THOMAS FEHLMANN "ONE TO THREE. OVERFLOW"
Fehlmann is an electronicmusician with 20 years experience as a member of Palais Schaumburg andthe Orb, producer/mixer for Sun Electric, and as a solo artist andre-mixer.
Fehlmann is an electronicmusician with 20 years experience as a member of Palais Schaumburg andthe Orb, producer/mixer for Sun Electric, and as a solo artist andre-mixer. Last year's "Good Fridge. Flowing", also on Apollo / R + SRecords, collected 20 of his solo pieces from 1990 to 1998. "One toThree. Overflow" seems to be a collection of solo leftovers with 8 ofthe 12 tracks being re-mixes (of and by Fehlmann) and collaborations.This disc, beautifully mixed/produced by Fehlmann and mastered byStefan Betke (aka Pole) has the same ambient-IDM flavored techno feelas "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. Fehlmanndoes a fine job of re-mixing Charles Wilp's "Charlies Angeles" andInfiniti's (aka Juan Atkins) "Never Tempt Me" (which is unfortunatelymarred by insipid spoken word lyrics). It's easy to see why he is indemand for re-mix and production work. In turn, "Superfrühstück" and"Wee Wee Mademoiselle", both originally from "Flowing", are re-mixed togreat effect twice apiece by Plug Research and Fehlmann and To RococcoRot 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/experimentalnature: "Tuning" with Mute Records boss Daniel Miller and"FriedrichstraBe" with King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp. Round itall off with 4 straight Fehlmann tracks mixed in and you have asurprisingly cohesive and solid 62 minutes of electronic music. As with"Flowing", this one features groovy minimal artwork courtesy of theDesigners Republic. Worth every penny of the $16.75 import price tag... - Mark Weddle