It has now been 3 whole years since Kollectiv Turmstrasse released their last EP, Ordinary, with ein grosse label Music Gewinnt Freunde, that they founded in 2006. To console ourselves during the (long) wait, we listened wistfully to their 2006 album Verrückte Welt LP and the awesome Rebellion der Träumer from 2010. These tracks always whip crowds up into a frenzy with their intense melodies; a perfect marriage of heavy rhythm and the sheer efficiency of the German electro scene. However this music has a certain warmth to it that’s pretty unusual for the genre.
We’d also fill the silence of those three years by watching videos of their live sets, or clips from their most recent tour. Yep, that’s right, Christian Hilscer and Nico Plagemann (the names behind KT) have also built up solid DJ reputations. Their sets are monumental, with collective shows and insane back to backs. One of their finest collaborations is with their BFF Solomun. Check out this video, which is sure to put a smile on your face.
Originally from Hamburg, now based in Berlin, the two are finally back in business with their new EP Sorry I am Late, via Dinamic… And my god, it’s good.
Sorry I am Late kicks off with what I’m going to go ahead and call the biggest hit of the year. The title (of the same name) does deep and minimal House to a T, but will also fire up any dance floor with it’s explosive hip hop chorus. « Sorry I am Late »? You are most definitely forgiven, we’re just glad you came! The track is 8 minutes long, so go ahead and make the most of it. Boom.
Other than that, there are currently only previews available. It’s hard to form a real opinion since you only get a 2 minute snippet, and the track takes 1 minute 50 to warm up… Which isn’t the most useful thing ever… But let’s not be party-poopers here. It still promises to be very gut. The first side, Last Call, has a House rhythm with epically intense bass, peppered with subtle layers and electro sounds. It’s not groundbreaking, but it’s nicely tied together.
On the other side is Hour After Hour, which I’d say is more Tribal than Techno. There’s a cool swaying rhythm, and the build-up is long and tense. A dissonant synth announces the break, and bam, it hits an emotional crescendo before the drop at 1:38. It’s pretty heavy, although not as exciting as the EP’s first track, which knocks it out of the park.
Thats all for now, kids! Hope you enjoyed our (slightly late) discovery.
If you want to get your hands on the EP, it’s now available on Beatport.