Efdemin announces CD mix & album hybrid on Curle Recordings

After more than three years of silence as a producer, Efdemin a.k.a Phillip Sollmann returns with a striking hybrid concept that merges the album format with the “continuous DJ mix” format, presenting completely new material in a seamless manner. This CD-mix, named Naïf, officially reinstates his label of the same name and is a sprawling tour of inner space featuring 19 distinct tracks from fellow producers (e.g. Margaret Dygas, Steve Bicknell, Jeroen Search, Pom Pom, Marco Shuttle or Gunnar Haslam) along with an additional ten that feature Efdemin himself (either as soloist or collaborator). The release condenses his decade-long DJ-ing journey and evolution as a producer into a single potent elixir of contemporary techno.

Owing to his additional projects, such as collaborating with PAN artist Konrad Sprenger on a modular organ system to be installed in museums, or scoring for a Neue Musik ensemble, the Berlin-based Efdemin is known as hiker between the worlds. His regular stints at Berghain or Panoramabar, his partnership with established labels (e.g. Ostgut Ton, Dial, Sushitech) and the leadership of his own Naïf imprint all demonstrate that since more than a decade.

Naïf consists of completely unreleased / never-before-heard material from both himself and valued collaborators, all of which will eventually manifest as EP releases: two will be available on Curle, with an additional five on his own Naïf label. All of the individual contributions are combined here in a painstaking assembly process that took an entire year to complete, and the result is that the album flows with an almost paradoxical effortlessness from one style to the next; a conscious choice on Efdemin’s part to give this release a longevity well beyond the typical lifespan of genre-specific DJ mixes. Besides the strong collection of tracks from well-known and undiscovered producers alike, it’s Efdemin’s own contributions to the mix that stand out and reinforce his unique position.

This becomes evident once the album kicks off with spectral, distant bells and homemade modular synth sounds leading into more unreleased Efdemin pieces, „Watte“ and “Sirius,” whose deep dub resonance locks in the attention of those who were merely curious at the beginning of the trip. Later in the mix we find the weird electroacoustic textures of ‘Laveline’, a collaboration with the aforementioned Konrad Sprenger The standout composition on Naïf is Efdemin’s infectious microtonal techno “Move Your Head.” where Sollmann’s voice hovers over distorted 808 patterns and immersive justly tuned synth pads, pointing the way towards the formative, trailblazing influences – Silver Apples, This Heat and the drone aesthetic of Tony Conrad – which embodied the seeking spirit of techno before the genre as we now know it existed.

Throughout the remainder of the mix, a supporting cast of favorites turn in everything from blinding energy (Steve Bicknell’s “Running Man”), to unrestrained ecstasy courtesy of Inland / Ed Davenport, to the overdriven lockstep groove of Cassegrain’s Rhyw. The final bow comes in the form of the Efdemin track “Love,” which both pays homage to classic house tracks and refer to his early productions at the same time.

Naïf is a release that will take several listens to fully explore, with each successive listen unearthing a new discovery: building a new future from the most resilient musical materials of the past. Thus showing Efdemin’s unique vision of the music called techno.

Artist: Efdemin
Title: Naïf
Release Date: 13th April
Label: Curle Recordings

Efdemin – Naïf (CURLE061CD)
1. Autolyse – Tag Drei
2. Phillip Sollmann – Aliasing Bells
3. Sollmann / Gürtler – Watte (Efdemin Version)
4. WaWuWe – Beams
5. Efdemin – Sirius
6. Marco Shuttle – Onda Anomala
7. Jeroen Search – Modus Luminatione
8. Kuf – Untitled
9. Staffan Linzatti – Gas
10. Cassegrain – Future D’Argent
11. DIN – Glide
12. Pharaoh – Donald
13. Pom Pom – Untitled
14. Efdemin / Konrad Sprenger – Laveline
15. Margaret Dygas – Fony
16. Rhyw – Not Now, Not Yet
17. Gunnar Haslam – Neuromantic
18. Savas Pascalidis – 1Q84
19. Patrik Skoog – Drake Equation
20. Inland – Sherpa
21. Jinge – Kation
22. tobias. – Keep Me Insane
23. Nihad Tule – Lean Forward
24. Steve Bicknell – Running Man
25. Efdemin – Move Your Head
26. DIN – Akustikkoppler
27. Efdemin – Palindrome
28. Aubrey / Simone Gatto
29. Efdemin – Love

Efdemin – Move Your Head EP (CURLE061)
A1. Efdemin – Move Your Head
A2. Efdemin – Palindrome
B1. Efdemin – Sirius
B2. Efdemin – Love

CURLE061X
A1. tobias. – Keep Me Insane
A2. Aubrey/Simone Gatto – Groove 1996
B1. Sollmann/Gürtler – Watte (Efdemin Version)
B2. WaWuWe – Beams

NAIIF 008
A1. Steve Bicknell – Running Man
A2. Phillip Sollmann – Aliasing Bells
B1. Kuf – Untitled
B2. Autolyse – Tag Drei

NAIIF 009
A1. Nihad Tule – Lean Forward
A2. Rhyw – Not Now, Not Yet
B1. Marco Shuttle – Onda Anomala
B2. Efdemin / Konrad Sprenger – Laveline

NAIIF 010
A1. Jeroen Search – Modus Luminatione
A2. Pom Pom – Untitled
B1. Savas Pascalidis – 1Q84
B2. Pharaoh – Donald

NAIIF 011
A1. Gunnar Haslam – Neuromantic
A2. Patrik Skoog – Drake Equation
B1. Inland – Sherpa
B2. Cassegrain – Future D’Argent

NAIIF 012
A1. Jinge – Kation
A2. Staffan Linzatti – Gas
B1. Margaret Dygas – Fony
B2. DIN – Glide


Daz Pearson
About the Author

UK based former DJ and promoter, co-owner, director, writer & creative at Decoded Magazine. Studied at the University of Wolverhampton graduating in Graphic Communication & Typography (BA Hons). In house video editor and avid MMA follower with a keen ear for dark, twisted, hypnotic, tribal progressive house and techno.