Various Artists ‘Freude Am Tanzen 5zig Compilation’

Various Artists / Freude Am Tanzen 5zig Compilation

Vinyl / CD

Freude Am Tanzen Recordings / Released April 18th 2011

What does it sound like?

Contemporary electronic music derived from druggy house and shuffling techno. Or Berlin, whichever you prefer. On the one hand there’s the melancholic piano and vocal harmony of Kadebostan’s Mother Cries, a track that sounds a little like Bon Iver meeting up with Matthew Dear. Whereas Noo Sun, Taron Trekka’s dark, futurist funk throbber, punches and kicks with filtered synths and stripped beats like a true workhorse.

Elsewhere Marek Hemmann’s rolling, upbeat, string and glittering key affair provides the perfect backing to Fabian Reichelt’s neo-pop lyricism, which is delivered like a true frontman. And then there’s raw DJ material offered here too, such as Daniel Stefanik’s warm tech houser, Tension In Leipzig, or Mathias Kaden’s excellent, Chicago influenced jacker, Red Walls- a bumbling bass filled tune that’s got Derrick Carter etched onto its sleeve. In short, this is a consistently varied collection of quality material.

Where would I dance to it?

Er, Berlin, and therefore most clubs this side of the local Conservative hangout. From the off-tempo broken numbers, to the straight up house cuts, plenty from this playlist will be dropped near you soon.

What highlights can I expect to hear?

Quite a few. Monkey Maffia’s excellent stepper, Cruciate Ligament Dub, shows how much influence the likes of Hessle Audio have had on the global production scene, all post-rave vocal loops and downtempo glitch. This notion is then re-affirmed in the spellbinding and somewhat menacing electro breaks experiment Haftbolle, yet another addition to Robag Wruhme’s ever-interesting oeuvre. Both of which are worth the investment alone.

Douglas Greed and Delhia de France’s collaboration, Back Room Deal, carries sensual whispers and atmospherics not dissimilar to P.M.T.’s classic Deeper Water, though here realised with straight four fours capped by a xylophone melody. And Juno6’s Guununk is also worth mentioning, a sluggish, disco-influenced number that marries industrial edged hi-hats and cymbals with digital harmonies that spiral and filter into the distance. Oh, and the closing piece by No Accident In Paradise, entitled Exit9, rounds things off in a jazzy, neo-murder mystery soundtrack kind of way that’s beatless and filled with uncertainty.

Why should I pay for it?

In the same way as BPitch Control do every time, here the Freude camp have compiled a truly memorable album of arrangements that are individually musical, and largely danceable. So whether a Deutsche disciple or Euro-sceptic you’ll want to own it, and not least as it’s the label’s 50th release, meaning this is one for the collector’s box.

Where can I buy it?

Kompakt, Juno