Johannes Brecht ‘Fetes’
A classically trained German musician and a forward thinking electronic imprint? It works. JOHANNES BRECHT (he even sounds like an eighteenth century classical composer, right) just dropped an end of night hit via Poker Flat Recordings.
The piano arpeggios that open the track indicate towards his classical upbringing, but the Kaytranada-esque synths and Todd Terje-style production bring this track bang up to date.
Brecht enjoyed an impressive stint as musical director in charge of orchestral arrangements for Henrik Schwarz’s ‘Instruments’ project, which sparked huge enthusiasm in Tokyo and Berlin as part of the Red Bull Music Academy. Such was his success in this role that Schwarz reactivated his label, Sunday Music, in January 2013 to release Brecht’s debut electronic EP Holla.
Now, Brecht presents us with Trois Nocturnes, a tripartite EP that aims to bring a ‘little night music’ to proceedings with a set of dark, futuristic and driven house tunes. The musical arrangements across all three tracks are testimony to Brecht’s instrumental intelligence, particularly so on stand out track, ‘Fetes’.
Coming in last, but by no means least, on the listings, at full length ‘Fetes’ is 12-minutes long and the piano scales up and down throughout the intriguing number. According to Resident Advisor, Brecht stands for “something that you could call the sound of the future”. He is a talented multi-instrumentalist who has turned his hand to the production studio – and if he keeps putting out tracks like this, he’s very welcome to stay.
‘Fetes’ is released via Poker Flat Recordings on April 20th, as part of the Trois Nocturnes EP.
Words by Katie Rowley