A few small tweaks show up throughout Also Known As Good. As Von Erckhert continues to make heavy use of soulful samples, shuffling percussion, and loosely swung hi-hats, there's also a substantial amount of live instrumentation at work. Hand-strummed basslines often hold down the LP's low-end, while billowing keys and organ solos make regular appearances. "Marcos, Jean, Ralf," for example, is driven almost entirely by the interplay between drifting guitar and an aimless electric piano.
Three guest vocalists bring some variety to the proceedings, with Miles Bonny adding layers of casual soul—à la Seven Davis Jr.—to album opener "Love Love Love." Singer May delivers breathy lines over the record's dreamiest effort, "Infinity." The album's best vocal track is "We Flow," which sets Amalia's soft, seductive performance against a bed of gentle organ chords. This is where Also Known As Good hits its stride, with sample-flipping sluggers "Jai Alai" and "BUBBLES" coming directly afterwards. These are the record's brightest moments, and also make a solid case that Von Erckert is at his best when focused on stoking a dance floor.
Also Known As Good is mostly a smooth ride, but a few bumps appear along the way. "Infinity" feels a touch out of place in the tracklist, and "New Ehrenfeld Swing" makes a clumsy attempt at flipping Keith Sweat's "Make It Last Forever" into snappy G-funk. Fortunately, the pitfalls are short-lived and do little to detract from the record's charismatic flow. Because even when Von Erckert misses his mark, he still sounds like he's having a lot of fun, and it's almost impossible to not want to join in.
Mon / 5 Oct 2015
01. LOVE LOVE LOVE feat. Miles Bonny
02. Hustle With The Big Boys feat. Hodini & Am Kinem
03. First Day Of A Dollar
04. We Flow feat. Amalia
05. Jai Alai
07. Infinity feat. May
08. New Ehrenfeld Swing
09. Marcos, Jean, Ralf feat. Tyler Pope
10. There‘s No Wrong feat. Retrogott
11. Work for Love feat. Tito Wun