Well versed in exploring his own musical roots Cristoph isn’t really a new producer—he’s always been producing, even when nobody was listening.
Having now carved out a sound that is increasingly identifiable, the young producer avoids dance music’s relentless march toward the new next thing by masterfully mediating through raw beats and textural trickery that gradually blurs the edges of genres; the focus on groove, mood and his typically intricate, hypnotic arrangements.
It’s a common notion that artists must either be tragically ahead of their time or blissfully oblivious to it. Cristoph is keenly aware of this distinction and the gravelly warmth of his beats have allowed the Newcastle born producer to take welcome strides through labels such as Noir, Suara and Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound to become one of the most reliable yet exciting acts in the scene – upending every preconceived notion about what he should do next or succumbing to any single trend or genre.
There’s both agelessness and versatility to his studio output that gives his 4/4 house productions points of triangulation rather than direct references, or risk of evoking direct nostalgia. So once you get rid of any feeling that you might be listening to something reminiscent of another time— admittedly, a feeling fueled by the fact that the golden era of real house music in the UK is when he first cut his teeth as a DJ—it’s confidently replaced by the impact of hearing a professional doing his thing on what seems like a continuously rising curve.
Through remixes of Kaiserdisco, Jobe and the major label reworking of Elbow, Cristoph has established a high quality of consistency – peripheral details of melodic color and vocals are often pleasantly overwhelmed by the abstract throb of his ever-percussive, multi-tiered groove making him a turn to remixer for the dancefloor where his music stands on its own robust physicality.
As a listener If you come looking for house in its most obvious form, this decision seems puzzling, but if you’re prepared to forgive Cristoph’s need to challenge expectations and genres and simply lose yourself in the groove, then its easy to discover his involving engaging talent. The inaugural edition of conceptual album series “8-track” that bears his name on Knee Deep In Sound may be set to confuse those still stuck in a world where house music and techno are separated by propped-up dividers but it will indeed only serve to showcase his strength as a producer.
Now no stranger to the international club circuit, festival scene and record crates of his peers, 2016 is set to be a significantly prosperous year for him with key signings in the form of ‘Genesis’ EP to Adam Beyer’s Truesoul and ‘Divvina’ to VIVa MUSiC. As a producer and DJ fixated on integrity, with influence equal part Windy and Motor city, Cristoph uses nostalgia like a slingshot, pulling back to the past as a means to shoot forth into the future.