Stefan Obermaier has found his sound. Obermaier has total artistic freedom under his own label, Drift Recordings, but thankfully he hasn’t gotten caught up in self-absorbed experiments, nor leaned on the laurels of his successful recent EPs. Instead, he keeps pushing the envelope with a stoic calm and a rare love for detail.
These two killer tunes have been in the works for quite some time, but it was worth the wait. The title ‘On & On’ is no reference to Erykah Badu’s 1997 hit, but rather an expression of Obermaier’s ceaseless search for the next step. His arrangements have reached a new level of clarity. The arcs of suspense have been boosted to undreamt-of heights, but Obermaier also manages to turn the ecstasy back inwards and maintain the energy level across the whole track instead of unleashing it all at once. As soon as the voice of Joseph Bailey drops, MC-style, the house party turns into a collective experience. The warm bassline fills the room and Obermaier’s groundbreaking deepness becomes palpable to everyone in it.
This is even more true with ‘Alpino‘, one of the definite hits of the upcoming open-air season. The synth intro alone will electrify the masses, but Stefan Obermaier takes it to a higher order of magnitude with a verve that is pure genius. A softly flowing melody floats up from the layers of groove like a carpet, lifting the listener into the endless expanse of the sound cosmos. Over and over he escalates the moment with new tweaks, turns and breakdowns. Stefan Obermaier has found himself..