Artist: Oliver Huntemann
Title Pech & Schwefel EP
Label: Senso Sounds
Cat No: SENSO013
Date: 4th December 2015
Oliver Huntemann is an an artist that has always impressed me and I have very vivid memories of him blowing me away when I first saw him use Reactable Live, which is a Star Trek like midi controller! His imprint Senso has had some very impressive releases with this being number 13 on the list. Oliver’s deep and accomplished techno is something to behold and this release is by no means an exception.
The first track on the EP is ‘Pech’ which is a lesson in how to construct a track that is filled with layers of sounds and a beautiful tone. The track has a good long intro section that DJs will love and some great hits of effects that slowly warm you into the sounds of this beauty. After 2 minutes you are presented with the deep warbling low end of some fat bassline that certainly lets you know Oliver means business with this track. The synth phases in and out of the track with some wicked pitch bends and some aggressive delays. The track reaches its climax around 4 minutes where you are presented with some stunning keys that drip over the bass and percussion like melting ice. A stunning track by one of the most gifted techno producers around.
Next up we have ‘Schwefel’ which is a very different journey from the opener but very much rooted in techno. Oliver uses some simple yet eerie keys that intermingle with some superb dark, moody, ethereal sounds to keep things in that dark place. The delay on the claps is subtle but plays with your mind and the kick keeps all things dance floor based. The synth and slight key changes keep things interesting and all in all Oliver delivers a track that is intricate and yet gritty enough to keep those feet moving and heads down. A stirring and deeply memorable track that will ignite a flame of emotion on any dance floor.
An incredible 2 track EP here from the head of the Senso Sounds label and one I suggest you take a listen to if you like your techno with a little more substance.