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Interview with Penner & Muder

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 20, 2010 05:09pm | Post a Comment
Penner & Muder Same Monkeys Different Zoo album art
From the opening keys of the piano-led intro and first full track ‘Let The Music Play,’ there’s a beautiful and slightly melancholic thread throughout Penner & Muder's Same Monkeys Different Zoo. This is a house album, however, and groove does not suffer as the stripped back drum&vox of ‘All About You’ aptly proves. Whether it be the dubby feel of ‘Sunset Blvd’ or the future soul of ‘Time Has Come,’ the album is bristling with emotion and even in tracks like the decidedly austere ‘Solitary Movement’ (with Muder’s long term friend/label partner Chopstick) there’s a real sense of feeling. This impassioned theme culminates in the stunning ‘Are You Lost,’ a future classic in the making if ever there was one. Balancing melody with groove, melancholy with uplift and dancefloor sensibilities with a home listening vibe is a rare feat, but Penner & Muder have pulled it off and have done so with a heavily song based LP – a true testament to the talent here.

Nils Penner took some time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions for us at Handsomeclub:

When and where were you both born?

John was born in Hamburg, Germany 1979. Nils in Bremen, Germany 1977. Bremen is situated 100 km south of Hamburg.

How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?

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New Electronic 12" Releases 7/14 @ Amoeba Hollywood - Vakula, Skudge, Mosse & Lowtec, Don Froth, Maetrik, Deetron w/ Seth Troxler & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 14, 2010 04:53pm | Post a Comment
Vakula EP5 10" cover


Vakula
EP5 10"
Firecracker

5 track EP from FIRECRACKER and Ukrainian electronic artist VAKULA. A mix of "analogue rawness, soviet synths, sci-fi soundscapes and a Detroit state of mind." Limited 10" with artwork from HOUSE OF TRAPS.







Laid Records


Mosse/Lowtec
Workshop 12"
Laid

The house of Workshop is powerfully represented here by Kassem Mosse & Lowtec, and it does not require a lot of words to introduce these two outstanding artists. Lowtec and Kassem Mosse have defined for years how contemporary dance music can have a sound that locates one foot in the future and the other one in a record collection filled with countless amounts of soul, disco, house, Detroit, Chicago, techno, and more.




Culoe De Song Ambush artwork


Culoe De Song
Ambush 12”
Mule Musiq

Long awaited second release from the new star from Africa. His releases from Innervisions and Mule Musiq were highly acclaimed. The new song 'Ambush' is Culoe's unique touch on the deep house sound with his African taste. It's beautiful as music but of course it will make a great DJ tool as well. Culoe can do no wrong at the moment!!

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Interview with Analog Freak Mr. G

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, July 2, 2010 01:43pm | Post a Comment
With the release of his highly anticipated debut album Still Here, our man Colin McBean took some time to talk to us about the album and all things Mr. G...

Mr. G - Still Here
When and where were you born, and have you always been in the UK?


Born in Derby in the Midlands, August,1961, and yeah, I’ve always been here……….and……Still Here.

What got you interested in house/techno music
?

I’m an analog freak so it’s always been about synths. I didn’t know at the time, but that was the link. The sounds from Studio One to Stevie to Eno to Joey Beltram. It’s about the sound and rawness – that’s my link with house & techno.

When and why did you choose to start to making your own music?

I met Keith from Bang The Party and went to his studio at Interchange. Then with Cisco becoming KCC late eighties, early nineties………...Always had a crazy love of music and buying wax at a very early age, it was a natural progression.

Who were your music influences when first getting involved in the music business, and why?

There were no real influences. It was just another part of music being in my life……..I did love what Jeff, Joey, Maurizio and Luke were doing but then I was still buying lots of other music which was non dance as well. I suppose Cisco was a big influence cause he knew all the tech stuff and I didn’t, so it was a big learning curve and interesting.

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New Electronic 12" releases at Amoeba LA- Holger Czukay, Conforce, A Made Up Sound, Dj Koze, Mano Le Tough & More

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 23, 2010 10:47am | Post a Comment




Holger Czukay
Let’s Get Cool
Claremont 56

CAN's HOLGER CZUKAY releases this 2 track 10" with tracks based on "COOL IN THE POOL," recorded in his home studio in 1979. Quirky with a touch of free jazz horn work. Pressed as a strictly limited 10" on transparent vinyl.













Conforce
Black Stroke EP
Modelisme

The original is a hymnic Detroit-ish tune with a swingy groove and the right strings. KINK & NEVILLE WATSON work out an old school acid house mix in the Chicago vein, and "PRETTY FAR FROM HERE" closes out the record with old school deep funky sounds that are raw.













A Made Up Sound
Alarm
A Made Up Sound

A MADE UP SOUND brings 2 tracks of bangin' beats! "ALARM" is a punchy tune with synth stabs, moody pads and a swaggering rhythm. "CRISIS" on the flip is all about restraint. Thick house-not-house beats and a thumping acid bassline. This is a killer 12".

Listen to "Crisis" here:

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June 15 - New Electronic/ Dance CD Releases

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, June 15, 2010 01:18pm | Post a Comment



Wolfgang Voigt
Freiland Klaviermusik
Kompakt

Wolfgang Voigt returns to stranj for his left-of-center Kompakt label offshoot, Profan. As GAS, Voigt composed ethereal, blue-hued, deep-forest metaphysical techno 'head music', but now under his own name he injects the dance floor with a dose of well tempered madness. If you like your techno birthed out of a slightly crooked disposition, thought provoking and borderline psychotic, please check this out.












Ellen Allien
Dust
BPitch Corp

Berlin's first lady of techno drops a solid release for 2010. Her trademark razor-sharp spooky production is complete with bleeps n bells, throbbing bass house, squidgy electro tech-pop, and even what could be taken as an homage to the Exorcist theme.











Ichisan and Nakova
Yugo Tempo
Nang

Between them, duo Ichisan & Nakova have toured the cream of the new disco stables with releases on Nang, Eskimo and Airtight. They present their debut album together for Nang, collecting thirteen Balkan disco grooves spiked with sparkling spacewise synths, cosmic guitar licks and dubbed basslines for the connoisseurs. Fans of Lindstrom, Ilija Rudman or Todd Terje should have a peek.

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