“Void” is the new single from German native Fritz Kalkbrenner, released on January 20th 2015 via SUOL/BMG and once again showcases Kalkbrenner’s boundless capabilities as a songwriter, vocalist and producer.
Taken from his imminently released third studio album Ways Over Water, Kalkbrenner’s most recent offering exemplifies a more refined method in production where classic song structure takes precedence over more common electronic elements, transcending classic dance genres like techno or house.
The first single to be taken from ‘Ways Over Water’ titled, Back Home has currently sold more then 120,000 copies in Europe, with the video amassing over three and a half million views on YouTube since its premiere – an impressive fete to say the least.
Written and recorded in the producers own Suol-Studios, situated within the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, it is easy to notice that the area provided the ideal atmosphere when writing ‘Void’ due to its reputation as an incubator for subcultures, ranging from the early inklings of punk rock to the more contemporary clubbing scene that the city is currently known for.
With ‘Void’, Kalkbrenner, allows his smooth Rhodes piano hooks to carry the majority of the track, leaving space for his distinctive vocal to add a colourful and ear catching dose of melody to the three minutes of alternative electronic pop.
There is still however capacity for Fritz’s signature production staples, such as his distorted drums, guitar riffs and catchy baselines, all contributing to his hallmark sound that have earned the producer his plaudits over the years.
The Baron Dafoe Remix uses a strong UK sounding piano backing track which makes totally sense with Fritz singing on top of it in fine form. German Dj/Producer Andre Hommen hailing from Dennis Ferrers Objektivity camp creates a great minimal driven atmosphere with his remix leading the vocal to a great big room moment with additional chords and synthpatterns. On top the german newcomer Talul delivers a fine piece of progressive house rework to round up a great bundle of remixes which also contains various dub mixes.
The brazilian legend Gui Boratto delivers a filteresque house remix with a stomping beat working perfectly with the song.
With a headline show confirmed at London’s Electric, in Brixton on the 28th February, it certainly looks like it’s going to be an eventful 2015 for one of Germany’s most acclaimed exports.