May 28, 2015

Jacek Sienkiewicz - Drifting

r-cd002Jacek 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)

prototyp003lpDarkel 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 - Left

It takes wga002lptime 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

rblp07"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)

GGPM300reetings, 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!

 

May 18, 2015

Ricardo Tobar Collection (incl. Bonus Cd)

CORLP037Electronic music approximately 35 years after bands like Kraftwerk opened the magic box. A lot happened since then and it seems all is said, done and invented. However it is almost surprising that new things still pop up here and there when it comes to electronic music production. The reason for this can probably be found in the almost unlimited possibilities that electronics and computers offer to the artists and of course in the unwritten law that there are no boundaries that can't be crossed. So, even after all this time, it is great to see that the creative development keeps on going and going no matter if it is house, deep house, techno and most of it all: Listening electronics. "Synthetic electronic sounds, Industrial rhythms all around". Let's focus on Ricardo Tobar: Born in Chile and now residing in France, Tobar picked the "creative border crossing" as the common thread for his album "Collection". Musical experimentation and crossing musical borders - Tobar refers here directly to the style and sound of the great new-wave-bands of the 80s and 90s. With the help and influence of their new electronic instruments (that often met classic rock guitars) the post-punk-electronic-movement turned almost everything upside down. No matter if the result was moody and mysterious or romantic and hedonistic, all sounded new and different back then and paved the musical path for a whole generation - the reverberations of that episode are noticeable until today. Tobar plays with the musical approach of the post-punk-era, he mixes, merges and experiments fearless with styles and moods. He creates a wide range of "own styles" and even dives into abstract sound fields - listening electronic in best form! Ricardo Tobar breathes the air of his own musical universe and is not refering to the typical styles of this genre - you won't find any Detroit, Berlin or Sheffield reference here. Although produced in France, Tobar's album doesn't have anything of the sweet and lovely french listening touch. It also won't beam you into the north of England and the grey and cold Sheffield winter like so many other electronic albums try to do. "Collection" contains full compositions, sound collages, experimental sounds and even proper beat based tunes. Tobar rather creates than produces and is presenting a bigger picture with his collection. Many electronic music artists are trying to do this however Tobar delivers a collection with an impressive range and it seems he did all this in an almost nonchalant way. He plays and combines his instruments and sounds at the same time very sensitive and harmonic but also brave and dissonant without risking to be inaudible at any point. He creates atmospheres by using electronic sounds and layers. Listening to the sound of "collection" almost appears like reading an acoustic book. This album is full of interesting sounds and ideas and is far from being boring or even too demanding. Besides the mystic and experimental side "Collection" also contains energetic and trippy sounds. The expressive "Angora" is full of energy and captures the listeners imagination. In contrast to that "Crystal Sun" appears almost like a big after-hour anthem. With "There Is Pop" Tobar presents even a strong and ripped tune - banging and challenging. You see, there is place for everything here in "Collection". There is an introduction, the main part and an ending - as mentioned before: An album like a book, like an exciting book on top of that! "Collection" comes with musical chapters rich in variety and with quite some surprises. Looking back at 35 years of electronic music it isn't easy to claim that we never heard something like "Collection" before, however we hardly can think of anybody else who compiled an album with such an amount of taste and entertainment like Ricardo Tobar did it here. This is for sure not just another musical assembly-line-product and we salute Tobar for the result that cannot be categorized the easy way. Tobar worked hard for this album and this is noticeable from start to end. He used his machines, synths and computers in full effect and presents a "Collection" that exactly functions like it is. Not a single tune on this album can be left out. This album is Ricardo Tobars musical portrayal and with holding so much energy, it will shine on for a very long time.