Wolfgang TillmansDevice Control
Device Control EP, the second release by Wolfgang Tillmans, is a double Aside 12” and digital release, featuring two new songs and three remixes of his debut Make It Up As You Go Along. One remix is by legendary US band, Salem, the other two by Berlinbased American/French producerDJs, Daniel Wang & J.E.E.P. The title track Device Control opens with a stunning kaleidoscope of synths by Kyle Combs (New York) leading into the bouncing, hypnotic main body of this 134 bpm dance track, which Tillmans worked on with Tim Knapp at Trixx Studios Berlin. Additional live drums are by Rosie Slater of New York band, New Myths. The lyrics are made up of fauxsmartphone adverts about the supposed possibilities of streaming one’s life. The song was written and recorded in one take with an iPhone voice recorder followed by various stages of production in Berlin and New York. Angered Son borrows a single line lyric from a New York Times article about the perpetrator of the Orlando shooting: ‘His son had recently been angered by seeing two men kissing’. In two different a cappella versions, the looped and sampled vocals recall songs in the round style. The AA side is devoted to three outstanding remixes of this summer’s Make It Up As You Go Along. In what amounts to something of a music world sensation, Tillmans was able to win Salem’s Jack Donoghue and John Holland as contributors, it being their first released music in five years.