Mr. Statik

“Metamorphose (2lp Gatefold)”

AWAYLP002 scanZoom inLabelAWAY Berlin
Cat. No.AWAYLP002
FormatEXCLXLPD
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2LP Album, Gatefold A1 Insomnia A2 Rogue Cherub (feat. Dave Aju) A3 Katastrophe B1 Burdens B2 Retracing My Steps B3 Rusalka (feat. Nastya) C1 Drone (feat. Beatrice Ballabile) C2 El Diablo De Chaparral D1 Soulfur (feat. Claude Speed) D2 Savannah Fast-moving times, in which popularity and quality are often equated or commonly confused with one another, aids and abets this imitation game some call conformity, others professionalism. In the end, both paths will end up in predictability. Here’s where Stathis Kalatzis, aka Mr. Statik, comes to play. The resident at Athens’ multi-purpose cultural space Six D.O.G.S has not only been one of the scene’s pivotal figures, but since he started to release his first solo releases in the mid-00s, the now Berlin-based Greek DJ has earned a reputation for being a trend-ignoring, unconventional producer. Whether his output for BPitch Control, Rotary Cocktail, or even last year’s debut EP “Rogue Cherub” for AWAY - Mr. Statik enjoys thinking outside the box by crossing his diverse pop-cultural interests and pulling in expertise and perspective from beyond the usual functional formulas. After a decade of not staying in one comfort zone or sticking to one musical direction, he finds himself more comfortable in his producer shoes presenting his debut album “Metamorphose". Housing a few film references in this for Mr. Statik typical nebulous fashion, the ten tracks not only carrying the narrative potential of an imaginary score, but primarily exploring a versatile array of influences, themes, and contradictions (which Mr. Statik as an illustrator also united on the albums’ artwork). Ranging from the sci-fi infused album opener “Insomnia", the first non-dancefloor piece he ever produced around 7 years ago, over “?atastrophe", an homage to ancient Greek theater, to collaborate with others such as Beatrice Ballabile, Jan Niklas Jansen (Locas In Love), and RBMA alumnus Claude Speeed, who contributed synth work on “Soulfur".

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