Review: Over the course of the last decade, long-serving German producer Philipp Lauer has become associated with a colourful, wide-eyed style of electronic music that seems to draw just as much influence from glossy 1980s synth-pop as turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house. His latest album, Answers 2 Trouble, largely explores similar sonic territory, though there are far more nods towards 1980s new wave and Bobby Orlando style synth-pop than vintage deep house. For proof, check the Bobby O-meets-Spandau Ballet flex of 'Ghost (featuring Jesnau)', the Pet Shop Boys-with-extra-acid vibes of 'Switec' and the mid-80s Euro-pop goodness of 'Make It Stay'. Elsewhere across the album, highlights include Italo-meets-Balearic house gem 'SNNO', throbbing Fabrizio Mammarella hook-up 'Atalenati' and the early Human League style synth-clang of 'Fait Accompli'.
Review: Philip Lauer's long-running relationship with Permanent Vacation continues with a release that deftly mines 80s influences. The title track sees the storied producer marry cascading Chicago drums and a pulsating bassline with synth pop melodies that come together to create an infectious dance floor track. On "You Know", a similar approach is audible, this time with epic melodies accompanying soaring vocals. In contrast, "Body Chck" is a low-slung electro roller, featuring high pitched vocal samples. But it's only a temporary divergence and on "Ctron E", he moves back towards the dance floor with uplifting melodies and a high-tempo electronic disco groove.
Review: While he's been keeping himself in the spotlight via some suitably glassy-eyed and loved-up remixes and collaborations, Phillip Lauer has not released much solo music in 2018. Now we know why: he was putting the finishing touches to "Power", his latest full-length for Gerd Janson's consistent Running Back label. As you might expect, all nine tracks ripple with giddy audio references to vintage dance styles of the '80s and '90s, from the synth-heavy Italo-disco revivalism of "Phaser7" and "Mirrors", to the rush-inducing electro positivity of "Direction" and the almost overwhelmingly sun-kissed pulse of Balearic-minded ambient opener "Blissos". While his inspirations are overwhelmingly old-fashioned, the resultant tracks are rarely less than brilliant, with the instrumental synth-pop rush of "Realistic" and muscular, Bobby Orlando-esque sing-along "Power" amongst the many sparkling highlights.
Review: Having first graced Futureboogie Recordings late last year with the brilliant Brisk EP, Phillip Lauer returns to the Bristol-based imprint for a second sortie into loved-up, retro-futurist house territory. While you'll find a fine example of his usual glassy-eyed, Balearic-minded deep house sound (the wavy riffs, melodious bass, cowbells and tuneful electronics of "Tyco"), it's the trippy and gently psychedelic moments elsewhere on the EP that most impress. "Clipper", a kind of saucer-eyed synth-pop-meets-house number smothered in cascading synthesizer melodies and Italo-disco, is very enjoyable, while darker, acid-flecked opener "Pile" - think moody Detroit techno at a house tempo with flashes of EBM-era dancefloor sleaze - is arguably even better.
Review: German house label Running Back has featured the likes of Radio Slave and Boris Dlugosch in its schedules. Now its time for cult hero Philipp Lauer to join the party and he's marked the occasion with the Phlipper EP, possibly his most Italo disco-influenced release yet. Basically the whole record is the sound of summer holiday fun - the title track is breathy retro Eurotrance, (think the Rhythm Of The Night) all stonewashed synths and hands-in-the-open-night-air melodies. "Muscle" meanwhile is more your 80s Outrun-style arpeggio disco and "Lauer Vizzi" is pure late 80s Italo house joy think Rimini via the Hacienda.
Review: A new EP by Frankfurt house hero Phillip Lauer is up next on Live At Robert Johnson. This is his first release in five years since the H.R. EP and let's not forget that great Live At Robert Johnson Volume 6 mix CD as well. The Tearsh EP features the retro emotive Summer of Love style groove of the title track, which you could imagine playing at a rave under the M5 motorway back in '89. "Antinat" continues on with the same knack for lovably cheesy 80's synth disco melodics which he explored with Fabrizio Mammarella on the Black Spuma project last year while "Jetdentist" takes things down a druggier nu-disco route more suited to the early hours. He saves the best for the last on the explosive hi-NRG stormer "Deass" which we admired in in all its camp ferocity!
