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Ozan Ata Canani - Warte Mein Land, Warte HHV Exclusive Beige Vinyl Edition
V.A. - Future Nuggets Volume 4 Colored Vinyl Edition
Ashraf Sharif Khan & Viktor Marek - Sufi Dub Brothers HHV Exclusive Silver Vinyl Edition
Ashraf Sharif Khan & Viktor Marek
Sufi Dub Brothers HHV Exclusive Silver Vinyl Edition
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
18,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Limited to 150 copies on silver colored vinyl. Only at HHV!

The swing of Ashraf Sharif Khan and Viktor Marek is performed live with their Beats, Bass and Sitar, leaving behind rows of earthlings* with their mouths wide open (grinning) - and just as open soles (dancing). Their album "Sufi Dub Brothers" is a testimony to this decree of comet-like fate and gathers nearly the complete recorded song material of this musical sensation.

An elusive "Sufistep" (Viktor Marek) somewhere between HipHop, Acid, Electro and Dub meets a masterful Sitar performance (Ashraf Sharif Khan). The two of them took more than 10 years of time in the Hamburg Ebbe-Road-Studios to find a suitable sonic space for this album. A long way, after all they transform South Asian classical music into western club music - and not vice versa. Except in the song "Maschinenland" which is a cover version of a song originally performed by the German group Abwärts.

Ashraf Sharif Khan, born in Lahore, Pakistan, is the son of sitar master Ustad Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala, at times just as famous in India and Pakistan as Ustad Vilayat Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Like his father and grandfather before him, he belongs to the Poonch Gharana Sitar tradition. He is a member of the Pakistani Music Hall Of Fame.

Viktor Marek is an outernational superstar. His sensitivity is also evident in his ongoing collaborations with Jacques Palminger or Knarf Rellöm and in spontaneous encounters with, for example, Felix Kubin, Jamie Lidell or Anthony "Shake" Shakir. In the early nineties Marek and his trio 8Doogymoto released on Matthew Herbert's label soundslike and travelled the world. With no other project before, Viktor Marek has come as close to his musical core as in his recent work with Ashraf Sharif Khan.
Ozan Ata Canani & Karaba - Vom Bosphorus Bis Zum Rhein HHV Exclusive Colored Vinyl Edition
Chris Imler - Operation Schönheit
Chris Imler
Operation Schönheit
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
21,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Chris Imler likes to play drums standing up. He‘s the dandy with the killer offbeat, or, as
one major German newspaper once put it, the "Grand Seigneur of the Berlin
Underground". He has been making his mark on countless Berlin musical affairs since long
before the fall of the Wall, with The Golden Showers, Peaches, Oum Shatt, Driver
&Driver, Die Türen, Jens Friebe, to name but a few. He has also been perfoming across
Europe as a solo artist for the past decade.
In "Operation Schönheit" (German for "Operation Beauty"), he has recorded his most,
well, beautiful album to date. But Benedikt Frey's warm production subverts its own
beauty with a multitude of clanking and ingling synth sounds, making the work very much
about the cosmetic surgery it performs on itself. It's all in the tradition of the more
experimental and electronic side of post-punk in which Imler and his unique groove are
rooted. It doesn't take insider knowledge of Berlin's post-punk underground to realise that
that Imler groove consists of rhythm that sings, vocals that dance and a look that fits, as
illustrated by "Disappoint Me", his latest video: https://youtu.be/YeVJ75ljjB8
Elsewhere - such as in "Movies" - the rhythm sings, less electronically reduced, into the
acoustics of an old, high-ceilinged Berlin apartment; metal clatters, a zither trembles and
Imler plays with the metronome. Sometimes he moves ahead of time, sometimes trails
behind it. He always manages to be in his very own groove, which carries everything
along. And this is precisely the essence of the Imler rhythm, which lends itself to being
applied to the very rhythm of life: Stretch and compress your time and loop it according to
your own groove! Optimise nothing but feel everything! And dance to it! Even when
contemplating everyday information overload, as Imler's high-speed mumbling suggests in
the hectic yet smooth opening track "Temperature".
But being the ultimate night owl he is, Imler manages to make even the odd bout of
paranoia seem like a good thing: like some kind of krauty, groovy B-horror-soundtrackinflected high-pressure environment, "Whip Me" is a cross between Conrad Schnitzler
and Bauhaus. In the title track, whose lyrics were written together with Jens Friebe, he
intones: "You want to be something greater / You break your leg / When it heals again /
You break it again" and sounds like the most gleeful fatalist you can imagine.
Because in his city, one can still lose oneself better than anywhere else - a night easily
becomes a whole universe that can be traversed, marvelled at and played with, and one
might find one's old self again only when hearing "church bells" and "small birds singing".

