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Everyone - (2:10) 120 BPM
   
Endori - (7:56) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spacehub - (4:24) 95 BPM
   
Closed - (7:53) 123 BPM
   
Tweeny Tea - (7:42) 120 BPM
   
Glass Voice - (7:09) 124 BPM
   
Pressyn - (2:44) 83 BPM
   
Anyway - (7:28) 120 BPM
   
Your Wardrobe - (8:08) 119 BPM
   
What If - (8:11) 125 BPM
Review: Baaz has been quietly building up an impressive discography since 2007, delivering quality deep house on labels such as Elevate, Quintessentials and Slices of Life. Here he returns to his Office Recordings imprint with his most ambitious release yet - a long-promised debut album. While there's plenty of spacey, dancefloor-focused club tracks - see "Closed", "Endori", the becalmed "Anyway" and pleasingly picturesque "Glass Voice" - the Berlin-based producer also takes the opportunity to showcase a previously undisclosed love of downtempo beats. So, we get the Motor City electronics and glitchy beats of "Spacehub", the ambient hip-hop of "Pressyn", and the beautiful, beatless electronica of opener "Everyone". The result is a rich, evocative album with its head in the clouds, and its feet on the floor.
OFFICE 05
15 Dec 14
Deep House
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Owl's Night - (8:03) 120 BPM
   
Those Things - (6:24) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Baaz & Iron Curtis - "KMS" - (5:16) 119 BPM
   
Whatabouttalkabout - (4:52) 123 BPM
Review: There's much to admire about Bastian Volker's follow-up to 2012's What About Talk About, which recently dropped for the first time on digital download. Whereas the first volume frequently flipped styles, retaining a smoky, late night vibe throughout, this follow-up largely ploughs a deep hose furrow. That's not a criticism, though; the three deep house cuts here (and particularly the hazy, wide-eyed loveliness of "Those Things") all get just the right balance between crackling atmospherics, melodic warmth and floor-friendly rhythms. "KMS", co-produced with Iron Curtis and reworked by Soulphiction, is particularly beautiful The EP's one non-house moment, the horizontal downtempo jam "Whatabouttalkabout", is also very impressive.
OFFICE 002
11 Nov 13
Deep House
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In My Mind - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
Glim - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Way Out Citti - (3:45) 128 BPM
   
Interlude - (0:51) 152 BPM
   
Way Out Citti (Reiling & Astrup remix) - (6:03) 109 BPM
Played by: Andre Gardeja, NYMA
Review: Baaz (AKA Berlin-based studio boffin Bastian Volker) is a past master at producing ultra-deep, ultra-woozy deep house. This EP for Office Recordings, previously released on vinyl last year but now available digitally for the first time, is one of his best. It's packed with the kind of becalmed, shuffling, crackly late night fare that oozes quiet soul from every digitally encoded second. "In My Mind" and "Glim" both go deep into the groove, delivering prime chunks of late night hypnotism, while "Way Out Citti" showcases his skills as an MPC beatmaker - think deep, jazzy, hip-hop tempo beat science, and you're close. The latter is also remixed by Reiling & Astrup, who turn it into a wide-eyed chunk of melancholic, piano-laden deep house.
OFFICE 001
28 Oct 13
Deep House
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Yourz - (6:23) 118 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Ubi - (6:38) 124 BPM
   
Beleaf Davis - (7:07) 124 BPM
   
See U - (6:27) 122 BPM
Played by: Huerta
OFFICE 09
21 Oct 16
Deep House
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Ween Been - (6:05) 121 BPM
   
