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fLako - Mini Tollbooth EP

fLako Mini Tollbooth EP

Vinyl 12"
EU – Original
A1 Chroma
A2 The Awful Dynne
A3 Doldrums
B1 Love Opera featuring Shuanise
B2 Gentle
B3 Kelau
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fLako - Mini Tollbooth EP
fLako - Mini Tollbooth EP
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Artist fLako
Titel Mini Tollbooth EP
Label Project: Mooncircle /
Format 12", Vinyl, Singles
Pressing EU – Original
Release Date 2010
Genre Hip Hop, Electronic / Dance
Style Downbeat / Electronica / Leftfield, Breaks / Breakbeat, Instrumental Hip Hop
Available since 13.12.2010
Item-No 221164
Condition New
Availability Sold out
Price 9,95 €
Weight 250g (plus 250g Packaging)
fLako - Mini Tollbooth EP
‘Mini Tollbooth’ is inspired by a novel called Phantom Tollbooth. The film adaptation from 1961 is so beautiful. I like to get lost in these childish worlds of freedom, where everything is possible. This modern fairy tale is about a young boy named Milo who is bored by the world around him. He feels everything is a waste of time. He comes home from school one day to find in his bedroom an anonymous package containing a miniature tollbooth and a map of the Lands Beyond. He takes the map, drives through in his toy car, and instantly finds himself driving on a road to Expectations. Enjoying the ride, he pays no attention to his route and soon becomes lost in the Doldrums, a colorless place where thinking and laughing are not allowed. He is having plenty more adventures like watching Chroma the Great conduct his orchestra in playing the colors of the
sunset or meeting The Awful Dynne, a genie who collects noises for Dr. Dischord. – fLako

All Songs produced by fLako.
All Vocals by Dirg Gerner.
Except Vocals by Shuanise.
Art Design by Iain Macarthur.
Project: Mooncircle /
Berlin-based label Project: Mooncircle is an official label from It was founded in 2002 by Gordon Gieseking and is specializing in the conjunction between electronic and organic music. Being interested in music from his earliest childhood on, it eventually became more than just a passion to him. The label, at first envisaged as a compilation project only, found the perfect partner with Thomas Ulrich and his mail-order in 2004, later being joined by Jinna Morocha from Moscow. This led the way for the first instrumental and vocal solo releases by such artists as Mr Cooper, 40 Winks, CYNE, Jahbitat, John Robinson, MF Doom, Lambent, Lewis Parker, Non of Shadowhuntaz, Graciela Maria, Strand, Robot Koch, Pavel Dovgal, Ta-Ku, Mika Gao, Onra, Obba Supa, fLako, Sina., 1000 Names, DZA, Krts, Long Arm or Glen Porter. In 2009 the sub-label Project: Squared, run by Paul Cooper and Peter Schachmann, two long-standing companions and co-workers, was founded. Project: Squared releases mainly Dubstep and Techno 12” records from such artists as Asusu, Furesshu, AnD, L-OW, Tom Diccico, Shifted and others. Another sub-label, Finest Ego, was added in 2010. Run by Malte Tarnow, its aim is to consolidate the versatility of instrumental beats, glitch or wonky and anything in between or beyond. The outcome are compilations with such producers as Daisuke Tanabe, Isaac Aesili, Om Unit, Lapalux, RLP, ichiro_, Himuro Yoshiteru, Pixelord, Monky, Christoph El Truento, and various others. The work of illustrators and graphic designers such as Bioniq, Dan May, Iain McArthur, Ima One, LNY, Gordon, 44 Flavours, La Mano Fria, and The Binh create images that accompany the acoustic spaces. Project: Mooncircle with its various producers & vocalist shall be an interesting experience for anyone looking for the extraordinary.

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Paul Okraj, 15.12.2010

fLakos prägnantestes Unterscheidungsmerkmal zu anderen europäischen Produzenten dieser hiesigen »Beatmaker«-Szene ist, dass er seine nahezu komplett digital entstandenen Kompositionen stets lebendig, stets organisch klingen lässt. Stücke wie Gentle bedienen diese zwei Welten nahezu in Perfektion. Das dissonante Klavier trifft auf einen verspielten Synthesizer, den Wechsel einzelner Drumkits erledigt er im Handumdrehen, die unzähligen Spuren werden intelligent aufeinandergeschichtet und der verheißungsvolle Gesang mustergültig in Szene gesetzt. Auf Chroma, dem ersten Stück dieser opulenten EP, die ihre Inspiration aus dem Kindermärchen Phantom Tollbooth zieht, verzichtet fLako nahezu komplett auf Percussion und widmet sich auf mehreren Ebenen der Harmonie von Rhodes und Vocals. Bewusst gibt er damit zu verstehen, dass er seine Musik nicht als reine Beats/Tracks/Tools verstanden lassen will. So spielen Loops so gut wie keine Rolle mehr oder werden aufgebrochen und von plötzlichen Harmonie- und Stimmungswechseln blockiert. Gerade dem Arrangement der Vocals, für die sich hauptamtlich Dirg Gerner und die wunderbare Shuanise verantwortlich zeugen, widmet fLako ein Hauptaugenmerk und erschafft einen stimmungsvollen Kanon, der stets märchenhaft aufgeht. Das unterscheidet ihn ebenfalls von anderen Produzenten. Diese reden vom »next level« – fLako ist dort längst angekommen.

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