April 28, 2017

Tim Engelhardt - Moments Of Truth

pfrlp36Moments 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

minus164Jon Gaiser returns with full length album ‘III’ on Minus Throughout his career, Jon Gaiser has been synonymous with forward thinking techno and sensory stimulating live audiovisual shows. Mixing up both analogue and digital recording techniques, his abstract music never fails to be both cerebral and cinematic as well as fresh and physical, never ceasing to place you right in the center of his own special universe. Since 2014’s ‘False Light’, Jon has continued to headline shows around the world, while constantly producing new material to test in his live sets. Always evolving whilst remaining true to his singular vision for techno, this trained percussionist and skilled drummer once again confounds expectation with his latest opus. New Release Information The album kicks off with the introductory ‘Wirelife’. Rolling beats underpin a percolating synth line and sci-fi sound effects that immediately get you in the groove. ‘Stringtest’ and ‘Facefall’ seamlessly round out the first chapter with oodles of pure minimal funk and rubbery bass, curious song details and subtle effects. The next chapter touches on darker, hard hitting rhythms in ‘Doorway’, freaky dehumanized vocals with ‘Rubdown’ and choppy house styles on ‘Out Too’, but all exude humid atmospheres and an inviting sense of otherworldly charm. The last trio of tracks completes this fascinating story with the shuffling drums of ‘How’s That’, the colorful melodies of ‘For Balance’ and playful widescreen vibes of ‘On The Way’. When all the tracks here are added together into one musical experience, it makes for a fluid, expertly programmed ride that takes you somewhere new and exciting, as is always the case with the one and only Gaiser.

 

March 30, 2017

Schilling - Hella

APLTRONIC001Apparel 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

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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.


 

March 7, 2017

Dapayk & Padberg - Harbour LP

fnu26lp Always keep moving, never stand still; a motto that Dapayk & Padberg have been following consistently for more than ten years in every respect. For nearly three decades sought-after musician, producer and machine enthusiast Niklas Worgt has researched diverse club sound effects with countless projects, while singer Eva Padberg is an internationally renowned high fashion model. Since 2003 they have been traveling and performing together as Dapayk & Padberg. They are passionate sound nomads who capture acoustic impressions of their exciting journey. Each album is a sound logbook, which captures memories in the form of beats, tunes and skits. On “Sink This Ship", released a few months ago, the Berlin-based duo provided a first glimpse of what you can expect from Dapayk & Padberg in 2017, with their new album “Harbour". A harbour, where both stop off for the moment, because their next trip is already planned: after the release of “Harbour", Dapayk & Padberg tour Europe and ROW.

 

March 7, 2017

Yuksek - Nous Horizon

fine032lp« Nous Horizon » is Yuksek’s great studio album comeback, 5 years after his last album. Yuksek’s characteristic sound, midway between post-disco, house and pop, shines through on its various tracks. Even more than on his last album, « Living on the Edge of Time », Yuksek shows his talent as a singer. ‘Nous Horizon’ is an album of mostly duets, invitations to sing together (Break My Heart, Sunrise, Sweet Addiction, Stay) featuring greek singer Monika, French pop bands Her, Juveniles and Roman Rappak (from band Breton) His new melodies are sunnier than before; his beats and production more subtle.