Christian Prommer’s live interpretations of house, techno and electronic classics possesses a mastery of energy versus understatement. Using live instruments to play club 12”s, taking the linear, repetitive, building block nature of music made largely on machines, and having a band actually play it has brilliant results.
However, certain tracks, such as Laurent Garnier’s deep anthem ‘Acid Eiffel’ are opened out from their original form, taking the shape of a more arranged and rounded whole than the original. Comparing Prommer’s interpretations with gems from the likes of Carl Craig and Aztec Mystic adds an interactive element to the album, and gives an indication of the constantly evolving, always linked world of dance music.
Words by Duncan Clarke