May 28, 2015
Jacek Sienkiewicz - DriftingJacek Sienkiewicz is back. “Drifting” is the artist's 5th full-length release and the second one on his Warsaw-based label Recognition since 1999. His records were played and strongly supported by
renowned artists such as Sven Väth and Richie Hawtin; legendary producers like Ricardo Villalobos, Uwe Schmidt and recently, Max Loderbauer collaborated with Jacek. “Drifting” takes its listener on a complex but still accessible journey to a state-of-the-art Techno territory where Carl Craig melodies coexist with stark minimalism of Robert Hood, but they serve only as entry points for further exploration. There is no doubt - Sienkiewicz knows all of his roots yet he
creates signature sound that results from his highly original approach to modern electronic music production. His new album can be seen as a personal diary that Sienkiewicz uses to invite all listeners, no matter what their listening preferences might be, for a deep and unique ride. Constant drift and dislocation creates imaginary landscapes of future unknown. It is a surprise gift in the times of market flood with predictable releases and tasteless hype.
Above all, this album comes both from the soul and the brain and it shouldn't be missed. Every listen is a different adventure. Enjoy.
May 28, 2015
Darkel - The Man Of Sorrow (2015 Mini Album)Darkel is the solo project of Jean-Benoît Dunckel, who is also known as half of the french duo AIR. His first solo album came out in 2006, at the same time as Charlotte Gainsbourg's "5:55" album that he produced alongside with his acolyte from AIR.
As well as participating to mythical soundtracks with AIR (Virgin Suicides, Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, Quartier Lointain, Pioneer...), Jean-Benoît composed the score of "Bee", "Je M'Appelle Hmm", and also the quirky film "Cyprien" but always in a very organic and solar electronic spirit. Recently, Jean-Benoît finished the soundtrack of the film "L'été de Sangailé" by Alanté Kavaïté, to be released in July 2015.
May 28, 2015
Tiefschwarz - LeftIt takes time for a series of seperate ideas to evolve into a fully concepteptualized album if it wants to have a place in history for Ali and Basti Schwarz, better known as Tiefschwarz. Since 1998 the duo, as both DJ's and producers, have perfected the art of dominating the moments only experienced on a dance floor, deeply immersed in sound. Their music is unique as it is creative. Among the countless extended players and remixes, the three landmark Tiefschwarz albums: "RAL 9005", "Eat Books" and "Chocolate" all have a common thread weaving them together; a historic vision uniting the musical crossroads of past and future. As with the previous albums, Tiefschwarz pause briefly on the subjective localization of artists in the (music) world to create an album which unfolds like a story told by master story tellers. Igniting the dance floor while at the same time giving the listener the opportunity to look beyond themselves and into the journey that is "Left". With "Left", Tiefschwarz were able to radicalize the album-specific approach and focus more intently on combining grooves with an introspective perspective. They refrained to bring in an outside co-producer for the album and made sure to forego the cliche variety of guest musicians, concentrating instead on one congenial companion: Khan, who both Ali and Basti have been close friends with since the 90's. Khan, a Frankfurt native of Turkish and Finnish decent, is one of the most prominent and exhilarating German Techno pioneers. Since the early 90's, Khan has been looking to the future with his Bizz O.D. moniker or his demimonde project Captain Comatose in the 2000's when he blew up the club world with his brand of fierce theatrics, trash and outrageous hits. He has published on Harvest, accompanied Gus Gus on tour and held residencies from Mexico to New York to Berlin. His residencies also highlight his choice of musical programming: devilish eroticism, glamour, and a "do it yourself' approach as well as combining three distinctly amusing personalities: the classic crooner, the diva, and the cabaret star. Between Tiefschwarz and Khan, the project emotes an entirely new undertone of glamour weaving beats through a Hollywood of broken dreams. While the music industry today seems to be in a state of upheaval, certainties crumble and the album threatens to fall the way of the dinosaur, the view of twenty years of club and musical experience see Ali, Basti and Khan taking the opportunity to seize