Review: Tilman & Soutine – One Day Off – Fine
Tilman and Soutine team up for the fourth release on the small Fine imprint, which is run by Tilman himself and Frank Music’s very own Johannes Albert. While Tilman is pretty familiar to us with his warm, discoish and sample based house sound, we had to do some research about Soutine. Now that we did that, we can say it’s a match sound wise. Soutine, who is based in Florence relies on the same idea behind his music, but he plays around with more uptempo styles as displayed on his “OZ” EP which came out in February 2016 on his own Oltrarno Recordings. Using the same foundation and generating a neat symbiosis out of the different influences they have, a very enjoyable record came out in the end of that process.
“So Long So Wrong” is the first track on the “One Day Off” EP by Soutine and Tilman. Oversteering claps and kicks and a summerly guitar loop makes his way into the arrangement shortly after. The “wow” vocal snippet has a decent lightness and fits the guitar sample in great fashion. The drums all along have a certain rawness and perfectly generate the vintage feeling that brings you back into your childhood when you were sitting in the back-seat of your parents car, driving to Italy as a kid. Your hand is floating in the airstream while chasing down the motorway on a sunny day you looked forward to for so long. Beautiful and emotional, yet perfect for the summer. Grab an Aperol spritz and enjoy the sunbeams. “It Must Be Nice” closes the a-side with heavily bouncing kicks and pushing drums. The chords are filtered with agility throughout, sometimes they almost sound like a bass and suddenly they open up and really sparkle through the whole arrangement. Very simple, but effective as well to be honest. The bass pops in soon after and is one of the duskiest we’ve heard so far. The chord progression later on is copied to another pad that takes more room, but is more sensitive and therefore functions lovely as a smooth layer where the filtered chords are embedded in. Dreamful and dark at the same time, all those parts alone are more or less basic, but Tilman and Soutine managed to combine them in an unique and exciting way. On the other side “You Know That” starts with a chord routine that has a solid energy. The drums on top are cleaner in contrast to the a-side’s drums. All the used samples and sounds somehow feel more modern, but at the same time the track is as classic as it gets. Typical nineties house vibes all along. The vocals underline that perfectly, in the end the track works well and there’s not much you can say against it, but at the same time there’s nothing that makes it spectacular. Plain and simple house music, nothing more and nothing less. “Faded Vibrations” is the last track and the kick is vibrating, that’s for sure. Our keyboard almost bounced of the desk while listening to this track. In contrast to the forceful kick and bass the track owns a very lovely sample in the mid-frequencies. Once again playing with radical contrasts turns this track around, the powerful chords that come in later open up and slightly change every now and then. A small acid line above comes in after three minutes and connects the different sounds beautifully. The synth is punchy and crisp, all parts play their role perfectly and make this track a great ending for this coherent EP. As said in the intro, Soutine and Tilman are a great match. They both rely on the same foundations, but they also have different approaches that work out nicely in combination. You clearly hear what ideas and sounds came from Tilman and which came from Soutine. The mix of both artists ended up in powerful and deep house with a twist that will fit the spring and summer period perfectly.