Or, more accurately, he's a movie star. Kalkbrenner recently starred in Berlin Calling, a film about a traveling DJ. I suspect that's the reason that he's vaulted from pretty-well-liked to signing-autographs-at-supermarkets-in-Germany status in the past year or so. Kalkbrenner has always put forth a brand of techno that's easy on the ears, but his soundtrack to the film takes it to another level. This 12-inch collects three of the most dance floor friendly tunes.
"Square 1" locks a glistening melody into place, and doesn't let go for nearly seven minutes, floating it gently throughout its length. Finger snap percussion and a nice round kick keep things generally clean and generally innocuous until another melody comes from on high to interlock with its predecessor. It's nothing special. And "Aaron" and "Azure" aren't much either, on the face of it. But when you step back and think about it, they actually are incredibly tough tunes to compose. The relative ease at which they operate is exactly their appeal. Kalkbrenner has successfully perfected a sort of laidback techno, full of melody and light that has a mainstream appeal that is hard to deny, and—movie star or not—they're worth lining up for.