Switched On: Feiertag – Dive (Sonar Kollektiv)

by Ben Hogwood

What’s the story?

Dive is the second album from Dutch producer and drummer Joris Feiertag for Sonar Kollektiv. It finds him concentrating more on synth-based grooves than the upbeat, vocal-led tracks of previous album Time To Recover.

What’s the music like?

Once again Feiertag hits the sweet spot between poolside listening and a more immersive experience. His instrumentals are beautifully layered, especially the heat soaked Cala, with its urgent beats and liquid keyboard lines, and then Descend, also employing the chopped up approach with some nicely twisted percussion.

Opener Living In Slow is a clever piece of work, speeding up the vocals but squashing some of the beats to make a glitchy, sultry groove that works really well. It also has some of the urgency that courses through a track like Nocturnality, a quicker groove with flitting melodic figures that really gets going. Deep house with an edge.

Feiertag also writes fluid techno in the Detroit style with How U Do It, which is generally good save for a spoken word vocal that will be too crude for some tastes.

Does it all work?

Yes. Feiertag’s approach has a good deal of light and shade, and is really well constructed. This is music that sounds excellent on big speakers and headphones.

Is it recommended?

It is – a fine sequel and a sign that on the whole Feiertag is growing as an artist.

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