Andreas and Florian met during high school and soon realised that they had one more thing in common besides skateboarding. Sharing the same passion for music, the two Munich teens decided to invest their money into turntables and use their arms to spin records rather than break them on the half pipe. The duo's close friendship and strong musical bond fuelled their natural progression into music production and had them quickly release their debut EP in the spring of 2012 on digital imprint Globelle. But their actual breakthrough came earlier this year with the smashing 'Do It' EP on Dabit which we had the pleasure and honour of reviewing back in January. COEO's upcoming release on Seven Music is a staple of the emerging modern German house deep house, a shining example of the duo's attention to every detail and, ultimately, a showcase into their acquired taste for deep sounds and smooth grooves.
The title track opens up the EP and instantly strikes you with a heartbreaking blend of nostalgia and melancholy. A distressed bass line grabs your soul and takes it into a spinning world of sorrowful strings, longing pads and yearning vocals shouting '(I) Don't Need You' while the saddest piano line strikes at every corner of your heart on the breakdown. Next up, dreamy house master Andy Ash manages to revive the last traces of optimism and infuses his remix for with the aforementioned track with a healthy dose of acid and filtered keys while turning bits of the original vocal and into a rolling hypnotic body mover bearing little example to the original piece.
On the other side, 'The Look' is, simply put, a gorgeous example of well made house music. The focus is built around the most infectious piano house line we've heard since Tony Lionni landed 'Found A Place' back in 2009 or, more recently, Fantastic Man dropped 'It's Essential' 2 years ago. Cleverly doubling the piano notes with bass stabs, the track fills every note with the aid of a simple string, playful synth bleeps and faded vocal loops while being steadily pushed by a soft low kick into harmonic bliss. 'Your Body' finally comes into attention, and starts off as deep and soulful with its smooth filtered key stabs and climactic strings, but unveils a more aggressive side, bursting into a jacking hard-kicked acid-tinged ruff ride. The last surprise comes on the breakdown with an airy construction of two distinct piano lines working in perfect junction only to be promptly replaced by the ruffer side for the last time.
A quintessential deep house record reminding us once again that germans really do it better. Mark the 12th of May into your calendar and be sure to grab a copy or two ;)