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ARTIST
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Rosa Rausch
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CD

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STD 105CD STD 105CD
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RELEASE DATE
7/20/2010

Der Dritte Raum is back, and it's hard to believe that it's been 16 years since Andreas Krüger released his first album on Harthouse, followed by five more albums and countless 12"s on various labels. With his seventh album Rosa Rausch, Andreas has released another one of his typical musical kaleidoscopes. His distinctive grooves last from the first to the very last bar of the record -- sometimes brisk, sometimes subtle; he knows how to fascinate his audience. His deep love for hypnotic arrangements and entrancing synth-lines -- derived from the classic machines of the last century -- exudes from every moment of this album. Still, the tracks don't fit the usual labels. The impact of two decades of house and techno merge with solid ambient sounds, electro and swing into a genre-busting amalgam full of musical surprises. Andreas exquisitely manages to transfer day-to-day inspiration into distinct musical positions. Wonderful moments come out of this vintage machinery: pounding and hissing like a steam train, title track "Rosa Rausch" gains momentum on this trip into the countryside. Beats jingle cheerfully like ice cubes in a highball glass. Summery synths convey a feeling of sand beneath your toes. Two other tracks, "Lieblingsloop" and "Blautaut," also have this spirit of the summer; with a feeling of effortlessness and of the sun shining on your face, the music takes your hand and draws you to the dancefloor. That's where "Swing Bop" is already waiting to put a smile on all our faces. Der Dritte Raum has other sides to him, too. "Gerät außer Kontrolle" lets loose a crazy percussion session, a worthy reference to old school techno. Soft and warm, the album comes to an end; the descent begins with "Kleine Freiluftschleife," on "Weitwelt," we take one last round through the orbit in our little spaceship and dreamily look at Krüger's sound universe. At the "Landungsbrücken," the pilot finally drops us off. We stay on the bank for a little while, relive those manifold images of our journey and enjoy the evening sun on our faces. Life's good.