Photo by Carsten Peter
Six months since the release of Move D and Benjamin Brunn’s acclaimed full length, a few more dollops have dripped from the beehive. On “New Horizon,” our duo get a bit more mileage out of the syrupy palette that characterized Songs From the Beehive, but replace the drowsy rhythms with peppier booms and ticks. While it may not represent any surprising new artistic direction, “New Horizons” shows Move D and Benjamin Brunn doing what they do best — lulling, sub-aquatic house.
“Moscow Arkestra” opens the EP on a smoothly bubbling note. It is the most languid of the three tracks, with plodding drums and a wobbly melody that conjure up the same dozy house vibe of Move D tracks like “Jus House” or “Computer Flop.” “New Horizon” takes a more overtly euphoric tone, with blissed out disco strings underlying a keyboard melody dripping with mellow satisfaction. It may sound like pedestrian afterhours material at first, but then violent, dubby stabs rip through the second half of the track, creating a vibe that rests somewhere between Substance & Vainqueur’s “Emerge” and Manuel Goettsching’s E2-E4. “Jacktrack” marks a distinct shift in tone, pairing swirling metal percussion with muddled bass kicks to create a murky dub techno number. If it weren’t for its slick, cosmic disco textures, this would be the kind of thing to find its way into Marcel Dettmann’s crate. While all three tracks offer something slightly different, they remain unified by the signature pop-ambient sounds these guys have been championing all year. In addition to providing another fantastic installment of trippy, low key beats, “New Horizons” reinforces the notion that Move D can do no wrong, and adds another respectable notch to Benjamin Brunn’s growing resumé.