Premiere: Werner Niedermeier & Gareth Whitehead – ‘Nineteen92’: taking ‘tronica out past Khruangbin

PROLIFIC producers Werner Niedermeier and Gareth Whitehead have been working together for about a decade now.

As well as their busy DJ commitments and running their own record labels they have have found time to put out releases on a myriad of imprints, including Compost, Kling Klingon and Poker Flat. They’re gearing up for their latest release, “Nineteen 92”; and we’re delighted to premiere it today here on Backseat Mafia.

Of the release, which features legendary Seattle-based producer Jack Endino (of Nirvana, Mudhoney, and Soundgarden fame), the pair say: We are both excited about this release. Again, it’s another change in direction for us, which is nice as it has given us a sense of musical freedom.

“It was especially exciting to work with Jack Endino, whose production and mixing skills have influenced us.

“Moreover, it was great to have Underground Resistance’s Nomadico and Tribu Oro rework the different mixes.”

“Nineteen92” unfolds as a swooning piece of ambient electronica, which takes bubbling and sweeping synths and contrasts them with brushes of guitar, soaked in echo; it unfolds in Cinemascope, bringing Ulrich Schnauss to mind, were it not for the crisp rock rhythms and the desert-scorched guitar.

That guitar wah-wahs lazily over sequencer chitter-chatter; there’s huge skies when you close your eyes. It’s sorta operating out further into the dance mesa than Khruangbin; and very satisfying it is too.

Werner Niedermeier and Gareth Whitehead’s “Nineteen92” is being released by Bullet:Dodge Records as a four-mix EP today, August 3rd. Find out more here.

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