Klaus – Neph
‘Another year, another 9 minutes of music’. Its very difficult to uncover the details surrounding the enigmatic producer Klaus. Snapped up a few years ago by R&S with the release of the minimalist ‘Tusk’ EP, his broody electronic landscapes are certainly reminiscent of his label mates – comparisons to early James Blake or Airhead wouldn’t go amiss. Since then, Klaus has self-released two vinyl-only singles through his bandcamp. Last year saw the release of the soaring and graceful ‘Neph’, and then earlier this month the producer came out of the blue with ‘BT Gulf’, a track that was almost Haxan Cloakesque in its dark, sub-bass fuelled thematics.
‘Neph’ is a tender exploration of the blurred lines separating the acoustic and electronic worlds. Warm bass stabs backdrop strange, swelling chords that float in and out of the track, whilst nostalgic horns add to the foggy, beautiful and spacious soundscape. This really is stunning. Understandably, ‘Neph’ sold out everywhere a long time ago, but I’m sure that if you do a little digging you’ll find it. Act fast, you can still grab ‘BT Gulf’ here.