Nils Hoffmann: Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes) – 2021

Nils Hoffmann: Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes) – Album (13.03.2021) and Nils Hoffmann @ Carpathians, Romania by TIME:CODE – Video (21.05.2021)

Genre: Melodic House, Minimal/TechHouse, Deep House, may contain traces of “Ambient”.

The video “Nils Hoffmann @ Carpathians, Romania by TIME:CODE”.

The Video producers TIME:CODE from Belgrade in Serbia released the video “Nils Hoffmann at Carpathians, Romania by TIME:CODE” on 21.05.2021. So far, TIME:CODE has not always been able to convince me completely. There was almost always something to complain about, sometimes it was the image quality, sometimes it was the drone picture quality, sometimes it was whether or not the Covid-19 safety measures had been properly adhered to in accordance with international recommendations.

But this time the production team did everything right and delivered a first class video production. The chosen location, the snowy Muntele Mic Ski Resort high up in the Romanian Carpathians, is absolutely stunning, 2 drones were used to deliver really impressive overflight shots, and that in rich 4K image quality and with a very good sound quality (WEBM 4K / 2160p / Opus 160K).

It’s all very well timed too, as Nils Hoffmann’s new album titled “Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)” is out on March 12, 2021, and should get another big boost from the video’s release.

The video includes 15 remix tracks from the March 2020 album “Once in a Blue Moon” or remixed tracks by Nils Hoffmann for other artists. And as a remixer Nils Hoffmann is incredibly in demand – his remix jobs for genre greats like Ben Böhmer, Eli & Fur, Antic, Sunlounger or Two Lanes speak for themselves.

If you like sounds like those of Ben Böhmer, Jan Bloomqvist, Fritz Kalbrenner and the releases of the Purfied label or Enormous Tunes, then the releases of Nils Hoffmann are definitely for you. Nils doesn’t need to shy away from comparison with the aforementioned genre greats, quite the contrary: His sound is incredibly atmospheric, light-footed, danceable, melancholic, the arrangements are on an extremely high level, are distinctive and have an enormously high recognition value.

The whole thing can be assigned to the genres Melodic House, Electronica, Minimal/Techhouse and sometimes Progressive House, the compositions can also contain traces of Ambient, so that the fans of Sine Music, for example, can also get their money’s worth.

This video, with the unmistakable sound of Nils Hoffmann against the breathtaking scenery of the Carpathian Mountains in Romania, is a real little gem and a total audiovisual masterpiece.

Tracklist for the video

[00:00] Nils Hoffmann – not released yet –
[04:45] Ben Böhmer & Nils Hoffmann ft. Malou – Breathing [ANJUNADEEP]
[10:00] Nils Hoffmann ft. Margaret – Wherever You Are (Tinlicker Remix) [POESIE]
[15:15] Nils Hoffmann – Once In A Blue Moon (Eightfold Remix) [POESIE]
[20:00] Nils Hoffmann – not released yet –
[25:00] Nils Hoffmann – Balloons (OIABM Version) [POESIE]
[31:45] Nils Hoffmann – Once In A Blue Moon [POESIE]
[34:00] Eli & Fur – Otherside (Nils Hoffmann Remix) [SPINNIN’ DEEP]

39:00] Antic – Can Believe (Nils Hoffmann Remix) [TON TÖPFEREI]
[45:00] Nils Hoffmann – not released yet –
[49:00] Sunlounger ft. Zara Taylor – Lost (Nils Hoffmann Remix) [ARMADA ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS]
[54:00] Crooked Colours – Falling (Nils Hoffmann Remix) [PARAMETRIC]
[58:00] TWO LANES – Never Enough (Nils Hoffmann Remix) [BITBIRD]
[1:02:00] Kidnap ft. Leo Stannard – Moments (Ben Böhmer & Nils Hoffmann Remix) [ARMADA ELECTRONIC ELEMENTS]
[1:06:30] Nils Hoffmann – ID

The album “Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)”

Let us now move on to the new album by Nils Hoffmann. Nils Hoffmann is a producer (and DJ) based in Hamburg, the original album “Once in a Blue Moon” was already released on 06 March 2020 and I had already praised this work in a review about the green clover, you can read this review here .

