This week’s Crack Mix comes courtesy of Cass. Hailing from Osnabrück in the North-West of Germany, Cass.- real name Niklas Rehme-Schlüter- drew acclaim in 2013 for his LP Loops and Farewell Sketches, enlisting live instrumentation and field recordings for an affecting and promising debut.
Having followed up Loops with a second album for Japanese label Home Normal, Cass. this year released a collaboration with Wolf Müller- better known as Jan Schulte- blending his ambient palette with balearic cues and heady hand percussion. This month sees Cass. present Youth Sessions, a third long-player which layers delicate vocal snatches and kicks above and below his signature soundscapes.
As you might expect, the mix is a kicked-back affair, but not less engrossing for it, with tracks from Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, How To Dress Well and Grouper blending into an atmospheric trip through Rehme-Schlüter’s sonic influences. Headphones recommended.
Youth Sessions is released in early December via Emotional Response
Popol Vuh – Aguirre
All Diese Gewalt – Gar Nichts
Grouper – Invisible
Mark Pritchard – Sad Arlon
André Bratten – Space Between Left & Right
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith – When I Try, I’m Full
David Sylvian – Brilliant Trees
Andy Hull & Robert McDowell – Where Did You Come From? (feat. Paul Dano)
How To Dress Well – Suicide Dream 2
How To Dress Well – You Wont Need Me Where I’m Goin’
Bryter Layter – Closing
Dirty Beaches – Elli
Nite Jewel – Bottom Rung
All Diese Gewalt – I’m Not Even Here