Following on from his return to dance orientated music on Neroli records with the lush and endearing “Music for The Golden Age”, multi album artist Lars Bartkuhn (Sonar Collective & Needs) brings contrasting sides of his musical character for Alex Bradleys burgeoning Utopia Records, touching on Detroit, Jazz Fusion and Ambient.
Tokyo Burning is a youthful and stripped back electronic club track harking back to the Detroit house heyday of Galaxy to Galaxy and Happy Records but with a modernist approach and Bartkuhn's unique musicality for what has all the hallmarks of a peak-time club classic.
In contrast title track Nomad brings the full spectrum of Bartkuhn's musical range with a more organic and rhythmic dance composition. A fusion of afro percussion, his own emotive vocal hook, melodic keys, joyful flute playing, bound together with the guitar playing that has had many compare Bartkuhn to the likes of Jazz master Pat Metheny. The track builds into a breakdown that is perhaps best described by Anthony Nicholson as; “a combination of truth, inspiration and cosmic energy’.
Rounding out the EP a gentle acoustic reprise, a deeper introspective piece for ambient music lovers. All pressed to impress on 180g vinyl with full artwork to round out a quality release on Utopia with more to come from Bartkuhn on the label as he reaches the ‘Needs’ heights that made him (along with his residency in the early days of Robert Johnson) an inspiration to a generation of Deep House DJs and producers.