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Ame (Sonar Kollektiv)
Thursday, July 29th, 2004 | Tags: ,
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The Karlsruhe based production duo Ame has already released several records on Sonar Kollektiv as well as produced various remixes for Jazzanova, Roy Davis Jr., the 20:20 Vision imprint and many others. Their current 12″ “Ojomo / Nia” (Sonar Kollektiv, SK027) is a beautiful mixture of Detroit techno and house music, always deep, functional, warm […]

Radio Citizen – Silent Guid
Friday, October 6th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Radio Citizen – Silent Guid

Image: 1611555 Radio Citizen is back on Sonar Kollektiv with his new album Silent Guide.

TRACKLISTING:
A1. Silent Guide
A2. Ethxxmologie
A3. SaraSong
B1. Opium
B2. Grand Jam
B3. Waiting
C1. It’s Not Enough
C2. Bangu
C3. Serene
D1. Dense Dance
D2. Ninguém
D3. Kein Planet
D4. Smoke

“Never change a winnig team”. That’s what Radio Citizen’s Niko Schabel must have thought
when he decided to release his fourth album once again on Sonar Kollektiv. After the success
of “The Night & The City” (SK310LP / CD) from 2015 and the productive collaboration ever
since this seems like a wise resolution. Schabel’s idea to retrieve to a mountain cabin in
Salvenberg, Tirol with his band and tons of equipment turned out to be an even more crucial
factor to the cause. Here they could create and record new songs and bring them together
neatly for the new album. The 13 tracks assembled here on “Silent Guide” are – each on its
own and in its entirety anyway – best proof how wonderfully this approach has worked out.
For instance, you’d only have to listen to “Grand Jam” to get the picture: A composite work of
Schabel (on synthesizer) with Bernd Oeszevim (on drums), Maasl Maier (on bass), Marja
Burchard (on rhodes) and Johannes Schleiermacher (on synthesizer) leaves every musician
enough air to breathe and even much more room for personal development. A qualification
running like a common thread through the album’s length. Don’t worry though, “Silent Guide”
isn’t a random collection of live jams and untamed solos. “SaraSong” (composed by drummer
Oeszevim) is a beautiful, gracious tune borne by Marja Burchard’s trombone and Niko
Schabel’s bass clarinet packed in a semi-complex arrangement with two parts linked up
ingeniously. Or take the opener and title track “Silent Guide”: Here you have Natalie Greffel’s
voice becharming you. You literally can feel how much fun it must have been to bring this
album collectively forth. On “Ninguém” Greffel sings in Portuguese and on “It’s Not Enough”
she’s supported vocally by Marja Burchard for a mantra-like chorus superimposed over the
captivating drumming by Bernd Oeszevim (the first part is a 33/16 beat by the way). On this
track Johannes Schleiermacher plays the flute, on “Kein Planet” Niko Schabel plays an alto
saxophone and on “Ethxxmologie” you hear a whole brass section featuring a bass clarinet, a
tenor saxophone and two trombones.

On this album Radio Citizen indulges in its love for live recorded instruments like never
before. When all the previous efforts (with “Warm Canto” as an exception) were heavily based
on samples, Radio Citizen’s sound gains spontaneity and charisma. Besides the (on the cover
illustrated) happy gathering of synthesizers and keyboards there are also exceptionally
many wind instruments on the album. An album floating in musical nowhere land between
Krautrock, Free Jazz, Club Culture, Dub and maybe even Pop. Along these lines “Silent Guide”
is a masterpiece of deliberate border crossing. The Cool Jazz track “Smoke”, written by
Schabel and with Julian Schleiermacher on tenor saxophone, is the appropriate finale of this
thrilling journey. We will wax lyrical about this album in years to come.
Available from 17.11.2017

Liz Aku – Ankhor
Friday, March 24th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Liz Aku – Ankhor

Image: 1609375 Sonar Kollektiv present Ankhor the new album from Liz Aku.

