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Thursday, Oct 24 2013 | 15:30
Image: 1584350 Now, it’s official: Alex Barck is back in his home town Berlin. For a whole year he
lived together with his family on the small, remote island La Reunion in the Indian
Ocean. To recover from his turbulent life as a DJ, as member of Jazzanova, as A&R
manager of Sonar Kollektiv, as one half of Prommer & Barck and as a busy record
digger? Far from it! Now with his debut solo album in the luggage he returns back
to the party capital of the world.
The island, the ocean, the African influences, the detachment from the hectic club
scene must have done Barck especially good. “Reunion“ is a mature club album
with harsh pop appeal, lots of soul, a deepness as abyssal as the Sunda Trench and a
very unique, characteristic thumbprint.
For nine of the total of twelve album tracks Barck invited guests over the ocean.
No less than three songs feature the Swedish voice extraordinaire of Jonatan
“Ernesto” Bäckelie. “We Get High” and “Don’t Hold Back” came already out on
two of the three pre-release 12inches. With “Doubter” the LP has its dignified opener
which sets one in the right mood for what kinda brilliant songs, club anthems and
infinitely optimistic pop Barck has in store.
Pete Josef from Bristol (one half of The White Lamp) is another voice like tailor-made
for Barck’s productions. That’s why it’s almost a bit of a bummer that we get only two of
these fruitful collaborations (the club monster “Re-set” and the boogie-esque
“Spinning Around”).
However the pleasure is much bigger to hear the La Reunion native Christine Salem
on “Oh Africa” and that the old companion, Stee Downes breathes life and soul into
the bass-heavy “Like A Drug”. Another artists of the Sonar Kollektiv roster presents
himself on “Why & How” in a surprisingly new way. FETSUM elevates the already
super euphoric song into staggering heights. You suddenly feel like you’re at a highspirited
beach party at peak time. Without degrading the brilliancy of all the other titles,
one almost has to say that “Atmosphere” is probably the best track Barck has ever
produced during his adventerous career. A masterstroke of club music with a bass line
you will feel almost for days in you guts. With “Move Slowly” Barck (together with
singer Bea Anubis) throttles the tempo slightly and reminds us in patches of his
teamwork with Christian Prommer on “Alex And The Grizzly”. The thundering final
blow comes with “Reunion” and is so enchanting that you start to think about
spending yourself a year on a little island somewhere in the far Indian Ocean.
In short, this is an album full of songs that have slumbring within Alex Barck for
an eternity. But they all needed the time to mature and are now laying in all their
full glory and matchingly in front of us. All of them children of the reunion. Also
in a musical sense.

01. Doubter feat. Jonatan Bäckelie
02. Re-set feat. Pete Josef
03. Oh Africa feat. Christine Salem (Album
04. Atmosphere
05. Don’t Hold Back feat. Jonatan Bäckelie
06. Automatic Systematique
07. Spinning Around feat. Pete Josef
08. Like A Drug feat. Stee Downes
09. We Get High feat. Jonatan Bäckelie
10. Why & How feat. FETSUM
11. Move Slowly feat. Bea Anubis
12. Reunion

WEBLINKS / / Available from 04.10.2013
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