As his releases for Solar One Music, Bunker and Trust demonstrate, Robert Witschakowski takes his inspiration from a variety of sources, including acid, electro and techno. This release on Creme marks a shift in his approach; gone are the blasts of acrid 303s, the frequently claustrophobic drums and the swampy techno rhythms. Instead, the German producer has focused almost exclusively on dreamy, synth-led sounds and a more esoteric approach. "Thought Buzz" is upbeat and evocative as he manages to fuse ghostly pads from hard core, while "Place" rides a groove that sits in the middle of techno's svelte pulses and the off-beat 808 shuffle of Detroit electro. Rise & Fall documents Witschakowski's willingness to embrace other styles and sounds, but it also shows conclusively that he plays by his own rules.
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