Review: Next up from the Connaisseur Germany team, Norway give us a dip into the more futuristic side of breaks as they explore a very cool selection of unpredictable sonic themes across three eye-opening originals. The title track 'Dolphins' is a truly magnificent creation, focussing on grizzly synthetic drives and warbling pad-driven arpeggios, to give us a euphoric yet stripped back creation. Next, the more aquatic synthesizer runs, distorted overlays and slowly opening and closing atmospheric stabs of 'Urchin' allow us to dive even deeper into the production mindset of Norway, before rounding off with 'Shoal'. The more unpredictable, melancholy harmonies of this one give us another exciting twist, as the EP draws to an enigmatic close!
Remember The Days (album version) - (5:04) 119 BPM
All That Fiberglass - (8:24) 118 BPM
A Musical Hug - (0:58) 135 BPM
Access Denied - (3:31) 110 BPM
Connection Error - (4:39) 124 BPM
Die Tiefe - (5:52) 121 BPM
Emotion Per Byte - (1:26) 155 BPM
Hack Into Your Soul - (7:14) 117 BPM
Delete Your Cloud - (7:46) 120 BPM
Digital Choral - (1:19) 159 BPM
Uberfahrt - (4:02) 110 BPM
Review: Sometime Diynamic Music contributor Blindsmyth (real name Simon Schmidt) is renowned as a musical explorer, with his various releases to date flitting between styles whilst remaining rooted in electronica and dusty, experimental synth-pop. All That Fiberglass, his second album, continues in this vein, sitting somewhere between the heady, off-kilter electronica of James Holden and Jon Hopkins, the opaque synth-pop bliss of the Junior Boys and the kind of melodious, semi-glitchy tech-house that's so prevalent right now. It's a successful musical blend all told, with the album's flow and feel enhanced by Schmidt's occasional excursions into both ambient melancholia and James Blake style experimental pop.
Review: Daso Franke never released an album during his lifetime. He finalized this now posthumous set just weeks before he passed away from cancer last year, and Connaisseur is releasing it "to complete his legacy" at the request of the prolific producer's parents. It would be fair to say that "Daso" is a fitting tribute and includes some of the German's most potent work. As you'd expect, it's a poignant, drowsy and at times melancholic affair, with Franke supplementing his usual dusty deep house and hypnotic, locked-in tech-house cuts with unusual but inspired forays into ambient, ultra-deep electronic pop (see Anouk Visee collaboration "Cotton"), deep and dreamy breakbeat and weightless, intergalactic electronica (the impeccable, heart-aching "My Pony" and "Ecotranse").
Review: Offenbach tech house institution Connaisseur are back with some tremendous deep house grooves again courtesy of local duo Shayde. Comprised of Richard Hoetter and Philipp Lenz, the duo create wonderful music based on the former's long honed musicianship and the latter's know how in sound engineering on the Obergeschoss EP. The title track is an evocative and bittersweet affair featuring Christian Rottler's emotional vocal delivery in German language, while the upbeat "Ein Mann Sieht Rhodes" gets deep on a jazzy and soulful tip that's perfect for some uplifting moments on the dancefloor late at night.
Review: Mr Tea is Michael Devin, a veteran UK producer from Liverpool that now resides in San Francisco. Over the years, he has collaborated with legends such as Andrew Weatherall and Jagz Kooner and released on imprints such as Leftfield's Hard Hands, Engrave Ltd, Discotexas and Paper Recordings. His new full length comes courtesy of long running Offenbach based institution Connaisseur - who present Make Yourself At Home. It features nine offerings of sleek tech house grooves. From the moody bounce of dynamic opener "Schnick Schnack Schnuck", the sun-kissed melodicism of "Asking For a Friend" to the evocative/balearic-tinged ambient bliss of "Tears In The Sun", this is truly a cohesive effort.
Asking For A Friend (original mix) - (8:30) 120 BPM
Asking For A Friend (Johannes Albert club mix) - (6:29) 122 BPM
Asking For A Friend (Johannes Albert disco mix) - (6:30) 120 BPM
Asking For A Friend (Shayde mix) - (7:47) 120 BPM
Syncing (original mix) - (5:42) 120 BPM
Review: Mr Tea is the alias for Michael Devin and on Asking, which is a taster for his debut album, he demonstrates why he is such a respected new producer. The title track revolves around crisp drum beats, a loose funk bass and organ playing that bring the listener on an epic voyage. Add in just the right amount of tripped out acid and you've got a proper cosmic arrangement. By contrast, "Syncing" is more stripped back and sees him focus on a jittery electro rhythm and squelchy bass. Connaisseur has also commissioned a number of remixes of the title track. Johannes Albert's club mix is a niggling, Chicago influenced jam, his disco version is low slung and suitably cosmic, while Shayde's take works the organs over a tight house groove.
Review: Patlac is Patrick Mueller from Hamburg, who has had releases on top labels such as locals liebe*detail and Baalsaal in addition to remixes for Bedrock and Chapter 24. His latest release is his first full length offering courtesy of Offenbach tech house institution Connaisseur. 'Blinded' is a love letter to his hometown - in particular the metro line U3, Hamburg's oldest line and the train which takes Mueller to his studio every day. It had a huge influence on the tracks and set the mood that he wanted to create with this album. Highlights include the hypnotic and minimalist opener "Marcy" (original mix), the old-school electro of "House Of Waves" which surprisingly took its cues from Detroit legends Dopplereffekt, the soulful and spiritual dancefloor drama "Zone000-105" and yet another cryptic title in the form of "HsB62 To VnSg" (original mix) which provided some downtime in the form of some lush transcendental ambience.