TRACKLISTING:
A1. The Drum Major Instinct feat. Mara TK
A2. Slowly
A3. Deceive The Mind
B1. Seasons Change
B2. Secrets Die
B3. Flight & Fall
C1. Just What I Need
C2. Ashamed
C3. Hiding Alone
D1. Ankhor feat. Zulu Moon
D2. Hunger
D3. Breathing Underwater feat. Mara TK

https://soundcloud.com/sonar-kollektiv/sets/preview-liz-aku-ankhor-sk340lp-illicity-out-05052017/s-zc78U

It’s the utmost honor for Sonar Kollektiv to be in the position to introduce “Ankhor”, the brand
new album by Liz Aku. Having recorded all sorts of music with different outfits as well as
solo projects over the last fifteen years the Belgian soul singer and highly gifted songwriter
definitely earned her stripes and is anything but a newcomer to this game. She seems to
have found her own, distinctive voice, after traveling to New Zealand and a far-reaching
encounter with Mara TK from Electric Wire Hustle.
With “Ankhor” (a combination of the Egyptian symbol for eternal life “Ankh” and “anchor”)
Aku accomplished a masterpiece of Nu Soul, Jazz and Pop, which will make her join the upper
league of the players on the scene. For this cause, several allies and befriended producers
have helped her out. With Mara TK leading the way obviously, who co-produced three out of
the album’s twelve songs. On “Breathing Underwater” and the sublime, for the whole album
groove defining opening song “The Drum Major Instinct” the native New Zealander duets
with Aku.
Further collaborators on “Ankhor” are for instance the Hip-hop rooted Canadian producer duo
Potatohead People. Their 2015 track “Blue Charms” is purified by Liz Aku’s voice and becomes
“Seasons Change”. Also built on a sample (“Waters” by Electric Wire Hustle) is the bass heavy
and lasciviously lolling “Deceive The Mind”. The Rotterdam based beatsmith Maximoe is
responsible for this co-production, as well as for the piano looping “Hunger”. For “Just What I
Need”, one of the most sophisticated pieces of the album, Aku drummed up a whole band
with the Belgian top drummer Lander Gyselinck, Jazz pianist Bram Weijters, bass player Juan
Manssens and trumpet player Bart Maris. Bart Vincent and Serge Hertoge produced this
song, as well as “Ashamed”. Both are two companions from Aku’s home country. Also at
home in Belgium, in Ghent to be exact, is the female rapper Zulu Moon, who delivers on the
title song “Ankhor” an outstanding rap that blends perfectly with Liz’s spoken word
performance in the vein of Ursula Rucker or Me’Shell NdegéOcello.
The Brussel based producer Morshmellow adopts a quieter tone for this track and creates
together with his two compatriots a mood which is present all over the whole album: A
positive confidence, a brave outlook in times of unrest, an assertive statement to believe in
oneself and of course lots of feeling, or more precisely, soul. And if soul music 2017 has to
sound like something, then it should sound exactly like this. Thanks, Liz Aku.

All tracks published by Copyright Control.
All tracks produced by Liz Aku & Mara TK, except for “Just What I Need” & “Ashamed”.
Mixed by Benny Tones.
All songs recorded in Belgium & New Zealand.
Mastered by Jerboa Mastering.
Product management by Oliver Glage
www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 05.05.2017

Glow In The Dark – Future Bliss
Friday, December 30th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Glow In The Dark – Future Bliss

Image: 1607824 Sonar Kollektiv present Glow In The Dark ‘Future Bliss’, a project by Harry Miller.

TRACKLISTING:
A1. step ONE
A2. 7 Billion = 1
A3. Kaleidoscopic Hue
A4. Future Bliss
B1. Screams Under Stars
B2. The Last Dance
B3. 1987
B4. Absolute Zero

There’s not a lot to tell about the project Glow In The Dark by a certain Harry Miller. Only
perhaps we can state that with these eight tracks at hand Harry Miller accomplished
probably the most enchanting album of the still quite young year. Just when we wanted to
dismiss the short-dated genre of Chillwave wistfully, “Future Bliss” comes along with a
bewitching sound hailing from an optimistic but cranky future. Already the opening track
“step ONE” with its vocal samples and its spoken word intro is futuristic soul full of
affirmation of life pillowed on a synth bedding smoothed to the max up to its edges. But also
the following seven tracks spread infectious positive vibes all around.
The magic of Glow In The Dark’s tracks is energized mostly by Miller’s delicate way of
treating his various samples, a wary manner one usually only shows when picking up a
guitar. And unlike sample based music feeding from Hiphop his tracks are completely free
from any sort of nostalgia, because all of his songs are designed for the future through and
through.
“Future Bliss” is one hell of a joy ride, from the first note to the last tone. The neon funk of
“1987”, the broken beat of “7 Billion = 1”, the synth pop of “The Last Dance” and in general, all of
the eight tracks could be little, but great hymns on their own. But only in its entirety they
sparkle this fathomless ingeniousness hidden in Glow In The Dark. In the end it seems to be
wiser that one has as little background information as possible to be able to lose oneself fully
in this “Future Bliss”. Available from 10.02.2017

