'M. Rahn is an artist based in a suburb of Frankfurt, Germany who has previously released with labels such as Trapez, Konvex-Konkav, Neurotron Music and Night Drive Music. Active since the early 1990s, he has been building up a studio centred on hardware synthesizers which are the mainstay of his approach to electronic music production.
His work is mostly inspired by the world around him as everything from the natural world and busy city living provide flashes of inspiration behind each track he produces. However, Dub Techno and Basic Channel influences are an obvious musical reference point as he absorbs the sounds of Rod Modell, Roman Flügel and Fluxion, not to mention early science fiction movies which began to use synthesized sounds to create a futuristic aesthetic.
M. Rahn is perhaps more widely renowned for his more Dub-Techno/Tech-House rooted sound and when we challenged him to produce something with a greater focus on a Dub Techno/Ambient sound, we’ve been captivated with the results ever since. 'Paradise Is Closed' is a deep and expansive album; a space to collect your thoughts as the bittersweet Ambient textures unfold atop dubby rhythms. The material moves like a journey; a slow search for utopia where you’ll realise the metal entrance gates are firmly shut. In a short while, you’ll realise that within the great exploration itself, you have all the paradise you could need.'
- Harry Towell
'[...] There are plenty of quieter, reflective moments, rich in detail as they unfold but these moods are also adorned with subtle beats at times. The concept of this record is loose and undefined, hinting at a flawed search for the perfect world. Perhaps in modern society, that paradise is indeed closed? One of life’s challenges however is whether you can dream of an optimism that might propel you to at least search for it – and the sounds within Rahn’s work here are both thought provoking and probing, as delayed synth keys, swirls, beeps and whooshes draw out a soundtrack in your mind. [...]'
released March 15, 2018
written and produced by Matthias Rahn
artwork by Justine O. Tellier
mastered by Tobias Lorsbach