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Airchina - LP1
LP | 2018 | EU | Original (Italic)
16,99 €*
Release:2018 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance, Pop
LP 1 ist das Debütalbum von Airchina, dem jüngstes Projekt von Nikolai Szymanski - Komponist, Sänger, Elektroniker und Umschlagkünstler von Stabil Elite aus Düsseldorf.Pluckernd analoge Rhythmik, subtraktive Synthese und Softwaresynths. Melodien schichten sich licht in asiatisch anmutendem Gewand. Aber nicht so einfach: ein fremder Blick. Eine Idee von Japan. 1983, 84, 85. Getrennt durch Raum und Zeit. Von hier aus gesehen, Düsseldorf. Signale, wie sie Pyrolator empfing, Tokyo, wie es Hosono Haruomi und Ryuichi Sakamoto beschrieben.Ambient-instrumentale Eleganz, Kammerstücke, Miniaturen, Popschönheit – wer Namen braucht: The Orb, Ultramarine oder auch Oneohtrix Point Never im Sinne.
Von Spar - Streetlife Remixes Part 1
Von Spar
Streetlife Remixes Part 1
12" | 2016 | EU | Original (Italic)
12,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
Includes remixes by Barnt and Axel Bomann.
BAR - L.A. Düsseldorf
Von Spar - Streetlife
Von Spar
LP | 2014 | EU | Original (Italic)
17,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Original
Genre:Rock / Indie
Van Spar one of the most amazing bands in the realms of Krautrock – even if the four were inspired equally by techno, synthpop, noise, post- punk and new music. Much is new on "Streetlife". Four of the eight pieces were recorded with the Canadian singer Chris Cummings, aka Marker Starling (formerly Mantler), whose fragile voice recalls that of Robert Wyatt. Other pieces feature the voice of Ada (Pampa Records) and of Scout Niblett (Drag City), for whom Jan Philipp Janzen has played drums on various tours (as he has for the likes of Owen Pallett and The Field). "Streetlife" has emerged as a heterogeneous album ranging from melodic piano disco, to tripped out soundscapes to grandiose soft rock.
Stabil Elite - Alibi / Halbwelt
Stabil Elite
Alibi / Halbwelt
7" | 2017 | EU | Original (Italic)
7,99 €*
Release:2017 / EU – Original
Limited to 500 copies on transparent blue vinyl.
Von Spar - Streetlife Remixes Part 2
Von Spar
Streetlife Remixes Part 2
10" | 2016 | EU | Original (Italic)
10,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Electronic / Dance
“Streetlife” Remix Edition Number Two: the Cologne-Berlin based band VON SPAR asked again two of their current favourite producers to remix songs from their latest album “Streetlife”, that was released in 2014 and presents a moving amalgam of Disco, Funk, Glam-Pop, Soft- and West Coast-Rock.The first remixe edition came from Barnt and Axel Boman. Now PORTABLE and THE MAGHREBAN have switched on their machines and edited the instrumental track “Ahnherr Der Schwätzer” as well as the song “Try Though We Might” with their very own signature sounds.The native South African PORTABLE transforms the afro-jazz piece „Ahnherr Der Schwätzer“ into a pulsating House-Not-House sensation. As usual, he uses his catchy voice deeply emotional and breathes longing melodies over a cool machine rhythms and drifting synth melodies.A touching remix with a deep psychedelic twist, that also the remix of the Briton The MAGHREBAN delivers. Moreover the mastermind of the label Zoot Records and producer of ghostly electronic dance music has decided to enter the darker sections of his musical universe. In his remix of the catchy pop ballad “Try Though We Might”, the drums beat straight, the bass rolls threateningly, and above all, an alienated guitar theme seduces between an acidified synth lines and bewitching voices. Two remix works with strong knock-on effect.
Harmonious Thelonious - International Dance Record
Harmonious Thelonious
International Dance Record
LP | 2016 | EU | Original (Italic)
16,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
Brighter than the sun of Africa and hotter than the desert wind Scirocco: Harmonious Thelonious returns with his fourth album. It comes with the enticing title “International Dance Record” and as always, much of it revolves around the vertical component of music: Harmony. The Düsseldorf producer has been exploring the infinite possibilities of electronic music production under pseudonyms like Antonelli Electr. since the late 1990s. He has produced contemporary voodoo art as part of the trio The Durian Brothers. Yet the new album is not a standard procedure. Rather, he shifts the harmonies of African music and juxtaposes them by a whole tone, generating simple harmonic changes with a magical effect. His unusual tonal game runs through half of his album, yet is not its major theme. That, rather, is hypnosis. All of his new tracks run through without detailed arrangements, have heavily infectious melodic passages and create a repetitive pull of mythical power.Overall, his music today is airier and more receptive than anything he has presented to the world to date as Harmonious Thelonious. The brute force beats his previous albums “Talking”, “Listen” and “Santos” have been replaced by simple rhythm box grooves. They are repeatedly joined by short highlife guitar themes, bright flute melodies and feathery keyboard hooks. Africa is also only partially a reference for this unclassifiable and cheerful dance sound, which is entitled “International Dance Record” for good reasons. Because this time the priority is on immediate movement and pieces like “Talking About” or the remake of “Muziek”, still crude on his 2012 EP “Ting Tong”, both nod to House without directly being that. A longplayer between worlds that creates its very own – and despite all its exoticism, somehow remains absolutely grounded.
