Rauschhaus & PHCK - Ozon EP (Manual Music)

Rauschhaus and PHCK team up for the latest release on Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music.

Moritz Rausch aka Rauschhaus has been one of this year’s most hotly tipped talents. Releases on Einmusika, Parquet and Steyeyoke have been highlights but he’s also one of the underground’s most prolific remixers as well. Similarly German duo PHCK own an impressive discography with releases on Connaisseur, Chapter 24 and Sound Avenue. They met Rauschhaus when he provided an excellent remix of their ‘Spiramentum’ track which was released courtesy of Bullfinch. This ultimately led to two collaborative pieces which spawned this excellent four track offering.

Uniquely titled ‘Ozon’ and ‘Neptun’, the colabs get the release underway, showcasing just how great a meeting of the creative minds can be. The former and also lead cut ‘Ozon’ shines with thematic motifs and elastic-like grooves. Chilling arps and a strong cadence resonate at the core of the piece while warm bass swells and shifty tones make for a goosebump worthy break. All the elements come together perfectly in an epic third act which only adds to the emotional fire and should certainly win over your dance floor as well.

‘Neptun’ meanwhile comes in much deeper yet equally striking. Similar design profiles backed by a chunky groove, smooth chord changes and blissful atmospheres deliver many magic moments while an intricate framework keeps the flow tight and rhythmic.

The two solo pieces round out the release with PHCK’s ‘Orca’ up first. Beginning with a warm, funky and quite emotive intro the track is an inviting affair from start to finish. Muted beats, warm tones and organic percussion shape the framework before offset arps and haunting atmospherics lead into the break. It’s subtle build is quite captivating, delivering just a small amount of tension before the drop and ultimately foreshadowing a smooth finish. Lovely stuff from PHCK.

The release concludes with ‘Fauna’ by Rauschhaus which mood wise sits as a perfect closer for the release. Very reflective feeling and quite orchestral in design it’s a lovely seven minute journey. Again the German’s production quality is pristine and the feel good factor is quite high. It rounds out a brilliant release from Paul Hazendonk’s Manual Music which is perhaps their best this year. Highly Recommended.

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