Manu Delago – Metromonk
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manu Delago – Metromonk

Image: 1607398 Auf “Metromonk” dringt der für seinen einzigartigen musikalischen Ansatz gefeierte Österreicher in immer neue Klangregionen vor und erkundet dabei die unterschiedlichsten Stimmungen und Dynamiken. Indem er das Hang auf immer neue Arten spielt und bearbeitet, stehen die vielen Stimmen und Sounds dieses außergewöhnlichen Instruments klar im Mittelpunkt seiner Kompositionen, die sonst nur dezent von Beats und vereinzelten Akustikinstrumenten eingerahmt werden.

Reaktionen:
“Amazing percussionist and Hang player” – Björk
“Intriguingly beautiful … A mercurial sound indeed” – DJ Mag
“Captivating and compelling … truly mesmerising” – i-D
“A masterful and sensitive musician” – The Telegraph

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„Ich wollte Klanglandschaften kreieren, die elektronisch klingen, dabei allerdings komplett live eingespielt sind und sich dementsprechend auch organisch und menschlich anfühlen“, so der Kommentar von Delago. Nahezu alle Effekte basieren auf seinen Hang-Performances, die er ohne jegliche Overdubs in jeweils nur einem einzigen Take aufgenommen hat. „Das mag zwar zunächst schon wie Programming oder eine aufwendige Produktion wirken, aber es ist letztlich einfach genau das, was ich im jeweiligen Moment eingespielt habe.“ Zu den Gästen des neuen Albums zählen die Sänger Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Pete Josef (der in diesem Jahr für den „Worldwide Award“ von Gilles Peterson nominiert wurde) und Isa Kurz, während auch der renommierte Trompeter Erik Truffaz (Blue Note) im Studio aushalf, wo Delago abermals von seinem angestammten Co-Produzenten Matt Robertson (Björk, The Streets, Bat For Lashes) unterstützt wurde.

Mit den neuen Tracks knüpft Delago zugleich an seine jüngsten Erfolge an: Erst 2015 wurde sein ambitioniertes zweites Album „Silver Kobalt“ von etlichen Kollegen und Tastemakern regelrecht mit Lob überschüttet, als sich unter anderem Tom Ravenscroft und Don Letts von BBC 6Music genauso begeistert zeigten wie Alex Lester, Nitin Sawhney und Jamie Cullum (alle BBC 2), wobei letzterer ihn sogar für eine exklusive Session in die Maida Vale Studios holte. Während der Vorgänger auch von i-D, dem Clash Magazine und dem DJ Mag gefeiert wurde, absolvierten er und seine Live-Band Manu Delago Handmade im Rahmen der „Silver Kobalt Tour“ mehr als 80 Live-Shows. Obendrein war der Österreicher in der Zwischenzeit abermals mit etlichen Schwergewichten der internationalen Musikwelt im Studio: Unter anderem machte er Aufnahmen mit Björk (und unterstützte sie auch live), sprang als Percussionist für The Cinematic Orchestra ein und arbeitete noch enger mit Anoushka Shankar zusammen. Delago hatte nicht nur Shankars aktuelles Album „Land Of Gold“ mitgeschrieben, sondern begleitet sie als zentrales Bandmitglied auch auf ihrer aktuellen Welttournee, in deren Rahmen sie bereits in etlichen legendären Konzerthallen, auf den größten Festivals sowie sogar in der spanischen Alhambra aufgetreten sind.

Allein die YouTube-Clips des international bekanntesten Hang-Spielers verzeichnen inzwischen mehr als 5 Millionen Views, zudem war Manu Delago erst kürzlich einer der Protagonisten in einer von BBC Radio 4 produzierten Doku, in der dieses außergewöhnliche Instrument näher beleuchtet wurde. Während er auf seinem Vorgängeralbum auch verstärkt auf Synthesizer-Sounds, elektronische Produktionen und eine Vielzahl von anderen Instrumenten gesetzt hatte, rückt Delago auf „Metromonk“ sein virtuoses Hang-Spiel wieder zu 100% in den Mittelpunkt.

