Out Jan 12th, 2018
Dr. Rich Recordings
Sinaye / Dawning
Out on Nov 7, 2014
Stefan Obermaier is the kind of artist who doesn’t have B-sides. His EPs have always overflowed with nightlife, with relaxed ecstasy and collective climax. A dreamy tumult. In that sense, his new opus “Sinaye/Dawning” is a true novelty. “Sinaye” fits like a charm on the chain of the trademark Obermaier sound: deep but sublimely driven, tribal and penetrating, playful yet deliberate. With it he draws together the masses, gathering them again and again on the dance floor. With “Dawning” the artist breaks away, showing a facet of his style that has always been there, but which is now a signature of his new EP. The listener is invited to lean a little further back and disappear, landing on a deserted beach outside of time. Obermaier's night sound is transported into a parallel otherworld. A world where the sun is always just starting to rise but the mist still hangs in the air. The beats fade back and the synths rise to the fore, open, singing, spreading like light. But make no mistake—even his lighter touch will move you to dance.
It really is impressive with what consistency and care Stefan Obermaier fine tunes his trademark sound, thus creating far more than just recognition value. The atmosphere of his tracks just keeps intensifying, concentrating into something tangible, with a sublime but immediate effect on head, heart and feet. On his new EP, heat and humidity reach sweat-inducing proportions. Your blood pressure rises, your heart beats faster and the game of dance begins. It continues in the artwork, which was created by casting points of light on a dancing body. With „Magolie", Obermaier indulges his soft spot for African and tribal elements and calls us to collective ecstasy; a ritual out of time. In „Monsoon", this morphs into a subtropical rain dance and brings us all a step closer to reality.
Stefan Obermaier’s arrangements have reached a new level of clarity. The arcs of suspense have been boosted to undreamt-of heights, but Obermaier also manages to turn the ecstasy back inwards and maintain the energy level across the whole track instead of unleashing it all at once.. As soon as the voice of Joseph Bailey drops, MC-style, the house party turns into a collective experience. The warm bassline fills the room and Obermaier’s groundbreaking deepness becomes palpable to everyone in it.
This is even more true with “Alpino”, one of the definite hits of the upcoming open-air season. The synth intro alone will electrify the masses, but Stefan Obermaier takes it to a higher order of magnitude with a verve of pure genius and a melodic sense that keeps listeners lifted. Over and over he escalates the moment with new tweaks, turns and breakdowns. Stefan Obermaier has found himself.
APIA is the latest single release from Austria’s finest exporter of house music, Stefan Obermaier. Named after the Samoan capital with the famous ‘never ending summer’, APIA offers up the best there is right now in ultra contemporary, deep/funky house. Call it what you like, one thing is for certain; this track will have a hold of your ears from the first beat of pure, tribal artistry… Imagine sunset at the coolest beach party in the world. You’re about to listen to it.
Stefan Obermaier is a man familiar with sounds. The fact that the multi talented Austrian producer has his very own room in the famous Vienna based House of Music museum is testament to this. Fitting then perhaps, that Stefan's brand new SHISHANNA EP incorporates samples from around the globe. Following on from his impressive Bagana EP and Traveler, the Shishanna EP continues to offer up a chorus of Stefan's trademark super slick funky house beats, fused with a unique and uber cool African influenced tribal sound. Feature track 'Top Up' oozes class, both in it's composition and production, and will be sure to have the worlds biggest DJs and dance music public alike, purring with satisfaction.
"Traveler" entered the British Cool Cuts Chart (Music Week) at #13 and climbed up to #10.
Finally the more human aspects are returning to house music: After the static techhouse movement and the historical disco revival it seems everybody is ready to simply throw the hands in the air again. Stefan Obermaier’s TRAVELER comes almost innocent and delivers a sure shot for the upcoming summer. On the beach, inside an airplane, on the rooftop or in the club when the first sunlight breaks through, this is the soundtrack for the fusion of absent-mindedness and collective euphoric ecstasy.
27.01.18 - The Exchange Night @ Pratersauna (Vienna/A)