Stabil Elite - Spumante
Stabil Elite
2LP+CD | 2016 | EU | Original (Italic)
27,99 €*
Release:2016 / EU – Original
Irgendwelche freundlichen Menschen stellten Stabil Elite vor vier Jahren Flugtickets aus. Sie musizierten sich einmal um die Welt. Afrika, Südamerika, Asien, man kennt das von deutschen Bands, die das Goethe-Institut einmal für sich entdeckt hat. Jetzt könnte man natürlich spekulieren, ob und wie viele Einflüsse all diese fremden Orte auf SPUMANTE genommen haben.In der Tat laden die Songs dazu ein, denn im Vergleich zum Vorgänger DOUZE POUZE (Platte des Monats im ME 3/2012, wir erinnern uns nur zu gerne) fand durchaus eine Entkopplung zu allen bisherigen Geografien der Band statt, dieser Sound ist im besten Sinne international. Und einmal singt Nikolai Szymanski sogar: „Zeitzonen verbrennen hinter dir. Was hast du außer Koffern zu verlieren?“ Anderseits finden die Reisen, mit denen wir es hier zu tun haben, eher im Kopf statt und führen nicht in konkret greifbare Länder oder Situationen, sondern in eine Matrix, die aus allen möglichen Bestandteilen gewebt und dabei zuhöchst volatil ist.Musikalisch trifft smarte Post-Disco (Think: Laid Back) auf Yacht, AOR, Muzak und flirrenden, mittlerweile selbst zur Referenz gewordenen Bezugspop der Mittnuller (Von Spar, Jeans Team, Ragazzi). Inhaltlich gibt die Band wenig vor, es sind Stichpunkte, Satzfetzen, sogar Emoticons – ein Song des Albums nennt sich schlicht „<3“ –, mit denen hier operiert wird. Daraus einen Inhalt zu ziehen, das muss der Hörer schon selbst erledigen. Dem Rezensenten gingen folgende Dinge durch den Kopf: Das mittlerweile recht selten gewordene Peugeot-205-Cabrio in der Lacoste-Edition, schneeweiß und auf 1?000 Stück limitiert, weißweinschöne Spätnachmittage in einer Hotelanlage im slowenischen Portorož im Herbst 2001 und der Film „Flucht aus L.A.“ mit Kurt Russell (1996, gefühlt aber 1989). Gegen all das gibt es überhaupt nichts zu sagen! - Musikexpress
BAR - Welcome to BAR Transparent Vinyl Edition
Welcome to BAR Transparent Vinyl Edition
LP+CD | 2014 | EU | Reissue (Italic)
16,99 €*
Release:2014 / EU – Reissue
Genre:Rock / Indie, Electronic / Dance, Pop
Second edition of BAR's debut on clear vinyl.
Harmonious Thelonious - Santos
Harmonious Thelonious
LP+CD | 2015 | EU | Original (Italic)
17,99 €*
Release:2015 / EU – Original
Genre:Organic Grooves, Electronic / Dance
"I use music as a medium to talk to other people", Sun Ra once revealed. The Düsseldorfer Stefan Schwander would agree with this statement by the avant-garde jazz great, though he would not necessarily sign his name to it. He also speaks to people through music. Yet he also likes to let music talk to music. Since 2008, as Harmonious Thelonious, on numerous EPs and two albums, he blends the reduced patterns and structures of American minimalist music with African, Latin American and Caribbean rhythms.For his new work "Santos", which he sees as an LP with a unified concept, he embarked on a mental journey to the north of the African continent and became entranced by Moroccan trance music. The resulting pieces are light, with traces of pop, interweaving the atmospheres of the Master Musicians Of Joujouka and Gnawa music with the driving force of techno. This time Schwander invited a handful of guest musicians to serve as sound sources. The Berliner Ghazi Barakat, former bass player of Stereo Total and man behind the psychedelic experimental project Pharoah Chromium, contributed modified sounds from his Moroccan flute. A second guest musician is the Cologne-based composer Volker Zander, who has long played double bass and electric bass with Calexico. For songs like "Mountains" or "Belloumi" he played a melody on the Turkish Tambur, lending an oriental flair to the vital rhythms of the tracks. The intricate rhythmic patterns also incorporate instruments such as banjo, mandolin and Afro-Cuban drums, played by the percussionist Stefan Suhr, who studied Afro-Cuban ritual drumming in Cuba. Schwander's electronic sequencing blurs these organic sources and brings them into a fluid dialogue with his electronic ideas. For a piece like "Rendez-vous of the Dead", for example, Harmonious Thelonious projected himself out of the studio onto the Djemaa el Fna square in Marrakech. Here, every evening after sunset, local musicians meet and play themselves into a frenzy on distorted mandolins. Harmonious Thelonious translates this dream into a quaking dance monster whose home might be a techno club with an experimental sonic approach. Of course, most of the pieces of "Santos" are heavily danceable, although this time Harmonious Thelonious' tracks roll a little slower than previously. Their rugged beauty has also given way to a very smooth sound. His music, however, has lost none of its complexity. The many voices speak together, propelling each other toward something that traverses traditional genre boundaries, creating a playful trance.The cover of "Santos" underscores this: It is a collage designed by the artist himself, depicting his notion of an all-star band. Everyone must decipher for themselves exactly who is to be found there. Here, once again, the pictures are not direct portrayals, but veiled references to an emotional state hidden far beyond the visual realm. Just like the music of Thelonious Harmonious, which uses various layers tell countless stories.
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