In the fast-paced world of electronic music, variety and freshness is key to staying afloat. The debut album from German producer Alex Niggemann is a testament to this school of thought. A diversity of sounds comes with time to most good musicians, but Niggemann has nailed it on his first try with Paranoid Funk. The album, out on Poker Flat Recordings, is as dancey as it is introspective, an emotional journey of highs and lows from a DJ/producer on the rise.
The recent deep house explosion has obvious influences here, with chords and vocals on Easy Love taking inspiration from Maceo Plex. Niggemann isn’t afraid to get gritty, though, and follows the sultry offering with some stripped down, tension-building tech house in the form of That Is…!?. Back 2 Basics is a dark journey that is as techno as it is deep, meant to destroy clubs late into the night. Other notable tracks include the loungey Sweetest Thing, the minimal Street Therapy, and the melodic, piano-infused Lovers. There’s plenty to love about Paranoid Funk, but perhaps the best part is knowing that Alex Niggemann is just getting started. To see what Alex has been up to touring-wise in 2012, check out the video below.