there’s often something of a debate surrounding the music berlin label meander music releases. is it minimal? well, kinda, but not in the plinky plonky gaiser of 2004 sort of way, rather the imprint’s core producers – ion ludwig, dewalta, shannon – employ methods of minimalism in their music, with many sonic and percussive elements evolving slowly from start to finish throughout each track. and it’s the same case once again on this beautifully packaged (screen printed sleeves, no less) various artists family jubileee ep.
ion ludwig takes the lead with ‘villa rossi’. built on a firm bottom end of rubbery slaps, mysterious little chords rise up through the mix as a whimsical end of the night energy pervades the rest of the track. it’s firm yet cute where boss man dewalta goes for a more mechanical vibe on his ‘tetraeder’. the groove is again well chiselled, but here the scraping percussion and metallic claps are that bit more involved and intricate. it makes for a dynamic, shape-shifting listen that constantly twist and turns, never allowing your attention to wane.
the duo of pikaya take the b1 with ‘karma’. once the thing drops proper, is a veritable carnival of shaking rhythms, off time snares and juggled beats. weird synth sounds, gurgling melodies and refracted voices all fill in the tiny spaces between and despite its intricate, patchwork make up, the result is a fine wedge of body music that it’s impossible not to jig to. closing out the ep is argentinian alejandro mosso (mosso records boss) with ‘zeit’. true to the producer’s usual form, it’s a wavy, languorous track that has scattered congas and ticking percussion speckling streams of beautifully harmonic melodies. said melodies dangle like elastic between the beats and will surely make for some feel good, subtly celebratory moments on the dancefloor.