Earlier this year, Stimming released Ludwig, an album which undoubtedly broke new grounds for the producer. It looked beyond the clubs where he built a solid, decades-long career as part of the Dyinamic family taking flight on a personal self-release journey. Throughout Ludwig there’s a feeling of airiness, a new breathing space acquired by forgoing the need to make the music dance-able. The producer filled this newfound space with sonic experiments of all kinds; layered arrangements, stop-and-start buzz, digital shrapnel and progressive use of percussion – it’s the strength of the beat, created through a hybrid of real drums and drum machines, that sets the tone for each track in the album and gives them their emotional core. For Ludwig, Stimming wasn’t applying his famed groove and technical know-how to sound. The process was somewhat inverse; there’s a feeling that Stimming is learning, or re-learning, a thing or two from sound, he’s “looking for the essence,” as he says, making the album original – of the origins – in a literal sense.
Now, Stimming opens up his experimental album for three acclaimed electronic music producers to work their magic. Ludwig Club Versions EP sees remixes of tracks by FKA Mash, Brandt Brauer Frick as well as two new reworks by Stimming himself.
“The only reason for me to be 10 000 miles from home is when I’m playing dance music! I put into the original track all the different impressions, which can be overwhelming at times, about the experience, but I was curious how well the 4/4 club perspective would fit on that track. I’m happy with the result and looking forward to playing it again – in a club, 10 000 miles from home…” – Stimming
Stimming decided to breathe new life into his own tune 10 000 miles from home, taking the original track back to the club with a throbbing beat. The producer takes the multitude of experimental sounds – from futuristic synth washes to bleeps and static noise – present in the original track, rearranging these around a pulsating groove. In the process, 10 000 miles from home club version becomes faster and more danceable but loses none of the emotionality Stimming’s productions have become famed for.