CHRIS BAUMANN ‎​.​.​. Calling Motor City _ PTNE 2116 DG​-​MLP

by psycho thrill recordings

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File under Planet Detroit, Techno, Dub Techno, Deep-House

What a strident effort at night in Cologne-hattan. Chris Baumann’s profession is that of a sound-fiddling flame thrower. His tracks – in this case as a limited, grey-marbled vinyl plus the extended digi-file release (+ three previously unreleased tracks) – are pleasant Deep House/Dub-Techno blueprints made for memorable late night club sessions with escapist floor excesses in the open rhythm scope of House, Tech House and Dub Techno.

Inherent to all of them is the universal Free-Funk from urban metro areas, which never ignores the contemplative deepness of some good immediate precursors, but still blazes the trail through their intersection in its own unique way. Hence the album's opener “La Fayette Ride” in its proficient “Salz Dub Reconstruction” is already convincing with a healthy techno-like stringency, as well as with a rich plus of modern, dub-oriented arrangements, while “Late Nite Downtown” is banking on smooth Detroit House and a deeper form of Techno attitude where less rave signals and a rather “old school-but-true-school” atmosphere is stressing an extra advantage in track harmony.

In the following the „La Fayette…The Ghost in Drivetrain Remix” by Motor City’s "Soiree Records International" fellow-brother Derrick Thompson is surprising with plain, but efficient “LatNiteBodyMusic” Acid of a “straight trippin’ to the bone” breed as a highlight of this good stuff, whereas a perfectly tuned drumkit in the final “Deeper Grooves” Fidget House interpretation is also triggering a seething dance floor in the opposite direction, even more so when it is spiked with neat samples of Malcolm X like in this case.

Is this terrible? Is this beautiful?? Or is it just irrelevant after a sheer flood of Deep House copy cat rip-offs lately? No, because Baumann’s tracks totally entail enough freshening potential and adequate substance in order to further develop in the future. “…calling Motor City” marks a well-rested organic warmth as a debut within the previously mentioned context that – sometimes grooving slickly, sometimes super deep, sometimes funky or in a blend – finally defines a House comprisal filled with raw beauty and powerful tenderness.

Text: Alyssa Bernhard || Translation: Jan Stroeher

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released April 26, 2017


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PSYCHO THRILL RECORDINGS belongs to Cologne's "Psycho Thrill Cologne" venue founded by Claus Bachor in 1991. The vinyl imprint still exists since 1999 and is currently distributed by DBH Music ( and deals basically with Detroit Techno, Electro, Chicago Basics like Acid House and similar styles. For more subdivisons check ... more

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