Let Love Begin
Niconé presents his first solo full-length, Let Love Begin on Stil vor Talent. Over the course of 11 tracks, Niconé showcases a versatile and distinct vision of contemporary house music that is produced beautifully but, more importantly, isn't afraid to surprise with maturity and playfulness. The title-track opens the album with style: brooding and mysterious, Niconé teases us into a deep sonic landscape of enveloping bass, moody piano keys, and epic synth pads. Malonda, who lent her voice to H.O.S.H.'s Life is Music is Life EP, acts as a shining light to guide us through the atmospheric first seven minutes. "Hysterminia" is equally subtle with its delayed chords and a classy deep house bass-line, until wild claps and a dominant piano melody eventually open fire. After the success of "Caje," a new collaboration with Narra was an absolute must. She bedazzles us next on "Candelaria." Here, the melancholic melodies of a Spanish guitar propel the track forward, while a bouncy beat seems made with the summer in mind. "You Are My Best Meowfucker" then pushes us into the club as a techy rhythm and repeated vocal hook draw us to the floor. The track's twist offers itself in the form of a string loop. Spicy and addictive. A lesser producer would have perhaps placed the following track, "Heroiné," at the album's end but Niconé and Braemer hand us the antidote with "Wish U.," with a break so big it might just be inescapable. On the last two tracks, Niconé moves away from the organic sounds that make up most of Let Love Begin as "All Right" and "Arr" are distinctly techier. On the former, Melonda compliments the techno bass-line and old-school sample stabs beautifully, making for an unexpected highlight. On the latter -- a collaboration with Gunjah -- spherical, almost operatic synths float over a sleek bass bed, thus ending an epic journey on a dazzling high. At the center of Let Love Begin, it acts as a beautiful break, as eight minutes of pure endorphin-inducing bliss. On "Burnhain" classic house sounds such as driving high-hats and '90s rave stabs offer a nod to the past, while hitting the zeitgeist. "Querido," which features Sascha Braemer and the newly discovered vocal talent Yvy, initially drops the energy before exploding with Mediterranean life, castanets included for good measure. Next, "Keep It Deep" does what it promises as Niconé leads us through an arrangement of aquatic depth with powerful bass hits vibrating underneath dub chords and Benjamin Franklin's emotional voice: hypnotic, magical and toxic.