To really enjoy Köhncke, you have to accept that his ouptut is patchy. Here, for instance, one must tolerate the self-indulgent "Wonderful Frequency Band" (a tribute-cum-imitation of '70s easy listening) to get to the fantastic "Loop," a bumpy 808 acid track, counter-intuitively laced with a gorgeous melody.
As ever, though, when Köhncke hits his mark, he's great. With his dulcet voice brought to the fore, "Idee, Prozess, Ergebnis" and "Das Selbstgespräch" see him injecting his polished disco with a little electro-pop muscle. The former echoes Hot Chip's tightly wound funk, while the latter is a more retro affair, shot through with monumental synth stabs that recall Pet Shop Boys.
Köhncke seems to have quietly beefed up his sound all around. Take "Tell Me," a track featuring Eric D. Clark (Köhncke's old Whirlpool Productions partner) whose cashmere soft keys are offset by a blubbery bassline and punchy drums. You'll have to cherry-pick the best moments from Wonderful Frequency Band, but that's Justus Köhncke. He may bemuse you, but you can never write him off.