Markus Göres, Fun In The Church, Erich-Weinert-Str. 57, 10439 Berlin
markus@funinthechurch.com, Tel.: +49 (0)30 39838155, +49-(0)-177-7535745, www.funinthechurch.com
At least that's how Imler illustrates it in "Emptiness full of stars", and it seems likely that
those "stars" are the human companions of the Berlin night in question.
And so once again Imler becomes Berlin's most important cultural ambassador: that scene
of the eternally, and somehow successfully, failing creatures of the night, once the envy of
the international postmodern bohème, has, despite many claims to the contrary, not been
completely "optimised away", and its attitude to life is perfectly summed up in Imler's
groove. And, of course, his look. "Schau Hin" (German for "Look!") , he sings in the track
of the same name, masterfully dubbed out with the help of Melbourne's Leo James.
Quite right! Look - and listen.
Yours, Johannes von Weizsäcker (The Chap)
Ozan Ata Canani - Alle Menschen Dieser Erde
Touraj - Me Without You, The Spring Without You HHV Exclusive Purple Vinyl Edition
Touraj
Me Without You, The Spring Without You HHV Exclusive Purple Vinyl Edition
2LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
26,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Limited to 100 copies on purple vinyl, only at HHV.

One of the most proliftic and influential works within Iranian pop music. "Me without you, the spring without you" is a collection that is a refined and remastered version of Touraj's songs performed between 1973 and 1978. All songs were arranged and orchestrated by Eric Arconte.
Zwanie Jonson - We Like It
Gio - Mirrors & Smoke
Mieke Miami - Montecarlo Magic HHV Exclusive Black & Magenta Vinyl Gatefold Edition W/ Instrumentals
Burka Band - I Care For You
Os Barbapapas - Doowoodoowoo
Os Barbapapas
Doowoodoowoo
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
20,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Ready for take-off: Brazilian psychedelic quartet Os Barbapapas will release their first record DooWooDooWoo on 30rd April. Berlin-based record label Fun In The Church celebrates an LP release perfectly in line with their motto “Outernational Music For Interplanetary People”: DooWooDooWoo by Os Barbapapas will be the international debut of a highly talented band straight from the hip psychedelic scene in São. São Paulo meets Berlin – contemporary interplanetary diplomacy at its best. The result is a wondrous trip propelling us into outer space, to a lyrically unmanned space station where instrumental needles pierce the membrane of our planetary horizon, making way for a holistic psychedelic experience of our world.
Our tour guides are Barbara Mucciollo (Drums, Percussion), Selva
Rubens (Electric Guitar), Fernando Lima (Percussion, Drums) and Tomás Oliveira (Glass Harp, Bass), who is also responsible for production and mix. In times like these, producing a record like DooWooDooWoo is not a trivial thing at all, especially in Brazil, where Covid struck hard. The four artists had to improvise: since the initial plan to record an album in a studio was made impossible, the already drafted songs where postponed in favor of a new concept. Everyone recorded ideas for themselves, to which the others would contribute their tracks later, eventually building the 13 track-long interstellar journey that is the album. Collective improvisation chronologically untangled.
Though DooWooDooWoo was created in physical distance, the LP still became a 25-minute-long monument to the extraordinary vibe of the band. Its unpretentious and playful sound can only originate from the natural bond of those who speak the same musical language. And while listening to the first bars of the album and asking oneself if this could also be The Residents or Hermeto Pascoal producing Khruangbin’s next record, one has already been befallen by the spell of the four Brazilian mages. At the very latest, the third song “Sanga” will draw in even the most reluctant sceptic, when Selva Rubens sounds his self-made pot guitar. Welcome to the desert jungle.
Here, Tropicália meets exotica. Space meets desert. Surf meets western. The evoked visions maintain their wonder throughout the whole album, supported by the varied rhythms of the two drummers Mucciollo and Lima, who alternate skillfully between funky grooves, electronic sounds and classic percussion patterns, awarding the album a continuous flow. Brought together with Oliveira’s science-fiction sounds produced by his Glass Harp and the absence of vocals, they unfold a hypnotizing force that seems to slow down time. This unique sound is glued together by Selva Rubens’ guitar, always present with twangy melodies and reverberating harmonies. That way, Os Barbapapas weave us a sound that could only have been created in the cultural melting pot that is São Paulo. All the more exciting that Fun In The Church will deliver us that sound on vinyl.
The recording process has been a lifeline to the four Brazilians in Covid-induced isolation. Tomás Oliveira writes: “It’s been a great source of good mental health and daydreams”. This feeling perforates the music. And sounds truly outernational!
V.A. - Preachers Tape
V.A.
Preachers Tape
Tape | 2020 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
17,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
I'm just gonna come right out and say it, this first mixtape offering by the baby-faced Berlin label Fun in the Church is a Huge Flex.

