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ARTIST
TITLE
Heartware
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
STRIKE 143CD STRIKE 143CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
7/23/2013

Another visionary dub-techno album from Berliner producer Fenin. He has been a Shitkatapult artist since the label's existence, always experimenting with musical soundscapes, echoes, and beats. A journey through 10 years of producing was to be found on his last release Maxis and Mixes (STRIKE 117CD), containing classics like "Done" and club hit "None of Them." With his new album Heartware, he opens a new musical chapter of his work, which is dub/techno influenced and evolves from there. Lars Fenin manages to create tracks like the album opener "Es Gibt Schlimmeres" which works with a massive bass line without any hi-hats, bass-drums or clicks. Chords and echoes are moving around the bass line, filling it with soul. The beats come in with "Picking Up" and takes the album through a jungle of sounds. Highlights are also the Afro-beat track "Windsurf" or the hit "Receiver," that Lars produced with the singer Poly, both timelessly beautiful and totally Fenin. On Heartware, it's the sound design and mix that makes the album so special, often rather developing towards an ambient-mood, rather than a dancefloor mood. The various style can also be heard in club tracks like "Tones and Droves," "Silent Trail," and "Restless." Towards the end of Heartware we find proper dub again: "Downhill" begins groovy and dubby and loses itself in the end in echoes and dissolving beat structures, overlaying each other, slowly fading away into open spaces. "Same Pictures" comes up from there with the wonderful voice of Wyanna Friedrich sung over atonal chords, disco sounds, broken beats and a crystal-clear chorus. Is this pop music after all?