The rumors are true, but now it’s time to make it official…
Two years ago his first Dakota album heralded one of the boldest branch-outs that’s ever been undertaken by an EDM artist. This summer Markus Schulz will return his genre super-collider to the dancefloor frontlines. A bigger comeback in 2011, you will not find…
Back as far as its turn-of-the-millennium origins, Markus’ alter ego was always conceived as a channel through which he could explore the darker and more devoutly club side of his mind.
“To me the audio that Dakota presents and the music which I put out under my own name stand totally apart. It’s an entirely separate set of tempos, sound-ranges and FX rules. To have this studio ‘other self’ with which to produce this type of music is more important to me than ever”, he says.
The first ‘Thoughts’ long-player proved nothing short of a revelation, drawing Schulz’s productions into the CDJs of an entirely different type of DJ. Two years on and its sequel is on final approach. A fully floor-equipped, 14 track album, ‘Thoughts Become Things II’ again explores every cleft and crevasse of the prog/trance/techno/house panoply.
Stylistically ‘Thoughts II’ picks up precisely where the first album left off, in the deeply trenched progressive of ‘Gypsy Room’. From there the unmistakable churning, techno glint of ‘Red Star’ and the shadowy atmospherics of ‘I’m Where it Went Wrong’ continue to build the bridge between the two albums. Each one a Dakota device purpose built to send strobe-lit underground dance spots unrelentingly towards critical mass.
Expanding its style sheet further is the house-led thematic of ‘Terrace 5 a.m.‘ Recalibrating Moroder’s immortal, discofied ‘I Feel Love’ bassline to 2011 levels, its set to become a much-demanded spin at Schulz’s new Space Ibiza residency. Equally 80’s inclined is ‘Tears’, who’s poignant, film-noir channels Vangelis’ enigmatic ‘Blade Runner’ theme.
Every bit as redolent is the low-tempo industrial roll of ‘Katowice’s dystopian main line, the flowing transcendental melod-prog of ‘In a Green Valley’ and ‘Apollo’ – the expansive, epic album d