I first became aware of Traumprinz, when I stumbled across his Freedom EP, whilst digging through one of Berlin’s well known record stores. Since then there has a trickle of equally superb releases on Weimar’s faultless Giegling imprint and his eponymous label, both as Traumprinz and the slightly harder Techno-oriented alias Prince Of Denmark, many of which I sadly missed and are now at least three or four times the original price on another well known, slightly larger online record store.
His latest EP “All The Things” opens with ‘A Messed Up Jam‘, a beautiful track for home or headphones that gives a self-deprecatory nod to its subtle yet sweet mistakes – with added crackle for effect. This is followed by the titular ‘All The Things‘ – sultry, warm and glowing, its evocative of a smooth piece of emerald green beach glass, and contrary to many of Traumprinz previous productions; which are a somewhat rougher, muddied and broken.
The B Side opens with ‘I Gave My Life‘, a profound spoken word sample, drifting above a suppressed tribal groove. It’s heartfelt monologue is a fantastic nod to the ubiquitous relationship between music and ‘religious experience’. The EP then ebbs into the finale, ‘Let It Glow‘, an unhurried ambient piece that’s as delicate as the tissue sleeve that holds the vinyl.