Dominik Eulberg is a highly prolific, accomplished experimental techno producer and DJ from Germany. His productions are usually quite intricate and detailed, filled with unexpected shifts and sounds, as well as rich, emotive melodies. Eulberg is equally passionate about nature and music -- he's even worked as a park ranger -- and his track titles and album artwork reference various animals (particularly birds) and plants. One of the key artists of Cologne's esteemed Traum Schallplatten, he's released several albums and singles through the label, including 2004's Flora & Fauna, additionally surfacing on others such as Cocoon (2007's Bionik) and !K7 (2019's Mannigfaltig). He made his debut in late 2003 with the single "Der Hecht Im Karpfenteich," issued by Traum Schallplatten. The label released his full-length debut, Flora & Fauna, the following year, and numerous singles appeared on Traum as well as labels like Raum Musik, Trapez, and Ware. Eulberg also began releasing singles on Platzhirsch Schallplatten under the pseudonym Rocco Branco. Eulberg's double-mix CD Kreucht & Fleucht was released by Mischwald in 2005, to critical acclaim. Eulberg's second full-length, 2007's Heimische Gefilde, collected several previously released singles along with brief spoken interludes in the vein of an educational film about nature. Later in the year, Eulberg released another full-length, Bionik, on Sven Väth's Cocoon Recordings. Following several additional 12"s, Eulberg's fourth full-length, Diorama, was issued by Traum in 2011. He continued releasing singles on Traum, Cocoon, and Herzblut, including some of his most epic productions to date, such as 2013's "Opel Tantra." Eulberg mixed the first disc of SonneMondSterne.X8, a split-mix CD with Animal Trainer, issued by Kontor Records in 2014. A Little Further, a co-production with Extrawelt, appeared the same year. Following solo EPs such as Spülsaum and Falkenauge, Katzengold & Taubenblut, a collaborative 12" with Essáy titled Dream Machine appeared in 2017, the same year Eulberg launched his Apus Apus imprint with the release of his Bienenfresser & Blauracke single. He released two other singles on Apus Apus in 2018, and his fifth album, Mannigfaltig, arrived on !K7 in 2019. ~ Paul Simpson
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Electronic/Dance - Released September 6, 2019 | !K7 Records
Dominik Eulberg's music has always reflected his passion for nature. A full-time biologist and ecologist, his productions are as intricately detailed as a forest landscape, and they're nearly always titled after a species of flora or fauna. Mannigfaltig, his first full-length for !K7, features 12 pieces named for numerically titled animal species, from "Eintagsfliege" (mayfly) to "Zwölfgepunkt-Spargelkäfer" (spotted asparagus beetle), with various moths, butterflies, insects, birds, and a dormouse in between. Compared to his other four albums and dozens of singles, Mannigfaltig is less club-centric, with more downtempo tracks and a more reflective mood. The first two tracks are laced with crystalline chimes similar to Pantha du Prince, and the second (the vocoder-tinged "Zweibrütiger Scheckenfalter") blooms into a sparkling melody, buzzing bass, and intricate beat patterns. "Dreizehenspecht" continues the subdued atmosphere, and it sports one of the album's poppiest, most new wave-like melodies. "Sechslinien-Bodeneule" is a gorgeous piece of rained-out, sad-world drama which would've fit perfectly in one of Sasha & Digweed's classic Northern Exposure mixes. "Siebenschläfer" is considerably more playful, with bright melodies and clattering, echo-heavy percussion dancing around a slightly goofy bassline, yet somehow there's a shade of melancholy detectable deep inside. "Neuntöter" is soul-searching but hopeful, and perhaps the most club-ready track on the album. Elsewhere, tracks like the unabashedly sentimental "Elfenbein-Flechtenbär" express Eulberg's unwavering devotion to the natural world without using lyrics or incorporating field recordings (except for some birds audible during "Vierfleck"). ~ Paul Simpson
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