Trois Nocturnes by Johannes Brecht
Now here's something special. Johannes Brecht returns to Poker Flat with a little night music, a trio of deep, dramatic and driving house tunes that in their precision and invention are testimony to a distinctive intelligence.
Since an impressive stint as musical director for Henrik Schwarz's 'Instruments' project and the subsequent release of 2013's 'Holla', Brecht's reputation has been growing steadily with a series of carefully crafted releases.
And if 'Trois Nocturnes' is anything to go by, 2015 is set to be his year.
'Nuages' hinges on a sinuous, snake-charming synth line. Instantly memorable, it's an exquisite headphone experience that's equally deadly on the dancefloor.
The lilting 'Sirènes' teems with ideas, its big kick burnished with a dancing synth motif and a chamber orchestra of synthetic strings.
Last but not least, the motorik 12-minute 'Fêtes' contrasts its knotty, brittle piano line with sus-tained pads and bright, striking syncopations.