Niconé, the versatile musician and likeable style-icon: unshaven and latently bleary-eyed, of course, but elegant and - thankfully - modest at the same time. Over the past years, Alexander Gerlach has become synonymous with a certain playful touch and light-hearted attitude that flows through his music and goes hand in hand with a laidback natural tenor. 2011 saw him release the hugely successful ‘Romantic Thrills’ album together with his good friend and constant partner in crime Sascha Breamer. Now, two years later, Niconé is presenting his first solo full-length, ‘Let Love Begin’, on Stil vor Talent. Over the course of eleven tracks Niconé showcases a versatile and distinct vision of contemporary house music that is produced beautifully but, more importantly, isn’t afraid to surprise with maturity and playfulness. The title-track ‘Let Love Begin’ opens the album in ample style: brooding and mysterious, Niconé teases us into a deep sonic landscape of enveloping bass, moody piano keys and epic synth pads. Malonda, who recently lent her voice to H.O.S.H.’s ‘Life is Music is Life’ EP, acts as a shining light to guide us through the atmospheric first seven minutes. ‘Hysterminia’ is equally subtle with its delayed chords and a classy deep house bass-line, until wild claps and a dominant piano melody eventually open fire. After the success of ‘Caje’ a new collaboration with Narra was an absolute must. She bedazzles us next on ‘Candelaria’.
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