Schlammpeitziger is known for playful melodies and exuberant, clattering rhythms. This aesthetic, with all its quirks and strangeness, is second nature to Jo Zimmermann. And Vorausschauende Bebauung is no exception—his unique style is unmistakable throughout the album. But at the same time, Schlammpeitziger has never been stuck in a rut. It is the resolution of this apparent contradiction that is presented on his new album. The recently acquired depth and seriousness found on his last record, Schwingstelle für Rauschabzug, descends further into darkness on Vorausschauende Bebauung. His typical swarm of melodies is permeated with ghostly drifting strings and sub-bass, creating a new secretive and enchanted mélange. The beats are sharp and gripping; the cold, synthetic disco sound is a long way from the private intimacy of previous works. Vorausschauende Bebauung doesn’t just exude autonomy and composure, it invites listeners to lose themselves in its depths. It’s about enjoying the feeling of being swept along with the flow and utterly content with the world in which one finds oneself. The audience encounters dark thoughts as well as smirking mischief in Schlammpeitziger’s music. And sooner or later they stop asking themselves how anything can be so verbose and massive and at the same time so personal.