- A deep house master gets experimental.
- Iron Curtis, real name Johannes Paluka, is an artist many listeners would associate with the golden age of German deep house. Between the late '00s and early '10s, labels like White, Dial and Smallville dominated record store shelves, and you couldn't go to Panorama Bar without hearing a Christopher Rau track. The scene has moved on from that sound, which means you won't find many new records from those labels on the same shelves. In 2010, Paluka appeared on seven EPs. In 2019, he's released one.
That EP is And The Temper on Office Recordings, a label that's been putting out restrained, classy house music since 2012. Some tracks are more experimental than what Paluka would've released seven years ago, which suggests he's become more experimental with age. The most abstract is "010103," just synth and atmospherics shimmering for seven minutes, bravely given the A1. For something more classic, cue up "Mars (Epoch Mix)" or "Arash," two tracks with deep basslines drenched in haze.
A2 And The Temper
A3 Mars (Epoch Mix)
B2 Fine Fine
B3 Strategie '98