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Boomkat Product Review:
Ostgut Ton present their 2nd suite of music scored for ballet - featuring exclusive works commissioned from Henrik Schwarz, Dettmann | Wiedemann (Âme), and DIN aka Marcel Fengler and Phillip Sollmann (Efdemin). In comparison with the label's first Staatsballet excursion - 2007's 'Shut Up And Dance! - this is a more expansive and ambitious affair: each production unit contributes a whole movement in collaboration with a different choreographer. Henrik Schwarz yields a six-song cycle sweeping flamenco-style guitars, pizzicato strings and keys in elegant, effervescent rhythms underlined by plush bass and gilded with arcing synths, at times pirouetting in zero-G, at others hustling martial Bolero pomp. The unlikely pairing of Âme's Frank Wiedemann and Marcel Dettmann as DIN opens a more abstract space at the centre of the album with their 'Menuett' triptych, 25 minutes moving between gyroscopic space station ambience of 'Accelerando' to the looming, wraith-like abstract techno figure of 'Martellato', resolving with the chiming alien melodies and slo-shuffling, pendulous syncopation of 'Spiritoso'. Likewise, Marcel Fengler & Phillip Sollmann's collaboration is an unexpected yet successful fusion of their respective forms, arriving at a sound quite unlike either: seven tracks (including prelude - this is for a ballet, dahling) expand and contract between plangent solo piano, widescreen electro-acoustics, gravity-defying polyrhythms and arpeggiated kosmische tones.