Label boss Samuel 'Okain' Thalmann serves up four distinctive-sounding tracks
Samuel ‘Okain’ Thalmann is back with a deep, grooving four-track EP on his own Talman Records label, which is based in Berlin where he relocated from France in 2011.
First up is Mind Flow itself, a slice of deep tech that starts with odd samples and shuffling percussion, which are soon joined by funky bass, crisp hi-hats and a stabbed main synth riff. It's an exercise in 'less is more' and is very dubby, with a main breakdown with ambient samples that give it great atmosphere. Next up is Eurostep, which kicks off with a funky bassline and a kick, and builds nicely with percussive loops and more odd samples that give it a very individual sound and a solid groove that's unlike anything else that I’ve heard.
On the flipside of this vinyl release are two more tracks, the first of which is Slow Surface, an uptempo affair with a swung beat and, again, lots of strange samples and sounds that give it a very original and quirky feel. Then finally you have Stay True, which starts with a deep pulsing bassline and a solid kickdrum to which are added detuned tom-toms and claps. Again there are lots of different sounds in play to give it a very distinctive feel.
If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary on a deep tech-house tip, this is well worth a listen, with Eurostep my pick.
Words: Danny Slade
Release date: 18 May
Review Score: 7