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ARTIST
TITLE
Good Old Music
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
CORE 042CD CORE 042CD
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RELEASE DATE
8/7/2006

This is the long-awaited second album from Michael Scheibenreiter and Stefan Schwander (Antonelli electr., Repeat Orchestra), aka Swimmingpool. A good four years have passed since the producers from Düsseldorf landed their debut-coup, which spawned club hits galore and casually invented, according to Kompakt-authority Tobias Thomas, a new genre called "dubn'bass." Good Old Music brings the two very close to the dancefloor, which is a well known area for them, due to their reputations as experienced and well-versed dance music producers. Their diverse musical backgrounds may have been a subject on the first album, but Good Old Music is featured by audible and sensible homogeneity. During the production of the album they aimed for a clear, easy and uplifting flow. Typical sounds and sound-fragments are augmented with micro-musical set pieces; a guitar-lick here, a piano-hook there. The strings are plucked, the basses are dry and funky, as if they were played by Bernard Edwards himself, and the whole thing is embedded into a solid, softly powerful bassdrum. Good Old Music is an urban mixture of melodies, harmonies and atmospheres -- with its legs standing on a floor made out of colored, shiny squares. Almost every track on Good Old Music fits on the dancefloor, as it explores little breaths of techno. Even during midtempo moments, propulsion and determination are noticeable. Ambient minor chords give way to startling beats, but the final hidden track has the last say, full of mysterious beauty and profound contentment.