by Francis Andrews in New Music on Tuesday 28 October 2008

I’ve yet to find out what they put in the water in Germany that generates such a consistently rich stream of good electronica. Carrying the torch at the moment is Hendrik Weber, aka Pantha du Prince, whose early 2007 release, This Bliss, landed on my doormat with a deep bass-kick and hasn’t left my iPod since. The album builds and builds, from the stripped-down and steady opening of Asha, through the ambient Saturn Strobe and upwards. It’s all fairly minimal yet distinguished by the expanse of sound and exquisite production that stands him apart from other generic ‘deep house-electronica’ producers, a label that is often off-putting. Listen to his song, Saturn Strobe.