The 143rd release on Manual Music finds Tim Engelhardt and Autm returning for a brand new EP entitled ‘Das Horn’.
The German duo made their debut on the label back in July with an appearance on the ‘Summer Movement’ compilation. The track ‘Alfons’ was one of the standouts on the collection and was revered by electronic music fans for its pristine electronics and heartfelt melodies. Their latest studio creation ‘Das Horn’ heads up Manual’s latest release and comes with a remix from Distorted Beauty.
For all those that loved ‘Alfons’ ‘Das Horn’ is bound to excite you as well. What’s immediately striking is its pristine sound design. From the gleaming keys, rolling percussion and well textured underbelly of wavering bass tones there is a lot to like here. For as remarkably well produced as it is it still manages to be quite an emotional record. The subtle chord changes and glimmering break contribute quite nicely to that and it’s strong conclusion is certainly fit for a heady dance floor.
The lone remix of ‘Das Horn’ is provided by Distorted Beauty who are making their debut on Manual Music. Alexander Koning and Andy Slate make up the Distorted Beauty production team and first appeared with an EP on Tulipa Recordings just about a year ago. Alexander runs the very cool Percep-tion Records and has an extensive discography with appearances on Baroque Records and GU Music. For their ‘Das Horn’ interpretation Distorted Beauty have remoulded many of the great rhythmic elements from the original for what results in a refreshed dance floor vision. The suspense filled break and blissful re-entry are just some of the many highlights and it proves to be a worthy complement to the original.
The second original on the release sees Tim and Autm welcoming in fellow countryman Andreas Lindemann for the ultimate production collaboration. Together the trio have crafted ‘Decay’ which sits nicely alongside ‘Das Horn’ as a funky companion. Beginning with strong rhythmic elements and an incredibly unique stab the tracks catchy nature is undeniable. Vibrant drums along with an underlying acid line ups the funk factor even further and the stripped down second act sets up the buzzing atmospheric conclusion perfectly. Also included on the release is the aforementioned ‘Alfons’ which rounds out this very strong collection of tunes. Tim and Autm have a sound that seems tailor made for what Manual Music excels at and it’s made for one of the labels most compelling releases of the year. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a follow-up either as it seems like a perfect fit from where I sit. Highly Recommended.