Frankfurt-based DJ and producer Phillip Lauer (now known as Lauer) has been a regular feature in the city’s club narrative since before the turn of the millennium. It was around this time he made forays into Deep House, having started out passionately devoted to Hip-Hop and Punk. His first work was released as Plenty Ammo on Inbetween Records and on London House label Real Soon, with Lauer later establishing his own imprint Brontosaurus in 2006 as an outlet for his more esoteric work, as well as that of his friends.
It wasn’t until 2012 he made the switch to his own name, releasing ‘Phillips’ on Gerd Janson’s beloved Running Back label to critical acclaim (Lauer is also a member of production duo Tuff City Kids alongside Janson). He followed it up with another brilliant album in May of this year – ‘Borndom’ via another lauded dance music institution in Munich’s Permanent Vacation records. The 13 tracks were a dazzling display of Lauer’s refined approach to melody and versatile club sounds – a marriage of the rawness of his early Punk influences and the heavy groove of his Deep House experiments. A range of different styles seamlessly appeared alongside each other including Ambient, Electro, New Wave and Acid House – fortifying his reputation as an artist that eschews any expected genre identity.
We’ve got him on Hyp mix duty this week for a hefty selection of peak time rollers. With no drums for the first five minutes, this mix steadily evolves from suspenseful atmospherics to understated beats to full on club bangers. Go on, dive in…
‘Borndom’ is out now on Permanent Vacation. Order it here.
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