Over his two decades in the game, Philipp Lauer’s work always manages to mix the best of steely German engineering with deep emotion; industrial-strength beats with the warmth of an old sweater. On his new LP “Answers 2 Trouble” out on Permanent Vacation), the Frankfurt-based musician once again delivers the goods: nine tracks stuffed with elite beat making and delicious, 80s-influenced songcraft, drawn together by clever arrangements and expert pacing.
Uncanny Valley and Permanent Vacation are joining forces for an Uncanny Vacation! There has always been a lively exchange between Dresden and Munich and both labels are known for releasing a wide variety of music so it was only natural to team up for a joint release. The record starts off with Permanent Vacation-regular and UK-veteran DMX Krew and his “Astro Logical” which is as sharp and crisp as Electro can go. The bass line strikes hard but he also squeezes some great melancholic synth lines out of his machines. After that, Uncanny Valley’s Sandrow M finally gives access to the much in demand live version of “Prayervan”, a tune that everybody has been singing along during his live sets. On the flipside, Jacob Korn hands in “Eieiei” which rises on a percussion-heavy drum basement to a discoid House stomper thanks to an irresistible sample straight from an obscure flea market find. Drvg Cvltvre delivers a tropical House jam. “See You Again” is riding on a funky Disco bass line and creates a warm and cosy atmosphere with a whole bag of sound ideas.
Dollkraut, Amsterdam’s analog wizard with a love for fuzzy 70’s space age records, prepares two rough and driving electro cuts for Permanent Vacation with haunting vocals that will dominate your dreams. On Remix duties are New York’s Invisible Conga People, who bless us with some of their rare outcomes and they can do no wrong: A cristal clear production with a lot of ping pong pang and swish swash swoosh.
Munich’s excellent Permanent Vacations nudge towards a century of releases with a typically warm EP of huggable electronic grooves from the unpredictable Tevo Howard. Epic opener “Pump & Bounce” is the stand out cut. Built around a heady, intoxicating fusion of melancholic chords, tactile synths, stargazing melodies and seemingly cheap electronic sounds, it rises and falls for an impressive nine minutes. “You Have A Way With Words” spits and jumps with fuzzy machine rhythms and low-slung synths, while the hypnotic rhythms and crystalline arpeggios of “What Is Sound” are stunning in their emotion-rich simplicity.
Wolfram and the legendary Haddaway have created a glowing masterpiece shooting straight into the heart of Eurodance for maximum pleasure. On the remix duties we have Kink with a pumping beat, fat ass bassline, a remarkable rim plus Haddy’s vocals. On the other remix, Legowelt created a track for the very special moments in the club: Early Morning, sun is shining in, everybody is happy and smiling on the dancefloor and when you hear the first notes of this remix you suddenly start hugging strangers.
Tevo’s debut on Permanent Vacation brings more of his stripped down hypnotic Chicago house tracks.
This EP is a first teaser for Talabot’s forthcoming album. Here are two new original tracks “Mathilda’s Dream” and “La Ninya” and the title track gets also remixed by Runaway’s Jacques Renault from NYC.
Tensnake with his first full Ep for Permanent Vacation, and what a better this 12 inch is: The title track “Coma Cat” already caused mayhems on dancefloors from Berlin to Sydney. “Get It Rtght” and “Need Your Lovin” are equally good and show the full spectrum of the Tensnake universe between boogie, house and disco.