Absent - (5:19) 126 BPM
   
The Friend - (6:05) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Two For You - (7:21) 125 BPM
Review: This year marks 10 years since Bastian Volker first donned the Baaz alias. He remains one of deep house's most reliable producers, as this outing on longtime home Office Recordings deftly proves. He begins with the ocean-deep chords, softly spoken electronics and hypnotic groove of "Ween Been", before wrapping heart-aching pianos and drowsy chords around a barely audible drum track on the near-ambient bliss of "Absent". On the flipside you'll find the tech-tinged shuffle of "The Friend", where bolder kicks and snares rise above his liquid dreamscape, and the brilliant ambient electronica of sublime closer "Two (For You)". This is music for sunsets, sunrises and particularly sleepy afternoons.
OFFICE 11
16 Jun 17
Deep House
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In My Mind - (6:28) 120 BPM
   
Glim - (5:58) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Way Out Citti - (3:45) 127 BPM
   
Interlude - (0:51) 150 BPM
   
Way Out Citti (Reiling & Astrup remix) - (6:03) 109 BPM
OFFICE 01
16 Feb 15
Deep House
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Owl's Night - (8:03) 120 BPM
   
Those Things - (6:24) 120 BPM
   
Baaz & Soulphiction - "K.M.S." (Soulphiction remix) - (5:16) 119 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Whatabouttalkabout - (4:52) 123 BPM
OFFICE 02
16 Feb 15
Deep House
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Hiding Space - (6:38) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Odeon - (5:26) 124 BPM
   
Oza - (5:16) 82 BPM
   
Piece Into - (5:09) 116 BPM
   
Ringo - (6:25) 119 BPM
   
Stillike - (4:49) 115 BPM
   
Who Am I - (8:01) 119 BPM
OFFICE 14
12 Oct 18
Deep House
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Kraut House - (6:50) 122 BPM
   
You/Canat - (2:57) 119 BPM
   
Modual - (6:16) 125 BPM
   
Simple E - (5:48) 122 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
OFFICE 08
02 Sep 16
Techno
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Endori (Dorisburg remix) - (6:38) 126 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Your Wardrobe (SAM Downtown remix) - (7:47) 119 BPM
   
Anyway (Christopher Rau remix Forte) - (6:51) 127 BPM
Played by: Resident Advisor
Review: Berlin producer Baaz made a logical progression to the Red Souvenirs album on Office last year after some fourteen years in the game, and now his productions are going under the microscope with a host of suitable scientists at the lens. Dorisburg's productions have been in a roll of late, and the Swedish producer brings plenty of percussive intrigue to bear on his version of "Endori". SAM brings a bright and breezy deep house confection to bear on "Your Wardrobe" replete with swooping pads and cheeky swing, and Christopher Rau finishes off the package with a typical tryst of earthen crunch and off-key flair in a solid 4/4 context.
OFFICE 06
21 Sep 15
Minimal/Tech House
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Magnet - (8:41) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What Happened Happened - (4:02) 110 BPM
   
What Happened Happened (Berg Reduktion) - (6:11) 124 BPM
Played by: Joe Montana
Review: It has been a productive time for Office Recordings with the recent release of Baaz's Red Souvenirs double album being followed up by this high-grade 12" from Iron Curtis. With his Care single for Hudd Traxx only just out, The KMS Years is the second single of 2015 for the prolific German and it finds him on sublime form as ever. Lead track "Magnet" trades in the dulcet deep house tones that Curtis has built his name on, with a sizzling drum set buffeting along just the right balance of pads and more snappy melodic elements. "What Happened Happened" however represents more of a departure into downtempo broken beat territory which sounds like a comfortable place for Curtis to find himself, before Berg issues a "Reduktion" on the track which actually seems to beef it up into a more floor-ready jam.
OFFICE 004
30 Mar 15
Deep House
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Maple - (7:11) 127 BPM
   