Fun in the Church was birthed somewhat haphazardly by the seminal Staatsakt label as a way to release a soundtrack performed by Manila prog soul stars (+ Strong Side A openers) Bing Austria & The Flippin‘ Soul Stompers, after a mutual deal with Rapid Eye Movies was turfed.

Now, building a label's reputation takes a lot of concentrated time and curation. Staatsakt had worked tirelessly at what they love since 2003 to become the most respected name in the German Indie scene, having masterfully navigated the broad scope of this genre by releasing some of the most celebrated names in modern leftfield and progressive German rock, pop, electro and hip hop. However, in 2015, adding a Philippino beat band to the roster was a little too off-brand, no matter how much they loved it.

The solution? Start a cute, little boutique sub label! Named after a Cannonball Adderly tune adored by labeldaddies Stephan Holl & Maurice Summen, and purposefully created to release all of the music they had discovered from a little further out than the “Indie” idiom, or as they call it, “Outernational music for interplanetary people”.

Five years down the road and Fun in the Church is showcasing their future roster on this marvellous and pukka-as-hell compilation. At a first glance it is hard to understand the concept behind the label, but the crux of it is this: The bands on this label represent hip past and future, and are a testament to the breaking down of borders surrounding the music industry and creativity now. The bands on this compilation mix electronics and classical subcontinental instruments, tag Brazilian jazz's trajectory into the stratosphere, conjure mystical noir thematics, and check in on the authentic re-imaginings of modern krautrock, and much more. Fun in the Church is exciting, fun, and a real music lover's label that displays one degree of separation between musicians all over the world.

(Jimmy Trash)
Roomer - Skice
Roomer
Skice
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
15,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Preorder shipping from 02.09.2022
Mr Subtitle - The Lucky Bag Of Viktor Marek HHV Exclusive Turquoise Vinyl Edition
Mr Subtitle
The Lucky Bag Of Viktor Marek HHV Exclusive Turquoise Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
21,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Preorder shipping from 23.09.2022
Limited to 100 copies that are only available at HHV.
Gio - Mirrors & Smoke
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Melt Trio
Consumer
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
22,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Preorder shipping from 04.11.2022
Mr Subtitle - The Lucky Bag Of Viktor Marek Black Vinyl Edition
Ozan Ata Canani & Karaba - Vom Bosphorus Bis Zum Rhein Black Vinyl Edition
Magnetic Ghost Orchestra - Magnetic Ghost Orchestra
Magnetic Ghost Orchestra
Magnetic Ghost Orchestra
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
24,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Magnetic Ghost Orchestra! It's a 17-piece big band from Berlin between jazz and electropop under the direction of their bandleader and composer Moritz Sembritzki. Moritz Sembritzki is a guitarist and composer living in Berlin. His music is characterized by simple basic ideas, to which something unexpected regularly happens.Besides his own bands "Magnetic Ghost Orchestra" and "Koerper", he plays guitar in the band "Holzig". In addition, MS works as a commissioned composer (film music, big bands, etc.) and as a lecturer at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater in Leipzig.
Mieke Miami - Montecarlo Magic
Mieke Miami
Montecarlo Magic
2LP | 2021 | DE | Original (Fun In The Church)
21,99 €*
Release:2021 / DE – Original
Genre:Pop
Used Vinyl
Medium: Sealed, Cover: VG+
HHV Exclusive Black & Magenta Vinyl Gatefold Edition W/ Instrumentals. Still sealed with hype sticker. Gatefold cover has a bent corner, close to NM. Limited edition of 150 copies.
Touraj - Me Without You, The Spring Without You Black Vinyl Edition
Touraj
Me Without You, The Spring Without You Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2022 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
24,99 €*
Release:2022 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
One of the most proliftic and influential works within Iranian pop music. "Me without you, the spring without you" is a collection that is a refined and remastered version of Touraj's songs performed between 1973 and 1978. All songs were arranged and orchestrated by Eric Arconte.
Mariá Portugal - Erosão HHV Exclusive Aquamarine Vinyl Edition W/ Fanzine
Mariá Portugal
Erosão HHV Exclusive Aquamarine Vinyl Edition W/ Fanzine
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
27,99 €*
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves
Limited aqua marine vinyl edition including a lyrics' fanzine. 150 copies only, only at HHV Records.

