At the risk of sounding like one of those crappy film trailer voiceovers: In a world... of nice-but-average house music... Scherbe does things differently. The Dresden-based producer cites growing up listening to hip-hop on US Forces radio at home in Karlsruhe as an early influence. His debut for Uncanny Valley certainly shows an ability to lay down anvil-heavy beats.
"College Dropout" builds in intensity using puffing, steam engine percussion before opening out into an eerie meeting of diabolic strings and crazed glockenspiels. On "Arts Is Moving Butts" it's not just the name that's odd. The touchstone is classic deep house—you can tell Theo Parrish is another Scherbe hero—but there's something brilliantly unnerving about the soulful vocal sample, while the beats lollop and list so randomly they sound like they've been thrown up in the air before settling into place.
On "Jardin Du Midi," the mood clicks back a notch, with what sounds like some twisted Native American chant drifting in and out of the fuzzy throb and stumbling tempo. Arguably best of all, "Endlezz Cinema" unfurls from a melancholic opening with a quivering low-register bass motif into a quirky, deep house burner with blobs of congas and a cannily employed acoustic guitar sample.
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Tracklist: Scherbe - Jardin Du Midi EP A1 College Dropout
A2 Arts Is Moving Butts
B1 Jardin Du Midi
B2 Endlezz Cinema