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Music is a Miracle


Kellerkind's unique interpretation of house music has truly catapulted him out of the figurative basement and into the limelight. Whether it was the disco-infused cool of Backflash or the tribal rhythms found on his debut album Basement Story, through hard work, rather than by miracle, Marco Biagini matured into a producer who is at the top of his game. With Music is a Miracle Kellerkind now delivers a sophomore album that offers itself as a diverse and surprising love letter to music, carrying his distinct handwriting. On "Your Love," Kellerkind organically eases us into the album as deep bongos float over casual guitar licks and drawn-out synth melodies. Gentle murmurs slowly form into a distant soul vocal while sunny saxophones create a relaxed and beautifully fragile vibe. "Don't You Know It" then tightens the screws. Here, cowbells and laser-synths scream trademark Kellerkind: sugary without being cheesy, laidback yet never losing sight of the groove. Things get a little tougher on the next tracks. While "Give Me the Beat Back" utilizes a hip-house chant, dubbed-out chords and hard-hitting snares to showcase a bouncy, UK-sounding bass-line, "Projection" loops Jake The Rapper's instantly recognizable voice and a classic disco riff to create seven minutes of fun. "Music is a Miracle" then reveals itself as a standout. Here, an extremely funky garage bass-line, Chicago strings and urgent trumpets surprise us as they drop after a Moodyman-esque monologue. On "It's Like That" a dusty dub-house groove then flows through clonking percussion and a pitched-down vocal until classicistic chords eventually wash over the arrangement. Kellerkind reveals a completely new facet on the electronic ballad "Monologue," which features Laura Wiesmann's soulful vox. This is tasteful pop that bedazzles due to its reduced nature, honest vulnerability, and musical beat. Kellerkind doesn't like to stand still, something he certainly proves with Music is a Miracle.