Johannes and Johannes team up again. We are speaking about Johannes Paluka, better known as Iron Curtis and Frank Music head honcho Johannes Albert. The Berlin residents joined forces again to craft their first album as Moon. „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ is the final product out of this collaboration and it surely depicts the musical influences both have, but somehow it offers much more. „Industrie & Zärtlichkeit“ is not simply filled with Johannes Albert’s rough and cheesy house sound and it’s not only Iron Curtis‘ melodies and exciting chord progression. It’s more of a journey through different decades, times and styles of electronic music developed so far, merged into their very own sound that somewhat pays tribute to everything from the past and also gives us a vision of what could come next. The vinyl LP consists of nine exciting originals and two remixes. Lerosa and Black Spuma took care of the remixes and twisted the original material into their own understanding of electronic music.
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.
Interview: Tilman – „Creativity comes and goes, sometimes I end up with something great and work on it, or it’s nothing I like and just let it go.“
Tilman from Mainz is a busy person right now. After running his great klamauk label for quite a while already in a successful way he now also takes care of Fine, the label he runs with Johannes Albert. If you know Johannes and Tilman you definitely get why they get along so well and run the label with great effort. Tilman is positive all the way, not just regards his music, but as well as a person. You feel his warmth and his enthusiasm for music and life from the very beginning, even before he says something. Coming from the hip hop background, making his way through house, soul, disco and funk he now is where he is. Displpaying a huge variety of sounds and styles, how he got there and what happened on the way is just one facet we talked about.
Opal Sunn comes out with their „Part I“ EP on Planet Sundae at the perfect time. The cold and stormy days slowly disappear, instead the sun comes out for a few hours and warms our hearts, bodies and souls with some positive beams. Hiroaki OBA and Al Kassian, created the perfect vinyl for this weather shift with the lovely four tracker which they’ve created between 2015 and 2016. Together they’ve decided to go by the name of Opal Sunn and besides the beauty of the name it also perfectly delivers how the sound feels like: sunny. But not in a cheesy way, it’s very sophisticated and independent in comparison to many other releases at the moment. But not just the artists invested their best in creating the tracks, the guys from Planet Sundae completed the EP with a superb cover. The artwork is quite uncommon for house releases and is a nice mixture of old school paint feelings and modern fluid 3D objects. The RGB color shift in the liquid on the cover is just spectacular and a real eye catcher. Just quality work from all protagonists.
Skipson is back, finally. The wait is over and it was worth it though. After several releases on Deep Vibes, Quintessentials, Maria Colors, Raum…Musik and many other labels, the Berlin based house head is back in the game. With his new „Plastek EP“ he created the content for DreamAwake Records‘ first vinyl release. As usual Skipson is doing some serious things with his very unique house sound that is heavily influenced by hip hop. Chopped samples get mashed up with cozy vibes. Three originals and a remix by Edward made it onto the record in the end. Superb house music with Skip’s signature sound on twelve inch again. Don’t call it a comeback! Keep reading
Tilman and Soutine team up for the fourth release on the small Fine imprint, which is run by Tilman himself and Frank Music’s very own Johannes Albert. While Tilman is pretty familiar to us with his warm, discoish and sample based house sound, we had to do some research about Soutine. Now that we did that, we can say it’s a match sound wise. Soutine, who is based in Florence relies on the same idea behind his music, but he plays around with more uptempo styles as displayed on his „OZ“ EP which came out in February 2016 on his own Oltrarno Recordings. Using the same foundation and generating a neat symbiosis out of the different influences they have, a very enjoyable record came out in the end of that process.
The „Contemplatin‘ EP“ by Moony Me marks the ninth release by Mainz based imprint Klamauk. As the labels sound is strongly connected with a warm and housey attempt towards club music this EP fits perfectly in their catalogue. Three original tracks by Vienna’s very own Moony Me and a nicely done remix by Iron Curtis offer a smooth package for every dj and collector as well. Moony Me himself is quite busy at the moment. After releasing his music on labels like Uncanny Valley, Sex Panda White, Rose Records and many more, he now handles his Secret Crunch label together with the also known Roman Rauch. With his „Contemplatin‘ EP“ on Klamauk he once again shows his love for warm sounding, soulful house music and the joy he has toying around with samples. Crunchy house music is the final good that comes out after the production process and that’s just the way it is. Keep reading
The ninth release of Berlin’s very own Slices of Life again showcases sublime tracks by Baaz. After „Judy’s Bass“ and „Swimmer“ here comes „The Reason / Ancestor’s Fun“. It’s the third time Bastian Völker releases on Barbara Preisinger’s label and again he simply delivers a nice package of grooving house cuts. Two strong tracks with different approaches and benefits made it onto the record and please the dancers or listeners with steady beats and an strong love for details. Keep reading
With our 44th edition we warmly welcome Albert Imhof. The Nuremberg regular, who recently moved to Leipzig and since than commutes between those cities, crafted a cozy mix for us. Warm house beats meet soft soul chips, energetic disco and uplifting funk. Perfect timing with the weather changing from dark and cold to bright and warm. If you’re from or around Nuremberg you definitely know Albert from several parties like You Can Win, Jack It! and many others. He almost played every club in the city because of his diverse taste in music. House, techno, soul, disco, funk just to name a few genres he really likes. Besides his musical taste and background Albert simply is a nice guy which company is very enjoyable, so if you have the chance go and see him play and when you do so grab a beer and a exchange some words with him, you won’t regret it.
The second release from Polycarp comes with a great selection of tracks. Four tracks by Simon Ferdinand, Johannes Albert, Tilman and Basch offer a nice variety of different house styles sound wise. The Hamburg based label from Simon Ferdinand keeps up the great work that was displayed on the first vinyl with the superb „Poly V.A.“ EP. The tracks are very diverse and reach from classical house with soulful elements to some raw house and techno, as well as slowed down mid tempo goodness. If you’re a house lover you’ll definitely find at least one piece, or even more, that fits your taste. Keep reading