Johannes Pulka has been on the block for 10 years now. Operating under his Iron Curtis alias, Paluka specialises in a versatile breed of oddball house and techno, but to try to pin him to one sound would be a tricky task in itself. Numerous side projects with friends, and idols alike, have seen the Iron Curtis brand shimmy from his trademark crunchy club music, to stripped back electro; see his collaboration with Johannes Albert, MOON.
Throughout his decade-long career Pulka has suit-cased this unique sonic pallet across the world to some of dance music’s most respected imprints; Tokyo’s Mule Electronic, the uncompromising Hudd Trax based out of Huddersfield and Berlin institution Office to name a few. It’s the latter that we see Iron Curtis return to for his next exploration, And The Temper.
Office boasts a tightly-knit, loyal roster with a signature audio aesthetic. Hazy hardware-driven jams dominate their releases, showcasing a reclined and soulful approach to dance music, for tunes most at ease during the earlier stages of the dance. An all-German label lineup portrays Office as an imprint always looking to invest back into its own society, with Curtis’ And The Temper continuing in the same vein.
As an entire EP And The Temper is diverse thematically, and sonically. Down-tempo moments get brought to swiftly their feet by analogue driven house cuts, all a result of meticulous programming and engineering, along with thoughtful track listing. We’ve managed to wangle a premiere of the pick of the bunch, ‘Mars (Epoch Mix)’. Where And The Temper spends a lot of time in self-reflection, ‘Mars (Epoch Mix)’ snaps thing right back into peak time, and as with most of Pulka’s releases, relies on a simple, yet effective, formula; catchy basslines, subtle melodies and punchy drums.
Enjoy the 7-minute voyage to the red planet below.
And The Temper releases August 9th 2019 via Office Recordings.
Order it here.