Contemporary techno legend Marcel Dettmann delivers four(!) remixes for Dutch avant-pop artist Mathilde Nobel’s Founds on Land. Nobel’s LP for Nous’klaer has been one of the label’s most adventurous releases, adding a much needed breath of experimental twisted air to the Dutch pop scene. Dettmann transforms opening track “Bliss” from a guitar heavy walloper into a noise wash, floor-filled techno tool driven by a hypnotic staccato saw tooth arpeggio.
Nobel’s album single “I Eat Air” which was dominated by chopped voices and a lullaby-esque bell melody becomes a mesmerizing crescendo in Dettmann’s hands, retaining the haunting bells and Mathilde’s signature vocal processing. Third track “Nehalennia” goes from the album’s heaviest offering to a cinematic, minimal techno, bit-crushed, avant-pop song. While remix closer is a spaced out version of “I Eat Air” omitting all drums in-lieu of more bells and chimes and chops off Nobel’s haunting voice.
The 4 remixes from Dutch up and comer in the hands of techno maestro Dettmann is a meaningful pairing illustrating Nobel’s adept musical prowess and Dettmann’s never ending pulse taking of what the new school are bringing to the table. Text by Gregory Markus.