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ARTIST
TITLE
Reflections
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
DIYNAMIC 002CD DIYNAMIC 002CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
5/11/2010

2009 release. This is Hamburg-based producer Martin Stimming's first album for the Diynamic imprint -- an album based around specific stories expressed through 11 tracks. With previous releases for Liebe*Detail, Freerange, and Buzzin' Fly, Stimming imbues Reflections with a thoroughly modern house feeling laced with jazz and real depth of both emotion and sound via a mix of field recordings, live instrumentation and electronic wizardry. Shock, contrast and fresh outlooks abound on Reflections, where Stimming uses tracks such as "Sunday Morning" to lull the listener into a groove before hitting them with epic, almost orchestral slaps. Tried and tested house music influences are given new, skewed interpretations on cuts such as the drunken dub of "Song For Isabelle" and the Eastern-European folk-house of "Silver Surfer" while even more straightforward house templates in "After Eight" and "One Weekend" still sound totally unique and refreshing. Reflections sees the producer tackle vocals for the first time with "The Loneliness," a bittersweet yet rousing piece which intertwines organic elements with electronic sounds seamlessly. Those seeking Stimming anthems which have thus far propelled the artist's career, won't be disappointed either, as there's plenty. Whether it be the Detroit-y "The Beauty" or the lush, melodic closer "The Kiss," dancefloors will surely buckle. A true journey, Reflections ebbs and flows wonderfully with jaw-dropping production, allowing Stimming to create some outstanding fusions of styles and moods.