Âme and the surrounding Sonar Kollektiv/Innercityvisions field undoubtedly triggered a true revolution in Deep House a couple of years ago, not only through their own productions but also thanks to the refreshing records they (and other people such as DJ Dixon) discovered and played. A very warm and melodic sound was brought to life, sometimes stripped down and dry, sometimes heavily orchestrated and emotive. Deep House, whose image had been somewhat suffering in Europe among younger people, suddenly changed from being reputedly boring "lounge" muzak that many people just smiled at - to utterly fresh and funky dance music, grown up and serious yet forward thinking and playful.
But not just that - looking at their playlists and compilations you will notice that also many an obscure Disco, Ambient, Modern Classical or Old School House track has experienced rejuvenation through these people and perfectly integrated into the current Deep House scenery. Everybody who's heard Kristian Beyer or Frank Wiedemann DJ will probably appreciate their sets' contemplative side where plays of Steve Reich compositions are nothing unusual.