sun. A collaboration of impressive beauty and beautiful impressions. They take us, you, me, Luise by the hand to paint a picture of shifting shapes and scenery.
The infamous Kater Holzig's (or is that Kater Blau now?) in house label returns with Mira and Christopher Schwarzwalder's Ayun EP, four great cuts of deep afterhours tech house that you won't wanna give to the cats! The original of "Ayun" is a sexy slow burner packed with enough melody, mystery and groove to keep the 8AM crowd exactly where they need be. Jonas Saalbach's remix gets a bit more exotic, with Middle Eastern instrumentation backing a dirty Hot Creations style bassline and a hypnotic melody. Finally NINZE's remix stays on the exotic tip with a sublime pan pipe intro which lingers back into the track later, over a dreamy and atmospheric jam at 53 BPM which really works a treat. Second original track "Bedah" utilises gorgeous tabla percussion and shakers beneath haunting and dreamy melodies.
Rivers shows that German house is evolving into something new and exciting. On "High", Ritter and Scahwarzwalder work slow and mournful vocals over a stripped back, minimal house groove, while a loose guitar strums away in the background. It's an enticing, albeit kooky affair. The same can be said about "Flowers Are Green". On this occasion, the intriguingly named mO is on vocals, with mysterious inflections puncturing the subtle, rolling groove and fretless guitar chimes. The last track, "Elevator Music", sees Schwarzwalder work with David Dorad and Ritter relegated to a side role, but it doesn't diminish the quality. A baked-sounding vocalist claims that 'this ain't elevator music' and the pared back, acid-peppered rhythm that has echoes of trippy releases from Derrick Carter's Classic label makes it hard to disagree.
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