Like a fever you can’t shake (and don’t want to), Berlin’s Johannes Bügeleisen comes oozing in strong with his 2018 effort, Sunscreen. With his follow up to last year’s Night Drive, Bügeleisen is all over the place with this one, almost to his detriment until you realize you’re listening to the album for the fourth time.
Album opener “Afterhours,” a track I’ll be spinning at the next Schmutz dj night, is a sleazy cityscape unfolding right before your eyes. Berlin is sweltering in the summer and all the city wants to do is groove with each other (in or out of bed), and Bügeleisen knows how to narrate this particular flavor of debauch down to the last salty drip of sweat.
The broken beat and distortion of mid-record acid trip “First Break” is initially cartoonish, but digging a little deeper, looming and dark. One doesn’t know how to take this instrumental break until moving into the doom-wop of “666.” This stoned quickly recalls both Hunx & His Punx and some favorite tripped out 4AD anthems. The swoon is strong with this one.
If you don’t already have a crush on Bügeleisen, his track “Foreplay” will get you in the mood. The gritty, sexy underbelly of Berlin sparkles black on this late summer jam with upbeat grooves and his smokey vocals pushing through your speakers.
Sunscreen and Night Drive are out now on double cassette through Schmutz’ label crush, Baby Satan Records.
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