Aim is a vinyl-only imprint from Berlin founded and run by Tristen, better known for his two releases on Oskar Offermann's own label called White, but also for his part-time work at the popular Native Instruments company. Born only four years ago in 2010, Aim quickly established itself as one of the most forward thinking deep house and techno label in Europe, dishing out gems after gems of carefully crafted sounds and intricate arrangements from an impressive array of artists like Moomin, Christopher Rau, Oskar Offermann, Oliver Deutschmann or Flori to name a few. But Aim doesn't limit itself to the satisfaction of the aural spectrum, the label focuses heavily on the visual aspect by having employed the services of ex De:Bug graphic wizard Jan-Kristof Lipp aka Jves. His clean, crisp, minimalistic-at-times monochromatic signature perfectly complements each 12" pressing and subliminally incepts the mood and feel of each record with just a single glance at it.
The first Aim release of 2014 marks Tristen's own debut on the label, making 'Pictures From Above' his third ever release to date. Side A is dominated by 'Streets Of', a deep but determined club warmer that features lush keys, crystalline bells and jingles and a warm rhodes pad all placed atop a tight kick-drum to keep the journey going strong.
Next on Side B the highlight of the EP grabs you under its spell and shows you dreamy 'Pictures From Above' as you journey across a hypnotic landscape of eerie strings, smooth pads and subtle keys. Sadly, the mesmerising journey comes to an end as we are left drifting in 'Orbit', sinking slow and steady into the darkness of soft beats and distorted melodies, encountering abyssal echoes and noisy shuffles as we are drawn deeper by the overwhelmingly wide kick and rolling bass.
For more deepness of the mind check out Aim's podcast series and enjoy a live mix of Tristen recorded last November at the legendary Prince Charles in Berlin