Review: Iron Curtis – Maple EP – Office Recordings
Iron Curtis makes his return to Office Recordings from Berlin with his „Maple EP“ marking the 10th release by Baaz’s imprint. After reminiscing on his „The K.M.S. Years EP“, which was the fourth release by Office Recordings, he now shows his more dubby and minimalistic side. After several releases on labels like Morris Audio, Jackoff Records, Boe Recordings, Hudd Traxx, Retreat, Polytone and his album „Soft Wide Waist Band“ on Mirau, he now highlights some dub influences. While we all followed Iron’s progress from beautiful and warm house with focus on chords and strings over to melodic and emotional club music with a more synthetic and modern approach, he secretly crafted some real beauties from the fields of dub techno and ambient, that are now offered to the public as the tenth release on Office.
The „Maple EP“ starts out with the self-titled track „Maple“ on the a-side. A strong bassline and rhythmic bongos that come from the background build a nice groove from the very beginning. Slowly all the other sounds are introduced, like a small synth snippet and indefinable sounds that come along quite organic. The claps sound raw, the kicks are bouncing and the remaining drum sounds are filtered nicely. A slightly moving string gets integrated smoothly and adds some depth and variety to the arrangement, which is clearly structured overall. „Maple“ really offers a nice drive throughout and almost feels like a simple and classy dj tool. „Collision“, the second track, begins with a great string and heavenly pads that float above. This track is emotional from the very first second. Nice use of delay on percussions, slowly moving sounds build up on and extend each other. This is pure bliss! It will take some time to recognize the complexity of this track, but as soon as you notice it there’s plenty to enjoy. Listening to „Collision“ is like a dive into an endless ocean, adventurous and beautifully calm at the same time. On the b-side „Entago Entery“ gets things going. The bassline is massive, the kick stomps along with great effort and builds a solid foundation for the extremely flexible synth that is looped and filtered differently throughout. The drum set is crispy and energetic, all the single drum sounds are introduced carefully and not just slammed in to crack it up, which fits the whole track perfectly. It underlines the steady drive this tune has tenderly. „Reset Me“ is the last track on Iron Curtis‘ „Maple EP“ and depicts his great understanding of fine-tuning sounds to the maximum. The bassline is so deep you almost don’t know if it’s part of this ambient trip or if the metro is driving by below. The background noise almost sounds like a mellow summer rain and the everlasting strings and pads sound simple, but yet they offer some inner strength. It’s the perfect end for this experimental trip through dub and ambient universes, sponsored by Iron Curtis. Another record, another style Iron comes up with in great style.