With their debut EP "Tempest" Lessons lay the strong foundation. The trio commuting between Helsinki and Leipzig produces with old synthesizers, antiquated drum machines and a whole lot of urban gloom subcooled-distanced music, that is driving and rough and brimmed with the absence of daylight. Out of a fortuitous encounter in Berlin the film composers and brothers Samu and Ville Kuukka and the musical allrounder Patrick Sudarski decide to put their respective productions and creative crises aside, interrupt the aimless traveling around the world and concentrate on the appealing dark electronica of their new project Lessons.
The carefully constructed soundscape promptly gets great attention. Adam Port (Keinemusik) offers a remix, Magdalena (Diynamic) is immediately convinced. Moodswing & Tosha as well as dfumh of Berlin's label Springstoff are excited and provide their works. Hence we're happy to release Lessons' "Tempest Remixes".
For the opener Adam Port worked on the title track "Tempest". Just as the original the dry as a bone e-bass riff takes centre stage. Around it Port arranges an elegantly flowing track. Over the course of the whole track the music opens up more and more without loosing the dark melancholia of the original. What follows is the nervous-antsy "Double Or Nothing Remix" by Diynamic figurehead Magdalena. Legendary Hamburg club EGO carries her thumbprint of thrilling and smart sets. Inevitably her arrangement of "Double Or Nothing" develops into a haunting swirl full of fine details and is of course definitely danceable.
Berlin based collective dfumh chose a very reduced approach. In the capital's electronic underground they ensure sweaty clubs with their sprawling, progressive live sets while refraining from useless flourish. With this in mind the remix of "Laughter In The Dark", too, is pretty much in order and rather uses the peculiar darkness of the original track to create a constricting dense track inside the narrow frame.
Moodswing & Tosha cooperate since 2014 and release a mix of driving techno, melodic progressive house of the 2000s and grooving UK bass. In their version "Moonshot" turns into a detached and almost dreamy, driving track taking its time and leaving space to breath.
A second version by Adam Port closes the EP. It just became obvious, Port says. The "Europa Remix Basic Facts" is broken down to the essentials and with its open character fits perfectly into warm-up and after hour sets.
released June 2, 2017
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