Boomkat Product Review:
A touch of mittel European house klasse from Phillip Lauer on his very satisfying 2nd solo LP. Well known for his collaborative spirit - he's just appeared on Sotofett's latest double pack and regularly contributes to the Arto Mwambe and Tuff City Kids duos - Lauer carries an open-ended but singular aesthetic into his solo work with a spectrum of nocturnal, neon dance tones steeped in late '80s dance music. The tracks on 'Borndom' sound expensive, reeking of sophisticated excess. They rarely peer over the 120bpm barrier, tending towards that mid-tempo swagger and cusp-of-acid house romance between the simmering sunset arpeggios of 'Crewners' to the dawning chords of closer, 'Byby', taking in New Beat-style 303 and crisp snares in 'Hump Acid', fizzing freestyle house-pop in 'Telefon' feat. Ela, and super sexy electro curves with 'Msndrstndng'. At the mid-point you'll find the superb Depeche Mode-style showpioece, 'ESC' feat. Jasnau, and his digital tropical fantasy, 'Borndom', before the swollen bass and heavy-lidded drones of 'Reebe' takes it to the darkroom and 'Alright' cruises home with a 100mph heart and slow-motion mind.