- Office Recordings
- OFFICE 05
- DE - Original
After seven years and 11 releases on labels like Slices of Life and Daniel Bell's Elevate outpost, Berlin producer Baaz is ready to reveal his first full-length effort. There's no overarching concept behind the album, nor any grandiose statements or artistic messages. Rather, Red Souvenirs captures flashes of Baaz's moods and translates them into vibes that are communicated via hypnotic grooves, crisp beats, and astral synths. The tracks, which he made between 2010 and 2014, span the genres that have attracted Baaz the most over the years, from snappy house beats to narcotic dub techno and psychedelic hip-hop. Album opener "Everyone" is a mostly ambient tune peppered with glittering synth pricks, gentle rhythmic tick-tocks, and extended synth pads, while tracks like "Endori" and "Closed" are snappy deep house workouts with quiet, screwed-down vocal samples. "Spacehub" and "Pressyn", on the other hand, explore languid hip-hop instrumentals embellished with zaps and long, gliding chords that hold for minutes on end. But no matter what form his productions take, Baaz's emphasis on enveloping rhythms, bubbling melodies, and relaxed atmospherics remains.
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