Key Marketing Points:
– Manu Delago is regarded as the world’s leading hang player.
– Features collaborations with Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Erik Truffaz (Blue Note) and Pete Josef (Sonar Kollektiv, Reprazent)
– Previous Radio support from Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music), Don Letts (BBC 6 Music), Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Alex Lester (BBC Radio 2), Nitin Sawhney and Huey Morgan (BBC 6 Music)
– Previous press support from i-D, Clash, DJ Mag, The Telegraph, Financial Times, Songlines, The Times and more.
– Early campaign activities include Worldwide FM, Sofar Sounds and Resonance FM sessions
– WW Tour confirmed for early 2017, including shows at SXSW.
– Manu Delago is a touring member of Bjork, Cinematic Orchestra and Anoushka Shankar, playing to audiences worldwide.

‘METROMONK’ TOUR DATES 2017 (+ MORE TO BE ADDED):

Feb 2 Jubez, Karlsruhe (GER)
Feb 3 Mojo, Hamburg (GER)
Feb 4 Beatpol, Dresden (GER)
Feb 7 Milla, Munich (GER)
Feb 8 Stadtgarten, Cologne (GER)
Feb 10 Grüner Salon, Berlin (GER)

14 MARCH COLOGNE – YUCA, DE
15 MARCH BERLIN – KANTINE AM BERGHAIN, DE
16 MARCH HAMBURG – KLEINER DONNER, DE Available from 27.01.2017

Manu Delago – Metromonk (LP+MP3)
Friday, December 16th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Manu Delago – Metromonk (LP+MP3)

Image: 1607399 Metromonk is the third solo album from celebrated Hang player, percussionist, producer and composer, Manu Delago. The LP finds this boundary-testing artist distilling and delicately exploring extremes of dynamics and mood, manipulating the Hang in experimental and inventive ways, the many voices and tones of this rare instrument are given top billing among a minimalistic palette of beats and acoustic sources. Additional touches come from vocalists Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Pete Josef (Sonar Kollektiv, Reprazent) and Isa Kurz, and legendary trumpeter Erik Truffaz (Blue Note), while Matt Robertson (Björk, The Streets, Bat For Lashes) reprises his regular role as co-producer.

“Amazing percussionist and Hang player” – Björk
“Intriguingly beautiful… A mercurial sound indeed” – DJ Mag
“Captivating and compelling… truly mesmerising” – i-D
“A masterful and sensitive musician” – The Telegraph

Hi everyone, our first album of 2017 comes courtesy of the amazing Manu Delago, with his third record ‘Metromonk’. It’s an incredible album, perfectly showcasing Manu’s amazing talents, focusing specifically on the hang. Great collaborations come courtesy of Douglas Dare (Erased Tapes), Pete Josesj (Sonar Kollektiv, Reprazant), Iza Kurz and Erik Truffaz (Blue Note). The lead single, A Step feat. Pete Josef, was just given 9/10 review in DJ Mag, calling the track “Beautiful in absolutely every way”. Manu will be touring the album from February onwards, including a London headline show at the Islington Assembly Hall and a trip to SXSW.

This release comes on a 1xLP with full colour sleeve, along with with a download code (containing the full album on MP3). We also have a triple gatefold digifile for the CD.

Tracklisting:

A1. A Step feat. Pete Josef
A2. Between Oil and Water feat. Erik Truffaz
A3. Freeze
A4. Pointillism

B1. Mesmer mesmerising feat. Isa Kurz
B2. Spaceful
B3. Snow Screen
B4. Chimp Rave

‘METROMONK’ TOUR DATES 2017 (+ MORE TO BE ADDED):

Feb 2 Jubez, Karlsruhe (GER)
Feb 3 Mojo, Hamburg (GER)
Feb 4 Beatpol, Dresden (GER)
Feb 7 Milla, Munich (GER)
Feb 8 Stadtgarten, Cologne (GER)
Feb 10 Grüner Salon, Berlin (GER)

14 MARCH COLOGNE – YUCA, DE
15 MARCH BERLIN – KANTINE AM BERGHAIN, DE
16 MARCH HAMBURG – KLEINER DONNER, DE Available from 27.01.2017

Rüba KPO – Based On Misunderstandings 09
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rüba KPO – Based On Misunderstandings 09

Image: 1605951 RüBA KPØ is up next on the ninth edition of the Based On Misunderstandings singles.

