Schlagwort: Berlin

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FUEL – Mr. Fonk [Smile for a While]

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Mr. Fonk not just recorded the latest edition of Ohrenschmaus Podcast, he also answered some questions. As we told him about FUEL and that we wanted to establish a format that is quick to read he immediately was down for it. 3 Questions, 3 Answers and not only about music? Yes, there’s more than music. Especially when it comes to creativity and artistry. It’s important to step back from music and participate in other spaces or simply enjoy other things. Mr. Fonk told us a bit about things he enjoys besides spinning records and managing his label Smile for a While. He told us about his favourite books, yeah he broke the rules and told us about two. He also explains why he had to and it totally makes sense. On top, he also came along with a movie he really likes and a certain track that sticks with him and why he still loves this gem ever since he heard it for the first time. If you already checked out Drei Farben House’s FUEL edition, you might think those two are brothers. It’s more than disco for both, trust me. So here we go.

Favourite books: Mel Cheren – My life and the Paradise Garage & Andrew Holleran – Dancer from the dance

I read those books more or less simultaneously, so that’s why I nominate two. Both have brought me to tears. I had read a ton of books about Disco before, but only those two really made me feel the daily life of clubbers, DJs and other protagonists of the scene. One is a memoir, the other is more or less fictitious. One is post-AIDS, one pre-AIDS. Both suck you in and never let you go until the last page.

Mel Cheren – My life and the Paradise Garage

Andrew Holleran – Dancer from the dance

Favourite Movie: Studio 54

I saw this movie when I was 19 and starting to go clubbing and it played a major role in honing my musical tastes. Back then I felt like being that Shane 54 guy. Coming from the outskirts of Nuremberg, delving into these whole new things: Nightlife and Dance Music. Even though I have enjoyed dance music since around 1989, it was only around 1998 when I could start to go dancing myself. This was a major part of my early soundtrack.

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Favourite Track: Ten City – That’s the way love is (Deep House Mix)

I heard this first around 2000 when I was checking tons of House Music CDs at Nuremberg’s only proper record store at the time: Laser Sound. This track has guided me through the ups and downs of love and life and its omnipotent meaning for me has never changed over time. I always liked Vocals in House Music. Vocals that mean something. This never changed either, not during the Techno heydays, not during minimal House or any other short-lived trend. The essence of House will prevail!

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Mr. Fonk online:

Ohrenschmaus Podcast #061 – Mr. Fonk

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Mr. Fonk Soundcloud

Smile for a While Facebook

Smile for a While Soundcloud

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FUEL – Drei Farben House [Tenderpark Records]

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FUEL is a new category here at Ohrenschmaus Podcast. This quick to read format gives you a short but intense behind the scenes look. It’s full of content you might have been interested in for ages. What really touches a DJ or producer besides music? That’s what we are taking care of here. What really inspires or influences those musicians, label owner and radio hosts? How do they stay creative? What matters to them? What left them speechless or had an ongoing impact and why? Here they will answer what print media had an impact, which piece of music or audio touched them and what full-video touched their soul. For the first one, we start with Drei Farben House. Tenderpark’s label head is around for many years and always displays a great sense for uplifting house and disco music. Also, a musician that names himself after a movie perfectly fits our requirements. With his musical background, it is no surprise that he came up with disco related answers.

Favourite book: Hot Stuff – Disco and the remaking of American Culture

My favourite book is Hot Stuff – Disco and the remaking of American Culture by Alice Echols because the author makes clear how much the 1970s Disco revolution is linked to the gay liberation movement, feminism and the black freedom struggle. She shows that without the intervention of these marginalised groups Disco would not have been possible. At the same time, these countercultural actors lay the ground for everything we nowadays consider underground club culture. It all started back then, folks! This fantastic book has been given to me by my premier Disco friend Vina Yun who not only works in the field of feminist journalism but who is also a great Disco DJ herself and a great friend.

