Timo Maas – Tantra (Original Mix)
German heavyweight and often unpredictable tunesmith Timo Maas returns this month with latest original gem “Tantra” for his own Rockets & Ponies imprint. Plucked from his returning full-length offering Lifer, the long serving DC10 dignitary and eclectic production force uses this latest single to flaunt the instrumental vitality that has remained in spite of his affinity for off-the-cuff collaborations. Dream like pads and prudent grooves pave the way for this stripped back yet awe-inspiring spotlight on Maas’s well-oiled studio tendencies. James Teej, Tom Demac, Atelier Francesco and Wolfgang Haffner offer suitably on-point remixes for a label always delivering in that department, but the original mix emerges as the package’s real star child. Part underground clubbing mainstay, part dance floor metamorphosis man, Timo Maas leaves 2013 on fighting form, using “Tantra” as another indicator that for all his years on the beat, his is a sound getting no less engrossing with age.