Marc Brauner makes his return to the label, this time collaborating with fellow Berliner, Ulrich Harrison - better known by moniker Tender Games - on five summertime sweeteners.
These two producers are no stranger to working together, co-running their own imprint, Nostalgics Records in their home town of Berlin. This collaboration then came together naturally, and represents the ideal blend of Marc Brauner’s syncopated rhythmic tendencies, and Tender Games’ musical antecedents in soul music and penchant for instrumentation.
‘Concrete Jungle’ epitomises this fusion: a two-step rhythm carries a deep bassline which cruises beneath a blissed-out trumpet melody. ‘You Keep Me Up’ and ‘Listen’ are skippy old school bangers, the former complete with anthemic piano stabs à la Manix and Inner City and the latter peppered with blithe whispers of a saxophone. ‘It Makes Me’ follows suit, substituting hi-hats for a focus on funk-inflected low ends before the UKG-leaning ‘Violation’ draws things to a close with MC vocal chops and bass womp ruffage.
Concrete Jungle EP drops 17th June 2022 via Shall Not Fade
released June 17, 2022
Production by: Marc Asemota & Ulrich Harrison
Mastering by: Ten Eight Seven
Artwork: Pointless Illustrations
Pressing by: Record Industry