Review: Baaz – Untitled [Office09] – Office Recordings
The 9th release on Office Recordings not only provides four sexy house tracks by label honcho Baaz, it also comes with a nice cover that was again designed by Super Quiet. Before Office Recordings celebrates its 10th release Baaz once again puts out some fresh music on his very own label from Berlin. Four minimalistic and yet playful tracks made it onto the record with great artwork. Just a very nice record that not just sounds good on your record player, it also looks awesome on your wall.
“Yourz” opens the 9th vinyl output on Office Recordings. Some minor acid influences and organic sounding drums cuddle with a heavy pad that moves from the back- to the foreground constantly. Sharp snares add a decent amount of energy to the very clean and crisp sounding mix. The percussions are balanced well and all the sounds spread from the lower to the higher frequencies. Different drum patterns and modular sounds are added to the arrangement every now and then to add a bit of variety to the minimalistic basis. A track can hardly be minimalistic and playful at the same time, but that’s exactly what it is. The following track is called “Ubi” and is a bit more energetic. Uptempo house with strong drums, some rimshots, agile percussions and a stomping kick underneath. Chorus powered pads float into the arrangement perfectly and play with the dreamful percussions. If you ever wanted to dance and get lost in beautiful thoughts this track is a must hear, no effective breaks to generate some sensational moments. Just a perfect loop with super soft sounds that make you feel like you’re up in the clouds. What a joy! The b-side’s opening track is called “Beleaf Davis” and comes along with powerful bongos, strong pads and clicking drum patterns. The very agile tambourine in contrast to the simple and calm vocals works perfectly. A great symbiosis of energetic and quiet elements end up in a track that you wouldn’t relate to Baaz in the beginning. “Beleaf Davis” is the perfect example for Baaz’ progress over the last years. While he sticks to his strengths like vocal work and an extraordinary sense for pads and strings, he nevertheless always tries to evolve as an artist and adds new sounds and technics to his repertoire. “See U” closes the Untitled EP in great style. Rough strings meet soft strings that last forever. Baaz’ signature vocal style on top strikes as usual and builds a nice contrast to the agile bassline that really stands out here. In combination with the playful drum sounds that fade in and out throughout this track a lovely deep house gem arises. Deep house at its best with lots of feelings and emotions, goosebumps guaranteed!
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