Initially intended as a lazy Sunday post, due to heavy drinking the night before, I did not have the necessary strength to get out of bed and type one single sentence on this. My relationship with the amazingly talented Swiss producer started around 2011 after being introduced by my friend The Model to his outstanding 'Shall We EP' on Highgrade Records. I spent the following weeks tracking as much of his releases as I could and it was no easy feat considering Dachshund has been steadily delivering slab after slab of hot silky smooth wax since 2006. His ample resume features labels such as Contexterrior, Harthouse Mannhein, Perspectiv, Num, 8bit, Illian Tape, Platzhirsch Schallplatten, and Clapper, the iconic swiss imprint which he runs together with his partner, friend and collaborator Quenum, who is also partly responsible for the existence of Cadenza.
Earlier this month, the Genevan lover of hound dogs, Roland drum kits and Akai samplers dropped one of his most hypnotic deep house records to date on the Spanish Vitalik Records. 'Giv U Lov' opens the EP on a joyous note with its steady drums, playful claps, lush chords and stirring synth pads, giving the song an airy, open-space feeling that's heartwarmingly completed with its reassuring vocal drop. From sheer joy to pure emotion, 'Take My Soul' unveils itself next as a deeply emotional and melancholic cut. Each element is heavily infused with sentiment, from the dismal bass line notes to the profound synth pad and ending with a powerful nostalgic male vocal cut. To top things off, a permeating wistful chord line drops right in the middle of the track, perfectly landing inside the arrangement and straight into your heart.
The flipside takes us back to Dachshund's trademark groovy, deep and dark four by four sound, but all with a twist, of course. The steadily swinged low-slung foundation of 'Mmmmm' meets subtle tribal elements and hypnotic layers of introspective eyes-closed late-night delirium while a spanish man to woman dialogue adds a sensual feel, transforming the aptly titled track into an erotic afterhours feeler. The Chicago-based Vanguard Sound founder and underground legend, Amir Alexander takes 'Mmmmm' and re-fits it into a delirious electro-tinged sweat-inducing club monster. Even though he keeps most of the original elements and construction, his rougher and more erratic touch is more felt than heard. The addition of even more swing and a sublime bass line that's not too harsh, not too mellow, just perfectly modulated and resonated transform the track into a powerful crowd mesmeriser.