First Listen: Iron Curtis – Mars (Epoch Mix) (Office Recordings)

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.

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