The new album “Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)” is released on March 12, 2021 and contains a total of 11 tracks. Eight of them were already available on the 4 remix EP’s OIABM Remixes 1-4. I had already put these together in a playlist on my YouTube channel some time ago:

Newly added are the three tracks “Once in a Blue Moon in the Eightfold Remix”, “Once in a Blue Moon in the Different Ray Interpretation” and “Balloons” (Made in Paris Remix).
The spherical, melancholic monotone hammering “Eightfold Remix for OIABM (Once in a Blue Moon)” is absolutely impressive with its multi-layered electronic soundscapes. Also the somewhat older housey / dragging / throbbing “Flowers on Monday” remix of “Once in a Blue Moon” is very appealing.

It’s quite difficult to give you a few tips, because the original album is already very coherent and you won’t find any slackers.
The remixes take the well-known album tracks to a new, exciting, different level. The arrangements are denser, all of them have several electronic sound layers.

Nils Hoffmann
Nils Hoffmann – Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)

Well, admittedly, “Parachute feat. Max Joni im Rezident Remix” has done it to me with the never-ending goosebump effect quite strongly, the hypnotic refrain “Don’t look back in anger” settles everywhere in the body, the forward pushing beat drives you with every new listening again and again on the virtual dance floor in your living room.

Furthermore, the hypnotically pearling “The Clouds Silver Lining”, remixed by Joachim Pastor from Paris, who belongs to the extended Worakls circle of friends, and of course the melancholic and sultry “Wherever You Are” in the Tinlicker remix are extremely fascinating tracks. On both tracks, by the way, Margret contributes the beguiling vocals.

“1.16699016 x 10^-8 hertz” with the Niklas Paschburg remix, the album’s opener, is really impressive, and its light French chanson touch is very appealing. By the way, the number sequence refers to a strange Google Easter Egg: If someone says in English that something happens “once in a blue moon”, they mean that it rarely happens. A “blue moon” is actually the second full moon within a month, but that happens only about once every 2.715 years. However, if you type “once in a blue moon” into Google as a search phrase and look for this expression, the Google calculator will give you the result “1.16699016 × 10-8 hertz”. This is the frequency of a blue moon!

The album “Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)” is much more than just a bonus with a few remixes, the 11 tracks are extremely fascinating without any sag – this is absolutely essential music to feel good, to dance to, but also to daydream away.

Sound quality

This album from the Poesie Musik label in Berlin is also only available as a 16 bit / 44.1 kHz version. However, the sound quality is of high quality and scores with profound bass sequences, natural mids and a warm high frequency range without any tendency to harshness.

Facts about the album “Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)” by Nils Hoffmann

Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)
Artist: Nils Hoffman
Title: Once in a Blue Moon (Remixes)
Release Date: March 12, 2021
Genre: Electronica, Melodic House, Minimal/TechHouse, Deep House, may contain traces of “Ambient”.

Proof of reference

Available on Qobuz in CD Quality
16-bit / 44.1 kHz – stereo

My Test Equiment

Studio 1 (High End):

  • 2 x System Audio SA Mantra 50 (front)
  • 1x System Audio SA Mantra 10 AV (center)
  • 2x System Audio SA Legend 5 (rear)
  • 1 x System Audio Saxo 10 (subwoofer)
  • 4 x Onkyo SKH-410 (B) (Dolby Atmos)
  • Auralic Altair (audio streaming client with max. 32 bit / 384 kHz)
  • NVIDIA Shield Pro with Plex, Kodi (max 192 kHz for  Audio, Tidal (MQA Streaming Client)
  • AppleTV 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Amazon Cube 4K (Streaming Client) Dolby Atmos (restricted), HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Panasonic DP-UB9004 (4K UHD Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Oppo UDP-203 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Player) Dolby Atmos, HDR, Dolby Vision
  • Yamaha CX-A5100 (Preamp) 4K, Dolby Atmos, Hi-res
  • Yamaha MX-A5000 (Power Amp)
  • Sony KD-55A1 (TV) 4K OLED, HDR, Dolby Vision

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