Review: Philipp Lauer's 2015 album Borndom was something of an eclectic, off-kilter affair, so it's nice to see Permanent Vacation taking a similarly open-minded approach with this expansive remix offering. It begins with a punchy, occasionally dreamy, all-analogue interpretation of "ByBy" from head-in-the-clouds alchemist Fort Romeau, and ends with a throbbing, Italo-goes-Balearic tweak of "Mausback" from Bearfunk regular Fabrizio Mammarella. In between, you'll find a rubbery, industrial funk-goes-Scandolearic re-make of "ESC" from Prins Thomas, a blissfully Balearic take on "Hump Acid" from Swiss digger Lexx, and a retro-futurist, synth-pop era proto-house version of "Alright" by The Working Elite. Oh, and another sunset-ripe rework by Tyler Pope of "Crewners".
Review: Given Futureboogie boss Dave Harvey's notable links to Adriatic festivals (he was previously the musical programmer of Garden, before launching his own Love International shindig at the same site), it's perhaps unsurprising that the label's releases should have a touch of Croatian sunshine about them. This latest EP from Tuff City Kids man Lauer is an excellent example. Both tracks bristle with woozy, sun-kissed positivity, with virtual flipside "Kilian" - all eyes-closed synthesizer melodies, chugging arpeggios and humid beats - sounding like it was tailor-made for sweaty boat parties and tipsy sunrise sessions. "Birsk" is similarly inclined, albeit with a quicker pulse and sounds which drag it further towards shimmering Balearic house territory.
Review: While he's steadfastly refused to get railroaded into pursuing one particularly style - variously dropping tracks influenced by disco, deep house, Italo, electronica, Balearica and synth-pop - there's always been a melodic breeziness to Philip Lauer's solo work. This trait is, unsurprisingly, one of the most noticeable things about Borndom, his second full-length. Bright, emotive and expansive, the album's 13 tracks flit between styles - those mentioned, plus acid house, ambient, deep electro, and even a dash of eyeliner-clad new wave revivalism (see Jasnau hook-up "ESC") - but hang together thanks to regular use of crystal clear synthesizer melodies and hazy, touchy-feely chords.
Review: Last seen working under the Hotel Lauer guise with little brother Jacob for a release on Live At Robert Johnson, Phillip Lauer's seemingly tireless production ethic finds the Frankfurt-based musician pitch up once more on Permanent Vacation. The Munich stable is one of several labels Lauer has contributed to over the years, though you have to go back to 2010 to his last release on Permanent Vacation. So the sight of Donner Lake should be a welcome one for Lauer fans, and the three tracks find Phillip in effervescent form. Lead track "Hershel" is dominated by those trademark supple Lauer rhythms and a nice proto house groove, whilst the title track finds him in a more contemplative mood. Hit the flip for a wonderfully melodic slab of kaleidoscopic beatdown called "Ward".
Review: Dresden stable Uncanny Valley has decided to mark a half-century of releases by whacking out a series of celebratory EPs, of which this fabulous four-tracker is the first. Lauer steps up first with the sparkling, synth-driven Balearic house futurism of "Fanta Korn Tanker", before handing on the baton to James Booth and his gleeful, rush-inducing Balearic nu-disco workout "Summer Interlude", which is every bit as sun-kissed and life-affirming as the title suggests. Sandrow M and and Will Dubner join forces for the glassy-eyed synth-pop/nu-disco/deep house fusion of "Disco Schlamboni", while former CockTail D'Amore artist Jules Etienne steals the show via the percussive, deep disco warmth of "Dude's Den".
Review: Dusty, slammed down disco-house cosmiq. Whatever you wanna call it; space western discoteque pop from the techno future is still fun too. With dub trailing atmospheres streaking across the face of tracks like "The Light", all three here surf the skywaves of Detroit techno and Chicago house, lifting key notes and aquatic stabs from somewhere deeper in between too. Ripping key-tars and twangs bring the funk in "Volpi Polari" with "Fluto" going to Eiffel tower heights of Jean Michelle Jarre trance and '90s warehouse beats to lift you high.