TRACKLISTING
A1. We Are World
A2. We Are World (Eddy & Dus
Remix)
B1. We Are World (Simbad Suite)
B2. We Are World (Simbad Dub)

For Sonar Kollektiv the 12inch series Based On Misunderstandings is
something like a testing ground for new projects, sounds and trends of
aesthetics. RüBA KPØ is not a veteran’s hard rock line-up like the name
might suggest, but a four-headed hydra that patched things up in 2009 to
turn everything upside down we always thought we knew about club
music. A prime release on King Sound Music in 2013 targeted a first
direction, now the gloves are taken off.
“We Are World” is a true challenge for any listening habit without losing
any catchiness though. A downright minimalistic techno track with an extra
overwhelming bassline and a mad acid arpeggio is carried by a whimsical,
pastoral choir into heaven. A concept captivating in the original version
incredibly. The remixes by Simbad and Eddy & Dus urge the mischief of
this composition to even riskier places. At the end of the day is this 4-track
EP keeping everybody on their toes and one will wonder once again: Is
this all just a misunderstanding or is this after all the sound of the future?

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/
Available from 18.11.2016

Rüba KPO – Based On Misunderstandings 09
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rüba KPO – Based On Misunderstandings 09

Image: 1605951 RüBA KPØ is up next on the ninth edition of the Based On Misunderstandings singles.

TRACKLISTING
A1. We Are World
A2. We Are World (Eddy & Dus
Remix)
B1. We Are World (Simbad Suite)
B2. We Are World (Simbad Dub)

For Sonar Kollektiv the 12inch series Based On Misunderstandings is
something like a testing ground for new projects, sounds and trends of
aesthetics. RüBA KPØ is not a veteran’s hard rock line-up like the name
might suggest, but a four-headed hydra that patched things up in 2009 to
turn everything upside down we always thought we knew about club
music. A prime release on King Sound Music in 2013 targeted a first
direction, now the gloves are taken off.
“We Are World” is a true challenge for any listening habit without losing
any catchiness though. A downright minimalistic techno track with an extra
overwhelming bassline and a mad acid arpeggio is carried by a whimsical,
pastoral choir into heaven. A concept captivating in the original version
incredibly. The remixes by Simbad and Eddy & Dus urge the mischief of
this composition to even riskier places. At the end of the day is this 4-track
EP keeping everybody on their toes and one will wonder once again: Is
this all just a misunderstanding or is this after all the sound of the future?

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/
Available from 18.11.2016

Jonatan Bäckelie – Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy
Friday, October 7th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jonatan Bäckelie – Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy

Image: 1605952 Sonar Kollektiv present Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy the debut album from Jonatan Bäckelie

TRACKLISTING
A1. Circles
A2. It Could Go Either Way
A3. Heidegger, Marx or Foucault
B1. Speech Is No More
B2. Song
B3. When Your Phase Is Gone
C1. I Don’t Know (Part I)
C2. I Don’t Know (Part II)
C3. Britch
D1. Weapon Together
D2. Listen
D3. Blisters

Even though “Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy” is the first album by Jonatan
Bäckelie under his given name, the singer from Gothenburg is not a newcomer at
all. Under the moniker Ernesto he already released four rather jazzy longplayers.
As Pinku Vääty or Jong Tan Bäckelie takes care exclusively of his electronic
productions. And over the last few
months and years he collected international acclaim as a gifted guest singer. For
example on Alex Barck’s debut (“Reunion”) on Sonar Kollektiv.
As the title might suggest, „Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy“ is a sombre, but
never pessimistic collage of modern pop music not holding back with emotions.
Bäckelie produced, arranged and recorded the majority of the twelve songs all by
himself. “Circles” is a captivating club track, and – as the opener of the album –
arouses expectations massively for all the things to come. The following tune, “It
Could Go Either Way”, though is something like a ballad with a menacing synth
line and a prickly bass sound expanding the listeners’ horizon by another
dimension. This variety continues throughout the whole album. “Song” is a cover
of a tune by blue-eyed soul legend Lewis Taylor. On “When Your Phase Is Gone”
Bäckelie collaborates with his old companion Paul Lachenardière and the guitar
player David Orrebäck as well as the string player Måns Carlsson. But we’ll also
get instrumentals like “Weapon Together” with which the Swede shows off his
producers skills impressively.
These skills are so well-versed that a track like “I Don’t Know” had to be split into
Part I and Part II. It seems like Bäckelie masters all forms of art and with this
album he points the way with a bang. „Darkness On The Edge Of Ecstasy“ is
music for the modern age, for people with an distinguished taste in music and
maybe even for other producers and musicians who want to find out how to perfect
your own sound and visions. A quintessentially well-done album!

