Tim Penner’s Slideways Music kicks off 2016 by welcoming Wellenrausch to the label for their debut single.
Long time favourites and Afterglow stars Torsten Fassbender and Markus Geisberger make up the Wellenrausch duo. Hailing from Berlin, their deep trance sound ranges from dark and mysterious to subversive and uplifting. Their debut single for Slideways ‘Sometimes Pianos Cry’ is certainly the former and includes two excellent interpretations from Solid Stone and Michael A.
The original mix finds Wellenrausch crafting a mesmerizing journey though hypnotic motifs and gnarly designs. It’s rough textures and brooding bass lines are offset with delicate hooks and spiralling synths, the latter of which grow to eventually initiate the main break. Here the tracks title holds true with a cascade of pianos adding a deep and intriguing beauty to the piece. It’s an incredibly compelling mix of beauty and grunge if you will, and a tasteful re-entry keeps that sleek vibe well intact, ultimately leading to a gorgeous finale.
The first interpretation of ‘Sometimes Pianos Cry’ is provided by Solid Stone who is making his third appearance on Slideways. The Canadian artist made his label debut a memorable one, reworking Tim Penner and Amber Long’s classic ‘Forgive Me’ into an epic slice of progressive house. 2015 held many great moments for Solid Stone with production work for Max Graham’s Cycles imprint leading the way. Here he takes on ‘Sometimes Piano’s Cry’ and remodels it with a deeper, dubbier sensibility. It’s stripped back nature conjures up a techno state of mind while those kaleidoscopic keys carry just the right wonk factor to appease a druggy, late night floor. A brilliant take on the original from Solid Stone.
Closing the release out with the second and final interpretation is Michael A who is making his debut on the label. Michael’s year was highlighted by support from Hernan Cattaneo and Guy J along with the inception of Genesis Music which now sits as one of the underground’s most cutting edge imprints. Michael has gone deep, mystical and a touch emotional on his ‘Sometime’s Piano’s Cry’ interpretation and it ends the release on a great note. Warm bass swells make for a fluid foundation while feathered percussion comes in waves. It’s a mesmerizing approach which allows all the tantalizing lead elements to slowly penetrate your heart. Beautiful remix from Michael and a great way to kick off 2016 from Tim Penner’s Slideways Music. Don’t miss it.