As Benjamin Brunn's maiden outing on the open-eared Third Ear, it should come as little surprise that Hello Ammmerika is about as left-of-centre the German producer has ventured in some time. "Stay Hungry Stay Foolish," a hazy warm-up number gets the release underway, thick with swirling atmospherics and a rhythm that steadily builds for what ultimately becomes a healthy, albeit somewhat restricted tool. "No Kicks" follows, and sees the twirling chords Brunn utilized on its predecessor return, again working with a continual progression in intensity while guest vocalist Diamondancer's speech matches its growing pace, and further asserting Brunn's obvious adeptness at tension and release.
It's not until you flip the record over that Brunn offers up anything remotely close to peak-time territory. The title track is a lesson in bastardised harmony, stacking on layer after layer of thick synth effects atop an uptempo drum pattern before abruptly coming to a close. However, it's the package's closer, "Acidic Sun," that stands as the highlight. Brunn's talent has consistently shone through whenever its put to slower tempos, and that trend continues here. The textures he pulls so expertly from his small array of hardware are finally given sufficient breathing space, and the difference is remarkable. Whether it's the warm and chugging bassline, oscillating highs or modest percussion that DJs latch onto, expect this one to do some (subtle) damage.
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Tracklist: Benjamin Brunn - Hello Ammmerika EP A1 Stay Hungry Stay Foolish
A2 No Kicks feat. Diamondancer
B1 Hello Ammmerika
B2 Acidic Sun