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ARTIST
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Honigpumpe
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CD

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KOMP 059CD KOMP 059CD
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RELEASE DATE
6/5/2007

Honigpumpe is Thomas Fehlmann's second full-length release for Kompakt, and the follow-up to his acclaimed 2004 release, Lowflow. Fehlmann is one of Kompakt's most beloved members, and one of electronic music's most humble and respected players. Take his early days as a member of the legendary avant-garde band Palais Schaumburg, through the late-'80s producing as Ready Made plus operating the revered imprint Teutonic Beats. Then there's the defining Berlin-Detroit act 3MB (together with Basic Channel's Moritz von Oswald and Juan Atkins) and his ongoing contributions to The Orb. The mid-'90s brought Gudrun Gut and Fehlmann together and they developed the irreplaceable Oceanclub radio show and curated countless parties and festivals mostly focused on upcoming, genre-breaking talent. And that doesn't even touch his extensive solo career; his releases on R&S/Apollo, Plug Research and, of course, Kompakt, where his long-standing history with the label has disclosed four 12" singles and the critically-acclaimed 2002 full-length Visions of Blah. Fehlmann returns with Honigpumpe: the ultimate expression of the emotional essence of his live sets speaking volumes from beginning to end. "Strahlensatz" starts well below the clouds with a poignant depth charge of emotive splendor. "Schaum" is a dub-inspired crooner, featuring a soothing bass drum that lifts effortlessly upward to the skies. "Little Big Horn" is fueled by a summery soulful injection of Detroit-ish house, while fans of his previous outings will be elated as his always-classy schaffel-techno comes full circle with "T.R.N.T.T.F." and the techno-canticle, "Dusted With Powder." Fehlmann brings us back to earth with a shimmering pop-ambient epic, "With Oil." A perfect conclusion to truly provide (in his own words) "an elastic spacious approach to let the honey flow." Let it flow, Thomas... let it flow.