Monday, Jan 31 2005 | 12:09

A peculiar skittery form of Fun—-k, the sounds of Cologne based Oliver Braun are totally unlike those experienced elsewhere! His twisting rhythms exorcise angst and casually sprawl their way through unpredictable ramifications. A counterattack on idiocy. A tymbal landscape sketched by James Brown (who in fact was black) suffering from convulsions, and more besides: party bomb or guerrilla attack by a lo-resolution home orchestra far removed from the temptations of vanity.

Braun’s third album also contains elements of House Music and Rhythm and Blues, sliced up into fragments of real horns, double bass, piano, accordion, claps and freakish vocals nuzzling up the toaster, the crotch in one hand, the microphone in the other. It is a record characterised by unsettling off kilter pacing and a fearless approach to ridicule hip-hop codes. In a spasmodic jerky kind of way Braun brings the F—back.

Beige turns Braun !

Braun released 2 albums under the name Beige, one on the Leaf label 2000, U.K. and “I Don’t Either” on Nonplace in 2001. He changed the artist name from Beige to Braun (And The Mob) also because the new record is not a one man show anymore. There are lots of direct influences by other people (The Mob).

The artwork of “as the veneer of dumbness starts to fade” refers to a reknown 80ties release: Mark Stewart’s “As The Veneer Of Democracy Starts To Fade” (On-U sound). “It was “the” album of my life” states Braun, also listening to some Adrian Sherwood remixes / productions at this time. He was irritated: “It sounds like to much dust on a sliding record needle I really thought “there’s something wrong” and I liked it, so I bought the Stewart album – and then I was absolutely sure there’s something wrong and I liked it much more, I really enjoyed this feeling of “there’s something wrong” until today it’s a key-point of my work – and it’s my reference when i’m listening to music.” (excerpt from interview with Fader Magazine, Tokyo 2004)

The Wire 2002:
If you locked George Clinton, James Brown and a couple of hyperactive kids in a room with an equivalent number of Casios and a primitive sampler, they might come up with something along these skewed lines.

NME 2001:
You know the giant insects who live inside Planet Funk ? This is their party soundtrack.

NME 2002:
Braun (brown) attempt to do for light brown what Eminem did for white.

I would even go as far to say that this has got the funk.

The album Braun (And The Mob)As The Veneer Of Dumbness Starts To Fade” (Nonplace) is going to be released January 31, 2005.




Braun Top 5’s:

Top 5 colours


Top 5 things you need to feel comfortable in the studio

1-zur rechten zeit genügend ruhe
2-angemessene abhörlautstärke
4-lindt vollmilchschokolade

Top 5 instruments / electronic equipment / software


Top 5 favourite records

0-dj koze “deine reime sind schweine”
1-mark stewart “as the veneer …” (album)
2-parliament – (nahezu alles)
3-phuture”acid tracks” (12″) j. “radio” (album)
5-arno steffen “schlager” (album)

Top 5 most hilarious song titles

1-i’m surrounded by incompetence (foetus)
2-ich liebe dicke teenager (die lustigen mutanten)
3-familie und gewaltanwendung (foyer des arts)
4-i need a beat ( j.)
5-nochmal: “deine reime sind schweine”

Top 5 things no one does as well as you


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