Resident Nick Höppner returns with his third release for Ostgut Ton. After last years' „Makeover“ come three new detailed excursions, plus a remix by Lee Jones.
Almost entirely constructed from field recordings taken within the walls of Berghain, „Brush Me Down“ is a raw and textural jam, uncontrived and jostling with energy. Jittery, shuffling and shaking, Höppner's love for funky, off-kilter percussion shines through as he pieces together a mysterious audio puzzle of found atmospherics; club nights and concerts otherwise committed only to memory yet now preserved and recycled. It also is a hint at what is to be expected from Ostgut Ton’s 5 years anniversary compilation this autumn.
As a close confident and collaborator with Nick as MyMy, Lee Jones also knows a thing or two about the broken beats that unite the pair's musical worlds. Jones' remix of 'Brush Me Down' pieces the source sounds together wonderfully in an intricate fragmented jazz interpretation that brings together club, dub and 2Step influences to spine tingling effect.
The heavy bass drawl of „Umbrella Pitch“ unfolds like a sinister drama, yet promises resolution as a warm and exultant theme slowly emerges and unwinds itself. Spreading positive messages through another beautiful and complex arrangement that allows an intimate view into Höppner's rich musical abilities.
Finally we ascend through dense clouds of drifting, dubbed chords and filtered textures, „Dancing On The Head Of A Pin“ confirms the heights Höppner is able to reach in search of the perfect balance. This super-concentrated symphony of countless parts bubbles and floats along in its own celestial realm. Honest, emotional and deeply harmonious, its a stunning conclusion to the EP.