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Tracklist (Vinyl): A1: Gold, A2: Princess, A3: Just Like You B1: 19-02, B2: Hundred Flowers C1: GYB, C2: While, C3: Spirit D1: Mnky, D2: Larc Release info: Macro has been the home for the albums of some of electronic music’s most exciting live acts. So when a live band enters this context, it should better enter with a bang. KUF do just this with their album debut. The three-piece outfit with keys, bass and drums cooks up a sound that is as warm, cozy and exciting as it is utterly alien. The rhythm section hints at the great history of dirty funk and bouncing r’n'b, but the grooves are firmly of today: dance-centered, thrillingly interactive and broken up at the best possible joints. The bewildering thing about KUF is that it is a vocal-led group that has no singer on stage at all. All vocal elements are based on self-recorded samples which keyboard whizz kid Tom Schneider melds and bends and squeezes in real time. As if it was the most natural thing to do. With no artificial synchronization in place, Valentin Link on bass and Hendrik Havekost on drums push the disembodied voices into an arena of hyperintegrated realtime magic of rough soul, intertwined by improvised outbursts and shaped with the aesthetics of raw MPC-based cut up techno. The album’s grabbing openers “Gold” and “Princess” are full-on instances of the brightly burning world of KUF, with the other eight tunes never ever letting you down. All along, the Berlin based trio take their audiences through a full range of emotions and constantly shifting dynamics. The thorough integration of this extraordinary degree of sheer diversity into a unified experience is simply astonishing. But never forget this is a live band, and that’s how anything here has been developed: live, in direct interplay. Seeing is believing.

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22tracks (BE): “KUF est un trio de musicien compose de Tom Schneider - synthesizer/sampler, Valentin Link - double bass/moog et Hendrik Havekost - drums/electronics. Il sont originaires de Düsseldorf/Berlin. Leur musique se rapproche de celle du producteur Autrichien bien connu, Dorian Concept. Musique Èlectronique compoee et joue avec des intruments acoustiques et Èlectroniques, son groovy et hypnotique.”

2SER FM Sydney (AUS): “Album on Down Low Disco show.”

97.3 The Rock FM California (U: “3x KUF tracks on Velanche's Urban Landscapes show.”

Altroverso FM Roma (IT): “DJ Misk show playlist & support at Radio Altroverso. 4/5 ”

Beatrausch (DE): “KUF verbinden Jazz mit elektronischer Musik. Das Trio mit Sitz in Berlin und Düsseldorf besteht aus dem Kontrabassist Valentin Link, dem Schlagzeuger Hendrik Havekost und Tom Schneider, der für Synthesizer und Sampler zuständig ist. Bislang mit einer EP und nun in voller Albumlänge in Erscheinung getreten, touren sie derzeit durch Konzerthallen und Festivals in ganz Deutschland. Ihre Clubtauglichkeit als Band werden KUF unter Beweis stellen, u.a. im About Blank in Berlin bei der Macro-Nacht.”

Beats In Space (NYC): “On night rotation.”

Claudio Coccoluto (The Dub, IT: “Great music, I really appreciate! Mnky is my favourite track. ”

Clubbing Spain (ES): “Después de publicar el año pasado Odyssee EP, el trío berlinés KUF vuelve al sello Macro, pero esta vez para debutar en largo con Gold. KUF está formado por Valentin Link (bajo), Hendrik Havekost (percusión) y Tom Schneider (teclados) que destacan sobretodo por sus directos en los que combinan techno con funk y nuevo r&b. ”

DJ History (UK):: “Odyssee in Bill Brewster DJ mix. ”

Drift Ashore (DE): “Record of the week. KUF ist durch und durch Live-Band. Man merkt deutlich die Wurzeln im Jazz, die sich in einem experimentellen, spontanen Arrangieren zeigen. Das Schlagzeug funktioniert als stringentes Element, das den Stücken ein stabiles Gerüst gibt, auf das sich die übrigen Schichten aufbauen, überlagern und wieder trennen. Auf Live-Gesang wird dezidiert verzichtet, stattdessen arbeitet KUF mit ausschließlich mit Vocal-Samples. Bei mir werden Erinnerungen an Gold Panda und Bonobo wach. Ich bin jedenfalls gespannt, was wir zukünftig von KUF noch hören werden. ”

Flux Music (UK): “First Listen series - exclusive track stream of 'Princess'.”

