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Patchwork Memories


It was the mid-'90s, the heyday of techno in Munich-Riem, home to the Optimal and other legendary clubs, when Daniel Bortz stepped into the never-ending, untiring loop of the stoically pumping bass drum. He was born in Berlin in 1981, but for the last 13 years has been forging his deep beats, grooves and tracks for the club world from his base of operations in Augsburg. And it's precisely that club world that Bortz has been gracing with his releases, aiming right for its hype-craving g-spot. His sounds include crate-digging, house-nostalgia, dancefloor-transfer, sample insanity and a healthy dose of eclecticism. But Daniel Bortz is no friend of excess. Anyone familiar with his previous work is aware of the clear contours that permeate and define his tracks. Overkill, in any case, is not in his repertoire. What Daniel Bortz does instead is pack compatible sounds together from all the drawers in the "beat" cabinet and arrange them into a system bearing his own inimitable signature. And that's how this album works. Following diverse 12" singles, here's the debut album for Fritz Kalkbrenner's label, Suol. Bortz is unmatched in how he crafts his sounds, how he modulates reverb depths, how he opens spaces and inserts details between the tracks with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker. His nonchalance in turning apparently cool vibes into a fiery inferno is the definition of informed understatement. Patchwork Memories becomes tangible as an experience through the depth of these moods, through the immediacy he applies in portraying his memories. These are memories Daniel has scribbled down in sketches and arrangements over time. For the album he returned to them, carefully picking those to resuscitate. He's somehow managed to accomplish this audio self-revelation without stumbling into self-immolation and, most importantly, without losing sight of the laws of the dancefloor. Those suspicious that LP productions are for the head (phones) and not for the feet will be astonished at how Patchwork Memories brings both to life.