Frederico Aubele - Berlin 13
On his fourth album, Argentina’s Frederico Aubele does one thing very well: create dubby, atmospheric soundscapes and overlay them with his intriguing croon. There’s harmonica, classical guitar, latin rhythms. It’s intoxicating stuff, reminiscent of something you’d hear in a strange foreign bar late at night, most probably a joint where you can still smoke and having the custom of at least one femme fatale. Despite instrumental 'Kreuzberg'’s vague nods to the dancefloor and the occasional female guest vocal, Berlin 13 is ultimately let down by a lack of variety and pace. It’s hard to escape the feeling you’ve been listening to the same track for forty minutes. Sadly, the gorgeously haunting production can’t quite make up for that.