Our first contact with the innovative Polish artist cleverly named Tanzlife ("tanz" is german for dance) was made in the spring of 2012 upon hearing his amazing debut on Local Talk. Even though the EP contained just 2 relatively short house cuts, their sheer quality and pure originality, as well as the subtle influences felt across the entire release, instantly put him on our radar. Part of the emerging new wave of Polish artists, Tomasz distinguishes himself from the flock by incorporating unique sounds into his productions that draw inspiration from soul, disco, funk and beyond. After 4 full years in the scene as a DJ, promoter and producer releasing on high profile labels such as the aforementioned Local Talk, Moda Black, Stripped & Chewed, U Know Me , System, Deeperfect or Asymmetric, Tanzlife finally lands a well-deserved pressing on our favourite label from New York City: Let's Play House.
Judging solely by the title, 'Biscuit Symphony' announces itself to be a fun, playful, whimsical even ride through the rather enjoyably peculiar universe of sounds and melodies that the Polish producer displays. Take for example the title track: a joyful fusion of jumpy kicks, sunny acid synths, deep basslines and toyish stabs that keep you relentlessly engaged from start to finish. Next up is the even more peculiar laid-back groover 'Horizon', one that endlessly stretches across straight roads of jacked house beats, distant forests of eerie R&B vocals, flowing rivers of bass stabs and an open sky of bleepy synths and reverbed pads.
What follows on the B-Side is nothing like I've ever imagined and definitely nothing that anyone would ever expect. 'Raw Orange' is the most unique arrangement and composition a dance track could benefit from. A maddening yet sublime collection of stabs, one shots and tight loops glide seemingly random in and out the evocative cosmic synth pad and acid line, while a thumping kick and swinged hats keep the pace riding steady ahead. Right in the middle of Side B lays 'Talizman', a steadfast good-luck charm that starts deep and dreamy then slowly grows into an otherworldly landscape of strobed epic synths, tight snares and hot ass-slapping kicks. In the end, the 'Universe In You (Edit)' monumentally develops under the clear sky as heavenly pads float around a mind-bending science speech about dark matter and dark energy, making this an ecstatic aural masterpiece that if played at the right cosmic moment, it has the power to make anyone fall in love with you :)
And if things weren't interesting enough, know that the only other occurrence of 'Biscuit Symphony' is in the fellow polish techno producer Jerzy Przezdziecki's album title from 2011. Coincidence or tribute? Not a single clue, but maybe you will find out in one of our future interview sessions ;)