After Office Recordings 10th release by Iron Curtis and his „Maple EP“ Baaz is back on his own Imprint. Office Recordings 11th release, again, shows a very different side. The Berlin based dj and producer showed his broad musical taste throughout recent releases. Dub techno under his Eric Miller moniker. Sharp house sounds on the latest Idealistmusic. Techno on this very record we are reviewing. The sound ranges from dub techno to ambient and into playful techno. Another side added, another one which is way above average.
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. Keep reading
The ninth release of Berlin’s very own Slices of Life again showcases sublime tracks by Baaz. After „Judy’s Bass“ and „Swimmer“ here comes „The Reason / Ancestor’s Fun“. It’s the third time Bastian Völker releases on Barbara Preisinger’s label and again he simply delivers a nice package of grooving house cuts. Two strong tracks with different approaches and benefits made it onto the record and please the dancers or listeners with steady beats and an strong love for details. Keep reading
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. Keep reading
Baaz once again offers a neat little package on his own Office Recordings Imprint. The „Untitled“ EP is the 8th release on his Berlin based house and techno label. A very enjoyable set of house cuts and ambient works came out at the end of the productional process, again he shows his fine sense for deep house. On top he added some nice ambient vibes and shows his progress when it comes to producing different genres of club music, as you can also hear on his new project which goes by the name Eric Miller with already 2 releases on the sublime Sushitech label where he takes care of dub techno and darker sounds. Keep reading
Ohrenschmaus Podcast #042 was selected and mixed by marko m., the main man behind this blog and podcast series. After a bit more than 6 months he finally found his love and passion for house and techno again. In this 60 minutes long episode he takes us on a neat little trip through slow house tracks that have a basic vibe and certain calmness, before uplifting house meets some superb dub techno tracks from past and present. Besides his Ohrenschmaus Podcast project marko studies journalism, plays some hip hop, trap and cloud rap in bars and at parties in nuremberg and mainly takes care of his club nights „The Inner City Soul“ and „SWEEP“ he holds every 2 to 3 months with his best friend and partner in crime Birke TM. This will the last podcast for 2016 and we will be back with some very talented djs in 2017 when it comes to new music, the blog will remain active with a few new texts and more to come in the next days and week.
Office Recordings‘ 7th release came out a couple of days ago, displaying a brand new style of contemporary music. With catalogue nr. 7 by Baaz’s very own Berlin based imprint it’s not about club playtime, this release is for connoisseurs of experimental and left field house music and ambient fans. The producer behind this project Trux remains a mystery, no information can be found. The self titled Trux release comes as a kind of mini LP with eight tracks, four on the a-side and four on the b-side. A nice mix between obscure house and free floating ambient add a whole new sound idea to the label’s earlier releases. Again the artwork keeps up with the music in terms of quality, created by the highly talented Super Quiet. Keep reading
With the 8th release from Slices of Life, the Berlin based label from Barbara Preisinger once again offers an outstanding selection of contemporary club tracks. Originally produced in 2008 Betke’s funky and rough „Paris-Beirut-Texas“ finally sees the light of day. Serving some nice grooves for a smooth club night, on top the track gets a great remix from So Inagawa who already showed his amazing understanding of house and techno several times. Plus Office Recordings owner Baaz adds a great dub interpretation of the original to complete the EP in great style. Keep reading
We go on as time goes on. After 7 great mixes here comes number 8, we welcome Baaz on board. The Berlin based producer has made himself a name so far, after releasing his first vinyl on Agnès’ imprint Sthlmaudio he moved on with releasing his third record on Elevate which was founded by Daniel Bell. Now after releases on Minuende Recordings, Quintessentials and Slices of Life he launched his own label which is called Office Recordings. You should keep your eyes open for this one, he already released 2 quality EPs and there is still more to come. Besides his outstanding productions he is also known as a great DJ as you can hear in the mix. He gets deeper and deeper without losing the vibe and groove. We are more than happy with his podcast, please enjoy it as much as we do. This one has the flavor we all need nowadays!
In 2012 Baaz released the first record on his newly founded, Berlin based imprint „Office Recordings“ which goes by the name „What About Talk About #1“. The Flipside of this record revealed a completely different side of Baaz, with the slow and melancholic hip hop flick „Way Out Citti“. With this track he proved that he’s not just an exceptional producer for deep house tunes, but has a lot more to offer when it comes to experiments with different genres. But „Office Rec.“ isn’t just a playground for his own productions, it also features EPs by his friends Christopher Rau and Iron Curtis so far. Both showed a different style of sound that we were used to. With „Magnet“ Iron Curtis contributed a banging four to the floor track, including crisp and pounding kicks, a lovely and unexpected voice-break and some extremely long-lasting patterns on his „The K.M.S. Years“ EP. Whilst Christopher Rau focused on a great bongo-loop to maintain an almost endlessly funky and happy groove, supported by playful chords and super soft vocal snippets. But the stand out release for the label so far definitely has to be Baaz‘ debut album. After an endless amount of releases he finally took the next step and produced the 10 tracks lasting „Red Souvenirs“ LP. With his album he adds another facet to his sound starting with an ambient related track called „Everyone“ that just makes you forget about time and space and just shakes you at the same time with sparse use of kicks at the right time. A few tracks later there’s the next unpredictable surprise with „Pressyn“. This track is so intense and makes your head bop instantly. Fluffy claps, a popping bassline, synths and futuristic elements meet hip hop drum-patterns in a way we never heard before. So it seems like „Office Recordings“ offers space for experiments, not just for Baaz himself and the artists he signs. Also the artwork offers place for unconventional ideas and is put together by exciting artists like Christian Fladung, who is an outstanding photographer, or the design team Super Quiet that also realized cover artworks for labels such as „Bliq“. We are really keen what comes next from the headquarters of „Office Recordings“ and hope that the upcoming releases will be able to catch up with the quality of the first six releases of this young and exciting label.