Anyone who knows Piemont’s work knows that they’re not ones for messing around when it comes to crafting scrupulous tech-house for the masses. On the contrary, the German boys are experts at conjuring up such sounds, which perhaps goes some way to explaining just why they’ve turned out for esteemed operations a la Area Remote, Exploited, Terminal M and Toolroom over the years. For their most recent foray into the tech-house domain, they call upon Mihalis Safras’ Materialsm imprint, for whom they provide the brilliant Like Breathing EP. And as always with Frederic Moering-Sack and Christian de Jonqueires, they’ve rolled another proverbial 6 here that their many fans are sure to lap up with some gusto.
What’s more, quality over quantity has always been the boys raison d’etre, in spite of the fact that they do release tracks at an impressively consistent rate. Opening Like Breathing is the title track itself. A rollicking track that’s full of momentum and feel-good groove, it’s the sort of track you can’t help nodding your head to, even hours after you’ve left the club. Presumably the vocal refrain has been lifted from an old disco record, but kudos to Piemont for bringing it to life in such bombastic fashion as they most definitely do here. A groover that’s as full-on as it is downright enjoyable, ‘’Like Breathing’’ is a triumph from the first beat to the last.
The B-side consists of ‘’Spindrift’’, and while it doesn’t quite hit the highs of its predecessor, it too is another track worthy of note – and one, to be fair, that’s impressive on its own terms. Full of clever percussive wares and a spliced vocal that adds a nice touch to proceedings, it’s a fine way to sign off on what’s an excellent all-round EP. Even after all this time, few can do it quite like the Piemont lads.