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Balance Presents Alex Niggemann
Balance Music's latest offering comes from Germany's
. Niggemann steps up to the plate with an emotive, murky, and deep selection of grooves. Alex Niggemann's work has always been focused around deep atmospherics and mysterious melodies. His AEON imprint has brought through names like
, both of which are featured here. Putting together this mix proved to be a challenge he relished. His shortlist of track choices was whittled down by a process of elimination: a certain track isn't available, so an alternative selection comes into play. "It is a bit like being a soccer manager" he says, "being flexible and able to react to certain changes, still making the whole team work together best." So seamless and congruent is his selection, however, that you'd never know this to listen to it. "For me it was important to create new 'songs' between each track during the transitions between them. For me, a 'mixtape' was always about that; trying to avoid obvious changes and create a fusion between songs, keeping the same mood, so the listener doesn't hear a new song coming in, but realizes after a few minutes that there was a change." His brooding take on deep, melodic and often dramatic techno fits together harmoniously, subtle changes modulating the mix in granular fashion. Beginning with the near-beatless ambience of
's "Radio Camaldoli Stereo" with pared back melodies and FX harkening back to the vintage days of progressive house before
's "Empty Lips" imparts sorrowful melody and militant snare rolls.
's take on
's "Rainkist" intorduces the first tense vocal, going into the shimmering melodies of
and the expert hypnosis of
's "Garden". A new exclusive from Niggemann, "Hurricane", yields a graceful vocal over squelchy kicks, with
providing throbbing tracks with delicate melodies.
's minimalist approach provides deep introspection before the warm acid of
's "Rula" adds a touch of machine funk. TVA and Denis Horvat take the listener into even more tripped-out waters. Going deep again with
laying on rampant riffs aplenty on "Illuminate" and
's "Crisis Of Faith" opening up the atmospheric space further.
's "Opto" plunges the listener deeper still.
to draw the mix to a close via some floaty ambient techno.
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