German techno producer Juliann Wassermann has started to bubble up in the past year with buzzing productions on Still Vor Talent, Einmusika and Parquet Recordings. Now he is ready to take another step with a new single “Painfully,” out tomorrow. The single combines his knack for a great piece of melodic techno with some soothing vocals that fit the season perfectly.
“Painfully” combines haunting and beautiful vocals, describing the feeling of “summer turning into fall” that echo a bit of a Moderat or a darker RÜFÜS DU SOL record over deep, grinding sub-bass, a thumping bassline and echoing synths. When a lot of techno can sound replaceable or lifeless, Julian Wassermann delivers a deep and dark techno cut that captures the essence of the season, even as snow falls outside of my window.
The track came together after Wassermann tabbed a friend of Julian’s to sing on the track and bring the melodic element to it.
“After my first release 'Extase & Manie' on Wassermann, which was very techno-geared and for clubs, I wanted to push a more musical project with vocals,” Wassermann describes to Magnetic.
“I started with progressive and emotional melodies and added a contrasting harder baseline. After the first sketch was finished, my team and I thought about who could deliver the vocals. At some point we thought of a friend from Hamburg. I heard him sing live with an orchestra for the first time in Munich and was quite impressed by his soulful voice. After a short sympathetic phone call I explained my idea to him. Daniel immediately started writing lyrics and recorded the first take. The first result was already fantastic, but after small adjustments of the lyrics in the second take, it turned out even better. I arranged the vocal tracks, mixed them and edited them with effects. ‘Painfully’ was done!”
“Painfully” will be released tomorrow, November 16. Stream it below.