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 18.11.2016

Rain Dog – There Be Monsters (Colored 2LP+MP3)
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Rain Dog – There Be Monsters (Colored 2LP+MP3)

Image: 1606239 Zweites Album des aus London stammenden Künstlers Samuel Evans aka Rain Dog auf dem Berliner Project Mooncircle Label. Die limitierte Vinyl Edition erscheint als farbige Doppel-LP mit MP3-Download Coupon.

Reaktionen:
“Every single track’s on a secret move – fragile little changes everywhere, once again one of these PMC-labyrinths of high beauty + many thrills at the same time!” – Klaus Fiehe (1LIVE)

“A beautiful album. As expected.” – Alex Barck (Jazzanova, Sonar Kollektiv / WDR Funkhaus Europa)
Available from 30.09.2016

Mooryc – Wiped Out
Friday, September 2nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mooryc – Wiped Out

Image: 1605354 Wiped Out the new folky-dreamy album from Mooryc is out this fall.

TRACKLISTING
A1. We Were Ready
A2. You Will Go
A3. One Day
A4. Save Yourself
A5. Bad Luck
B1. Wiped Out
B2. Certain Opportunities At Your Door
B3. Mare
B4. Who Are You Now
B5. Inconceivable
B6. I Can’t Recal

This is a true pleasure: The new, the third album by Maurycy Zimmermann aka Mooryc is finally here and it is much more poppy than its predecessors, in places almost folky-dreamy, but one thing especially: delightfully and downright personal. “Wiped Out” fits Sonar Kollektiv’s repertoire just perfectly and will probably be one of the most respected releases of the Berlin based label this year. When the Pole’s first two LPs were mainly electronic affairs and targeted straight at the dance floor, then we have to prepare ourselves now for a cozy listening deeply moving our souls. The blessed and academic trained musician cut eleven genuine, timeless pop jewels for “Wiped Out”. “You Will Go” is a sugar-sweet ode to goodbye recited in a delicate manner like a wisp of wind. Only on a few tracks („One Day“ oder „Bad Luck“) a beat plays a part at all. In this case all the more sophisticated and smarty-pants, so you notice even after all that Mooryc has also released records on the state of the art Jena based techno and house label Freude am Tanzen.
Most of the time it’s simply a guitar and the thirtysomething’s wonderously magic voice though, which make these songs shine so bright. The title track is one of the many fine examples why this album should be always within easy reach during the imminent winter time. Songs like „Inconceivable“ or „Who Are You Now“ air this decent warmth and this tremendous comfort which are more than welcome in these days now when the nights get longer again than the days.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 14.10.2016

Radio Citizen – The Remixes
Friday, August 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Radio Citizen – The Remixes

Image: 1605356 Radio Citizen presents the first round of remixes from last years new studio album.

A1. Last Delight (Dima Studitsky Remix)
B1. Near And Far (Sound Voyage Remix – Short Version)
B2. Last Delight (Radio Citizen Version)

Almost exactly a year ago Radio Citizen’s third longplayer, “The Night & The City”
(SK310CD / LP) was released on Sonar Kollektiv. The first birthday of the highly
acclaimed concept album by the collective lead by mastermind Niko Schabel is
celebrated with three gifts in the form of remixes and new interpretations.
Even two different treatments are present for “Last Delight” with Natalie Greffel’s
comforting voice: One by Schabel himself, arranging the track slightly more
hypnotical and dangerously voodooesque. The second remix comes via Moscow
based Dima Studitsky. He cuts the song even radically further down to the bone
floating between Industrial and Dark Wave inspired techno in a fog of a never
ending night.
Together with Niko Schabel, Sound Voyage aka Tom Wieland reconstructed „Near
And Far“ from scratch and created a bombshell for the somehow a bit sweatier
dancefloors.

ttp://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 07.10.2016

The Black 80s – Heart To Art
Friday, August 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Black 80s – Heart To Art

Image: 1604953 Sonar Kollektiv present Heart To Art the new album from The Black 80’s.

