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THOMAS FEHLMANN "ONE TO THREE. OVERFLOW"

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Fehlmann is an electronic musician with 20 years experience as a member of Palais Schaumburg and the Orb, producer/mixer for Sun Electric, and as a solo artist and re-mixer.
Fehlmann is an electronic musician with 20 years experience as a member of Palais Schaumburg and the Orb, producer/mixer for Sun Electric, and as a solo artist and re-mixer. Last year's "Good Fridge. Flowing", also on Apollo / R + S Records, collected 20 of his solo pieces from 1990 to 1998. "One to Three. Overflow" seems to be a collection of solo leftovers with 8 of the 12 tracks being re-mixes (of and by Fehlmann) and collaborations. This disc, beautifully mixed/produced by Fehlmann and mastered by Stefan Betke (aka Pole) has the same ambient-IDM flavored techno feel as "Flowing". The songs are bright and fluid, sexy and sublime ... thumpin' grooves to dance or chill out to. It's not quite like the Orb, but you can definitely tell that he is a member of the Orb. Fehlmann does a fine job of re-mixing Charles Wilp's "Charlies Angeles" and Infiniti's (aka Juan Atkins) "Never Tempt Me" (which is unfortunately marred by insipid spoken word lyrics). It's easy to see why he is in demand for re-mix and production work. In turn, "Superfrühstück" and "Wee Wee Mademoiselle", both originally from "Flowing", are re-mixed to great effect twice apiece by Plug Research and Fehlmann and To Rococco Rot and Sun Electric/Willekes Wille, respectively. The "Superfrühstück" mixes are an especially tasty blend of ambiance, smooth bass and beats. The final 2 tracks are collaborations of a more ambient/experimental nature: "Tuning" with Mute Records boss Daniel Miller and "FriedrichstraBe" with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. Round it all off with 4 straight Fehlmann tracks mixed in and you have a surprisingly cohesive and solid 62 minutes of electronic music. As with "Flowing", this one features groovy minimal artwork courtesy of the Designers Republic. Worth every penny of the $16.75 import price tag ... - Mark Weddle
Last Updated on Monday, 18 July 2005 14:44  


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