Some call him the master of melodies, others call him the king of euphoria, most just stick to the piano man. Whatever your name of choice for Danish pleasure-bringer Kölsch, you can't deny his talent for creating the perfect arms-in-the-air dance music.Back in the summer of 2013 he released his debut album to massive praise, and it's not hard to see why. The emotion-laced and sunshine-drenched long- player acted as a statement of intent from Rune Reilly Kölsch, and now he follows up '1977' with the equally dizzy '1983'.Back again on Kompakt, you can expect to hear the same winning formula as last time.
The first tastes of Rune Reilly Kölsch's second album for Kompakt were delivered on the Cologne label's 79th and 84th volumes of the 12" Speicher series, released respectively in June 2014 and April 2015. "Cassiopeia," "DerDieDas," and "Two Birds" hinted that 1983 would offer more of the producer's melodic, uplifting techno. The first of that bunch was made all the more dramatic by strings from Gregor Schwellenbach, the musician who previously reinterpreted a batch of Kompakt label favorites for Spielt 20 Jahre Kompakt.
As heard on his debut album, 1977, Rune Reilly Kölsch's style of house and techno—melodic, colorful, emotive—closely adheres to the values the Kompakt label holds dear. It was an important record for the producer, bringing the kind of credibility he never found making more commercial house as Rune RK. He titled the album after his birth year, and it was also a means of working through complicated childhood memories.
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