From as early as 1999, German producer and multi-instrumentalist Lars Bartkuhn has been building a consistent but much underrated body of work, as a solo artist, collaborating with Boobjazz and also running the Needs Music imprint, dedicated to classic deep house, soulful boogie an modern jazz. Just over a year has passed since his comeback from a previous six in absence, where he expanded from the usual predominant electronics into a full-scale mini orchestra with Passion Dance Orchestra on Ropeadope Records.
Now comes a long-awaited follow-up, on Volcov’s Italian imprint Neroli, who have already blessed us with excellent 12 inches from Dego and Shannon Harris this year. The EP in questions is titled Music For The Golden Age and we’re delighted to give you a first listen to the (kind of) title track. Much like the EP as a whole, in ‘Golden Age’ Lars brings it back to the dance-floor moving quickly from dark and heavy drubbing to a jazzy swaying groove. Progressing on, syncopated rhythms from the bass synth and main melodic voices take the track in a broken beat feel. If this hadn’t already got you moving, joyous extended sections of samba percussion, with contemporary jazz guitar soloing slotted in between, will certainly have you on your feet. Think the jazzier end of Glenn Underground and Peven Everett and you will be close.
Music For The Golden Age EP is out 18th Dec on Neroli and is available to pre-order from Juno.