Whether you've noticed it or not, German techno institution Kompakt are still turning out delicious slices of melodic techno on the regular—and this new single from David Krasemann, the Berlin DJ/producer who goes by Dave DK, is only the latest entry in the label's rock-solid catalogue. "Halma" reminds me of something that UK producer Gold Panda would turn out: wistful, whip-smart beat music with a nostalgic core and a few key melodic components that make it perfect for placing within the opening build of a marathon DJ set.
"I started the Halma track last year while I was surfing in Costa Rica and finished it in summer on the German countryside where I grew up," Krasemann told FADER in an email. "In the intro you can hear the Kompakt crew on stage. It was recorded after their yearly Sonar event at Nitsa Club in Barcelona. I love the organic groove as it evolves ending up in a looped theme with chord changes. Everywhere I played it I felt happiness in the crowd."
"Halma" is out this coming Monday as a digital single.
Lead image: Nadine Zilliges