A Minor Thought by Moomin on Apple Music

11 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

No one does bittersweet deep house quite like Moomin. Opening his second album for Hamburg's Smallville label with the sloshing tide and the distant cries of seagulls, he makes good on that scene-setting with Rhodes loops and easy listening strings that shimmer like beach mist. "Loop, No. 1" expertly balances a wispy snippet of jazz piano, and muted horns set the contemplative mood on "123" and "Stotheh"; his Chicago instincts kick into gear with the deep, moody bass lines of "Alone" and "Chemistry." Whether dancing or chilling, keep the handkerchief close—this one's a tearjerker.

EDITORS’ NOTES

No one does bittersweet deep house quite like Moomin. Opening his second album for Hamburg's Smallville label with the sloshing tide and the distant cries of seagulls, he makes good on that scene-setting with Rhodes loops and easy listening strings that shimmer like beach mist. "Loop, No. 1" expertly balances a wispy snippet of jazz piano, and muted horns set the contemplative mood on "123" and "Stotheh"; his Chicago instincts kick into gear with the deep, moody bass lines of "Alone" and "Chemistry." Whether dancing or chilling, keep the handkerchief close—this one's a tearjerker.

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About Moomin

Sebastian Genz (aka Moomin) defined his musical career by crafting subtle, yet effective, deep house. In the early '90s, Genz was dedicated to collecting hip-hop records. By 1995, and with a growing collection, he started to DJ in his hometown of Kiel, Germany. Around the same time, he began experimenting with music production, using a simple DOS program known as Fastracker. He gradually incorporated more hardware into his methods, including an MPC to sample the old jazz, funk, and hip-hop records he had acquired. Eventually, Genz became disenfranchised by the German hip-hop scene, transitioning to house music instead. The change in genre called for a change of location, so he migrated to Germany's creative capitol, Berlin. Over a decade later, in 2010, Genz released his debut EP via AIM; he wasn't as concerned about the long wait for his debut as he was about creating it. The EP received positive reviews, causing German label Smallville Records -- with a roster including Move D, Christopher Rau, and label founders Smallpeople -- to reach out to Genz. They urged him to release a full-length album, resulting in 2011's The Story About You. Genz's production style fit perfectly with the Smallville ethos of understated and thoughtful house, creating a close relationship with the label in the years that followed. After the success of his debut full-length and a string of EPs, Smallville encouraged him to release another Moomin album, resulting in 2016's A Minor Thought. ~ Liam Martin

  • ORIGIN
    Kiel, Germany
  • BORN
    1995

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