Hot Stuff: Disco and the Remaking of American Culture

Most seen movie: The Bodyguard

I’ve seen the kitsch movie The Bodyguard so many times that I’ve lost count of it. I mainly keep watching it because Whitney Houston to me is the greatest vocalist of the last 100 years and I just love to watch and hear her sing in the movie. And of course, the movie soundtrack consists of mainly her power songs. By the way: The soundtrack of The Bodyguard is until today the best selling movie soundtrack of all times! Only Whitney has the power to achieve that!

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Favourite mix: Roy Thode live at Paradise Garage, New York 20th of Octobre 1979

I would like to direct you to this fantastic mix from Disco pioneer Roy Thode who played this marvellous set at the historic Paradise Garage in late 1979 – shortly after the so-called Disco backlash. But as you can hear from his set as well as from the performances of countless other DJs at that time Disco was not dead at all. And so did all the club hosts, dancers, promoters and activists think and kept on dancing.

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Drei Farben House online:

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Tenderpark on Soundcloud

Tenderpark on Facebook

Ohrenschmaus Podcast #061 – Mr. Fonk

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With number 61 in our small series we warmly welcome Mr. Fonk from Berlin. As many others he also has a Franconian background and shares our love for house. He clearly focuses on warm and sample based house as you can hear in his mix. Additionally he’s an expert when it comes to disco music which explains his love for disco infused house. Besides his musical taste he also is a very active person and manages three labels. Those go by the name of Smile For A While, All That Jelly and Edits For The Common Man. Some little background information we first met in May this year when we played at Paloma Bar in Berlin and only said hi to each other because we were kind of busy with so many friends of us that showed up. Afterwards we got in touch and immediately clicked. Since then we are in constant exchange and we came up with some ideas, one of them was a podcast for us. Few weeks later and here we are showcasing almost 2 hours of fine selected and mixed house that founds on house in all its facettes, colors and grooves. You will find some proper deep house, as well as disco influences and energetic, almost technoid stuff in there. It’s a real treat!

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Mr. Fonk on Soundcloud

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Smile For A While on Facebook

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Iron Curtis – Live Recording Bassiani / Horoom Tbilisi 4.5.2018

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INTRO

There is not much left to say about Iron Curtis. The Berlin based and Nuremberg raised dj and producer made quite a name for himself over the years. With releases on labels like Mirau, Morris Audio, Office Recordings, Hudd Traxx, Sudden Drop and many more he displayed his versatile understanding of club sounds. It ranges from sunny house to mid-tempo deep house, chord heavy techno and all the way to very harmonic and melodic arranged gems. All of those influences can be found in his dj sets of course and his last live recording really got us hooked. Old school chord house meets trance elements and raw techno bangers with acid elements. All topped with a sprinkle of cheesy and soulful vocals every now and then. Simply entertaining and uplifting throughout. Please enjoy his mix recorded in May this year at Bassiani in Tbilisi shortly before the raid happened.

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #054 – Arsy

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With our 54th mix we warmly welcome Arsy. Thanks to our strong network, in this case Marc FM, we had the chance to get in touch with this young man. After a quick research in our record collection we stumbled across his name on a few EPs we own. Dough! With releases and productions for Laubenpiepers Finest, liebe*detail and many more this lad already made a few things right production wise if you would be more than humble. As a DJ he keeps up with that high quality standard and heavily spins dub and acid infused tracks whenever he’s behind those lovely Technics turntables. Exactly that’s what he sent us for the 54th Ohrenschmaus Podcast. Melodic dub techno with sweet breaks, long-lasting chords and lots of meditational elements. At the mid section of his mix he slowly brings in rough and powerful drum sounds that introduce us to soft acid synths that evolve into loud and harsh wolves towards the end. We really feel the winter with all his beauty and dark energy when we listen to this podcast time and time again. Great work throughout, but have a listen by yourself. Thanks Arsy, stomping work!

Ohrenschmaus Podcast #054 – Arsy by Ohrenschmaus Podcast

With our 54th mix we warmly welcome Arsy. Thanks to our strong network, in this case Marc FM, we had the chance to get in touch with this young man. After a quick research in our record collection we stumbled across his name on a few EPs we own. Dough!

