- I must admit I didn't really get Jacob Korn at first. His debut 12-inch on Running Back, for instance, bore grizzly beats and melodies that seemed haphazardly slapdash given their prominence. What I failed to realise at the time was that Korn was peddling music from a new scale that brought with it a new kind of funk. His palette of tunes and timbre is markedly his own and that's why he's interesting. None find him more so than Panorama Bar's Steffi, whose Dolly imprint has devoted two of its first three releases to the Dresdener's work. This second one is arguably his finest yet.
Two pensive numbers both intensely textured, "Sundaysun" and "Sand" are as fit for club as they are for personal house catharsis. He applies thick layers of sound from the bottom up and melodies are allowed to reverberate in between. The opening bass quiver in "Sundaysun," for example, sits solidly but quietly under a stemming crest of padded chords, oscillators and a lacquer of strings as the patchwork slowly sheds its seams. The totality of sound is similarly effective in "Sand," but here attention is grabbed by the powerfully-packed kick and old-school percussive elements that are warped very much into the nu-school.
As if the package needed buffer, Dexter and John Daly are charged with remix duties, and both are nifty in their handling of "Sundaysun." Dexter pushes the tempo and chimes in with some teeming chords while Daly wisely opts for a touch of acid vogue in tracks that are nevertheless indebted to their originator.
B1 Sundaysun (Dexter Remix)
B2 Sundaysun (John Daly Remix)