Paul Kalkbrenner is, without doubt, the most innovative European electronic artist of the past five years. Even his releases pre-Bpitch Control are outstanding in terms of structure, constraint, and melody. As he mentioned in one interview, he likes the elements of 'early' trance (early Platipus, A13, Dragonfly, T.I.P., etc.) and he's not afraid to incorporate the amazing minor-key melodies characteristic of early trance into his records. This is unusual given the fact that a lot of people have written trance off almost completely.
The fact that Kalkbrenner can sustain two simple synth chords over an entire track, "Brennt" for example, and yet keep the tension and changes so that the track moves and grooves is extraordinary.
He recently starred in the hugely successful German independent ... Bio | read more