David Hofmann and Till Gerloff's Pampa debut is well-timed—their retro disco sound has the same tropes as Daft Punk's Random Access Memories, from the basslines right down to the vocoders (not to mention the lengthy runtimes). But where the French group were trying to replicate the '70s records they loved, Dürerstuben approach the same aesthetic with nu disco's computer-aided lustre.
"Gscheids Planet" makes a good feint—it's trip-hop-y, full of broken beats and smeared vocals, until it stumbles into a warm shuffle with Balearic guitars and iridescent keyboards. G-funk synth lines add to the stargazing quality, making for a meaty eight-minute epic with just enough twists and turns to keep your attention. "Haeckls Kosmos," on the other hand, could be the soundtrack to some travel agency commercial. It's likeable, with slippery synths and pools of reverb, but it feels like an exercise in by-the-numbers boogie. Evoking the same beachside Miami Vice vibes, "Freiherr In Der Wall" is a little more successful, bolstering the funky formula with more hooky vocoders. Dürerstuben have the chops to make some seriously silky stuff, but Sheets Of Rane shows that they'll need more than just satin to make a lasting impression.
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Tracklist: Dürerstuben - Sheets Of Rane A1 Gscheids Planet
A2 Haeckls Kosmos
B Freihher In Der Wall