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Album Review

Picking up where his cover of Sade's "Love Is Stronger Than Pride" left off (from his shared release with Reinhard Voigt, Speicher 2), "Speaker" shows Michael Mayer once again in stomping, storming, pummel-house mode. The track winds up gradually, with Mayer affably speaking about being a speaker, until it breaks into a contained frenzy that resembles Green Velvet's "Flash." Flip side "Sneaker" — the stronger of the two tracks here — is more of a hyper-kinetic Moroder-style thump-a-thon, built on a blitzing rhythm and racing waves of synths. Not as fascinating as the majority of Mayer's 12" or compilation-exclusive work, though it's hardly a let down.


Born: 11 December 1971 in Black Forest, Germany

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The only point of criticism with Michael Mayer was that he didn't release enough of his own productions. One of the key figures of Cologne, Germany's electronic music scene, Mayer also had durable reputations as a remixer, DJ, and producer, and released a handful of his own singles on Kompakt -- a label he helped run with founder Wolfgang Voigt -- and Kompakt-related labels like New Trance Atlantic (NTA) and Kreisel 99. His own productions, whether dabbling in house or techno, tended to be minimal...
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