Artist: Pretty Pink
Country of Origin: Germany, Blankenburg (Harz)
Title: Born Digital
Format: Album, Stream, Download
Genre: Electronica, Deep / Melodic/ Progressive House
Label: Deep Woods
Release Date: May 05-2023
17 Tracks • 57 minutes (Radio Edits Version)
At Apple Music available in partially Hi-res
24 Bits / 44.1 kHz – Stereo (Radio Edits)
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Pretty Pink is a Melodic House/Techno artist who has been rising to become one of the most important artists in the genre over the last decade. On May 05, 2023 she releases her debut album Born Digital on her own label Deep Woods and it is available on all known download and streaming platforms.
Hailing from Blankenburg in the Harz Mountains, Pretty Pink aka Anne Karolczak is known for her infectious blend of epic floating synth lines and techy percussion carpets where melodic tracks can sprawl with spacey, dancefloor-filling energy with the famous Pretty Pink energy. Her tracks and can be heard on such renowned record labels as Embassy One and Anjunabeats, and even with her remixes for renowned acts for acts like Armin van Buuren and Lost Frequencies, Anne is able to convince across the board.
BORN DIGITAL is released via Pretty Pink’s own meanwhile highly respected Deep Woods label and it lives from her fresh dynamic style with floating melodic sound clouds and the powerful percussions. The album is the crowning achievement of her career to date and contains 17 magical tracks, all of them dehering with an immensely emotional power of fascination.
The album’s title track opens the album with a pulsating bass, haunting vocals and feel-good vibes that lure you to the dance floor with irresistible appeal. The tracks are extremely dancefloor compatible and true sound gems for long nights in the clubs, while also providing captivating melodies, catchy hooks and enchanting vocals for extremely coherent listening sessions at home on the high-quality stereo system or under good headphones.
The Bottom Line
Actually, I had rejected the idea of publishing a review of Pretty Pink’s debut album, not because I don’t like tActually, I had rejected the idea of publishing a review of Pretty Pink’s debut album, not because I don’t like the album, but because of the fact that I have decided to leave the scene after being in the music business for so many years. Because it’s time to take a different path now.
But with Pretty Pink, I could not resist in the end. Already with the first single releases, that should lay the foundation for the new album, I was literally on fire. After I had written to Anne about a press kit, she sent me a really nice and friendly message and in the same step she put me in contact with her PR agency, where a good old friend of mine holds the reins in his hands.
So everything was just right with this review project I had planned and Anne aka Pretty Pink had joined my personal Alltime Top Favorite Artist Charts in every respect with ease, starting with her very typical sound with the highest recognition value up to the extremely accommodating service for the press. And so my Top 5 is now made up of JOPLYN (love to Berlin), Nora En Pure, who paved my way through the pandemic thicket with her music, plus Miss Monique, of course Korolova and last but not least also Pretty Pink.
BORN DIGITAL is woven like a sonic tapestry, full of vibrant colors that conjure up a homogeneous, uniquely Pretty Pink sonic universe with a keen sense of purposeful design. This is Pretty Pink at her best, telling stories with music that inspires the imagination and moves the mind, body, and spirit.
Giving you some listening tips is not easy, as BORN DIGITAL is among the best from the electronica genre since 2020, but Suvi, Miss You, Drifting, Stay and Staying are all absolute gems.
However, the release policy finally gave me some difficulties in understanding the concept behind it. There are three different versions of the BORN DIGITAL album, a 6 track EP with the same title and artwork (all in hi-res 24 bit 44.1 kHz), an extended version with 17 extended mixes exclusively on Beatport and a radio edits version that you can get or listen to on all other known platforms. The latter includes tracks in Lossless 16 Bit / 44.1 kHz and also some in 24 Bit / 44.1 kHz.
Anyway, BORN DIGITAL sounds very good in all versions. The extended versions have even more drama, grip and magic.
And now I still have to review the fantastic new album by the brilliant LP Giobbi from the US and the exciting new album of Rodriguez Jr. – and after that the whole WaterDomeMusic thing will slide out very gently. Let’s see what will come then.
The Bottom Line (max. 5 out of 5 stars)
Listen to the Album and Buy it!
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