Review: Lorenz Brunner recently debuted his new immersive live AV show at Berlin's CTM Festival. "Daemmerlicht" (fading light) is his fifth album and developed specifically for the cavernous space of Berghain's Saule. On the album however are Brunner's interpretations of ambient, electronica, classical music and hip hop oriented soundscapes. Here he implements a different musical approach to the usual techno and house infused material that he's most usually known for. There's a cinematic score approach to the dozen or so tracks featured on the album, where lush and complex string arrangements face off with sublime melodic sequences and skillful beat programming - taking the listener on a journey of Bavaria's Black Forest after midnight.
Review: With his debut album under his belt, German producer Recondite returns to the Plangent label for the fourth Plan instalment. The underlying mood here is introspective; while "Dawn" flirts with the Traum/Trapez school of evocative trance, its foundations also lie in the minimal house of early Dial. "Slack" is even more ponderous, its widescreen melodies looming over stripped back beats and heavy claps. Finally, there's "Gloom", one of the most aptly-named tracks this reviewer has heard. A textured, melancholic bass rumbles over a lithe rhythm, Pantha Du Prince-style chiming bells and microscopic beats. It's a gloriously understated end to a truly evocative release.