DescriptionOur latest find comes from Mainz, Germany. Heading up the boutique imprint, klamaukº, Tilman Schwarz has been a mainstay of the local underground house scene for some time. His intimate parties are warm and well regarded, holding their own amidst the noise from nearby Frankfurt. He has released tracks from various European artists like Frivolous, Leif, and Thema compadres Le K and Ark, but this will be his first solo showcase. His sound is distinctly polished but lively, drawing from various dance music sub-genres as a means to an end rather than simply an exercise or homage. These six tracks span a wide breadth of styles within house music giving the feel of a mini album. We're happy to have Tilman on Thema Digital for his debut EPit's a deep and tuneful dance floor journey so get comfy.
Sunrise set roller, Morning Snuggle kicks the EP off with a traditional piano refrain and smooth bassline that unfolds into some vibes and funky monosynth jamming for a simultaneously laid back and upbeat experience. Lenny's After-Party Mood ratchets tempo down a bit with taut bass and some nice piano treatments setting the stage for some expansive background synth work in the second half. Tilman heads to deeper chunkier realms on title track Alphaville, where he sets a bittersweet melody against a chugging rhythmic pulse and long sustained synth drones. Moon Walk continues in a lighter more Chicago-eque vein but with a more offbeat refrainjust a little bit bent. Closing it out, Low Tide is a beautiful little number that had some downright romantic strings set against a pumping drum track and a "Loft-style" bass line. As a special bonus, we've included a pitched-down heavy version of Low Tide (AOB CIty Remix). The strings are still there, but are wound around a booming low end and stuttering percussion for a more angular and satisfyingly oblique dance floor experience.
Text by: Chris Malec