INNERVISIONS, !K7, DEFECTED / DE
A long-time veteran of the German electronic-music scene; Henrik Schwarz has long been seen as a different kind of electronic artist, not quite fitting the mold of what you would expect from someone who has dedicated the majority of their career to house and techno. His discography is – in a word – stunning; a rich vein of quality running thickly though it. And yet as consistent as it is you’d struggle to find the sound, technique or approach that identifies it as a Henrik Schwarz production. While some rely on templates, modifying previously well-received harmonies or drum patterns to create their next ‘hit’, Schwarz starts with a blank canvas, with the result that each record is unique; a completely independent addition to one of the most impressive bodies of work in electronic music.