His treasure chests filled with black gold and glistening silver, capturing a vast collection of acoustic tales… Being a buccaneer, Pophop is right in his element when cruising through the sound waves of that endless ocean named music, always in search of new melodies. The haul he brings to his home port -the artist collective 3000Grad from Germany- afterwards, is an eclectic mixture of East European folklore, dubby grooves, tropical happiness, and multicoloured electronic sound pearls. Using these precious treasures, the bearded vagabond lures the dance floor out of the grey mist of everyday life, takes his listeners on an exciting adventure trip full of daring love for life.
Michael Mayer is the true definition of a taste-maker. His work as a producer, a DJ, and a curator via his label Kompakt, speaks for itself. Mayer’s recording career spans four albums, 23 EP’s, nearly 170 remixes and the legendary DJ mixes for fabric and Immer. ‘&’ is his third full-length, a passionate and personal album that speaks as broadly as his DJ sets – embracing his genre-busting love for music, rhythm and atmosphere – and the dancefloor in front of him.
‘&’ – the title says it all; Michael Mayer collaborated for every track on the album. The list of contributors is quite impressive, including Roman Flügel, Prins Thomas, Joe Goddard of Hot Chip, Ed Macfarlane of Friendly Fires among many others. Mayer is adamant that the collaborations came about because of a shared musical vision and personal connection rather an effort to stack the lineup. ““All of those involved are good friends of mine and not random choices selected from someTop 100 list,” he says. “These people mean a lot to me – and by that the music we produced together is heart driven and emotionally powered.”
An album highlight is ‘Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen’, built around a vocal sample from a long lost East German band Stern Meissen. “I bought the record because I thought the cover was interesting. Then I heard this one line that fit perfectly to this idea of mine,” says Mayer. “Barnt was the only candidate to make this idea come to life. The trick was to bridge something that sounds sincere and deep with a delicate balance of craziness”. The outcome breathes a groovy spookiness, likened to the Giallo works of Dario Argento, where the borders between reality and fiction are not clear.
After the success of his „Precious“ Remix EP last autumn, Till Von Sein is back with some new originals on his „Blacker Than Ever“ EP and we are very excited about his return.
The first of three fresh pieces of music is “U N U” and it’s definitely one for the summer. Percussions with the energy of a street carnival, sunny guitars and a filtered vocal all dance around chirping synths and a stomping kick. Smiles all the way.
As night falls on the carnival, it’s time for some serious grooving. And “Itiswhatitis” is just what is needed. Drum machines and synths reign supreme when it comes to dancing in the dark. The bassline takes the lead, a short snare cuts through floating pads as the ghost of a rave melody creeps up on you, raising tension before the kick drum releases it.
Arriving at “Dappat Se Gat”, sunrise is welcomed with dreamy Rhodes chords, soaring strings and an electric bass as warm as those first rays on your skin. Scattered jazzy licks weave in and out of a groove that keeps you on your toes with a beat packing a punch, which is light yet precise.