Tobias A Series of Shocks
Published Mar 28, 2014Tobias, the stripped down house moniker of scene stalwart Tobias Freund, is an important figure in the rotating cast at Berlin's Ostgut Ton. Having worked as a sound engineer, the strength of Tobias' previous releases has always been in the staggering quality of his production. A Series of Shocks is no different. From the intricacies of the ambient opener to the bulk of the album's later dance-floor orientated productions, the balancing of sound is meticulous throughout.
Though the attention to detail has always been a constant for Tobias, the straighter-laced dance-floor orientation of A Series of Shocks is somewhat of a departure from his previous full-length. Although Tobias is undoubtedly making some fantastic loopy dance tracks, "He Said" and "Fast Null" being prime examples, there is a certain mystique lost in their culmination in the long-play format. Where the intricate heterogeneity of the tracks on 2011's Leaning Over Backwards made it such an engaging listen, A Series of Shocks shoots for a different kind of looping hypnotism but lands slightly short. (Ostgut Ton)