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Prosumer & Murat Tepeli

Serenity

(Ostgut Tonträger; US: 5 Feb 2008; UK: Available as import)

House is usually a quite predictable genre, and the debut collaboration between Achim “Prosumer” Brandenburg and fellow German producer Murat Tepeli is not an exception. It’s not a complete waste of time, though. The instrumentals here are flawlessly balanced and easily danceable examples of old school micro-house, the likes of which fills the vaults of Kompakt and Mutek. What drags Serenity down is it’s choked to death with trite “baby, love, baby / where did we go wrong / I ain’t gonna leave you” style lyrics, mostly delivered by Prosumer himself or one Elif Biçer. Like the majority of bad DJ vocals, they seem forced, immature, and underdeveloped. Real love shouldn’t be so boring and sexless. It comes off uninspired, which is a shame because the tunes are thoroughly solid. You have to ask yourself what would AFX do?

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Compelled to words by music since 2004, Ranta's words have appeared in such esteemed publications as Exclaim!, Tiny Mix Tapes, CBC Music, and PopMatters. He also regularly votes for the Polaris Music Prize, Village Voice Pazz & Jop, Juno Awards, and in all local, provincial, and federal elections. Based in East Vancouver, he's been known to a rave and/or rant, cat whisper, play basketball, pessimistically root for the Canucks, and read far too many comment sections. He graduated with distinction from SFU in 2012, with a bachelor's degree in music.


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