Artist: Lutzenkirchen
Title: Paperboy
Label: Great Stuff Recordings
By: Andrew Bilen | 25 February 2008
  • 1. Paperboy (Original Mix)
  • 2. Paperboy (D-Nox & Beckers Remix)
  • 3. Mimic

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Out Now on Great Stuff Recordings

The latest release on Great Stuff Recordings sees one of the labels heavyweights dropping another techno bomb, with the track 'Paperboy' by Lutzenkirchen. Both the label and producer featured are two very well established names that have consistently had great output, primarily techno-oriented but also stretching across numerous styles. 'Paperboy' bears the name of both deservingly.

'Paperboy' is a simple but catchy tech house tune with a brilliant jazzy piano hook that you won't be able to get out of your head after first listen. The drums have plenty of kick, but the overall mood of the track is pretty laid back, as the tune bumps along to some excellent percussion work. Aiding the piano hook throughout the track is a bit of guitar and a few saxophone notes, making this track incredibly unique and memorable. These sorts of elements are typically used as a finishing touch, but on Paperboy it really feels like Lutzenkirchen constructed the track around these instruments, and was able to combine them with the best of his tech house sounds to great effect. I have to give major credit for originality on this one. It definitely had me going back for repeat listens.

The D-Nox & Beckers Remix takes Paperboy from being a laid back tech house tune to a full on thundering techno track. By picking up the tempo and beefing up the bass, this pair of remixing wizards have struck once again. The track builds up to climactic moments that capitalize on the momentum by briefly dropping the aforementioned instrumental hooks at every peak. They also make sure to sprinkle a little of the clever bits from the original across the entire track so that you never lose interest. It makes a surprisingly simple, yet captivating techno tune that is sure to impress. The breakdown is also extremely well executed, creating the perfect amount of drama and suspense. My only gripe with this track is that I wish the remix drew a little bit more heavily from the original, but only a small caveat indeed. This remix serves up some serious big room techno.

Last up is Mimic, which is a more minimal techno affair. With a well laid foundation of beats and percussion, a myriad of sounds is scattered over top, but for the most part it feels very dis-jointed. The many elements of the track don't create a cohesive flow of any kind, and it becomes very hard to find a groove to grab a hold of. I would have to say that Mimic definitely feels like an add-on to this release when compared to its counterparts.

On the strength of the headlining track and its accompanying remix, this is a very strong release that rises above any complaints I might have about the additional track. Already getting support from high profile DJs and Beatport aficionados alike, Great Stuff and Lutzenkirchen create magic together once again. Be sure to keep an eye out for a number of forthcoming Lutzenkirchen productions on respected progressive house labels Baroque and Boz Boz.

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