TRACKLISTING:
A1. What You Say Now
A2. Russian Roulette
A3. Trembling
B1. And You Feel Something
B2. Tell Me
C1. Wake Up
C2. Where’s The Money
C3. The Daylight feat. Dominik Marz & Yannick Labbé
D1. To Hang On To
D2. Can You Hear The Music

Everything is just perfect for once. From the ambiguous band name to the cheeky album title and the ten productions at hand everything hits the mark and therewith satisfies the spirit of these times.
The Black 80s come up with probably the best club album by far this year with „Heart To Art“. It’s an album fully equipped with hits designed for the club but also proper songs you want to hear during your workout, in your car, to clean your kitchen to, and so on. „Russian Roulette“ , „And You Feel Something“ and „Trembling“ are three of the songs for example you’d don’t want to play in the background for no particular reason. The basslines are too gripping, the vocals by Franck Julien aka Overnite too emphatic and the pressure set up by the tight productions is simply too assertive to resist. If Hollis P. Monroe wasn’t making music for ages (first release in 1997 for Stickman Records), you could almost get the idea that someone internalized the sound of fellow Montreal based Kaytranada totally and intensified it for the club.
The music of Monroe and Julien has precious little to do with the Eighties. Even “Daylight”, together with Hamburg based Yannick Labbé and Augsburg based Dominik Marz, with its perky synth bassline and the jaunty melody sounds much too much of now and here than of anything resembling something from yesteryear. The spoken word track “Where’s The Money” is a masterpiece of reluctance and of a futuristic deepness current club music lacks most of the time. Only “Wake Up” breaks ranks within the ten album tracks. Almost like a summer anthem-like riddim from Jamaica the tune is the most merry of the oeuvre. “Heart To Art” is one of these unusual albums transporting its very own distinctive sound and a incomparable aesthetic. Something you here rarely, but outmost willingly. Available from 16.09.2016

Various – Paz E Futebol 2
Friday, July 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Various – Paz E Futebol 2

Image: 1603842 Sonar Kollektiv present the second volume of Paz E Futebol 2.

INFO:
Ten years have passed since the phenomenal success of the „Paz e Futebol“ (SK089CD / LP)
compilation, released on Sonar Kollektiv. Since then Germany went on to win the Football
World Cup in Brazil sparking an increased self-confidence and maybe inspiring the Berlin
musical institution Jazzanova to compile again a courageously eclectic showcase of Brazilian
music in all its facets and peculiarities.
“Paz e Futebol 2” is the ultimate smorgasbord of all Brazilian music, irrespective of era and
location, sporting the true and heartfelt Brazilian vibe. Similar to the football Brazil is known
for, where “Brazilian style of playing” means an extra technically ability and finesse, but also
an unmatched approach and skill within the sport. This affinity with skill is shown with this
expertly curated 19-track-strong compilation.
„Asking Eyes“ by RAFFAELA RENZULLI off her first and only album „Children Of The Light“
from 1987 kicks off extremely laid-back before driving the listeners round the bend just like
the ball skills by illustrious soccer star Neymar. This zest for life, this excessive friskiness is
the recurrent theme which is constantly present across all eras, continents and genres
covered on “Paz e Futebol 2”.For instance, “Dunks” by the meanwhile defunct Brighton based
project HARDKANDY. According to composer Tim Bidwell, this a track, when released on the
connoisseur label Wah Wah 45s in 2008, which wasn’t intended to hold a Brazilian reference
but was directed more towards afrobeat influences only now fits perfectly into the new
context and narrative of the compilation.
Also “Palmeiras” by the Argentinian combo CANDEIAS is taylor made for this voyage of
exploration all around the world in search of the Brazilian vibration. The extremely rare
album “Sambaiana” from 1976, which features next to “Palmeiras” another six gems of
Brazilian vitality, will incidentally be re-released on NOTES ON A JOURNEY. Also finding a
wider public than its initial release is the long forgotten 1983 LP “Num Dia Azul” by the couple

