While adding the finishing touches to his long awaited solo album, Vienna based dj/producer Stefan Obermaier returns to the contemporary dancefloors with a crisp 3 track EP for his own label imprint Drift Recordings… and a wide smile. Transforming the countless inspirations & sounds of beach life in magnificent Thailand into three effortless deephouse trademark movers, Stefan proves himself & his sound on top of the game one more time. The intriguingly cool title track "Indigo" rides a jazzed up double bassline and a percussive beat right into an enchanted sunset sky.Meanwhile, "Circles" close in a bit more on the arpeggio loaden techy side, embedded in warm pad sounds. Last but not least, the hot evening sun drenched "Chao Phao" is perfect for a late night dance on any beach, dedicated to a very special one and reflecting all its sounds & goodness… hands up in the air under the moon & stars included.
Stefan Obermaier is the kind of artist who doesn’t have B-sides. His EPs have always overflowed with nightlife, with relaxed ecstasy and collective climax. A dreamy tumult. In that sense, his new opus “Sinaye/Dawning” is a true novelty. “Sinaye” fits like a charm on the chain of the trademark Obermaier sound: deep but sublimely driven, tribal and penetrating, playful yet deliberate. With it he draws together the masses, gathering them again and again on the dance floor. With “Dawning” the artist breaks away, showing a facet of his style that has always been there, but which is now a signature of his new EP. The listener is invited to lean a little further back and disappear, landing on a deserted beach outside of time. Obermaier's night sound is transported into a parallel otherworld. A world where the sun is always just starting to rise but the mist still hangs in the air. The beats fade back and the synths rise to the fore, open, singing, spreading like light. But make no mistake—even his lighter touch will move you to dance.
It really is impressive with what consistency and care Stefan Obermaier fine tunes his trademark sound, thus creating far more than just recognition value. The atmosphere of his tracks just keeps intensifying, concentrating into something tangible, with a sublime but immediate effect on head, heart and feet. On his new EP, heat and humidity reach sweat-inducing proportions. Your blood pressure rises, your heart beats faster and the game of dance begins. It continues in the artwork, which was created by casting points of light on a dancing body. With „Magolie", Obermaier indulges his soft spot for African and tribal elements and calls us to collective ecstasy; a ritual out of time. In „Monsoon", this morphs into a subtropical rain dance and brings us all a step closer to reality..
Stefan Obermaier has found his sound. Obermaier has total artistic freedom under his own label, Drift Recordings, but thankfully he hasn’t gotten caught up in self-absorbed experiments, nor leaned on the laurels of his successful recent EPs. Instead, he keeps pushing the envelope with a stoic calm and a rare love for detail.
These two killer tunes have been in the works for quite some time, but it was worth the wait. The title ON & ON is no reference to Erykah Badu’s 1997 hit, but rather an expression of Obermaier’s ceaseless search for the next step. His arrangements have reached a new level of clarity. The arcs of suspense have been boosted to undreamt-of heights, but Obermaier also manages to turn the ecstasy back inwards and maintain the energy level across the whole track instead of unleashing it all at once. As soon as the voice of Joseph Bailey drops, MC-style, the house party turns into a collective experience. The warm bassline fills the room and Obermaier’s groundbreaking deepness becomes palpable to everyone in it.
This is even more true with ALPINO, one of the definite hits of the upcoming open-air season. The synth intro alone will electrify the masses, but Stefan Obermaier takes it to a higher order of magnitude with a verve that is pure genius. A softly flowing melody floats up from the layers of groove like a carpet, lifting the listener into the endless expanse of the sound cosmos. Over and over he escalates the moment with new tweaks, turns and breakdowns. Stefan Obermaier has found himself..
Apia is the last one for 2012 from Austria's finest exporter of house music, Stefan Obermaier. Named after the Samoan capital with the famous 'never ending summer', APIA offers up the best there is right now in ultra contemporary, deep/funky house. Call it what you like, one thing is for certain; this track will have a hold of your ears from the first beat of pure, tribal artistry… Imagine sunset at the coolest beach party in the world. You're about to listen to it.
Stefan Obermaier looks set to see his reputation grow with two exquisite tracks on SHISHANNA EP. Drawing on succulent sparse rhythms, Shishanna also showcases some African instrumentalism which will sound right at home on any house-laden dancefloor. Whilst Top Up the lowly-slung cousin, is a quality slice of deepness, with well rounded prodding bass - fitting for warm up periods.
Finally the more human aspects are returning to house music: After the static techhouse movement and the historical disco revival it seems everybody is ready to simply throw the hands in the air again. Stefan Obermaier's TRAVELER comes almost innocent and delivers a sure shot for the upcoming summer. On the beach, inside an airplane, on the rooftop or in the club when the first sunlight breaks through, this is the soundtrack for the fusion of absent-mindedness and collective euphoric ecstasy.
Stefan Obermaier returns with the BAGANA EP, four brand new, fresh-from-the-oven, state-of-the-art tunes, and the first release on his own label Drift Recordings. Title track 'Bagana' sums it all up nicely: Crisp, uplifting, house music destined to point your feet (and butt) straight in the direction of the dancefloor. The rest of the EP maintains that momentum; 'Ti Pui' ramps up the sex factor, adding sultry vocal samples to Stefan's beats. 'Free again' goes deeper and darker, though not without a transforming burst of uplifting melody towards the end, and last but not least, on 'Dab Dab' Mr. Obermaier delivers that unique dub style that has made him a household name among house music connoisseurs.