Over the course of the last decade, long-serving German producer Philipp Lauer has become associated with a colourful, wide-eyed style of electronic music that seems to draw just as much influence from glossy 1980s synth-pop as turn-of-the-90s Italian dream house. His latest album, Answers 2 Trouble, largely explores similar sonic territory, though there are far more nods towards 1980s new wave and Bobby Orlando style synth-pop than vintage deep house. For proof, check the Bobby O-meets-Spandau Ballet flex of 'Ghost (featuring Jesnau)', the Pet Shop Boys-with-extra-acid vibes of 'Switec' and the mid-80s Euro-pop goodness of 'Make It Stay'. Elsewhere across the album, highlights include Italo-meets-Balearic house gem 'SNNO', throbbing Fabrizio Mammarella hook-up 'Atalenati' and the early Human League style synth-clang of 'Fait Accompli'.
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