June 1, 2010

V4YS Album Review - Christian Prommer - Drumlesson Zwei (!K7 Records)

We often hear about electronic music influenced by jazz, afro or latin beats.
Munich-based drummer, Dj and producer Christian Prommer's "Drumlesson" project works the other way around : he and his musicians start with classic tech/house anthems and re-adapt them to a "real" modern-jazz format.
Drumlesson Vol.1, released in 2008, was a nice surprise, he does it again this year, exploring tunes from the likes of Carl Graig, Laurent Garnier, Dj Rolando or Dennis Ferrer & Jerome Sydenham among others.
Contrary to the first opus, Drumlesson Zwei is a bit more produced which to me explains why some of the tracks lack some of the freshness and spontaneity found in the Vol.1. Still, if this second Lp is uneven, some reworks are truly outstanding like the explosive "Groove La Chord", a rework from a classic techno track from Aril Brikha.

Below Christian Prommer's "Groove La Chord" version :

And to compare, the original track from Aril Brikha :

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