Over the past two years Philipp Priebe’s Stólar imprint has been steadily gaining recognition as a purveyor of some of the finest contemporary deep house and left of centre electronica, the label has acted primarily as a platform for Priebe’s own ethereal and hypnotic output while welcoming remixes from the likes of Jacques Bon & Drux, Vilette, Johanna Knutsson, FDF and Japan’s Metome. The latter returns here to mark the first release of original material not from Philipp on Stólar, although the Osaka-based artist’s material fluidly melds into the catalogue through its deftly crafted, hypnotic style.
Up first is ‘Graftage’, laid out over six-minutes with looped bass stabs, airy textures and stripped percussion, perfectly setting the tone for the EP. Title-track ‘Trail’ follows and shift focus to shifting pads, bright piano tones and choppy distorted bass atop a crunchy, shuffled drum groove. ‘Indoor Ivy’ then completes the original material on the project, diving deeper via an amalgamation of sweeping atmospherics, metallic synth chimes, modulating bleeps and a low- slung rhythm.
Tilman’s ‘Seaside Mix’ of ‘Trail’ follows next, an in typical fashion from the German producer he reshapes the original with his own vintage house feel bringing swinging drums and rounded subs into the forefront while reworking the original’s keys and atmospherics with a more house focused feel. Philipp Priebe’s ‘A Darker Red Remix’ of ‘Graftage’ then completes the package, beautifully stripping things down to a cinematic, nuanced flow of pads, bells and shakers for the first half before the latter weaves in the original bass hook and a sturdy kick drum to ride out the rest of the rework with a more driving feel.