It's an expert move. By keeping the low-end simple, Franke gives a sturdy platform to the fireworks on top, which build up, down and up again in spouts of chaotic bliss. Then there's the crafty central breakdown, which, at only eight bars, feels tiny. Even so, it's powerful, slowly deconstructing before a moment of silence and, at last, the final explosion of sounds. It's dynamite on the dance floor, and a moment that's brought about many tears of joy.
The EP's other tracks are less ambitious. "Idee" is the deepest selection, hinged on a stuttering bassline and soft melodies. Like "Meine," the energy rises and falls but the groove stays steady, only giving way for brief moments. The fattest bassline is on "Deine Schuhe," where there's a sludge-like mess that might remind you of Mr. Oizo. The Meine Idee EP sounded euphoric in the years after it came out, but now you might hear melancholy in those chords. Don't let that stop you from playing it out, though. A product of the era that gave us Bar 25, Watergate and Panorama Bar, this EP is among the greats.
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