Review: Acid Pauli is a name synonymous with Berlin clubbing culture; he got his musical education in the city via experiences at places like Bar 25 and Fusion Festival and claims to be 'deeply rooted in musicality and adventurousness.' BLD is the second full album from Martin Gretschmann aka Acid Pauli and builds on his already impressive back catalogue that includes a debut album released on Nicolas Jaar's Clown and Sunset. Starting out with the deep and tropical ethnic vibes of "Baris, the deep dub techno of "Majid" equally impressed us while the sexy and sublime beatless synth workout "Joan" added some romantic flavour. Closing track "Jorge" has some wonderful analogue synth textures hypnotising you into submission on this esoteric journey that'll appeal to Crosstown Rebels fans.
Review: Among the dozens of aliases used by Germany's Martin Gretschmann, Acid Pauli has been among our favourites and, as it seems, his most successful project so far. The BLD LP dropped late last year on his own Ouie imprint, and it's now time for some class remix action from the best-in-class of tech-house. Up first, the prodigious Stimming breaks "Amadou" down into a bleepy, minimalistic knocker for the more left-fielded ear, which shifts beautifully into something much more tribal from Roman Flugel, on his remix of "Rene". Axel Boman's version of "Jeanne" opts for a more euphoric approach thanks to its uplifting pads and harmonies, while Satori's "Jorge" reinterpretation provides a progressive touch, and Nico Stojan's take on "Verbos" unleashes a much-needed slew of heavy-bottomed bass. A recommended episode of Ouie!
Review: As you'd probably expect, Ouie has done a good job selecting remixers to work their magic on tracks from Acid Pauli's recent sophomore album, BLD. We were initially drawn to Red Axes' superb take on "Ayam", which oozes psychedelic, head-turning intent (much like the Israeli duo's original productions, in fact) and thrilling changes direction a number of times whilst retaining a heavy, dub-inspired groove. There's no doubt this remix stands out, but there are also impressive turns from Nico Stojan, whose gently unfurling version of "Majid" achieves a fine balance between club-ready punch and head-in-the-clouds attractiveness, and hypnotic tech-house/deep house fusionist Sainte Vie.
Review: Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan's label presents the original film score and soundtrack for the new German film 'Once upon a time there was Indian's Land' which is centred around 12 brand new songs by Acid Pauli aka Martin Gretschmann (The Notwist, Console) who plays a central role via his close collaboration with director Ilker Catak. Gretschmann's music is eclectic and adventurous. from dystopic, carnivalesque moods via moments of high intensity to deep melancholia and fragile atmosphere - boundaries are being teared down. Sometimes psychedelic and far out, sometime focused, catchy with one eye for the dancefloor: but never predictable. The soundtrack is a mixture of his old and new tracks plus music of artists that he works with.
Review: With this fine four-tracker, Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan welcome Mobilee and Connected regular David Mayer to their Ouie label for the very first time. Mayer begins in confident fashion with "The Call", a percussively dense but rhythmically loose workout rich in wonky chants, ethnic instrumentation and bubbly electronics, before smothering bouncy Afro-house drums in blissful tropical electronics on sublime shuffler "Sooner". "Black Queen" is, if anything, even more percussive - if a little moodier thanks to the presence of some Innervisions-esque chords and melodies - while closer "The Girl With No Name" is breezy, deep and picturesque, with plenty of South American hand percussion floating in and out of the mix.
Review: Ralf Fabian Laumer is no nu-comer (sorry) to music production, boasting a discography that stretches back to releases on Daniel Offermann's White imprint at the tail end of the noughties. This, though, is his first EP for well over a year, and sees him showcase a warmer sound than we've come to expect. He gets off to a flying start with "Endup", an attractive 112 BPM riff on Afro-house that sits somewhere between the humid, new-age influenced deep house goodness of Young Marco and the comforting haziness of Balearic nu-disco. He dips the tempo significantly on the EP's other two tracks, first laying down some hypnotic, dub-influenced slow house on "Cosa Mia", before repeating the trick with the quietly disco-influenced Balearic chug of "Palomita".
Review: Ohm-G man Olaf Gutbrod has forged a career out of crafting deep house sound collages, where dusty samples, snatched beats and hazy textures combine to create impressive dancefloor moments. This EP for Acid Pauli and Nico Stojan's Ouie imprint sees him continue this approach under a new alias, Quantum Collage. Opener "Lucid Dreaming", a deliciously atmospheric late night roller full of layered tribal percussion, Italo-disco style arpeggio bass, delay-laden reggae horns and trippy vocal samples, is particularly impressive, though the rubbery bounce, alien synths lines and tumbling trumpet solos of "Afrika Im Weltraum" also hits the spot. Elsewhere, "Her Beauty" is a lilting chunk of Balearic deep house, while "Kamel Im Windkanal" is as exotic, humid and intoxicating as they come.