Alex Niggemann’s 2012-defining long player 'Paranoid Funk' dropped in June to a rapturous response from DJs, dancers and home listeners alike. Here, Poker Flat Recordings revisits some of the exceptional highlights of that record, and deliver a remix package sure to be as equally sought-after by those in the know.
'Paranoid Funk' saw the Berlin resident explore a variety of grooves and textures, an experiment that won him many new admirers and a great deal of critical acclaim. Here, some of the hottest remix talent in the scene get their hands on the originals and twist them into new shapes.
Following on from releases on Cocoon, Kling Klong, Circle and two strong EPs on Poker Flat ("Dinosaurs" and "This") renowned producers Alex Flatner and LOPAZZ take on 'Don’t Wait' and drop a growling, main room monster that will standout in any set.
Francys, the young Italian making quiet a name for himself on the underground house and techno circuit, lends his skills to 'Back 2 Basics feat. Benji' – channeling the spirit of the early 90s into seven ecstatic minutes.
Next up is Salvatore Freda – the highly respected Swiss DJ and producer who injects Niggemann’s 'I Don’t Care' with a narcotic groove that sits somewhere between Detroit and Berlin – the dubbed out vocals adding an element of otherworldliness that work in perfect compliment to the track’s twisted (paranoid) funk.
Berlin’s own Andre Lodemann picks out 'Lovers' for his excursion, a deep bomb that grows and grows around an exceptional vocal from John Rydell - this is one for the very late nights or early mornings.
What is clear from this release is that Alex Niggemann’s star continues to rise – the classical pianist turned producer and DJ extraordinaire is moving on to the next phase of his career – and with the slew of outstanding releases to his name already, who is to say where that could lead.