Hello everyone! We're still here, don't worry, just had a helluva November to deal with. I've been meaning to do a piece on this fine new label and production duo for more than a month, and barely managed to get some time off last night. I stumbled across OUER purely accidental one night while endlessly cruising facebook and was struck at first by a very well thought and thorough branding and social media presence. For a label that didn't even had its first release out, it looked like they knew exactly what they were doing and didn't stumble and fumble like most emerging imprints. After a bit of research it all came clear though: OUER is a production duo comprised of Oliver Gehrmann and Xaver Hirsch, whom you might remember from Local Talk's 'Trinity EP' they did last year with Tim Vitá, which we happened to review at the time. Besides Local Talk, Oliver also got a few releases out in the last 2 years on Freude Am Tanzen, No Dough Music and One Offs.
But let's get back to present days. Oliver and Xaver have been actively gathering equipment, spending days and nights in the studio and honing their live skills which blossomed in a fully-fledged 3-track vinyl only release that manages to blend Detroit Techno together with Chicago House in a fresh and playful way. And you can hear that right from the start with Aleph, a proper house chune that has all the right flavours of a good party: hard thumping kick, crazy loud shakers, grainy claps, raw hats, a powerful synth chord progression, gleaming up-pitched arpeggiated melodies and the right amount of sampled vocal cuts.
On the flipside, Onset takes the mood forward and into the after-hours territory with its deep flowing nostalgic pads, shrieking metallic swirls, rolling conga drums, a relentless detuned industrial techno-synth and enough old-skool percussions to keep you on a steady four to the floor dance flow :) Ending the release is Cornu, a track more suited as a Saturday pool party started than and EP finisher. The lazy atmospheric pads flow on top of slow kicks and organic percussions, while beautiful sunbaked plucked strings fill up the ether with their clear sound, building up towards the middle of track where a rich synth-bass melody notes spice up the track juice only for a brief moment.
Nothing left to say actually except to go buy the record and check out a really nice video of the duo performing live in an abandoned building somewhere in Berlin, a showcase if you will into their live set capabilities.