April 28, 2017
Tim Engelhardt - Moments Of TruthMoments Of Truth Cologne’s electronic music community keeps on giving, drawing on a dense plethora of fresh talent ready to shake up our little big grassroots industry. The latest ace up the city’s sleeve must be Tim Engelhardt, part of a new breed of incredibly versatile young producers that get their cues from all sorts of genres and listening situations, combining profound musical knowledge with intuitive playfulness and multiple perspectives on sound. In Tim’s case, we’re dealing with a solid pianist background - which becomes rather obvious in the great care he takes over harmonies and an expanded melodic structure. However, that’s just one side of the story, as the organic fluidity and atmospheric dexterity of his music most certainly hark back to an upbringing among the rolling hills and sprawling forests of Germany’s Westerwald - one of the country’s best known mountain ranges that has already inspired artists such as Dominik Eulberg or Gabriel Ananda. Having released your first recordings at the tender age of 14 - as Tim did in 2012 - might put you in a “wunderkind” category - a flattering, but ultimately risky proposition, finding many a prodigy overwhelmed with the dubious honour. Not so much our hero, who chose to put his skills to work: in only four years, he grew his portfolio with plenty outings on labels such as Traum Schallplatten, WIR, Babiczstyle, Amuse Gueule, Ostwind Records, Popart Music, Playmusic Productions, Parquet Recordings, Manual Music and more - but his breakthrough release was hands-down the 2015 EP “Everything Is All You Have” on Steve Bug’s iconic Poker Flat imprint, followed by “Enigmatism” on the same label. Something definitely clicked, as Poker Flat Recordings now proudly presents Tim’s debut album “Moments Of Truth"
April 28, 2017
Gaiser - III
March 30, 2017
Schilling - HellaApparel Music return with the introduction of a brand new sub label - Apparel Tronic. The intention for this new division of sound is to shift focus towards UK-rooted Beats, Nu-Jazz, Downtempo and Jungle - a collection of styles the label like to term ‘Bliss-Beat’. This treasured and futile basis of influence gives rise to Giuseppe D’Alessandro a.k.a KiSK and Ludovico Schilling SCHiLLiNG’s new project which they inaugurate with the ‘Hella’ LP from SCHiLLiNG himself: a collection UKindebted dance tracks that meld influences from Jungle, Breaks and Hip Hop. Originally born in Milan - Schilling relies on a process he likes to describe as ‘contamination’ of sound which entails the layering of field recordings and the sounds of his home environment with those of synths, real instruments and samples. This approach brands a clear stamp on his productions and enables him to create a truly singular strand of dance music and it’s this that glues together the 9 disparate tracks of Hella. Moving from the cascading breaks of the LP’s introduction ‘Anarcoide’ to the woozy and textural ‘Black Lighter’ - the album begins to build a spectral mood as it progresses. Tracks such as ‘Flesh Is Weak’ and ‘Madting’ draw influence from the golden-era of Bristol’s Trip-Hop while tracks such as ‘Snooker Club’ and ‘Viejos’ delve into more caliginous, IDM territory. The result is a rich and varied collection that demonstrates Apparel Music’s unwavering ability to continue to keep listeners guessing.
March 30, 2017
Farbror Resande Mac
Following their "Atalanta"12", Stockholm-based Farbror Resande Mac returns to Horisontal Mambo with this extended EP of b**earic bliss.
Through releases on labels such as Aficionado, Back to the Balearics and Is It Balearic they've carved their own niche in the tropical music climate we northeners like to embrace. Although it's hard to to escape the use of the dreaded b-word it might be the most fitting label still.
Anyway, we love it and we hope you do to.