01. Nicson – Pretty Women
02. Fischer & Kleber – Mojar
03. Reynold & Phil Stumpf – On the Move
Whilst 2013 was another exceptional year for Tiefschwarz’s ever-consistent, no-nonsense Souvenir imprint, also marking the year in which they inaugurated their new NAU sub-label, 2014 promises no compromise in quality output yet again.
This time, Souvenir turn their attention to a split EP, calling on the combined talents of familiar names, friends and new faces. Nicson is a promising London talent is making new steps in the electronic scene with his releases on Upon You, Tim Green´s imprint Disc Over Music, Get Physical, Flumo and Holic Trax. Phil Stumpf & Reynold aka Sam Rouanet, and Fischer & Kleber (aka Robert Fischer and Niklas Kleber) are, well, quite honestly just amazing.
Nicson opens up proceedings with ‘Pretty Womens’ – warm, moody, acid tones and funky vocal cuts lie over a woozy bass line. ‘Mojar’ by Fischer & Kleber takes things a little deeper and darker with striding, live percussion, enveloped in pianos and haunting vocal slurs, constantly pushing up-slope, while Reynold & Phil Stumpf round things off with a pulsating, understated groove on ‘On The Move.’
These producers embody the spirit of free-flowing creativity that runs through much of the label’s output, presenting a wide and always unexpected palette of sounds and tempos – distinctive bass-heavy grooves, informed composition allied with a sharp-edged ear, and never lacking in a cheeky, natural sense of humour.