Olaf Stuut returns to Atomnation with a new 12" this 4th of May, titled "Crown Shyness". On the new EP, Stuut matures as a producer, delivering three tracks that stand out on many fronts. When comparing to the majority of club output, Olaf's new EP sounds elegant, dark and improvisational - his work is not a so-called dance formula, yet, this EP could easily slip into sets from DJ's all across the board. And this might be the main strength of Stuut's productions: his style represents the taste of both clubbers and living room brain dancers, making him one of the most cutting-edge producers of the moment.
This is about as seamless a suite of songs and moods as you're likely to hear.
The album feels self-propelled, so effortlessly does it move from track to track and style to style. It's Hopkins-like in its diverse fluidity.
Rarely is production this precise melded with performances that are equally so. Not only can these guys play, but they can think. There is real craft in the chordal structures that define the album's sense of narrative.
It's place is assured in my top ten albums of 2019. Michael Mueller