Collision - (5:30) 127 BPM
   
Entago Entery - (5:34) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Reset Me - (3:36) 119 BPM
Played by: Nachtbraker
Review: For his label's tenth edition, Switzerland's Baaz serves up a fine release by German deep house purveyor Iron Curtis on the Maple EP. Starting off with the raw, minimal and cyclical techno jack of the title track (wicked!), it's a bit of a change of pace from the label's usual preference for ultra deep or dubby aesthetics: but equally subterranean and hypnotic all the same. Speaking of which, "Collision" indeed gets with the program on this absolutely lush downtime journey, while on the flip we've got two short but sweet offerings: "Entago Entery" and the blissful "Reset Me" providing the mandatory ambient track that has been known to close out the label's recent offerings. More quality from undoubtedly one of the top labels in deep house of the moment.
OFFICE 10
21 Apr 17
Deep House
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10103 - (7:18) 111 BPM
   
And The Temper - (1:53) 68 BPM
   
Mars (Epoch mix) - (6:42) 60 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Arash - (7:24) 60 BPM
   
Fine Fine - (4:04) 62 BPM
   
Strategie '98 - (3:25) 61 BPM
OR 016
23 Aug 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Magnet - (8:41) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
What Happened Happened - (4:02) 110 BPM
   
What Happened Happened (Berg Reduktion) - (6:11) 124 BPM
OFFICE 04
03 Apr 15
Deep House
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A1 - (6:12) 119 BPM
   
A2 - (8:28) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
B1 - (4:16) 120 BPM
   
B2 - (6:02) 124 BPM
OFFICE 12
17 Nov 17
Techno
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Mehris Groove - (9:32) 121 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Broke - (6:34) 124 BPM
   
Im Sumpf - (4:08) 123 BPM
Review: A man who knows a thing or two about getting deep, Christopher Rau gives Office their third release and he's got plenty of soul-enriched goodies to impart from up-for-it club tackle to strung-out mellow explorations. "Mehris Groove" is centred around a gentle chord hook and a rolling tumble of percussion with an organic lilt to it. It's simple and effective like all the best Rau tracks are. "Broke" is more downtempo yet still marches forth with a danceable purpose, despite the best efforts of the plaintive Rhodes notes to quell the kinesis of the track. "Im Sumpf" heads off into experimental territory with an intricate arrangement of distant sound and melody as warm and inviting as it is out-there.
OFFICE 03
27 Jan 14
Deep House
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Just A Moment - (3:34) 129 BPM
   
Leash - (3:49) 117 BPM
   
Hobo - (3:56) 74 BPM
   
Gold - (4:03) 87 BPM
   
Pulse - (3:20) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Pulse (Lowtec remix) - (8:16) 62 BPM
   
Just A Moment (O$VMV$M version) - (3:40) 106 BPM
OFFICE 13
04 Jun 18
Balearic/Downtempo
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Another World - (4:24) 72 BPM
   
Behaviour - (4:13) 66 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Earth Floor - (4:44) 59 BPM
   
Sleeper - (4:00) 61 BPM
   
Eleven - (1:55) 67 BPM
   
Give It Up - (3:34) 68 BPM
   
Prelude - (3:50) 60 BPM
   
Soda - (3:51) 85 BPM
OR 015
15 Mar 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Aziol - (3:12) 142 BPM
   
Ada - (4:18) 120 BPM
   
Skarb - (3:41) 146 BPM
   
Werk - (4:09) 110 BPM
   
Pattern - (5:09) 134 BPM
   
End 1 - (3:49) 76 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Your Cradle - (3:31) 153 BPM
   
Temp - (1:17) 120 BPM
Review: Berlin's Office Recordings has always released sparingly, and this is perhaps what has saved them from becoming too attached to one genre or trend, and instead travelling at their own pace and on their own agenda. The label introduces newcomer Trux to the scene, a mystery artist who props up out of nowhere armed with eight pellets of ambient and drum experimentation - we're listening. Aside from the lo-fi, over-layered patterns of abstract pieces such as "Aziol" or "Pattern" itself, other tunes like "Ada" or Skarb" recall the Actress sort of dynasty, and the artist manages to conjure airy grooves made up of drone plates and intangible drum circles. It's an alchemistic sort of sound, and one that is surely set to earn Trux plenty of fans. Tip!
OFFICE 07
18 Apr 16
Ambient/Drone
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