Cut from the same familial cloth as the enigmatic Paul Kalkbrenner, brother and equally impressive Berlin Electronic asset Fritz Kalkbrenner is far from just ‘the other Kalkbrenner kid’. Fusing seamlessly rigid beats with warm melodics at every given opportunity, from soulful Electronic tracks to movie scores, Fritz is one eclectic European asset.
Premiered by Pete Tong’s for the Essential Selection show, ‘Ruby Lee’ remains as integrally German in attitude and Electronic aptitude as his former offerings, fusing a delicate vocal line with smooth chords and a sophisticated bass groove to make for a movie-like piece of music rather than a club anthem. While the ‘hands in the air’ moments now so commonly associated with European Electronic music, there is evidently still time for the calm and collected movements that Kalkbrenner does all too well and his musical maturity reigns as all too inviting on the modern front.
Included in this new Kalkbrenner EP is also a slightly edited version of the Henrik Schwarz remix for Fritz’ own classic ‘Right In The Dark’.
Words by Dan Carter