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    Monday, March 14, 2005

    Tracks of the Week: Lawrence

    Lawrence "Untitled Track 7" - This week you're getting two tracks from the same artist. Lawrence (my Dad's name!) is actually Peter Kersten, a criminally overlooked and underappreciated electronic music producer from Germany. Where many artists fall into the trap of repeating the same 4/4 beats over and over ad nauseaum, Lawrence evolves his rhythms as they lurch forward with twisted melodies and a solid sense of drum programming. Maybe he's the Underworld of microhouse? His music can feel claustrophobic and even downright gloomy at times, but every track on his 2002 self-titled debut is a stunning addition to the tech-house genre. Buy It.

    Lawrence "Fifteen Minutes with You" - I was very impressed with his debut, but Lawrence's 2003 release The Absence of Blight simply blew me away. Building on earlier themes, his most recent album opens up his sound more, occassionally letting in splashes of sunlight and warmth. Kersten continues to dwell in chilling atmospherics and dark rhythms, but this album is a little more accomplished, including a live string arrangement. I can't wait to see what this guy releases next. Buy It.