Between The Lines


This is the debut solo album from Nick Curly. With a lot of soul, empathy and musical subtlety, the Mannheim native is making his way from the dancefloors of this world into the ranks of timeless house producers à la Moodymann, Move D or Larry Heard. Between The Lines is an album that wants to be heard and not just praised. Nick Curly has defined the image of the global club scene over the last few years like no other. As the driving force behind the so-called "Sound of Mannheim," Curly was long considered the rising star of the international house scene. The world-famous Ibiza club Space even honored him with a residency -- a distinction that is otherwise reserved for genre greats such as Carl Cox and Armin Van Buuren. With Between The Lines, Nick Curly is now taking the next step in his already impressive career. On this album, the Mannheimer presents himself from a different angle, offering the listener an insight into the man Nick Curly -- away from the bright lights of the club circus. Contrary to the trend towards sterile tracks straight out of the computer, Curly gives us the classic tools of good music: real instruments, real singers, real emotion. In this sense, his debut is musically rich and spoils the audience with virtuoso bass lines, distinctive vocal parts and organic percussion. This can especially be heard on "Piano In The Dark," for example. Its melancholic piano parts in combination with the emotionally-resonant voice of singer Worthy Davis exquisitely suggest the charm of legendary New York piano bars. Nick Curly has always remained faithful to the 4/4 beat without in any way compromising the diversity of his atmospheric tracks. Rather, the catchy rhythms further reinforce the message of his tracks. The dry, grooving drum patterns on "Wrong Hands," for example, are beautifully complemented by the hypnotic synth chords. A piece of modern Detroit, which -- typical of Between The Lines -- works as well at home as it does on the dancefloor. Overall, with its intelligent arrangements and sophisticated production, Nick Curly's first studio album presents a refreshing sonic experience that will appeal to music lovers and invite repeated listening.