Listen Up! EP by STL
Early October will see STL deliver the Listen Up! EP via London’s Mutual Friend Recordings, comprising four original tracks from the German producer.
Stephan Laubner better known as STL and Lunatik Sound System has quite the reputation in the realms of underground house, techno and experimental music having garnered high praise for a run of 12’s and long players via his Something imprint, Echospace (Detroit) and Zip’s Perlon since 2003. 2014 saw Hamburg’s Smallville Records collate a collection of the material into the ‘At Disconnected Moments’ L.P and here we see Laubner push on with a fresh release for the recently launched Mutual Friend Recordings label out of London.
Kicking things off is ‘Smile Function’ which sees Stephan employ ominous drones, blossoming guitar plucks and raw lo-fi rhythms, amalgamated over ten minutes with Stephan’s signature snaking, dubby and ever-unfolding production style. Following is the ‘Listen Up! Loop’ which as the name would suggest is a hooky one minute bonus delivery of gritty, glitched out Techno.
Opening the flip side is ‘Wrong’ which sees Laubner offer up a smooth and hypnotic number fuelled by multi-layered flittering synth leads, growling bass tones and low-slung bumpy drums. The package is then rounded off with ‘Mind Puzzlin’, closing things on a stripped-back tip with a twisting marimba style synth hook, crunchy drums and subtle bubbling echoes, wrapping up the package perfectly.
STL - Listen Up! EP
Release Date 5th October 2015
Label Mutual Friend Recordings
1. Smile Function
2. Listen Up! Loop
4. Mind Puzzlin