German icon Stephan Bodzin is recognised globally on several fronts – his live show is one of techno’s most celebrated; his productions constantly push the genre forward with his trademark sound.
Coming out all guns blazing from the global pandemic, he follows up a well-received release on Tale Of Us’ Afterlife imprint with a namesake LP titled ‘Boavista‘ – released on his Herzblut Recordings label.
Across the 17-track journey, Bodzin reminds us why he is a forerunner in global electronic music. The classically educated producer and live artist’s latest release aggregates previously unfinished works – gathered whilst spending time in Brazil.
Expectantly, ‘Boavista‘ is jam-packed with hypnotic and emotional synth prowess at every turn.
The album begins with ‘Earth‘. The opening track is temporal, intrinsic and seemingly connects you with the very elements that make up everything we know.
Next comes ‘LLL‘ and ‘Astronautin‘, two tracks with personal meaning and close connection with Stephan, where you can feel the enamouring energy in their melodies.
‘Boavista‘, ‘Infinite Monkey‘ & ‘Dune‘ follow; these are three tracks that hit home Bodzin’s ability to create cinematic level scores within a modern melodic techno blueprint.
‘River‘ serves as a free-form and pensive interlude before moving into ‘Cooper Station‘, ‘Nothing Like You‘ and ‘Isaac‘ – showcasing more of his ability to create constantly expansive and vast soundscapes.
‘Theory Of Everything‘ provides another deep and meaningful pause as you move into the tail end of the release. Next comes ‘Collider‘, ‘Trancoso‘, ‘Spacetime Hero‘ and ‘Atraxia‘ – providing more captivating bass and synth combinations, all of which pinched, pulled, modulated and charged, creating seamless variation and endless emotion.
The penultimate track, ‘Breathe‘, brings a specific beauty to the mix – enhanced by stunning vocals of Luna Semara (who also features earlier on the release). A track with progressive intensity, it offers one final tip of the Techno brim before plunging into the astonishing ‘Rose‘ – a piano-led signoff that finishes with an emphatic touch of class, much like the artists signature on any valuable painting.
We have waited almost seven years for a body of work of this magnitude from Stephan Bodzin. If we have to wait for another seven for an album of this class, then there can be no real complaints – provided he continues to drip feed us with incredible singles and EPs along the way.
It is everything you could have ever expected, a sonic masterclass from one of the world’s leading electronic musicians. Stephan Bodzin’s ‘Boavista’ LP is out now on Herzblut Recordings.