Stefan Obermaier – Alpino
Label: 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.