Published Mar 28, 2014Phillip Sollmann opts for sonic refinement over diversity on his third album as Efdemin. Pieced together while stationed in the ethereal landscape of Kyoto, Japan, it feels as close to zen as you could expect a dance-ready record to get. Within seconds, full-bodied kicks swathe the senses while flighty drones sedate you.
It's a more linear effort from the Berlin native, but the sounds are rich and concise, rhythms never drag and modest track lengths keep a lively pace. We've been privy to this approach from Sollmann in the past, but never as much of it in one sitting. He has the frustrating ability to make simplicity seem easy. It's an album plenty were hoping was coming and it probably couldn't have landed at a better time. Demand for deeper, leaner variants of techno are at an all-time high and whether it's fate that came knocking or not, Sollmann answered the call.
Read an interview with Efdemin here. (Dial)