Two years on from the release of his glistening debut album, Hamburg-based producer Christopher Rau delivers a self explanatory follow-up. Throughout his short career, Rau has impressed by taking a sideways glance at deep house, delivering a mix of vivid electronic melodies, off-kilter rhythms and tactile synths. Two continues this approach, offering both floor-friendly deep house atmospherics ("Sound Shake", "Unlimited Dancemoves" and the crackly blues influences of "Ciao") and wonky, synth-laden beat-scapes (check the fluid swing of "Apple Snapple Tracking" and the decidedly tropical "Swag Lude"). The album's best moment, though, is "Weird Alps", a kind of bittersweet synth-pop/deep house fusion that bristles with melodic intent.
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