Review: Michael Mayer's deeply majestic and romantic "For You" featuring Hot Chip's Joe Goddard on vocals was a hit in late 2016 and now gets a series of brilliant remixes by the one and only DJ Koze. The man from Hamburg delivers a bunch of equally dreamy and candlelit renditions; in particular the "Mbira Mix" which accentuates those ethereal and mesmerising bell tones from the original into something even more hypnotising and special. The "Club Mix" however is definitely a great upbeat rendition were the harbour city hero works his magic as always; creating an epic moment of life affirming bliss for late night dancefloors.
Review: Michael Mayer is set to release his first album in four years later this autumn, and it's something of an all-star affair. It's ostensibly a collaborative set, featuring contributions from the likes of Miss Kittin, Roman Flugel, Prins Thomas, and Hot Chip man Joe Goddard. The latter takes centre stage on this teaser single, adding his hazy, atmospheric vocals to the tactile, string-drenched synth-pop bliss of "For You". If you're looking for musical reference points, think of the track as a subtle combination of Kompakt style "ambient pop", the bittersweet warmth of the Pet Shop Boys' Behaviour album, and the string-drenched melancholy of Kelley Polar's releases on Environ.
Review: Electronic music is often defined as being apolitical and entirely self-serving, but in this time of existential crisis for Japan, it shows that dance producers not only have a conscience, but care deeply about the country. There have been a number of initiatives already within electronic music to raise funds for Japanese earthquake/tsunami victims, and the act of helping is the overarching concern here. However, hopefully when you do decide to purchase this Kompakt compilation, you will get the added bonus of ghostly ambience from Marsen Jules and Ezekiel Honig, playful, offbeat house from Efdemin, eerie minimal house from SCSI-9 and Nick Hoppner, and Anontelli's playful electronic pulses - as well as feeling good about supporting a beleaguered nation.