For more than a decade now, Berlin’s Daniel Steinberg has been delivering top-shelf electronic beats to the masses. From the bouncy, dark disco of “Domingo” to the stomping acid techno of “Lion Clap” and the Latin jazz vibes of “Salamander,” he has displayed remarkable versatility in his productions, some of which have been remixed by the likes of Derrick Carter, Paul Johnson, Roman Flugel, Nick Holder, 808 State, and Crazy P, to name a few.
For all its variety, a constant element has been an offbeat sense of adventure. It pops up on his remix of Claptone’s collaboration with indie rockers Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, as well as on his dreamy, new wavy, Prince-evoking rework of Felix Da Housecat’s “B Brave,” featuring Blakk Hazel.
The latest example of his playful touch comes via his new EP, Twilight, out on his own Arms & Legs label. The title cut may have been made in Berlin, but it has a deep Chicago feel, rooted in a soulful looping vocal, a quirky melodic riff, some oddball synth sounds, and a shuffling beat. It’s the kind of track that feels right at home in a dingy sweatbox where you’re not allowed to take yourself too seriously.
In that spirit, Steinberg says he would rather make music than talk about it. As long as he keeps pushing tech house in such fresh directions, that’s fine with us.
Available January 11 via Arms & Legs.