Stefan Erbe hails from Hagen in Germany & he's been making his own brand of instrumental melodic, dancey/chillout music with a decidedly spacey edge for over 14 years now. Since the release of his debut album The Cosmic Dreamland in 1994 he's released a total of 10 albums of which this is the latest.
Anyone who's familiar with his previous work will immediately recognise Erbe's established style at work here, there's little in the way of progression or innovation but, as ever, Erbe's melodic skills mean that there's enough worthwhile music to make this a worthwhile offering, particularly during the album's first half with the up-tempo title track opening proceedings in fine form with some ethnic effects thrown in for good measure & being joined by the slower, chilled ambience of 'A Train Of Thoughts' & the excellent 'One Hundred Percent' which has the same mix of quirkiness & infectiousness that Kraftwerk perfected so many years ago (not that Erbe is in any way a soundalike, he does have a style that is very much his own). Likewise, an appropriately serene & spacey atmosphere graces 'Anybody Out There?' while 'The Promise' sticks its toes in the waters of electronica by means of more imaginative rhythmic & voice effects over some nicely atmospheric melodics that see Erbe broadening his appeal somewhat. How much of this is down to the involvement of Bernhard Woestheinrich is open to debate but it's a fine track regardless. In contrast 'Jump (Play It Loud)' does exactly what the title suggests, being a contrastingly lively number as is 'S Cape' (A terrible pun, I'm sure you'll agree!) which further benefits from some attention-grabbing chords. For all that, though, this is a very pleasant, undemanding album that has more going for it than any 'abient' albums (or whatever they're called now!) but is still easy enough on the ear & mind that electronica fans might find this the perfect backing to a sunday afternoon chillout!
Artist Link: http://www.erbemusic.de