Smallville will release the Hamburg-based artist's first album next month.
The Hamburg-based artist's catalog to date is short and sweet, with just a handful of 12-inches on labels like Gedankensport and Giegling. In terms of aesthetic, his sound is heavily steeped in the dreamy microhouse style of Smallville Records, the label arm of a local record shop that's put out two of Rau's 12-inches so far, and included him on their full-length compilation And Suddenly It's Morning. According to a press release, Rau's album was partly inspired by nights at the Hamburg nightclub Ego, which regularly hosts label mainstays like Lawrence, Dionne and Julius Steinhoff.
Two of the songs on Asper Clouds feature guest production from Jacques Bon, who also appeared with Rau on the record Cloverleaf Days. The album will be preceded by an EP called Meadows. Like all of Smallville's releases so far, both records feature sleeve designs by Hamburg-based artist Stefan Marx.
01. A Line
02. Ping to You
03. Do Little
04. The Cool World
05. Always the Same
06. Ne Travaillez Jamais
07. The Needs
Smallville will release Christopher Rau's Asper Clouds on October 25th, 2010.