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Paleman // Half Out

23 May

Paleman-Half Out

Paleman‘s Half Out and Etch out now on School Records! Buy it here.

DJ Koze // Amygdala

28 Mar

dj koze

If you haven’t already, tune in to DJ Koze‘s super fresh album on Pampa Records – Amygdala. Preview below, read a massive insert then beatport here!

Amygdala is Kozes Sgt. Pepper. Its an unreal 78-minute walk through Kozes mind, complete with moods, intensities, sounds and scenes as yet unheard of. It feels more like a double album, urging you to turn over and change the records time and time again. “Amygdala” amazes by its sheer musicality, deepness, and its  ethereal sound design; its a kaleidoscope of a great variety of soundscapes where you keep discovering new nuances even after listening to it a thousand times. Nobody else could unite artists like Caribou and Dirk von Lotzow, Hildegard Knef and Mathew Dear, Ada and Milosh in such an organic way and on one and the same record as Koze did. Theres never been anything like it. He weaves new garments around the acapella parts of his guests, garments that only he can tailor, and thats how the album, for all the diversity of its artists, sounds consistently homogeneous and in the true style of Kosi Kos. Its all about the courage to dare, about letting voices resonate undisguised in all their authentic peculiarity. About creating truthfulness. How much can you cut out, when does the flame die down? On the other hand, under which circumstances could it even burn for ever? The album, which in large parts has been composed in a Spanish fishing village, starts off with Balinese gamelan sounds from which a relaxed discoid bass peels off, caressed by mystic backwards basslines, balafon resonances and slide guitar chords. You can hear the ceaseless chirping, twittering and cheeping from all the treetops of Koze’s exotic jungle. High on the odour of the shamans Copal like Snoop, Track ID Anyone is hacking its way through the lush foilage until, out of a sudden, the soft voice of Caribou resounds. “Die Vögel” wave to us from the branch just opposite and orchestrate Dan Snaith’s singing accompanied by smooth horns. Welcome to the jungle! Koze and his dude Apparat share their common grouchy and misanthropic nature. Both of them like to go on holidays on their own and are either perpetually nagging or sentimentally slobbering over something. Theres nothing in between. In “Nices Wölkchen”, Koze presents Apparats vocals (which the singer himself naturally thought were crap, thus plastering them with effects) in an unusually dry and frail manner. The song morphs melancholically through the patterns until it completely mutates to a quivering cloud that eventually empties itself over you with a thousand tears, just like a rain of champaign. The soulful organ of the house music hymn Royal Ascher Cut, staging rhythmically unexpected chord changes and insane African flutes, generates a desire for dark clubs, women and drugs, and follows the principle of the maximisation of emotion by a minimisation of sounds. This track refers to the Spanish court jeweller Asscher, who has been polishing the Crowns gems in the Royal Asscher Cut for generations. Koze had the unique opportunity to get to know his daughter Carol Asscher in G’stad. Her impressive holiday accommodation, which is situated there, its entirely built of oak flambé, imported from Burgundy. In his song Magical Boy, Koze is savouring Matthew Dears heavy baritone: Unlike Dears own production, where he usually embeds his voice in a humming sound carpet, Koze virtually exposes his zappa-esque vocals on a silver tray and strips the music down to the billowing Rhodes. The primal scream-like Ahhhhhhh, which is the most prominent part of the refrain, sounds like the war cry of a lovesick mandrill. Out of a sudden while Magical Boys spacy metallic outro still reverberates in a majestic fashion the galley is slowing down its pace and floating through the driftwood with Das Wort. Alas, on the far side of the bank you can see Dirk von Lutzow slowly waving at us in the evening sun, singing of love like nobody else can do, accompanied by dry, soulful beats with soundscapes of Hawaiian style. The greates poet of our generation, nobody has ever heard him like that before. A turning-point of the album! In the case of Homesick, a Kings Of Convenience track with a kind of Simon-&-Garfunkel charme to it, Adas voice and interpretation lend it the soul and depth of a Soul II Soul track. Slow and low – that’s the tempo. The shit bounces dryly and with a tight bass line around Adas exceptional vocals until, quite unexpectedly, perhaps the most defensive percussion solo of all times sets in. La Duquesa, the most tender and most refined piece of the album, perfectly casual and serious, deep and euphoric, all at the same time, is dedicated to the Spanish Duquesa de Alba, who, as holder of 46 titles of nobility, is even more highly decorated than Queen Elisabeth. Koze is fascinated by this lady: With her peculiarly creepy appearance she seems like a relic from the past era of the Spanish nobility. She is the most pictured woman in Spain and a pop phenomenon. When, in 2011, she married a man 24 years younger than herself, the entire country badmouthed her. Sometimes Koze would love to be that younger man, who the Spaniards dismiss as a legacy hunter! Marilyn Whirlwind is the loudest track on the album. The singer of St. Georg seems to be back in biz and he thoroughly sweeps through the digs at Half-Time. Emerging from a digital error, simple, bouncy and funky, this is just what it has to be like sometimes. This brain saw was produced within 2 hours. A good sign. In My Plans, the New York fugitive Matthew Dear makes his appearance on deck for the second time. Nervous, frenetic sounds carve out the soul in his voice. A dirty slow beat, consisting of no more than a kick & clap, African-sounding refrains, vocoder sparks, broken drop-outs: this is great future funk!! Dont Lose My Mind offers a lot of space between every single rimshot. Never more than two intertwined samples that, in spite or maybe even because of their emptiness, diffuse a warm bliss. Youre instantly craving a pint. Milosh, who lives in L.A. and is originally from Canada, is known and treasured for his androgynous voice. “Amygdala”, the title song, is a wondrously satisfying metamorphosis of joyful chords and mbira sounds. It is perhaps the most beautiful, most gentle song of the album. When played out loud at darkness, it shines brightly and with its spirituality, it is able to heal entire nations. At least thats what they say… Hildegard Knef is, in Kozes opinion, the most authentic singer that Germany ever had. Unheard-of lyrics, pain, courage, humour, darkness, deepness – that woman had it all. 11 years after Kozes legendary remix of Hilde’s “Ich liebe Euch”, he came across the tracks of several songs that he had at his disposal then, and in one single night and with the help of a bottle of the Spanish red wine Espelt, he created this new version of “Ich schreib dir ein Buch”. The samples that caress Hildes voice are all taken from the original tracks and have been recorded with frantic enthusiasm during the kick-in phase of the wine. And you can definitely tell: out of time for the most part. After critical review on the morning after, its been judged just right. Hilde and quantification, some things just dont go together! For NooOoo, the good-bye track, Koze has recorded Tomerle & Maiko. Two very nice guys that he picked up as hitchhikers in Mexico and that hes grown to like a lot. Tomerle is originally from Israel and works as a Yoga teacher, Maiko is Japanese and very microphone-shy. It took Koze almost a whole year of constant persuading to wrench four lines of Hebrew vocals from her. A sweet lullaby for all the blessed nomads.

