In his near decade history with recording and performing for Kompakt, Cologne’s Aksel Schaufler aka Superpitcher has become synonymous with the sound of the label – the emotional sway and character he creates maintains unrivaled amongst today’s ocean of comparisons. From James Holden to Foals he has been cited as an influence – his remixes are cherished and have almost legendary status. Take his breakthrough remix of M83 “Don’t Save Us From Flames” which Pitchfork proclaimed as “everyone with ears should drop 99 cents at iTunes for the remix” and it goes without mention the impact his remixes for DNTEL, Quarks and most recently Charlotte Gainsbourg have had. As one half of SuperMayer (together with Kompakt co-conspirator Michael Mayer) they stormed the 2007 major festival circuit supporting their acclaimed full length “Save The World” and went on to remix a flurry of talent including Foals, Rufus Wainwright and Broken Social Scene.
Though it’s been six years since his debut full length “Here Comes Love” (KOMPAKT CD 32), it’s clear that Superpitcher has remained fully in the picture not only as a producer but thanks to a diet of consistent, rigorous DJing. Now he returns with “Kilimanjaro” – a full length that emanates his rich knowledge in music and as a producer. “Kilimanjaro” is a story that only few electronic musicians still share. From the moment that Cologne church bells ease us into Schaufler’s bewitching twist on dub with “Voodoo”, he sets the tone for themes that echoes throughout; enchantment, pain and magic. The first single “Rabbits In A Hurry” has caused a rapturous chime of support from the club elite and proves to be more than that within “Kilimanjaro” – unfounded disco dements itself with the sounds of the absurd in Superpitcher’s sexiest signature flow. Diehard fans will rejoice with “Friday Night” which is a return to the classic Kompakt sound that Schaufler helped build and when he teams up with Comeme starlet Rebolledo it’s a cosmic, hallucinogenic trip. Koelsch Tequila in your glass, the Seventies, disco, sex and the finest of drugs.
However which way you look at it, Superpitcher has set up an accomplished sophomore release that maintains his roots in dance music while managing to have a complete disregard for genre and adding the involvement of acoustic instrumentation and vocals – a tough integration that works over and over again with “Kilimanjaro”.
“While his string of one-offs for various twelves, remixes, and Kompakt-branded compilations over the years have proven him master over all the Cologne label's chosen elements (microhouse, schaffel, pop), somewhere along the line he began to imbue his Superpitcher tracks with a warmth that made them unmistakably his.”
- PITCHFORK (added: 2010-08-11 10:20:55 )