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LP version. After half a decade of wait, Berlin-based producer Douglas Greed makes his long-awaited return with Angst -- the ten-track follow-up to his 2014 album released on BPitch Control, Driven (BPC 288CD/LP). Fruit of a transitional period that's seen him go through all kinds of creative ups-and-downs, Angst refers to the inherent ambivalence attached to the sentiment of fear. In Douglas's case, fear -- though crippling at times -- is also what makes him tick; the catalyst force that pushes him to outdo and reinvent himself so constantly. Born out of the hope to find that crucial innocence of his younger music-loving self again, Angst finds Douglas brushing a ten-part tableau of warmly atmospheric, quietly nostalgic pieces, in the tradition of his previous releases for BPitch, Freude Am Tanzen, 3000 Grad, et al -- whether solo or under his parallel project Yeah But No alongside Fabian Kuss and Eating Snow with Mooryc. Infused with the refined pop sensibility that's become trademark to his sound, the album reels out a soul-fulfilling narrative that very much feels like a second wind; deftly swinging the pendulum betwixt sun-streaked melodies, transporting emotional crescendos and intricately woven textural membranes to lose yourself into. Starting off with the sense-awakening and supremely resilient electro-pop of "Roll With The Punches", featuring Joy Wellboy on vocals, whose upcoming LP was co-produced by Douglas, the album alternates dynamic highlights -- from the jazz and trip-hop-indebted "The Taste of Dust" to the Border Community-esque trancey charm of "Everybody Wants To Live In A Mansion" -- and wistfully enticing cuts like "The Few", "Numbers" (both songs with vocals by Odd Beholder) or the polyphonic chimes and brass-laden roller "Random Groove". As its title suggests, Angst also cuts a wide window open into Douglas's bruises and introspective leaning, shining with maximal depth on the thoroughly intimate coming-out of "Wie Man Unsterbliche Tiere Züchtet" and "Fight For You", where day-to-day anxieties give birth to larger-than-life narrative arcs and corollas. The ironically airwaves-ready closer "Not Afraid" with Joy Wellboy makes for the vanishing point of Douglas' full-length journey, but no ending to it by any means. It's a gift that keeps on giving.