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ARTIST
TITLE
Vapour
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
TRW 001CD TRW 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
12/7/2010

This is the debut album from producer and Trouw (Amsterdam) resident DJ Patrice Bäumel, known for previous releases on Get Physical, Trapez and !K7. The album steers clear of many clichés surrounding artist albums done by DJs in this day and age. Instead of delivering a collection of dancefloor singles or getting lost in awkward style experiments, Bäumel chooses a homogenic approach worthy of the album format. All tracks seamlessly flow into each other to form a meandering 54-minute trip. In spirit, Vapour is 100% techno, a continuous act of finding balance between contrasting elements of man vs. machine. Abstract, precise rhythms and soundscapes form a dark, almost otherworldly backdrop to perfectly-measured emotional outbursts. Vapour does not dictate what the listener is supposed to feel at any given moment, but is a stimulant to his imagination, leaving plenty of room to "fill in the gaps." Bäumel's maiden album threads a fine line between club and living room. Like a well-designed podcast, Vapour works in many life situations. It is a cleverly-crafted and timeless piece of listening techno, providing the kind of fluidity that works wonderfully on a car stereo, your iPod or in afterhour situations, with enough horsepower under its hood to hold its own on the dancefloor.