Dominik Eulberg doesn't exactly win originality points for being a German techno producer with a penchant for lush melodies and an impeccable attention to detail, but his unabashed love for ornithology and time spent working as a German national park ranger certainly sets him apart from the crowd. Eulberg's been melding techno with nature sounds since 2003, an effort that continues on his latest full-length, Diorama, on Traum. Each song on Diorama was inspired by a different natural wonder, a unique list that includes water, ants, and glow worms. When he's not making music or exploring the wilderness, Eulberg also maintains a busy DJ schedule, so we asked him to tell us about some of his favorite tunes at the moment.
I value Gabriel not only as a human being, but also as a fantastic musician. In a distinctive manner, he manages to combine melodies that lacerate the heart with organic beats and unpredictable arrangements. Because he records most of his tracks live, they unfurl a brutal energy. "Smash" has been heavily shaking up dancefloors in my set for a year now. It is music which really wakes you up.
The Cologne guys of Coma are people I have always liked, but with their new record they have really surprised me. There are really smart arrangements that display a love for detail alongside sophisticated melodies, creating a wonderful feeling of blessedness. "Playground Altona" is a perfect closing track for the coming open-air season.
I have been fan of Jesse’s intelligent and lucid music for a long time now. Few people are able to create and depict such a wonderful primal feeling in a musical way, a feeling which slumbers deep inside all of us. He is determined and takes all of the time needed until the atmosphere has penetrated our spine and bones.
For me, Jon Hopkins is one of the greatest discoveries of the last few years. Finally, there is a producer who can really compose and record his music in a refined way. His new album, Diamond Mine, shows another facet of his abilities, offering moving and comforting music that lays a warm blanket around one's heart.