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Arsy Soundcloud

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #053 – Freund der Familie

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Edition 53 is finally online and what a surprise, it is superb. We stumbled across Freund der Familie a few years ago when Baaz made a remix for their „The Symbian Remixes“ EP. Besides the remixes we decided to go through their catalogue and check out some mixes and podcasts. said and done, since then we are really enjoying the project a lot. Now we managed to get Freund der Familie for our podcast series. Lots of styles are offered throughout their contribution. Bumping house, smooth ambient, sharp vocals and some nice dub infusions can be found in there. This mix really offers a lot of variety and tension. It’s far from average and stands out in a positive way in contrast to most of the podcasts at the moment.

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Edition 53 is finally online and what a surprise, it is superb. We stumbled across Freund der Familie a few years ago when Baaz made a remix for their „The Symbian Remixes“ EP. Besides the remixes we decided to go through their catalogue and check out some mixes and podcasts.

Freund der Familie Facebook

Freund der Familie Soundcloud

 

Review: Porter – Elevate – Rubisco

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Porter finally released his „Elevate EP“ on Rubisco. Rubisco is the freshly found label run by Nick Beringer. After a neat bunch of releases, Nick finally launched his own imprint. The Berlin based house-head made the next step after releasing on various labels before. After the first output by himself, it is now Porter’s time to shine. Sounds cheesy, sounds good.  With his „Elevate EP“, Porter showcases three strong house cuts that feature all the goods a tidy house EP has to offer. Powerful drums, solid pads, exquisite strings and a beautiful atmosphere. Let’s just get into the details.

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Review: Baaz – Two (For You) EP – Office Recordings

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After Office Recordings 10th release by Iron Curtis and his „Maple EP“ Baaz is back on his own Imprint. Office Recordings 11th release, again, shows a very different side. The Berlin based dj and producer showed his broad musical taste throughout recent releases. Dub techno under his Eric Miller moniker. Sharp house sounds on the latest Idealistmusic. Techno on this very record we are reviewing. The sound ranges from dub techno to ambient and into playful techno. Another side added, another one which is way above average.

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Ohrenschmaus Podcast #046 – Marc FM

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Small delays are common to our series as you all know. We stick to that, proven by edition number 46. We are 11 days late when it comes to our regular schedule, but it is worth the wait. We’ve been on the hunt for Marc FM quite a while, since he is not just a good friend but also an exceptional dj. Furthermore he’s an absolute perfectionist. That’s why it took us so long to find a spot, but makes his contribution stand out and so special. The former Tape Club resident and host of Satisfaction at Paloma Bar created a 90 minutes lasting journey through sounds. Futuristic and socio-critical conversations meet meditative pads, chords and strings. It’s not just „another“ ambient or drone podcast, which seems to be very popular at the moment. It is a sophisticated journey he has built and selected, to us it is like an audiobook. The rest needs to be explored by yourself and that’s the joy of it. Thanks for your delightful mix Marc, we really appreciate it.

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With our 46th edition we finally managed to welcome Marc FM to the series with a very special ambient mix that takes us through the past and future. It’s not just another ambient or drone mix, it is a real journey, almost an audiobook.

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Review: Drei Farben House – Fluency Fabrics LP – Tenderpark

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Three and a half years after Drei Farben House’s third LP „Choice Item“, he is back with his fourth long-playing record „Fluency Fabrics“. It’s the 20th release for his very own Tenderpark imprint and therefore a very nice anniversary. Seven tracks made it onto the record in the end and all of them are spiced with lots of vocal, funk, disco and soul samples. Drei Farben House again delivered what he is known for already. House and deep house with a certain warmth, on point grooves and samples that are a tribute to the originals they were taken from. Of course the whole album is not coming up with serious changes, but that’s not the vision Micha is following. Once again he plays around with sounds that are quite familiar and he already used, but for this album he enmeshes them differently. He flips the old samples and comes up with something new that is still true to his sound. The same approach can be seen on the artwork. „Choice Item“ and „Fluency Fabrics“ both depict architecture in a natural environment, so the aesthetical idea remained the same. So both albums connect on many levels and still „Fluency Fabrics“ is recognizably the next step, with more details soundwise and an even clearer visual message, created by Till Sperle.

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