Montreal duo The Black 80s, Hollis P. Monroe and Singer Overnitemusic. They make sultry, sleazy house/electronica for dancefloors and home stereos, a little in the vein of Art Department and AZARI & III. Sonar Kollektiv recently release their debut album ‘Heart To Art’, and this 808-electro banger remix from Till von Sein + Tigerskin is taken from the new ‘Remixes’ EP.
Chapter 24 returns with seven stories in sound collected from artists across the world to bring these themes to life.
NHAR (My Favorite Robot, Correspondant) is a consummate storyteller, and he opens the book with the glistening space tech of ‘Navigli’. This is quickly followed up by newcomer Dan Grassler, whose superb ‘Going Back’ with US vocalist KnowKontrol is powerfully brooding and promises great things for the Munich-based producer.
The momentum picks up further with the standout ‘Over My Head’, a dark and delicious cut from two returning Chapter 24 artists, Alex Zed and Billie Fountain.
The label welcomes Teho and Machino for their inaugural releases on the imprint. Frenchman Teho (Herzblut, Parquet) serves up a double helping of delight with the skilfully crafted ‘Back To The Forest’ and the tense tech house of ‘Drunken Leads’. Meanwhile, Machino (Desert Hearts), one of a new wave of Tijuana-based producers, showcases his unique blend of potent techno and ambient influences on ‘Perdidos’.
Finally, Melodule and Van Did bring the tales to a close with ‘Téou 12’, a dreamy, abstract piece that showcases wonky basslines, drifting pads and engaging sound design.
They say that there are only seven basic plots but a thousand different stories.
And so, as the storyteller utters that age old, magical phrase “Once upon a time…”, let yourself be carried away…
“Unweit von Halle, in greifbarer Nähe, liegt Jena. Die Thüringer Großstadt gilt seit jeher als die Brutstätte guter Musik, zu deren Exportschlagern ohne Zweifel die Combo KLINKE AUF CINCH mit Paula, Clemens und Lutz zählt. Das Electronica-Projekt macht Anfang 2016 mit seinem Release FOUR, erschienen auf dem äußerst sympathischen Label ANALOGSOUL, erneut auf sich aufmerksam und liefert zu den 4 Originaltracks als Paukenschlag ganze 16 Remixe von Künstlern wie Jacob Korn, Marbert Rocel, Ranko und dem Hallenser Prismic. Wenn das Kollektiv mit der Sängerin Paula tourt, erlebt man Liveelectronica als einzigartiges Klangerlebnis – dabei sind Clemens und Lutz auch als DJ-Team unterwegs und überzeugen hier ebenso durch deepe Harmoniearrangements und klackernden Rhythmusfundamente. Auch an Halle kommt KLINKE AUF CINCH nicht vorbei und nach dem ein oder anderen Besuch in der Saalestadt, ist es eine Wonne, den Mitschnitt von ihrem Gig am “Strand22″ in Jena exklusiv als unsere Podcastnummer 45 präsentieren zu dürfen.”
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.
Today we get high by the mountains and deep by the sea. Together with YONII from Innsbruck / Austria we inhale the love of her music. It´s a journey between electronica and downtempo with the touch of house back to ambient. Close your eyes and lean back. You wont regret it!