Review: It comes as no surprise that Brecht is a close affiliate of Henrik Schwarz, as his music shares the same roots and sense of drama. "Nuages" and "Fetes" are by-products of the post-minimal landscape. Although their drums and percussion click and tick repetitively, both still sound less mechanical and, thanks to the glorious melodies that prevail on both, much more human than most iterations of that sound. The standout track here is "Sirens"; more up-tempo and groovy than the other tracks, its dramatic, string-soaked builds and subsequent drops are reminiscent of fellow German producers Ame at the height of their powers.
Review: Acting mostly in the background where he felt most comfortable, Stuttgart's Johannes Brecht is the classically trained and professional musician responsible for all the orchestral arrangements of Henrik Schwarz' Instruments Album. After a few orchestral tours worldwide, Brecht developed his interest in popular music studio technologies and an appreciation of electronic music - taking his first steps into the scene in 2013. His latest project for Koelsch powerhouse Kompakt is the Dust EP, which exemplifies his quality as a producer. From the lush orchestral arrangements of "Synesthesia", or "Particulate" with its deeply emotive grove that you could imagine Lee Burridge playing on a sunny rooftop, and the introspective "Matter" which is as heartfelt and glassy-eyed as you like it.
Review: With Johannes Brecht's home labels clearly cut out for him, it's pretty safe to assume what does arrive from now on will be a slice of life. This fresh two-track for Pokerflat follows up previous drops for Steve Bug between 2013-15, and a fresh four years later he delivers two grand piano numbers whittled down in dub and decadence thanks to the framework of minimal techno and approaches to contemporary classic music. "Endangered Audio Research" takes the high road with resonating house atmospheres, deeper rhythms and and progressive builds of melodrama, while "State Of Consciousness" pitches the live playing of chords and pianos riffs with the synthesized percussion and analogue basslines of machines. Bonafide.
Review: 2019 brings the follow up of Johannes Brecht and Christian Prommer's Voix Grave project from a few years back, where they composed a classical piece of music together. Subsequently, each made their own electronic music interpretation of it. Named "Page Blanche" this powerful expression in modern classical creates moments of tension and suspense with chilling intensity. Obviously, the pair go solo afterwards once again to deliver their own electronic perspectives: Brecht's moody and tunnelling rendition is sure to create some drama on the dancefloor under the strobe, while Prommer's emotive take will be sure to create some heartfelt and glassy eyed scenes just before the lights come on.
Review: German producer Johannes Brecht is back for Hamburg label Diynamic, a label which he is now known as a mainstay on, alongside artists like David August or Adriatique. His classical training and a sharp ear for sound shine brightly all the way through on the original mix of "Voix Grave". But it's all about his remix: a dark journey track engineered for maximum dancefloor drama. Homeboy Christian Prommer's version is equally packed with mysterious elements; indeed it is quite a suspense filled, deep house journey that will appeal to fans of Innervisions and the like.
Review: It's been a decade in the business for this Hamburg institution that's spawned many a summer anthem or outright hit during its existence. To celebrate the occasion, Diynamic have launched a killer compilation featuring all the usual suspects that have played a crucial role in the development of the label thus far and they're here to assure you they're more keen than ever. Highlights on 10 Years Diynamic are not limited to: Hanseatic homeboys Kollektiv Turmstrasse with their rather mid '90s electronica sounding "Jupiter Sunrise", label mainstay Stimming with the bittersweet symphony of "Hope & Ramati", label head honcho HOSH with some adrenalised peak time tech house on "The Drumpet Show" and Norwegians Ost & Kjex with their new track "Heatwave".