Immer

Immer

by Michael Mayer
     
 

Whenever something arrives in the shops with the name Michael Mayer affixed to it -- whether it's in the form of a remix, a 12," or a mix album like this one -- it's an event. It doesn't happen often enough, but when it does, disciples of the warm flavors of tech-house, click-house, micro-house, whatchamacallit-house, and experimental techno dealt out and curated by…  See more details below

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Whenever something arrives in the shops with the name Michael Mayer affixed to it -- whether it's in the form of a remix, a 12," or a mix album like this one -- it's an event. It doesn't happen often enough, but when it does, disciples of the warm flavors of tech-house, click-house, micro-house, whatchamacallit-house, and experimental techno dealt out and curated by Mayer pay immediate perked-ear attention. It's with very good reason. Following four years after his mix for the Neuhouse label, Kompakt Köln Präsentiert Michael Mayer, Immer finds Mayer smoothly fashioning tracks from labels like Ladomat, Ultra, Trapez, Force Inc., and his own Kompakt into a luxuriant digital bubble bath of envelopingly rounded beats, misty, atmospheric smears, and the odd tug at the heartstrings. It might be something of a stretch to say this, but a few cursory listens to Immer could possibly leave you with the distinct impression that the 13 tracks tucked within it were produced with the sole intent to be placed in their rightful context here. The feel varies with subtle shifts from a casual drift to a breezy thrust, and each of the track-to-track transitions are as smooth as a freshly paved autobahn. The way the muffled hollow taps of M. Rahn's "Toaster" morph into the low thrums of Superpitcher's remix of Carsten Jost's "You Don't Need a Weatherman" (replete with a swirl of chirping birds) is one example of Mayer's mixing skills. Superpitcher and Tobias Thomas' mix of Phantom/Ghost's epic vocal number, "Perfect Lovers," is the emotional center, beginning with a haunting elegy of strings that gives way to a rolling beat bearing the distant echo of Joy Division's "Atrocity Exhibition." The mournful tone is only to be completely wiped away by the sublime, propulsive tones of Selway's "Flying Far," the panoramic paranoia of Paul Nazca's "Surface," and -- to close off the disc -- the disorienting punctuation of M. Mayer's remix of Frank Martiniq's "Adriano." Top notch, to say the least.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/01/2004
Label:
Kompakt Germany
UPC:
0718752603027
catalogNumber:
15
Rank:
63240

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Michael Mayer   Primary Artist,DJ
Ghost   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Thomas Fehlmann   Composer,Producer
Tobias Schmidt   Composer
John Selway   Composer
Dirk Von Lowtzow   Composer
Michael Mayer   Producer,Remixing
Farben   Remixing
Thies Mynther   Composer
Ekkehard Ehlers   Composer
Auch   Producer
Tobias Thomas   Remixing
Ewan Pearson   Remixing
Superpitcher   Remixing
Selway   Producer
Akufen   Producer
Marc Leclair   Composer
Phantom Ghost   Producer
Audision   Producer
Rocket in Dub   Composer,Producer
M. Rahn   Composer,Producer
Carsten Jost   Composer,Producer
Stargazer   Producer
Phon.O   Producer
Paul Nazca   Producer
Frank Martiniq   Composer,Producer
Niko Tzoukmanis   Composer
Dino Christophilopoulus   Composer
Carsten Aermes   Composer
Paul Favier   Composer

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