we’d like to present you our releases for the fourth week of 2016: It’s getting bluesy on our release of the week with Danny Bryant’s new album on Jazzhaus Records, while Strom & Wasser take you on a musical journey to Reykjavik. Also, Robsoul releases a compilation with some tracks from their catalogue, which Sebo K reedited and made his own. Alter Ego releases two remixes of old Alter Ego songs by Luke Slater, some nice Techno music we also will release on vinyl! For the dancers, XIXA present you their debut album with a sound heavily influenced by Latin American music and ZJ Liquid gets bodies moving to his new single. Last but not least, independent radio station ByteFM hails from Hamburg with a new, colorful compilation. Check them out!
All the best
On “Blood Money”, Danny Bryant set out to record an album that showed an introspective return to his roots and an appreciation of his blues influences, by paying homage, as he puts it “to all the different influences and flavours of this wonderful music that I have loved for many years.”
In the past years Strom & Wasser [Power & Water], lead by their singer, songwriter, bass player and producer Heinz Ratz, have concerned themselves primarily with German realities. In 2011 Ratz visited many local refugee camps on his Tour of a Thousand Bridges. He thereafter put together the award-winning project The Refugees with musicians and vocalists that he had met there on his tour. Prior to this, Ratz, born in 1968, called attention to homelessness and pollution with spectacular campaigns; three of his productions received the “Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik“ [German Record Critics’ Award]. With the double album “Reykjavík”,a new cycle begins. It is the first of a planned series, in which Strom & Wasser work together with musicians from different European cultural metropolises. To Ratz this project is also about unforeseen encounters, fresh impressions and lively exchange.
Inna Di Dance presents: ZJ Liquid with his new hit single “Put Your Body On Me”. The legendary German hip hop producers DJ Dynamite and Tropf from Hamburg and ZJ LIQUID from Jamaica deliver carribean vibes for cold winter months, After the hit single “Wifey Walk Out” in 2010 and the collaboration with dancehall superstar Sean Paul in 2015, ZJ Liquid creates a dancehall-azonto-afrobeat party vibe for 2016.
The fourth compilation by independent radio station ByteFM boasts a great mix of German and international indie heavyweights alike. But this longplayer not only pleases fans of cultural mixes, but also genre diversity: Die Nerven, Sinkane and Dexter are featured among others.
The desert has a frequency, a sound you can hear in the wilds around Tucson or the southern reaches of the Sahara. XIXA tunes in and warps it, in glittering, gritty tracks on their debut album, “Bloodline”, an expansion on their recent EP “Shift + Shadow”.
The art of the edit is a much argued topic. The skill goes far beyond, as Mark E recently stated “just adding beats at either end of the track”. Some, like E, have become synonymous for their enviable edit talents. Wilson, Harvey, Terje, Beedle are all at the top of their game when it comes to the delicate and ultimately respectful touch. Whether its reworking for the dancefloor, tweaking for your tastebuds or looking to inject a new freshness to the funk, the best edits are always remembered. Today Phil Weeks’ “Robsoul Essentials” offshoot launches the first in a new series – “Robsoul Edits” – which sees a host of our friends and family select some of their favourite tracks from the catalogue and go to work on creating their very own collection of personal edits.
The first vinyl release on Roman Flügel and Jörn Elling Wuttke’s label Alter Ego Recordings presents two classic Alter Ego tracks remixed by Luke Slater. His music especially under the Planetary Assault Systems moniker influenced just about everyone in techno and for many people he is the epitome of hard and driving british electronica over the last twenty years.