Thomas Brinkmann Lucky Hands

Thomas Brinkmann first made his mark as a conceptual remix artist for producers like Richie Hawtin and Mike Ink. He would use a self-built turntable with two tone arms, in order to access previously unheard grooves from the vinyl, and then build his work from there. He also had an austere-house alter ego named Soul Center. On Lucky Hands, Brinkmann phases his Soul Center aesthetics into his namesake persona resulting in a loop-driven album that veers into German electro pop territory once in a while, but hits its highest point early on with the track "Drops” and recedes from there. It sounds like Brinkmann’s having more fun than he’s had in years, but it doesn’t really go anywhere. Ultimately, he comes off as a producer who sounds lost without a binding aesthetic. (Sonic Boom)