THOMAS FEHLMANN - GUTE LUFT 2LP+CD (KOMPAKT)
Subtitled: Original Soundtrack From The "24H Berlin" TV Documentary. Thomas Fehlmann remains one of the most endearing and respected artists on Kompakt. He has inspired generations of fans and musicians over the course of his 30+ year career. From his early days as part of the legendary band Palais Schaumburg and pioneering Detroit/Berlin act 3MB (with Juan Atkins and Moritz von Oswald), to his longstanding membership with The Orb, combined with his contributions as a solo artist to esteemed imprints R&S, Plug Research, and of course Kompakt, his musical works have been prolific. Gute Luft is the result of months of work scoring the hit German TV film 24H Berlin, the longest documentary film in history, which features 80 camera teams following the lives of Berliners over a 24-hour period. Obviously a huge challenge, beyond the scope of the project and hours of music involved in a 24 hour film, there was dealing with the decision-making process that went with working with such a large production team. As he shared scoring duties with another musician (separately), inevitably a lot of his music ended up not making the final cut. Gute Luft is about re-tweaking and editing material from the countless hours of recording he had created. Fehlmann describes the process as such: "While scoring the film and subsequently shaping it into a album, I found myself questioning what holds it all together in Berlin. I figured that air, the good old Berliner Luft, is something that is guaranteed to touch everyone and everything in the city." Fans shall rejoice as he doesn't veer far from his signature path of trailblazing the finer links of classic Detroit house and techno with the submerged beauty of Berlin dub. One will immediately recognize the classic scoring techniques Fehlmann brings to Gute Luft -- various themes and sounds resonate in various forms and versions throughout the tracks. As he states, "There are also more subtle connections that should give an overall feel to the score. I also brought in elements of tunes from my previous albums in recognition of the fact that I often feel that there would be so many more ways to explore and experiment with certain ideas than just on a single track." Fehlmann clearly succeeds in synergizing the best of the past 20 years of Berlin's expansive history of electronic and dance music with Gute Luft. A recreational album that will make you feel at peace with your environment and inspire you.