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Schtu: Siberian Express (4 Track EP) – 2021 – Casomat
Genre: Melodic TechHouse
Sometimes in life, everything is just coincidence. That’s how it was with Schtu. I had never heard of him or seen anything by him until now, but sometime in late June 2021 the omniscient YouTube AI introduced me to the video “Schtu Live Set @ Grabowsee by Berlin Brothers”. I listened to it and after a short time I was simply thrilled.
The Video “Schtu Live Set @ Grabowsee by Berlin Brothers”.
Schtu’s live set is audiovisually one of the best I’ve seen this year. The Berlin Brothers, brand new on the scene, staged it brilliantly in terms of the choice of location and the visual realization. So the question seems to be justified whether something really great is being born in Berlin that doesn’t need to shy away from the comparison with Cercle. The Berlin Brothers have launched a video platform that offers artists a stage to bring the vibe of Berlin into your living room.
Especially the fourth track “Siberian Express” (starts at 24:49) was very appealing to me and mutates after a few minutes to an earworm that settles deep in the ear canal and won’t let you go.
So I got in touch with Schtu and the Berlin Brothers and without any tedious discussions I got all the info I needed to present you this video and especially the Siberian Express 4-track EP.
Tracklist for the Video
00:11 – Intro
02:04 – Track 1: Schtu – untitled/unrelesed
09:13 – Track 2: Schtu – Tonight
16:37 – Track 3: Schtu – You Make Me Feel Like
24:49 – Track 4: Schtu – Siberian Express
31:26 – Track 5: Schtu – untitled/unrelesed
The Siberian Express EP
The EP is the first release on Schtu’s new Casomat label, which aims to provide a musical home for emerging talent and help them gain the recognition they deserve by additionally bringing in established and proven remixers for the releases.
The EP contains 4 tracks, Siberian Express and Carinet Jam each in the original mix as well as the Siberian Express in Murat Uncuoglu Remix and theClarinet Jam in Simao Remix.
The cool rattling opener Siberian Express in the original mix delivers the very finest head cinema, you really believe to feel how the Siberian Express rattles through the infinite expanse of Siberia. Having just released a highly acclaimed EP on Frankey & Sandrino’s “Sum Over Histories”, Murat Uncuoglu adds more layers of electronic sound in his remix of Siberian Express with stunning sound design wizardry and a billowing pumping bassline.
Clarinet Jam comes with a slight but no less intriguing Klezmer element, which may be a bit daring, but the track fiunctions incredibly well with this organic influence and a forward driving beat. Portuguese-born and London-based Simao, signed to HOSH’s ‘fryhide’ label, reworks Clarinet Jam with his remix into a grim and hard peak-time club track with a hypnotically infectious groove that always making room for huge sweeps and massive blasts of bass pressure.
The Bottom Line
“Siberian Express EP” offers dynamic Melodic TechHouse at its best, far away from worn out house paths and proves Schtu’s affinity for analog synthesizers and live drums in combination with careful programming and clever arrangements.
The sound quality may also convince with a powerful stomping, deep bass and cleanly defined treble all along the line.
Title: Siberian Express EP
Format: 4-Track EP
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Genre: Electronica, Melodic TechHouse
4 Tracks – 26:22 m
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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