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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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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys.


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