Christian Burkhardt, Doubledub EP


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As a relatively fresh face in the German house and techno scene, Christian Burkhardt’s specialty seems to be the quirky, bad-ass strut. His tracks combine funky beats with misshapen vocals and trippy aural flourishes to create something as sinister as it is playful. And while “Doubledub EP” boasts pretty much the exact same style as “The Yard EP” from last fall (which, by the way, sounds notably fresh today), it’s hard to criticize such a colorful artistic persona. Furthermore, the title track on this EP hits on another fetish of mine: incredibly catchy gibberish.

On “Doubledub,” Burkhardt makes an unusually infectious track by taking elements of pop music and cloaking them in dark humored tech-house motifs. The rolling bass line and tight beat ensure this track’s clubbability, but the gleefully incoherent vocal line makes it a hit — much like Cassy’s “April,” this one will have you singing total nonsense to yourself in the shower. “Sweater” is a bit more by the book, but still delightfully quirky. It has the same arrogant strut as “Doubledub,” but a slightly more traditional house vibe, with organ stabs and deep voiced “yeah”s thrown in the mix. The EP slumps a bit with “Peau a Peau,” which is funky enough, but less embellished and generally less compelling than the earlier tracks. The digital-only track, “Ovaco,” is equally bare, but gradually transforms, slipping loops in and out of the foreground to hypnotic effect. While the EP might sound a little redundant if heard from start to finish (or, notably, in conjunction with his earlier releases), it’s a must have for fans of warped and vaguely nefarious tech-house.

james kartsaklis  on August 13, 2008 at 10:25 PM

i’ve been trying to figure out what’s being said on “yard” ever since i picked it up. something about “oh, we’re alcoholics!” and then a drawn out sigh.
i can’t listen to this here track just yet (buffering’s f’d off) but i look forward to it. great write-up.

littlewhiteearbuds  on August 14, 2008 at 8:20 AM

Hehe, Yard.

Anyone else having trouble with the file buffering endlessly? Streaming should work correctly now.

Dj de Nachtzuster  on September 7, 2008 at 9:13 AM

This must be the greatest song ever! Put a link of this page on my website to get people to listen to it! Those vocals… the best way to describe this tune is “intelligent”

marguer_d  on April 19, 2009 at 3:07 PM

Will Lynch….. I added some of your post to last fm. CB is exactly as you wrote……..gonna check you out more :) great writing dude

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