Bambounou // Full of Feelings EP

19 Mar

bambounou - full of feelings ep

“Full Of Feelings” is released only 4 months after “Orbiting”. A clear sign for unrestrained creativity and joy. While the A-Side track “Filled”, an eclectic monster, transitions perfectly from the sound of “Orbiting”, “Brim” merges Chicago House and Minimal Techno, before the home listening etude “Boarder” closes the EP with yet another facet of the broad musical spectrum of pretty boy and young french genius Bambounou(Monkeytown Records, 2013) Beatport here.

Carlo Ruetz // Breakthrough Album

4 Mar

Carlo Ruetz - Breaking Through

Supdubs hot shot Carlo Ruetz is truly implying the title of his first solo album into his new creation. Being a true coast German (Rostock), young star Carlo wants to set another and by far biggest milestone in his yet early career. Following first successful productions, which were created in cooperation with Alfred Heinrichs and others, he now dares to enter the electronic music market on his own by introducing his very unique style that contains crystal clear and groovy sounds.

Carlo Ruetz appeals to various tastes as his music can be categorized in a wide range from minimal over techno to tech-house.

He explored his passion for minimal sounds already in the early terms of his career. Since, he worked his way up to become an imposing artist behind the turntables. His songs are not motivated by private incentives and neither influenced by his mood. In fact, Carlo Ruetz places more importance on the special groove of the song and hopes that the fans can establish a sense of sensibility for the feeling that is created through the unison of rhythm, tension and speed. His sound is completed with the use of subtle and almost reluctant vocals.

