The success of Nils Frahm's elegant mix of avant-garde electronica and classical piano is something to cheer about, and he here hands over 2011's Juno EP to two producers that are fully compatible with the German musician. Frahm's original version of "Peter" is like watching an Arctic ice floe pass by, its mournful synth drone having more than a hint of Eno's "The Big Ship" about it. Warp veteran Clark sprays on a veneer of glitch for his remix, which he augments with with Burial-style muted beats. It's not overly interesting until the end, when Frahm's glacial synths drop out, leaving behind an almost tribal drum exercise.
"For" is an analogue lullaby made up of fractals of echo-drenched synths. Luke Abbott turns into a nearly ten-minute epic. Its first minute has a decaying synth hum that gently morphs into a mesh of exquisite, competing melodies. The track ends as a lazy trudge through fields of woody percussion and the drip of gamelan-style xylophones. It's one of the loveliest things the Border Community artist has ever done.
Tracklist: Nils Frahm - Juno Reworked EPA1 For (Luke Abbott Rework)
B1 Peter (Clark Remix)