Flux Music (UK): “Finn Johannsen and Stefan Goldmann are on the verge of 50 releases for their Macro label. Pushing them ever closer to the target is KUF’s debut album, “Gold”. Bearing in mind that this is the same label that bought KiNK’s “Under Destruction LP” into the public domain, you can rest assured this is a special record. The second track on the release is “Princess”, a twisted electro track with pop sensibilities and a driving saw wave bassline. The live feel of the track, namely the drums, propels the track forward through glitchy verses to an epic final chorus. Ensure you check out the rest of the album before KUF start their busy and well-deserved tour schedule... ”

Fonoteka Elektrika (BG): “Macro's discovery this year: The electronic/acoustic trio KUF broke onto the scene boldly with its Macro debut EP 'Odyssee' earlier this year. The group consists of bass, drums and synth, with which they manufacture electronic sound and sampled vocal scraps. Aside from the live scene, their music can also be heard in smoky techno clubs, thanks to the VIP remix of 'Odyssee'.”

Gebrüder Teichmann (DE):: “What a funky alien circus! ”

Groove (DE): “Exclusive album mix stream online. Print review: "KUF bewegen sich im Spannungsfeld von P-Funk, Krautrock und Space Disco. Als mehr oder weniger auf die Elektronikszene zielender Act benutzen KUF programmatischerweise keinen Sequencer. Das Zusammenspiel der Musiker erzeugt auf GOLD eine Offenheit und Gelöstheit, die man im Kontext von Elektronik selten erlebt. Eine besondere, konzeptuelle Idee von KUF liegt darin, nicht live zu singen. Die Vocals werden vorher aufgenommen und live bearbeitet, geloopt und mit Effekten versehen.”

Kiss FM (Ukraine): “Loving ’Gold’ - really nice work!”

Koeln Campus 100 FM (DE): “'Odyssee' featured in weekly charts.”

Michel Leuffen (Prinz Mag, DE): “Real nice crafted tunes. Deep and touching.”

Mike Stukes, WHCR NYC (USA): “Most DEFINITELY in my top 10 of 2016!”

Nico De Ceglia (BBC Radio One): “KUF featured in podcast mix. ”

ORF FM4 (AT): “Four tracks from the album on air within one session of the High Spirits show!”

Posivision Mag (JP):: “ Sounds cool! - 4/5”

Radio Student (SLO): “Album featured on Jizah Dafunk show. Vzhajajoči berlinski elektronski trojec KUF bo kmalu zasmodil svoj prvi album. Basist Valentin Link, vokalist Tom Schneider in bobnar Hendrik Havekost bodo svojo mešanico v živo odigranega R&B-ja in funka, zgrajenega na estetiki techna, izdali 1. julija na albumu Gold, ki bo izšel pri založbi Macro. ”

Republic Radio (GR):: “ Thank you for the music.”

Resident Advisor (UK): “The trio debuted on Stefan Goldmann's label with the Odyssee EP back in February. The Berlin-based band comprises bass player Valentin Link, drummer Hendrik Havekost and, on keys, Tom Schneider, who samples and twists vocal sounds rather than singing himself. The label calls their music "as warm, cozy and exciting as it is utterly alien," inspired by funk and R&B and "shaped with the aesthetics of raw MPC-based cut-up techno." ”

TAZ die tageszeitung (DE): “Boradsheet print review by Tim Caspar Boehme coming up. ”

Textura (CDA): “New to the always-adventurous Macro is KUF, a three-piece live outfit whose debut for the label is as genre-defying as expected. KUF sprinkles its organic grooves with vocals but in novel manner: no singer is physically present; instead, [keyboardist] Schneider threads self-recorded vocal samples into the music on the fly, resulting in a raw attack that oozes spontaneity and unpredictability. Adding to the appeal is the hummable quality of the tunes, with 'Odyssee' an especially ear-catching entity. With a drum intro that vaguely suggests Mike Clark's on Herbie Hancock's 'Palm Grease', 'Odyssee' digs into its funky groove from the drop, and the trippy vocal chirps and hot-wired synth flourishes that follow only deepen the cut's allure. With the rhythm section supplying all kinds of dazzle to the proceedings, Schneider throws out repeated volleys of keyboard radiance and vocal sweetener on this arresting tune. [...] No small amount of R&B flavour. ”

Triangle FM (FR):: “Full support. Nice LP with top stuff & fresh sounds.”

Urban Landscapes Radio (USA): “Gold on Velanche show.”

Vincent Lemieux (Mutek):: “Cool album. So far GYB is my favorite, but looking forward to check it out more closely. ”

XLR8R (USA): “KUF perform all their music as a live band, with Link on bass, Havekost on drums and Schneider working the synths. They are known for their cut-up take on techno, which melds R&B and funk influences with modern electronic sounds. The sound of the forthcoming album is described as warm and cosy, as well as being dance-centered, thrillingly interactive and broken up at the best possible joints. It lifts two tracks from the earlier Odyssee EP, alongside ten new cuts. ”

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