Having released upwards of 15 singles since first emerging in 2005, it's probably high time that German producer Nick Curly delivered his debut album. Between the Lines is in many ways typical of his recent output, offering a cosy but curiously distant take on deep house peppered with organic instrumentation, touchy-feely vocals (see the excellent "Piano in the Dark"), chiming melodies and comfy chords. It's clearly designed for home listening rather than heavy club rotations, but that's no bad thing. There are, of course, club-friendly cuts - see the hypnotic, Berlin-does-Detroit melodies of "Hairline" and jazz shuffle of "You Don't Have To Hopp" - but these are merely pleasant diversions along the way.
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