Project 24 – No More EP (PMP 004)
Summat new in the German goth techno area coming out in December on PlayMusic Productions.
Project 24 are Joscha Grunewald and Maxim K, both from Detmold in Germany, which is odd because it’s a small place that I know because I have cousins there. Project 24 are so-called because their studio is based in Hangar 24 of a former British army base, which is odder still as my aunt worked there. Spooky coincidences apart there’s a spooky vibe going on here too.
Let’s start with the good. This is the Rob Hes remix of Aurora which is a classic bit of spaced out techno, full of atmosphere. The original of Aurora is more upbeat but pleasant enough. No More has more of a rock influence, with the guitars and comes on like a teutonic early New Order. The Difference is doomy techno with even doomier but earnest lyrics. Stick with the Rob Hes remix.
And if you want more, try this remix Project 24 have done for Corvum – Nemesis. A fabulously moody bit of techno poundingness.
Blurb: The fourth release of the Hamburg-based Label PMP (Playmusic Productions) will be given from Project 24 – since October 2009 this pseudonym stands for the DJ’s and producers Joscha Grunewald and Maxim K. Both of them are from Detmold in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. Their studio is based in their hometown, established in Hangar 24, a former building of the British armed forces. Hence the number 24 in the project’s name reflects its connection to this building. On the a-side of their ‘No More EP’ you will find a great crossover track called ‘The Difference’, which combines techno and songwriting in a really worthy way. In the break this beast evolves into something you would never think of when you put that track on. Goosebumps. The other track on the a-side is called Aurora. The dramatic string sounds define the mood for the break, then a few synths fade in, and in the break the track has reached its peak, emotions are really strong, then the bass carries the groove again and the track gets danceable again. Definitely a real gem of melodic techno. On the b-side you can find the title track ‘No More’, which is quite a difference to the a-side, but you still know that it’s Project 24, their remarkable atmosphere work really makes this track deep again, even though the drums are some kind of disco-influenced. Again some lovely vocals by Joscha Grunewald with a slight pop-appeal define the break of the record, a beautiful slide guitar captures the feeling of the track and then a modulated bass comes in, and it starts to mesmerize you.. Then the release gets rounded up with a remix by the dutch producer Rob Hes, who has already released on labels like Sounds Of Earth and Repressure Recordings, and he will also have his debut on Gabriel Ananda’s Basmati imprint soon. His remix is a real monster combining the atmosphere of the original track and some beautifully morphed sounds, that are taking the remix to another galaxy. All in all, a really impressive release by two guys who have unbelievable talent. Keep at least one eye on them..
Vinyl: 02.12.2012/ DL: 31.12.2012
Release/catalogue number: PMP004
Release date: Dec 2, 2012