Fabian Schumann & Black Vel – Hey/Dry
Label: MangueScore: 7.5/10
German producer Fabian Schumann has drawn praise from a number of quarters since he first came to our consciousness, usually as a result of his work at the label he helps helm, Mangue Records. For his latest EP, he catches up once more with Black Vel; a producer he shares a rich history with thanks to their many collaborations.
‘Hey/Dry’ is the EP in question, and it’s one that’s full of effervescent tech-house timbres, with all three tracks on show boasting their own unique charm. ”Hey”, however, is by some distance the most striking of all that’s on offer. A real party-starter, it moves, shakes, shimmies and slides with all the gusto and panache needed to make an impression on the dancefloor. Mirco Niemeier brings a heavy touch of atmosphere to the table on his remix – no bad thing of course.
The culminating effort on the EP is another original; ”Dry”. This one sees Schumann’s love of the synths explored in full-on mode, as he ups the ante with a track that really explodes in a kaleidoscope of colour thanks to its many dizzying facets and a steady refusal to compromise that’ll entice many. Brilliant stuff from start to end.