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Henrik Schwarz may have once produced some the deepest and most atmospheric house records around, but in recent years his dancefloor output has been minimal. Instead, he's re-cast himself as composer and producer working at the cutting edge of neo-classical/electronic music fusion. He's at it again here in cahoots with Dutch string section Alma Quartet. Their inventive and otherworldly arrangements are brilliantly blended with Schwarz's subtle electronics and experimental production techniques to create evocative and imaginative pieces that are often hard to pin down. Sometimes, they're cyclical and heady, as if all involved are channeling Philip Glass or Steve Reich; at other points, they sound like classical versions of unheard minimal techno tracks. Throughout, you'll be surprised, inspired and entertained in equal measure.
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