Scared comes from the dark, eerie place that is the mind of Johannes Auvinen, better known as Tin Man. Veering away from the pop sensibility of his last offering, Cool Wave, and diving into the murky depths of a dark abyss, Scared features Auvinen's unique soporific voice posing questions which are as deep as the music he makes.
German sophisticates DIAL round up their star-studded ensemble cast for their annual musical yearbook snapshots. Artists like Isolee have been given honorary DIAL status as well, alongside Carsten Jost, Pantha Du Prince, and Efdemin -- with DIAL'S diverse sounds in full effect. Ranging from neo-classical to sumptuous, deep tribal house, and, of course, four-to-the-floor greatness!
Rinse FM have reached their 11th installment, and quality prevails with cutting edge presentations of all things mutant, funky, and dubstep. Oneman shows off his quick-fire mixing skills and ear for blending sweetened old skool garage faves into money-shot boom-brrrap hits. The Rinse FM DJ mix series is where its at, repping the fresh UK sound to its fullest.
Fehlmann's sixth studio album also doubles as a soundtrack to the historical 24HR Berlin documentary. Mr. Fehlmann has succeeded in finding that sweet spot between euphoria and tempered melancholy: Fans of Kompakt's Pop Ambient series should definitely make some time for this.
This is the debut long-player by Berghain's resident DJ, producer and remixer Marcel Dettmann. Intrinsically tied to the myth that is Berghain by now, the attached label Ostgut Ton and at the same time with the regeneration of no-frills, cleansed and powerful electronic music, Marcel Dettmann managed a daring feat: the production of a truly absorbing and veritable techno album. Spread out over these tracks, Dettmann transports the raw energy, the rough aesthetics and the simple grace of techno. A Berliner-by-choice, the difficult format doesn't bog him down. Neither does he give in to exhausting finger exercises that try to supersede his learned trade, nor does he confront the listener with hasty or brutal tracks that would rather feel at home pressed on a 12" in a DJ-case. Tracks like "Reticle," "Drawing," "Captivate" or "Silex" seem like the convergence of his striking efforts and discography up until now. You get contemplative moments with almost-weightless layers of sound that get used like melodies or chords, rotating with condensed, intensified and sappy snatches. Rigour and austere beauty go hand-in-hand. Surprisingly enough, with a genre that is aware of its own history, Dettmann never falls prey to the dangerous and seductive nature of nostalgia. However, Dettmann sounds as fresh and self-contained as techno nowadays can be. And more so, it once and for all establishes its eponym as a genre mainstay. However described or classified, his music is a successful meditation about the art form we call techno.
Listen to "Captivate" here:
TILL VON SEIN
Presenting Till Von Sein's first EP on Supplement Facts. The Sundowna EP will defrost your minds and hearts with its warmth and soul. After the title track, Joeski provides a house-y retouch. And to complete the vinyl release, label hero Dyed Soundorom and Shonky bring more of a dancefloor-banging version.
Listen to "Sundowna" here:
Everybody Likes Ollie 12"
Tigerskin aka Alex Kruger presents one for Audiomatique which supports the techier, more intense end of his eclectic love of house and techno. "Everybody Likes Ollie" whirls and skips across a liquid platinum backdrop of silky-smooth grace and wonder. Part pumping house, part disco, part future-techno, it's a mind-blowing, anthemic track. "Carlswood" comes on strong like a techno classic with off-kilter FX, building slowly as momentous synths mark its incline -- a monster of the highest order.
Listen to "Everyone Likes Ollie" here:
Massive Attack's fifth studio album finally arrives, a full seven years after its predecessor. Clusters of gloomy chords, dubby basslines, and ominous breakbeats scattered across the album suggest that they haven't lifted their musical mood. Martina Topley-Bird's contributions scale the heights of astonishment Massive Attack has achieved with previous female collaborators. Set against a panoply of disjointed acidic bleeps and slippery electronic beats, it's taken into an entirely new emotional realm. The theme: sounds haunt to the point of terror. Some of the top tracks include "Pray For Rain," "Girl I Love You," and "Paradise Circus." All in all, a brilliant album.
Pantha Du Prince
Firmly rooted in classic techno and house music, yet also appealing to a much wider audience (as also evident by their move to Rough Trade), Pantha Du Prince's album Black Noise is his stellar new release, elevating him to a status occupied by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos, The Field, and Isolee. A delicately nuanced album with romantic compositions, and dark panoramic splendour, maintaining a sense of minimalism amidst its textural, hypnotic feel. Whether its tribal (primal and child-like) rhythms, and trance-not-trance psychedelia, Pantha Du Prince is amongst the new breed (spearheaded by artists like Animal Collective) of highly accessible yet cerebral artists whose music flows from headphones like colors bleed from rainbows. Featuring Panda Bear from Animal Collective and Tyler Pope from LCD Soundsystem.