Release Date: Apr 1, 2014
Record label: Ostgut Ton
Genre(s): Electronic, Club/Dance
There is a tendency to talk about the music of Tobias Freund, a studio engineer who has twiddled knobs for everyone from Milli Vanilli to Marcel Dettmann, purely in terms of sound quality. Like his last album, Leaning Over Backwards, A Series of Shocks is rich and spatially ambitious. The low-end (a dark, bubbling mass of tuned kicks and bass undulations), compresses your chest with physical force.
Tobias, the stripped down house moniker of scene stalwart Tobias Freund, is an important figure in the rotating cast at Berlin's Ostgut Ton. Having worked as a sound engineer, the strength of Tobias' previous releases has always been in the staggering quality of his production. A Series of Shocks is no different. From the intricacies of the ambient opener to the bulk of the album's later dance-floor orientated productions, the balancing of sound is meticulous throughout.Though the attention to detail has always been a constant for Tobias, the straighter-laced dance-floor orientation of A Series of Shocks is somewhat of a departure from his previous full-length.
For three decades now, Tobias Freund has been powering developments in the German electronic music scene from many places. Whether initially as part of Neue Deutsche Welle duo Vo Ese, his '90s collaborative projects with legends Dandy Jack and Atom Heart, his later, famed experimental duo NSI. alongside Max Loderbauer, or his voluminous solo recordings; there are few who have made such strong contributions to modern electronic music.