Boomkat Product Review:
Christoph Döhne is from Hanover and "Hausarbeiten" is his musical debut, created during the course of the last five years. This has become probably my favourite Karaoke Kalk release since the excellent filmic shorts of Takagi Masakatsu’s ‘Eating’ album. It’s sometimes difficult pinpointing how Karaoke manages to consistently produce albums which seep into the unconscious. Twelve tracks on this album span styles effortlessly, beats always to the fore. ‘Puppylove’ begins in no uncertain terms, keys infused with a certain sadness find themselves in counterpoint to burning rhythmic programming, the kind of thing you’d imagine someone like Ellen Allien slipping into a deejay set to awesome effect. ‘Tuttifrutti’ lends that unmistakeable sometimes skank of Karaoke releases a mighty bottom end, as ‘Little Piece of Luck’ is the first of the two vocal cuts contained here, a jaunty hit song, just this side of the vocodered elements found in The Notwist and Console and at least as lovable as anything on ‘Neon golden’. ‘Knack’ shows the true strength in depth of this fine album, minimal shimmers and a handmade Opiated beat with a tugging low end, an emotional end to a great first side. My favourite cut though has to be the anthemnic ‘Glockesong’, which finds a canny midpoint between accessible pop and brooding electro lines to killer effect, this absolutely slays me. The trick in all this seems to be the trace of rock; sometimes gloomy, then again cheerful; always delivered with a light but sure touch. ‘Standing Behind’ again delivers a tuneful vocal charge to the album, and through the strings of ‘Tribute to miroslav’ and the playful Tigerbeat stabs of ‘Radiowrecker’ there’s one thing you can be sure of - this duly le roks!