Mike Powell

Of the 106 artists listed in the liner notes for Panda Bear's Person Pitch, German-based electronic producer Dettinger is third. Like a lot of what Kompakt records has released over the past 15 years (particularly its Pop Ambient series), Dettinger's music walks like techno and talks like techno but couldn't really be called techno — it's too gentle and too indifferent to the dance floor. Imagine crickets and a light breeze over midtempo beats and you're partway there. If the breezy washed of Animal Collective have any real connection to techno, it's through guys like this.


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