Being inspired by his label friends Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner or René Bourgeois, Carlo Ruetz created ten remarkable and versatile songs. There is no doubt that this first solo album of his own is a thrilling and yet already “breaking-through” piece of work.

(supdub, 2013) Beatport his album here.

Sucré Salé // Zuchar and Salt EP

6 Jan

Sucré Salé - Zuchar and Salt

Following the coup of the EP “Trauriger Sonntag” (Sad Sunday – SDR029), “Zucker and Salt” (SDR030) will now be the new stroke. Heinrichs & Hirtenfellner created this one in collaboration with our friends from Paris: Sucré Salé. Both duos have been friends with each other over quite a while yet, but are coming together for the first time to create an amazing piece of music. The base for the song was provided by Sucré Salé with their sound of “Bye Bye”. This exotic quartet turned it into a grandiose remix accompanied by gentle, bitter and joyful sounds that are delivering the sad feelings of a farewell, but on the contrary already transferring feelings of anticipation as for the next reunion. (Supdub Records SC, 2013)

Dompe // High Five EP

4 Jan

Dompe high five ep

An upcoming EP by Dompe out January 13 on Supdub Records!

Tom Flynn & Shadow Child // Phil Collins EP

18 Oct

Looking forward to these bassy gems from Tom Flynn & Shadow ChildOn the A side is “Drive Hero”. Built around solid, straight up percussion, strong grooving bassline and layered with a bright synth that evolves throughout the record. On the flip, further dance floor damage is issued with “Giant Woo”. With its DnB inspired atmospheric drops, gorgeous pads and deep sub, this addictive and spine-tingling cut is set to fid favour with all. Available from November 5th.” (Shadow Child SC, 2012)

Ramon Tapia // Vagabonds EP

14 Jul

Ramon Tapia is back with release two on his new Say What? imprint.The title track Vagabonds is a floating track which builds through trippy layers of sound snippets and straight forward percussions. Finding it’s peak moment in a close to spiritual explanation of the meaning of VIP.Run Time is a dark excursion into the depths of a powerful techno construct. A marching groove drives the track through a jungle like atmosphere. A sound that reminds you of the tripod siren alert horn from the movie W (Ramon Tapia SC, 2012)

Beatport here!

Stereo Express // Shadoorack EP

16 Nov

Stereo Express doesn’t disappoint. Tune in to another bangin’ EP from the duo from Belgium, out this December on Atmosphere Records.

The Shadoorack / Bootaleeza EP is a both digital and vinyl release. The original tracks are influenced by swing music from the 30’s. They make use of many instruments, catchy melodies and appealing vocals. The remixes add a valuable extra. Dan Caster doesn’t just offer another version of Shadoorack, but an almost new track in the typical Supdub sound. Arts & Leni bring a great interpretation of Bootaleeza with a strong melodic break. (Atmosphere Records SC, 2011)

Worthy // Lost Dog

8 Nov

Worthy‘s brought out another gem! Out now on Discobelle Records. Here’s a dandy little track description:

“Lost Dog” starts off as a skeletal house beat with some big hollow, rapid wartime drums sounding off over shamanic incantations yelped in the background. Things quickly get a bit more fleshed out as the tune meshes together into cohesiveness – Joe’s “Claptrap” for the tech house set, but replacing handclaps, sparse piano and coughing with chirping cut up vocal bursts and an unending percussive beat that burrows its way inside your skull.” (Discobelle SC, 2011)

Click here to check out the Lucid and LOL Boys remix.

_Worthy – Lost Dog

Modeselektor // Monkeytown

14 Sep

Modeselektor‘s new album – Monkeytown – out Sep 30th on Monkeytown Records! Here’s a little text from the guys:

Monkeytown is our third album. It is the first album that almost drove us crazy. Well, when we really think about it, every album almost drove us crazy… 
It is the first Modeselektor album that we produced 100% together in the studio and in one session over the course of ten weeks. We thank all of the participating artists, our families and our friends.

Gernot & Szary (Modeselektor SC, 2011)

Mahala Rai Banda vs TrockenSaft – Mahalageasca (Club Mix)

17 May

Here us free release number three from KDB Records with TrockenSaft on the Tech to Balkan mission. Preview it below and hit up pdj for the free download!

_Mahala Rai Banda vs TrockenSaft – Mahalageasca (Club Mix)