Different Divides

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Having cut his teeth playing deep U.S.-orientated house in his hometown of Leipzig throughout the '90s, Andreas Greiner (aka Frankman) made the progression to his own production at the latter half of the decade, releasing over a dozen singles on his own FM Records while slowly garnering broader support through some select licensing to well-distributed compilations from the likes of Plastic City and Choice. Despite some recognition from such tastemakers as King Britt, he remains something of an unknown quantity outside of Germany. This well-executed debut long player sets to reinforce his position however, ploughing a furrow which owes as much to the efforts of Peter Kruder and Matthew Herbert as it does to house pioneers Marshall Jefferson and Frankie Knuckles -- a coagulation of contemporary and classic elements working well with the crisp production and expansive strings of Frankman's impressive instrumentals leant further weight by the suitably diva-esque contributions of vocalist Patricia Sonntag.

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