This is a piece that is hard to place within any one genre. The 3 masterminds (Brandt, Brauer and Frick) are well known DJs in Berlin. So, they usually are into House, Techno and Dance music. Some of the rhythms surely fit into these genre’s, but you won’t find any electronic instruments or sampling on these tracks. Everything is played by 10 Jazz or classical musicians. You have tuba, cello, piano and a lot of percussion that is done with all kind of tools and tubes. Everything is recorded in a way that gives a real sense of space.
The key thing we’re looking out for here is that the soundstage is well defined (you should be able to easily follow the arrangements as the instruments start playing one by one and piece builds over time). Secondly, because of all the percussion, this music is also very demanding to amplifiers because of the impulses which sometimes have a very high amount of low frequency energy (bass).
The LP version is also something we use to test our phono stages.