Boomkat Product Review:
Phillip Sollmann aka Efdemin returns to Dial for his third album of sleek, purring deep techno and house. Under this guise, Sollmann has more or less defined soulful German take on house and techno with a string of albums and acclaimed singles pursuing the aesthetics of '90s Detroit and Chicago thru a prism of Cologne and Berlin-styled minimalism. The result is an intimately detailed sound, driven by twin engines Motor City alchemy and Euro-dynamik sound design to "express the paradoxical relationship between beauty and decay." Recording mostly took place in his Berlin-Wedding studio, The Meadow, and was finally produced during an artist residency in Kyoto, Japan, whilst living next to the Kamo river, surrounded by temples, shrines and the blue mountains between late summer and early winter 2013. It's defined by a sublime tension between pulsing persistence and unstable drones, at its stripped down best in the hypnagogic innerzone of 'Subatomic', the chiming shimmer of 'Drop Frame', and the Mills/Dixon-esque invocation of 'Solaris', but there's also deeper surprises in the lathered lushness of 'Track 93', which comes off like a Germanic answer to Moodymann.