Matthias Tanzmann – The Treat [EP Review]
DIRTYBIRD is continuing to build its flock across the pond. They’re particularly fixated on underground hotspot Berlin, drawing the likes of Chambray, Marc Houle (who currently resides there), and now, Matthias Tanzmann into their fold.
Tanzmann’s label debut arrived on March 1 under the name, The Treat. Ever the tasty ensemble, the EP’s title track is a playful groover that’s centered around its bassline. It errs slightly on the minimal side, with other notable accents being hollow, metallic drum clangs and sparse vocal clips. Despite its simplistic nature, “The Treat” carries joyful overtones that are sweet to the senses and make for plenty of fist-pumping moments on the floor.
“Filthy,” on the other hand, is more high charged. The B-side’s wailing synth tones and equally infectious bottom line feel like they belong on Ibiza, or in the middle of an elrow party. It would appear Matthias was inspired by his stints on Ibiza whilst creating the tune; not a bad influence by any means. The Treat is ultimately another dip into the European tech sound by DIRTYBIRD, and a nice complement to the label’s overall aesthetic.
Outside the EP, Matthias has kept himself busy in the studio alongside Davide Squillace and Martin Buttrich putting the final touches on their first album under their Better Lost Than Stupid alias. They’ve just put out the vocal version of their scintillating tune, “Inside,” which Dancing Astronaut premiered here.