Review: Everyone's favourite strawberry-flavoured techno creator, Erdbeerschnitzel returns to Delsin with a quad of cuts that billow with synthetic detail and imagery. "The Ample Waters" is an upbeat juggernaut powered by melodies and counter melodies that smoulders with UR heritage while "Never Tilt" provides sweet contrast thanks its slow-burning synth-heavy soul. Further on we hit "With Level Hopes", a subversive deep house cut that seeps jazz sentimentalities in such a way it could make Moody Man blush. Finally we're sent to the cosiest of pastures with the beautiful R&B homage "Yet Unfulfilled". Slinky, sleazy and laced with subtle vocoder elements, it's an emotional conclusion to a highly accomplished EP.
Review: Erdbeerschnitzel has long been a reliable source of the sort of fascinating, floor-friendly material that defies easy categorization. Here he's at it again, offering some distinctly positive, mixed-up goodness for Delsin. Opener "Cushion" is a veritable blast of humid summer air, lacing twittering synth flutes and darting, near tropical melodies over a bumpin', slightly crusty deep house groove. "Am Bossele" tweaks the formula, delivering starbust deepness, loose but rigid drums and woozy, cut-up vocal samples in spades. Closer "Crossroads", meanwhile, is the deepest of the bunch, offering the right balance between wide-eyed synth lushness and ocean-deep midtempo grooves. Impressive stuff, all told.
Review: Under his Erdbeerschnitzel guise, producer Tim Kelling has consistently delivered excellent material that's notoriously hard to pigeonhole. Tender Leaf, his second full-lenghth, follows a similar pattern. His default setting seems to be bright but woozy electronica heavily laden with nu-disco synths and curious, off-beat deep house rhythms. There's plenty of that here, alongside more dancefloor-centric tracks that shift further towards loose deep house (see "Semantics") and skittering, bass-music inspired beatscapes that glisten with high-speed rhythmic intent. There's also a deliciously wonky house/nu-disco/R&B fusion ("Through The Night") that's almost worth the admission price on its own.
Review: One of the best things about Erdbeerschnitzel is that you're never quite sure what he'll come up with next - though, by and large, you know that it will be melodic, interesting and possibly slightly off-kilter. These are all plaudits that can be applied to "Through The Night", a treacle-think chunk of tumbling, touchy-feely slow house that expertly mangles an old soul/R&B vocal. "Confused" is even odder, but also formidably melodic, layering cascading melodies and vocal cut-ups atop a sludgy, leftfield house rhythm. It's hard to place, musically, but as impressive as you'd expect from Erdbeerschnitzel.
Review: Absolutely sick return to the game for Erdbeerschnitzel after an extended period in the record releasing wilderness. Arising on regular haunt 3rd Strike, the German producer reveals a hitherto hidden talent for working with vocalists on "Always Remain", a stupendously bouncy collaboration with The Drifter. Now the term future boogie gets thrown around far too easily these days, but "Always Remains" is definitely that, the yearningly soulful tones of The Drifter effortlessly riding a day glo procession of multi layered luminescent synths and live drum fills. Subsequent to this, the Strawberry flavoured one indulges in some suitably murky explorations of house music rhythms via "Same Same" which ascends from its dusty beginnings into a deliciously off kilter groove garnished with a suitably pots-and-pans approach to percussion. The point where a soaring piano arrives and the track swerves into some kind of subaqueous treatment of classic Chicago House invocations is pretty much perfect. Check the flip where "A Merchants Lament" switches up the tempo again, bringing intricate MPC manipulations around chewed up vocal samples that unfold with soulful intent - again it's the disregard to sit with one direction across the length of the track that smacks you for six. "Devotion" begins in calmer fashion as delicate female harmonies float in over the rhythmic marriage of swerving piano flutters, cleverly chopped beats and what might be deft sampling of the Seinfeld intro. Just when you think matters will remain calm, the mother of all electric organ lines comes in and signals a huge rise in dancefloor impact.