Dancefloor moments are few but as a home listening experience, 'The Deep Sea...' works a treat
Regular iDJ readers will remember that, a few weeks ago, we brought you a world-exclusive first listen to one of the tracks from this album, Shipwrecks.
When we did, we described the Copenhagen-based German producer's work as sitting “somewhere in the hinterland between deep techno and progressive house”. Having now lived with the album for a few weeks, we'd go further: whether you consider yourself a fan of techno, progresssive house, minimal or ambient, you'll find much to enjoy here. Because The Deep Sea... isn't an album that deserves to be put in boxes, but rather simply enjoyed for what it is: one hour and 11 minutes of finely crafted electronic music that defies genre.
At times, as on A Strange Sea or Atlas, it's quite a relaxing experience, the kind of thing you imagine that would sound well played inside a flotation tank. At other times, as on Harpune, there's something vaguely disturbing or disquieting about it, like there's something sinister going on but you're not quite sure what; than again other tracks like Gotteslachs have a decidedly wistful or mournful feel, while the uncharacteristically beat-driven closer Pray For The Lost plays us out on a somewhat happier note.
If you're looking for instant gratification, high-octane dancefloor thrills, then The Deep Sea And Its Rivals is about as wrong a place as you could possibly look. But as a home listening experience that's accessible enough to dodge any claims of arty-farty self-indulgence, yet complex and involving enough to warrant repeat plays, it's actually rather splendid.
Words: Russell Deeks
Release date: 25 April (Beatport) / 9 May (general release)
Review Score: 8