STL is the production alias of Stephan Laubner who has been releasing material under a variety of pseudonym’s on labels like Perlon, Smallville, Styrax and his own Something Records imprint over the past decade. Stephan’s productions are like fine wine, they develop, mature and get better with age. His past releases have gained support and charts from Detroit luminaries like Derrick May & Theo Parrish to the Berghain collective, Ben Klock, Marcel Dettmann & Steffi. His recent licensing of “Silent State” on Cassy’s new “Simply Devotion” mix on Cocoon, Ame’s Fabric mix, Steve Bug’s “The Lab” and earning the number 1 spot inGroove Magazine’s chart all speak volumes about the level of love and passion he puts into his productions. With Stephan’s “Check Mate” he pays homage to a sound we simply adore, a musical conceit only a select few understand, hand crafting his sounds with a variety of analog signal processors, vintage synthesizers and a loving touch reminiscent of the early Deepchord years. This is one to treasure, made for repeat listening!