Known for their take on the gentler side of house music, jazz pianists, electronic enthusiasts and label founders of the Analogue Attic imprint, Albrecht La'Brooy have joined Night Tide's family with their latest sojourn "Emissary" EP.
The release began with a concept from the artists, who asked for field recordings taken by Night Tide's Eluize from around her adopted home in Berlin. Sounds from parks, gardens, trains and stations that make up the local, everyday sonic landscape made their way across the Atlantic to arrive in Albrecht La'brooy's studio, where they were used as inspiration for the three outings on this record.
The Melbourne duo's live approach to programming and arrangement can be heard as the tracks ebb and flow effortlessly. In "Tempelhof" sub swells and a throbbing kick accompany delicate leads and lightly touched drums. The more uptempo "Hinterhof" pulses and sways with lively percussion, crystalline bells, euphoric strings and softly spoken melodies that float in and out of view.
"U-bahn / S-bahn" begins with glistening top lines and panoramic chords over a growling bass and a steady groove. As the journey rolls on from the underground into open-air window-gazing territory, the piece takes an ambient, beatless turn. Contemplative synth lines and arpeggios play while the station announcements drift somewhere in the distance.
Photograph by Christophe Mauberqué.