Club Classics

Moco Raffael Ziegler

Dance music gets a formal makeover

Brandt Brauer Frick's musical recipe works like this: they combine dark, repetitive piano melodies and minimal string-and-brass arrangements with four-on-the-floor techno beats and live percussion, and glue it all together with a Moog synthesizer. The educated, classically trained Berlin-based trio can perform variations of their set in a symphony concert hall or an after-hours dance club. The result? Restrained, yet danceable music that can confuse crowds but also rock them.

The mostly indie-rock crowd at London's Camden Crawl in May didn't quite get it, but at another gig in Umea, Sweden, "everybody...

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