Release Date: Mar 11, 2014
Record label: Virgin EMI
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Club/Dance, Alternative Dance, Left-Field House, Progressive House, Neo-Disco
With glittery nu-disco flowing out of the speakers and Chic-man Nile Rodgers on board, German DJ and producer Tensnake's debut album Glow might be taken as an opportunistic jump on the "Get Lucky"-era Daft Punk bus, but this is one sincere and inspired effort, and one that's also sincerely funky. Funky in a way that bucks the 2014 EDM trend where everything is bigger, faster, and stronger, because as the delicious pre-album single "58BPM" with Fiora declared, good vibrations are available in all sorts of tempos. Think Prince with vocalist Fiora as a post-indie protege and the Kavinsky-meets-the Weeknd beauty of the tune is close at hand, while the Fiora and Nile Rodgers number "Love Sublime" would be an asset to any given DJ set when dropped in the vicinity of Sister Sledge, Giorgio Moroder, Toro y Moi, or, of course, Daft Punk.
Tensnake is the guise of German producer/DJ Marco Niemerski. Having been around for the last decade, Tensnake became an established dance entity in 2010 with his deep disco smash "Coma Cat." Glow is his debut full-length, one that is compact at under an hour, but somehow manages to feel like an entire night's multi-faceted house-y disco set. .
Head here to submit your own review of this album. Tensnake has long dominated dance floors across the world with his unique brand of disco-infused house. Indeed, his 2010 Coma Cat still evokes as large a reaction as it did during its initial release - a testament to its longevity as a modern house classic. As such, the expectations for this, Tensnake's first full-length studio album, are high, and for the most part, they're met.
Imagine an album that was the result of a night of passion between Random Access Memories and Settle, one whose heritage contained the 2010 hit ‘Coma Cat’ and oozed deep disco. Nile Rogers is its great-uncle, Jacques Lu Cont babysat it, and it looks up to Moderat, Lindstrom and Pharrell Williams just as much as Prince and Michael Jackson. A little spoilt, a good dancer, weighed down with high expectations after this drawn-out, hyperbolic comparison.
Tensnake's inescapable 2010 club track Coma Cat turned German producer Marco Niemerski into an in-demand DJ and remixer. His effusive disco influences differentiated his dance tracks from his fellow Germans' hard-edged techno, a style he makes even more accessible on his pop-centric debut LP. When acts like Hot Natured, Storm Queen and Disclosure have top 40 hits in the UK and Daft Punk are winning Grammys, house-pop is having a moment.
Hamburg producer Tensnake is part of the same heavyhitting label roster as superstar DJs like Sebastian Ingrosso and Eric Prydz, but he's not really EDM. On his first full LP, he makes sharp-lined, songoriented house music that draws heavily from strutting early-Eighties electro-disco, like an all-synth version of Brooklyn's Escort. Nothing here bounds as joyously as Tensnake's club-ubiquitous 2010 single "Coma Cat," but "Feel of Love" (with Madonna producer Jacques Lu Cont and Brit crooner Jamie Lidell) and the Nile Rodgers feature "Good Enough to Keep" add some well-timed jolts to a collection that flows, at times, a little too smoothly.
Marco Niemerski's 2006 debut single was called "Around the House" and the title sums up the German producer's career as Tensnake. He's occasionally experimented with sounds from other genres—electro's searing synth lines, beachy balearic tempos, expansive space disco—but he's always returned to house's straightforward pulse, both with his original productions and as a DJ. Reliability has been Niemerski's calling card but his best material comes when he steps out of his comfort zone.
Marco Niemerski's music is cheesy, but we love him for it. His knack for deliriously happy songs ("Coma Cat," his remix of "Reckless With Your Love") has led to brushes with the mainstream, which he finally embraced with 2012's "Mainline" on Defected, a rote exercise in '90s vocal house that only earned him a bigger audience. Now he's signed to Astralwerks, and with the full force of the pop machine behind him, Glow is his unmistakable grab at the charts—but one still suffused with some of that old Tensnake glimmer.
The house-pop takeover led by Disclosure and Gorgon City has been an undeniably refreshing breeze through a chart that’s often ruled by David Guetta and Calvin Harris. A template has now been set out for success in the genre, though, and this major-label debut from German DJ and producer Tensnake has the whiff of a by-the-numbers job about it. Luckily, Nile Rodgers appears twice here, popping up on disco revival tracks ‘Love Sublime’ and ‘Good Enough To Keep’ and bringing a star quality sadly lacking elsewhere on the album’s cheesier side (‘Feel Of Love’).
German producer Marco Niemerski has spent a long time getting to this point. Under his Tensnake name, he became synonymous with quality house music with speed, thanks to being informed by a love of disco and being rather masterly when it came to production. This debut long player arrives after almost a decade of standalone tracks, and it’s immediately clear that the wait has been worth it.
Glow is the debut album from Tensnake, the Hamburg producer best-known for his 2010 hit 'Coma Cat'. Marco Niemerski has been keen to separate himself from the nu-disco tag with which he has been lumbered, and Glow finds him exploring 80s pop, house, early-00s R&B and even a few hints of SBTRKT-ish contemporary pop-dance. The album features guest spots from MNEK, Jamie Lidell, Jacques Lu Cont, vocalist Fiora and the currently ubiquitous Nile Rodgers.