Karl Fraunhofer Chris Solaris – The Hand Ep
Label: Det Gode Selskab
This spring the innovative Det Gode Selskab collective will release the next chapter of their senses series. The Oslo based crew tirelessly work on bringing tasteful events and sounds to their native country and beyond, and “The Hand” EP is certainly no different. Heading up the release are two of the Det Gode faithful in the form of Chris Solaris and Karl Fraunhofer, with their EP featuring two originals and a remix from the Venezuelan maestro, Argenis Brito. The chemistry is real between Chris Solaris and Karl Fraunhofer, evident from their past output and the plentiful amount they have locked away in their archives. The title track is a meandering 9 minute plus trip constantly evolving as the particularly arranged track develops, classy and sophisticated, minimalistic yet animated. Taking up the whole of the A side, this is a journey that is built for listening from start to finish, each twist and turn narrating the story into further curious directions. In regards to being at the forefront of the minimal surge in recent years there are not many names with as much respect on them as, Argenis Brito. His signature quirky sound breathes even more life into what is already set up to be a fantastic release. The “Sleeping Hand Job Remix” is crammed full of velvet like textures, and mechanical movements, all conversing in sweet harmony to make a slick and dynamic track for a tastemaker’s record bag. Flipping the release on its head is the aptly named “Shake”, shaking by name, shaking by nature. The raw and in your face production pulsates past you providing enough energy for some peak time dance floor frenzy. Ravey beeps and bleeps work their way around a chugging drum pattern, as elasticated acid lines continue to drive the track. There is certainly a danger of getting caught in the moment with this one, robustly built from the foundations up ready to “Shake” any given dance floor in a positive direction. The senses collection has already seen some stellar output from founding fathers of DGS and close affiliates including, Tod Louie, Alexander Skancke and A:G. Just one more of the senses to go, what and who is next? As the label firm their grip on their most prolific year to date.