3-4 Weeks
Balance presents Hannes Bieger


Double LP version. Includes download code with the mixes. One of Europe's most in-demand electronic music engineers turned star in his own right, Hannes Bieger's no-shortcuts approach to making wondrous melodic house and techno makes him an ideal candidate to provide a truly special mix for the long-running Balance series. Comprised of all-exclusive music from Bieger, well-established scene legends like Gui Boratto, Victor Ruiz, and Rodriguez Jr. also feature. Bieger wastes no time in getting down to business, whetting your appetite with the throbbing bass, jagged synths and heavenly vocals of "The Butterfly & The Bee", a collaboration with French-Lebanese producer Yet More. Tripolism's "Volta" segues in beautifully, with more dulcet female vocals adding a sweetness to the chromatic bassline scales and squelching synth mutations. ALX's "Beyond Light" draws in a hypnotic arpeggio that pulls teasingly in-and-out of focus while snatches of rasping synths cut through the darkness, and Bieger's "Alluvium" goes into deeper territory, channeling golden era trance with its sorrowful lead line -- but keeping things restrained with its introspective feel. Acidic bass pressure abounds on Rafa Silva's 'Prosodia', the moody vibe intensified by bold, heavily reverbed snatches of arpeggiated melody, before Thies Dry's "Nomad" comes through like a sledgehammer with its intense blasts of buzzing bass and fizzing white noise. Jason Lange's stunning "Nebula" sends tingles up the spine with its endlessly modulating, intricate melodies, leading into the blissful vocals, scintillating bit-crushed arpeggios and acid squelch of Bieger and Luna Semara's glorious "Lose Control". The second half of the mix is comprised exclusively of tracks by Bieger himself. His collaboration with Rodriguez Jr. "Orca" pulls you into a deeper place once again, but still heady pitch-bending melody abounds on this dreamy workout, while "Embers" is a pure scene-setting, brooding, atmospheric mood piece. The masterful Gui Boratto lends a hand on the spectacular "Requiem", featuring one of the mix's most memorable riffs and a lot of apocalyptic big room energy, and Hawaii's Olivia Foxglove weighs in on the dizzying riffs and techy rhythms of "Lucid Dream". It's left to Bieger & Victor Ruiz's "Virtual Love" to close the mix in triumphant fashion with its rousing chord progressions and intense climax of thick, resplendent synth tones. The mix has the curious and pleasing effect of warping time. Each track is a journey within itself, and when painstakingly fused together, their ebbs, flows and mutations give the impression that a considerably longer time has passed than 77-minute runtime.