The German strain of electrohouse seems to be taking some dark twists in 2006. Ghostly flotation techniques from minimal techno have been borrowed to buoy up half-remembered trance arpeggios, now suddenly evocative again. Following on from Thomas Schumacher's instant classic 'Redpurple', these two very deep cuts are essentially thinking persons' electrohouse with a distinct emotional content.
'Ferdinand' is a deep track built around a simple modulating bass and a soft bell loop that sounds like air slowly escaping from an NASA airlock. Thoughtful stuff, but really just a teaser for the flipside 'Phobos', which is the unassuming killer here. Dark electrohouse with a intertwining bass and lead synth line that will forever stick in your head, Phobos builds to a climax of vacuum cleaner noises choking on dust - sure "wtf is that?" value and chef's choice to serve main course peak hour at your finest local establishment.
Sun / 30 Apr 2006