Henning Baer has announced that he will release his debut full-length, titled Shatterproof, via his own MANHIGH imprint.
As the head of Grounded Theory and MANHIGH, Henning Baer has since 2009n presented his downcast, experimental interpretation of modern electronic music to wide critical acclaim, establishing his forceful presence on Berlin’s scene with immaculate curatorial skills and equally imposing DJ abilities.
His discography so far, concentrated on Adam X’s legendary Sonic Groove label, and his own K209 and MANHIGH, keeps step with his formidable reputation and wide-ranging tastes, moving across the spectrum of hard-edged, aggressively modern techno.
With Shatterproof, Baer offers for the first time his unified vision in extended format, a varied exploration into the outer limits of the genre. At its centre, a work of dark minimalism, he sets and maintains the pensive tone on ambient pieces like Angel Dust, All Over, and MIL-STD 461, which foreground the exploratory electronics that maintain their presence throughout.
The corroded textures of the sounds, enveloped in decaying reverb, bring life to pieces like Never Ending or Bliss, which sit between rhythmic interludes and the stricter dancefloor material found on the remainder of the album. Once he shifts into techno, he does it unremittingly, from the uptempo fury of Code Buster and Burning Chrome, whose starkness only heighten the tension, to denser pieces like Drama Sky or closer Vermillion Red, where the cavernous impacts of drum hits punch holes through beds of seesawing synthesizers.
Shatterproof is Henning Baer’s first album, an like its title suggests, unifies and strengthens the work of an artist whose legacy is already assured.
Shatterproof is available on November 13th, in physical and digital form via MANHIGH Recordings. Listen to the final cut off the album, Vermillion Red, below via the Soundcloud player.