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Stefan Obermaier – Alpino


1011212_10151637836313320_1454420911_n.jpgLabel: DriftScore: 8/10 

Prolific Austrian producer Stefan Obermaier is a musician in the truest sense of the word – a multifaceted man who’s turned his hand to numerous instruments with some skill over the years. His recently formed Drift Recordings imprint marks a real turning point in both his life and career, as he’s given free reign to release how and best he sees free. If the early signs are any indication, it’s already looking like quite the promising new lease of life.

First up on Drift001 is the title track, ”Elpino”. On off-kilter mesh of carefully poised synths and a bulbous bassline, it struts its stuff in a sun-glistened manner that’s sure to appease the floor at this time of year, while its sporadic strings and undoubtedly catchy melodies ensure it’s a track that’s laced with some groove, one that’s notable for its cosmic tinges and sheer level of unpredictability. A real ‘marmite’ track, but one that fans of such fare are sure to lap up in droves.

Preceding track ”On and On” is the sort of ghetto-injected, house-hybrid that’s sure to appeal to those such as Loco Dice and DJ Sneak. Bounds of energy and high-octane lyrics keep the listener wanting more, while the melodic archipelagos and rhodes-esque chords lend matters a vaguely vintage edge. The latter’s warm bassline is leant extra emphasis on the instrumental version, one that enhances ”On and On”’s dancefloor prowess and gives the listener an extra edge with which to slay the floor.  

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Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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