The lead track comes in three flavours - the main mix displaying all the artifacts in a dizzying spectrum of piano licks, warm bass and jacking drum beats. Add a few timpani rolls and juddering arps and it's easy to fall victim of the overwhelming joy thrown at you... leave your troubles at the door!
The dub mix and perc mix do a good job of highlighting various other elements of the track; the dub obviously focusing on bass and rhythm whilst the perc mix chucks a whole manner of extra percussion into the mix for a fiery track that's perfect as a segue, tension builder or DJ tool!
"Whatever This Is" happens to be our favourite however. Harking back to the sounds explored on The Primitive Painter project (alongside long time collaborator Jörn Elling Wuttke) it's got that undeniable Flügel personality - quirky, jerky, naive and playful - with a brilliant ear for synthesis. Its correspondent "Luv Armour" is a piece of sonic shine that's doing the splits: house, new wave, synth pop and some melancholy for the finishing touches. Perfect late night alternative dance material.
Finally, "Film 4" is the final dish of this lush meal. Referring to the other "Film” tracks on the "Mega" 12" and created during the hard and dark times of closed amusement party parks, it is full of yearning and contemplation; yet executed in that typical Flügel style.
An excellent conclusion to this four part series - highly recommended!
STAFF COMMENTSMatt says: Roman Flügel's been a constant for nearly three decades - always innovating, grooving and playful. This latest EP for Running Back is no exception as he pairs synthesis wizardry with wide-eyed, technicoloured optimism. The Primitive Painter-esque "What This Is" is worth the entrance fee alone in my book.
A1. Lucky Charm - Main Mix
A2. Lucky Charm - Dub Mix
A3. Lucky Charm - Perc Mix
B1. Luv Armour
B2. Whatever This Is
B3. Film 4