Artist: Benjamin Philippe Zulauf
Title: dɒɡɪd Part II
Label: Hummingbird by BPZ
Cat. #: HUMMD008
Release Date: 02.06.2023
01. Le King Charbon
02. Subtly Vibing
03. Exit Reality
Benjamin Philippe Zulauf’s record label Hummingbird by BPZ is a deep tech imprint that orientates around raw, stripped-back and atmospheric grooves.
The label’s new release is a four-track EP by Benjamin Philippe Zulauf which orientates around four timeless tracks with analogue production and smooth sound design.
Benjamin Philippe Zulauf was born in Switzerland, raised in the UK, but also spent a number of years living in Australia. He has also travelled a lot and experienced many different music cultures, all of which have left their mark on his sound.
Some of his main influences include the likes of Mike Shannon and DJ Qu, but has also been inspired by others ranging from Jeff Mills to DJ Sotofett.
Along with releases on his own imprint, Benjamin Philippe Zulauf’s music has been released via other record labels such as Claap Rec, Vekton Black and Fourier Transform. He is a skilled DJ that has played alongside artists ranging from Shonky to Hot Since 82, and his music has been supported in the sets of others such as Laurent Garnier, DJ Rolando, DJ Sprinkles, DJ Bone, Fred P and Âme.
“Le King Charbon” opens the release with shuffling hi-hats and crisp claps that form the framework for a rolling bassline, jazzy melodies and gliding pads inspired by the classic sound of Detroit.
“Subtly Vibing” is a chunky track with gritty percussion and an acid bassline forming a foundation for trippy vocal textures, moody pads and shimmering melodies.
“Exit Reality” is a murky track with submerged pads and raw percussion built around pitched tom drums, fizzing hi-hats and a mind-bending acid line.
“Honkytonks” close out the release with pitch-bent synths playing a sun-drenched chord progression that has upbeat vibes perfect for sunrise sessions. Its upbeat percussion rhythms and metallic atmospherics add to its feel-good ensemble.