Timo Maas - Pictures
The burgeoning presence of Timo Maas’ fan base in the UK is strong, and the release of his album, Pictures, is sure to garner him more fans and break stereotypes of the cheesy the European DJ turned producer.
But that is only to say that Maas is different, as apparent in the first single to be released from the album, First Day, where there’s nothing typical in Maas’s dance track except for the funky danceablity, loops and hooks in an otherwise good Placebo-sounding track.
However, as he is such a good DJ, it would be disappointing to hear something predictable, so there is much to be impressed about in this turnabout of what is expected of a dance album.
Pictures is the follow up to Maas’ debut album, Loud, from 2002. There he reached the stellar heights of a Top 40 placing for the album and a Top 15 hit with Get Down and he also recorded Help Me featuring, the now acknowledged, Kelis.
Kelis is a guest again on Pictures and her particular vocal stylings feature in 4 Ur Ears. However, it’s the inclusion of Neneh Cherry on High Drama that showcases her surreal vocal calibre and makes for one of the most complex and intelligently arranged tracks on the album.
But Pictures, as a whole, is an electronic journey that shifts between haunting mood music, as in Slip in Electro Kid to high spirited dance numbers, like First Day, and together with the title track Pictures being so techno saucy, that it seems to be that Timo Maas’ style is like techno giant Green Velvet and his structured minimalism with some melodic life pumped in throughout.
Timo Maas’ Pictures is electronica realised into an eclectic puzzle that has been solved; something ageless and classic in dance music that brings all the elements of the genre together to make a living, breathing body of work.