Review: Since the Kompakt legend's heyday, Michael Mayer's music has been few and far between, however when something does land it's to be celebrated. The interim between Brainwave Technology and his last single, Higher, for Kompakt comes through what Mayer has described as a deep dive into the thorny terrain of artificial intelligence, transhumanism and posthumanism. Inspired by reading German philosopher Richard David Precht and 'watching hours of YouTube material by self-proclaimed prophets', Meyer keeps on a deep yet light hearted and progressive tip in tracks like "Alpha", to the subtle "Device For The Young At Heart". Mayer throws in something rougher and perhaps slightly Aphex-inspired via "Gamma", with "Brainwave Technology" itself the obvious hit here with its Dirtybird-esque bassline and electro rave elements. Michael Mayer meets Lex Fridman.
Review: As one of the co-heads for Cologne based Kompakt, city native Michael Mayer has helped to curate their distinct sound aesthetic for over two decades and is equally revered behind the decks for his epic and masterful sonic narratives. Mayer returns to his beloved imprint for a new offering entitled "Higher" which is his first original contribution to the label in eight years. This is a playful and uplifting tune with an old school aesthetic. Taking its cues from his humble beginnings in Italo disco and early 90's US deep house, it is a future classic if we do say so ourselves. This is followed by the moody "Doot Doot" led by its hypnotic jacked vocal, and lastly the brooding dancefloor drama of "Take A Stand For Love" with its roaring Reese bassline tearing through the speakers.
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: Kompakt's Michael Mayer and Magazine's Barnt (a couple of Cologne's finest) team up for some darkly sophisticated and contemplative house sounds on "Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen", a woozy and sombre sonic excursion with layers of dark strings that hypnotise you into submission atop of epic, near tribal style drum beats. Amsterdam's Patrice Baumel delivers a very futuristic remix; this is how you make a dark journey track right here! While in a surprise twist, Bristol bass-techno stalwart Kowton gets on board to deliver a pretty an impressive rendition that shows more restraint than what we're used to by him; quite a highlight actually.