Record label: Compost Black Label Records
For those of you who don’t know who Christian Prommer is, you will be familiar with his work. Twenty years in the music business, he’s the guy who took Derrick May’s techno hit Strings Of Life and morphed it into a jazz instrumental. This artiste is an unusual one, flitting between physical instrument and electronic, jazz and dance music so effortlessly it’s hard to categorize him – and no one should. Munich-based Prommer has worked with some of Germany’s finest exports in electronica, Kruder and Dorfmeister, techno fiend DJ Hell and of course DJ Roland. One third of Trüby Trio, Prommer remixed for music’s leftfield heavyweights Nitin Sawhney and Tiefschwarz along with Latin music’s boss nova star, Bebel Gilberto.
From Jazz, to African beats, a Latin flavour and orchestral symphony mixed with electronica Übermood has it all. Playing almost everything himself, Prommer used some of the finest names in the music world to add that final touch to his tracks. The first track intro Shanghai Nights is a wind instrument cocktail of saxes and layers of flutes mimicking four/four dance beats building to a crazy crescendo, meanwhile Can It Be Done is a complete contrast of slow-slow paced tech-synth with the dry vocals of Andiano Prestel. Arturo is a mad flurry of piano concerto having dinner with Brian BT Transeau and Jean Michel Jarre back in ’94 if such a thing is possible, beautiful production, exquisite.
Zao Bretu a little darker and a sort and sweet mid-tro track with a baroque sensibility and Future Light enters a more up-tempo dance mood which showcases Prommer’s early influences and style in this refined vocal track sung by Simon Jinadu. Beautiful another mid-tro track is what it says, the vocals by Lew Stoi blow you away with airy keyboards and just as you want more you’re left – hanging. Brought back to earth with a bump is the track Hanging On The DJ Booth, a disco-house/orchestral/dance mash that’s really catchy, this I can hear doing real well on the dance floors with a killer remix.
Wonders Of The World is more of a melancholic indie track with vocals by Tommy Hien followed by the re-triggered and brief layers of mid-tro Unusual Habits and taster for the track Waltz. Again flutes and saxes rule this track with heavy techno anecdotes and I guess you could say this is how techno translates into physical organic instruments, a strange sort of irony. On the track Marimba you get something totally different and unexpected. Completely composed on an electronic midi mallet, is not only show of real technically ability but a real musician. Tob, Der Bär described as ‘Jazz rave’ has all the elements of both genres working together well, but is an acquired taste for me.
Easy listening synthetic Jazz is the order of the day or night on Synth Jazz the paired back less is more ethos on this track and the tempered beats makes this very likeable. Soulful trippy vocals by Kim Sanders on Where You Gonna Go, is another winner of a track with a classic sound with a hint of tech, very smooth indeed. Beanfield changes the pace on Duckwalk in deeper territory and then on Where Is The Sun, a track a trip-hop dark undertones. In all a cool little album to have especial to chill out to, my favourite tracks are six (Beautiful) and seven (Hanging On The DJ Booth) sure to be played out in the clubs and go far with the perfect remix.
Review by Sandra Swaybe-Barrett