After 20 eventful years as a drummer, singer, producer and composer in her hometown São Paulo, the Brazilian Mariá Portugal moved to Duisburg some time ago.
On November 12, 2021, she is now releasing her latest album, Erosão. Her debut for Fun In The Church will be released as a collaboration between selo Risco (Brazil) and Fun in The Church on vinyl and digital.
Carl Schilde - Europop
Carl Schilde
Europop
LP | 2021 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
19,79 €* 21,99 € -10%
Release:2021 / EU – Original
Genre:Pop
Initially sparked by a disappointing experience in Los Angeles, EUROPOP is Carl Schilde’s first solo album. Feeling out of place and out of time in the music world, he started to embrace his own limitations, subverting themes like “making it” and pre- internet nostalgia with a Jim O’Rourke- inspired wink in his eye. While holed up in his Toronto basement, a lifelong obsession with outdated pop trickery and yesteryear’s preset sounds launched him into an alternate sonic universe—one where The Beach Boys’ late- 70s albums were big hits, and long-forgotten Italian soft rock is the style du jour.
The resulting ten songs were given their final sheen by mastering impresario Dave Cooley (Tame Impala, Blood Orange, J Dilla).

Born and raised in West Berlin sometime in the 80s, Carl has already had several musical incarnations.
From a Berlin Art Prize nomination for his single-note vinyl record (“The whole concept makes me upset” — VICE), to glimpsing the album charts by co- writing an aging crooner’s magnum opus (“Glamorous” — NY Times), he has always been more interested in exploring different angles than building a career. Since a transcontinental move to Canada, his focus has shifted from the conceptual to the immediate music-making process, with all its imperfections. An avid live performer, Carl is also a member of Playdate, whose album “Manitoulin Tapes” (“a blissed out lo-fi ambient gem” — The Wire) was recently released on Séance Centre.

Following the self-released single TOP 40, which has reached over 130k streams on Spotify, EUROPOP is scheduled to be released on February, 4th, 2022 on Staatsakt’s new interplanetary imprint, Fun In The Church.
Training & John - Three Seconds
Wolfgang Perez - Who Cares Who Cares
Mieke Miami - Montecarlo Magic
Ozan Ata Canani - Warte Mein Land, Warte
Training - X
Orphea - Lovesongs From Hell
Ashraf Sharif Khan & Viktor Marek - Sufi Dub Brothers Black Vinyl Edition
Ashraf Sharif Khan & Viktor Marek
Sufi Dub Brothers Black Vinyl Edition
LP | 2020 | EU | Original (Fun In The Church)
18,99 €*
Release:2020 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
The swing of Ashraf Sharif Khan and Viktor Marek is performed live with their Beats, Bass and Sitar, leaving behind rows of earthlings* with their mouths wide open (grinning) - and just as open soles (dancing). Their album "Sufi Dub Brothers" is a testimony to this decree of comet-like fate and gathers nearly the complete recorded song material of this musical sensation.

An elusive "Sufistep" (Viktor Marek) somewhere between HipHop, Acid, Electro and Dub meets a masterful Sitar performance (Ashraf Sharif Khan). The two of them took more than 10 years of time in the Hamburg Ebbe-Road-Studios to find a suitable sonic space for this album. A long way, after all they transform South Asian classical music into western club music - and not vice versa. Except in the song "Maschinenland" which is a cover version of a song originally performed by the German group Abwärts.

Ashraf Sharif Khan, born in Lahore, Pakistan, is the son of sitar master Ustad Muhammad Sharif Khan Poonchwala, at times just as famous in India and Pakistan as Ustad Vilayat Khan and Pandit Ravi Shankar. Like his father and grandfather before him, he belongs to the Poonch Gharana Sitar tradition. He is a member of the Pakistani Music Hall Of Fame.

Viktor Marek is an outernational superstar. His sensitivity is also evident in his ongoing collaborations with Jacques Palminger or Knarf Rellöm and in spontaneous encounters with, for example, Felix Kubin, Jamie Lidell or Anthony "Shake" Shakir. In the early nineties Marek and his trio 8Doogymoto released on Matthew Herbert's label soundslike and travelled the world. With no other project before, Viktor Marek has come as close to his musical core as in his recent work with Ashraf Sharif Khan.
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