what they see is a wake-up call to experiment. A chance to express their vision, which stands alone and unparalleled. Through a chance encounter in Mexico, Ali and Basti found that Khan was a perfect addition to the duo. As the experiment begins Khan writes, sings and instantly expresses himself as the third tastemaker while sounds meander from one machine to another and the three eat, drink and discuss how the vision will reveal itself as a tangible artifact. Before long the result is clear. Tiefschwarz have created soulful, yearning music that goes beyond the club doors and covers the whole world in a blue satin blanket. A dance written to be as sexy as it is pensive. It can be heard throughout the album as it highlights recurring historical moments in music as it comes of age. The ability to look back on times like when the Motown King, Marvin Gaye unveiled his classic "What's Going On" in the 60's or when the Black Dog's "Bytes" changed perceptions in the 90's. Although Tiefschwarz have become masters of cryptic dance floor seduction, they are constantly paying homage to the Chicago House anthems as heard in their track "Free Falling" where happiness and horror are captured in a single line: "We transform from men to seaweed". Through Khan's words and voice, the ambivalence of Tiefschwarz's music is never more clear than before. In "Do Me", Khan takes on a clownish vocoder character with an alienated melody singing "Do you wanna dance, I'm on a crawl, I'm just behind, in aching heat, I'll be your shadow forever". Even though they are deeply rooted in club music, it's also important to always stay looking to broaden the spectrum of what would be expected from them. This moment became clear while in a session with guest musician Sven Regener from Element Of Crime. It was this moment when Tiefschwarz romantically professed to have found a soul mate. With the sound of Miles Davis' echoing trumpet coming from the lips of Sven Regener in "Morgen Abend", the three have produced an exit from an impending post-industrial gloom. Between just these two compositions from the album, there is a clear statement. Seduction and threat: the two eternal themes of "Left". And, with this, the finished album has brought Tiefschwarz to a mellow euphoria. "I could go on and on forever, in this light of bliss. I would not change a single thing. I just love it the way it is".
May 18, 2015
Boof - The Hydrangeas Whisper
"the best of a grip of albums Fulton's issued over the past decade." (resident advisor 4.2/5) Available on limted edition CD and double LP via Running Back. Produced by Maurice Fulton.
May 18, 2015
Whomadewho - Ember Mini LP (Clear Vinyl-includes download)Greetings, earthlings: we come from the land of endless summers and spontaneous jam sessions to deliver Get Physical number 300. It's brought to you by the trio from Copenhagen known as WhoMadeWho, a genre-bending group of buddies who are no strangers to critically-acclaimed albums: from their first-ever eponymous album back in 2005, to 2012's chart-topping "Brighter" LP, all the way to last year's "Dreams" LP, which was in fact, touted by many as one of the best things to come from the indie-dance sector of music in some time. This comes as no surprise coming from a band that's played and toured alongside the likes of Justice, LCD Soundsystem, Daft Punk and Hot Chip, who even asked to remix the trio's song 'TV Friend' while they in return covered 'Don't Dance'. Other remixers include underground heavy-hitters The Mole, DJ Koze and Michael Mayer, proving WhoMadeWho's ability to go from mega-stage to basement seamlessly. For the 'Ember' EP, their latest foray into the world of machine music and dreamy soundscapes, the band has stayed true to their pop tendencies while spinning things around and taking a trip right back to their roots. Band member Tomas Barfod - who also produced the release - mentions: "After many years of emphasizing 'the song' more and more, we felt like just playing around with our instruments, like when we recorded our first album (...) it was like renewing our band-wedding vows; we found our way back to our fun and free approach of making music together".
"Fun" and "free" might very well be two of the best ways to describe this seven-track creation that skews as much pop as it does surf-rock and slow, meaningful dance music. Beachy guitar licks, ethereal crooning and enough distinct flavor to set each track apart from the rest, in the dreamy puzzle that is the Ember EP. Limited Edition Clear Vinyl - includes download voucher!