One of the songs off it, “Samba Walk”, was already a part of the first “Paz e Futebol”
compilation. Now another track off this extraordinary soulful record, “Calma Mulher”, is
included on Volume 2. Orlando Haddad, currently residing in Philadelphia, recalls how he
wrote the song for his wife in the early 70’s at Ipanema Beach: „It’s about a man saying to his
woman to calm down, as life is about much more than material possessions. It’s about love.“
Then New Zealander NATHAN HAINES steps up for the release with one of his 2003
recordings together with the two singers Marcus Begg and Vanessa Freeman: “U See That”, a
track oozing positive energy with its infectious message and beautiful arrangement. Another
song entailing exactly everything that also fascinated us so much with what Zico, Sokrates,
Eder, Falcao, Serginho etc. did on the pitch.
Talking about legends and veterans, ARY LOBO was one of the most successful singers and
composers of the 40’s and 50’s in Brazil’s northeast. It’s here where the lesser-known style
“Forró” is coming from and unifies a multitude of regionally rooted rhythms like Baião, Côco,
Rojão, Xaxado, Xote and Arrasta-Pé. Lobo, as one of the most popular solicitors of Forró, and
known for his superb phrasing and his folky feel, appears on “Paz e Futebol 2” with one of his
rare 7inch singles: The dancey “Nêgo São” from 1966.
Probably even more rare is the 7inch single by PENHA MARIA „Você Balanca O Meu Coracão
(Ou Sol Demais)“, released in 1968 on the Mocambo Rozenblit label from Recife. „É Só Balanco“
by JACKSON DO PANDEIRO & ALMIRA has a similar vibe to it. The song is off the scarce LP
“Coisas Nossas” from 1965, the short-spanned samba period of the bandleader normally also
closely connected to the Forró style. The rarity of the record is due to the fact that the record
company Philips thought these specific recordings were too experimental for Pandeiro and
simply pressed a lot less copies. Making this a true diggers anthem.
The compilation then switches things up with the illustrious KATE CEBERANO, the Diana
Krall of her mother country Australia. The title track off her fourth, 1990 released album “Like
Now” is a beautiful Brazil tribute being a rare occurrence for an Australian release, especially
at that time.
Next up is one of Gilles Peterson’s favourites, ED MOTTA. Born in 1971 in Rio De Janeiro, Motta
is the nephew of legendary Tim Maia and has recorded sixteen amazing LPs up to date and
continues to release music on a regular basis. 1997’s „Daqui Pro Méier“ is one hell of a dance
floor belter which he arranged together with Lincoln Olivetti. The latter has the distinction of
being one of Brazil’s true pioneers of electronic music and was one of the country’s most
sought-after songwriters and producers in the 70s and 80s.
A more recent Brazilian release, from 2012, is up next: „Dia de Furar Onda no Mar“ by LUCAS
SANTTANA is mesmerizing MPB (Música Popular Brasileira) and valid proof of a prosperous
future for the Brazilian legacy heralded on this compilation. With FAFA DE BELEM we take
another trip back into yesteryear. The larger-than-life singer and actress (and former sex
symbol) is still one of MPB’s most successful artists and delivers in her husky mezzosoprano a veritable showpiece of Brazilian serenity on the 1975 released Polydor single
“Naturalmente”.
„Céu Da Manágua“ by PIRY REIS is full of temper and hot-bloodedness. The song written in
1984 together with Geraldinho Carneiro originates from a time when the Brazilian people was
revolting against the oppressive (but soon ceasing) military dictatorship – attempting to fight
politics with music.

Finally you’ll get a samba take from the 1960 founded and still existing
combo OS ORIGINAIS DO SAMBA: „Canto Chorado“ from 1969 is a heartwarming tune
reminiscent of the pure elegance and finesse of Pelé.
It’s not always easy to find such extraordinaire songs with so much vocation and diversity.
„Tema Do Azambuja“ by AZAMBUJA & CIA with its perfect and dense arrangement and the
sombre synth chords is a perfect example of these unusual songs – a song that possesses the
beauty of the Brazilian sound and something worth presenting to the listeners all over planet
earth.
And to celebrate all these astonishing findings on this compilation we have two exclusive
songs contributed on top. Marc Friedli from Switzerland aka SKYMARK has absorbed the
Brazilian spirit in such a manner that by now he has moved his domicile to Rio De Janeiro
and here he records such beautiful songs like „Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)“ – singlehandedly playing all the instruments himself. In marked contrast to the second exclusive
song on this compilation, „Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)“. The original version can be
found on the Jazzanova album „Of All The Things“ which features the three musicians of the
Brazilian jazz funk band Azymuth. Alex Malheiros, Ivan Conti and José Roberto Bertram cut
the track during the unforgettable recording sessions in Berlin several times on their own
and one of these recordings sees the light of day for the very first time right here right now.
This way the second edition of “Paz e Futebol” finds a fair and beautiful ending. We hope the
passes, the crosses and the precise assists by Jazzanova have been received well by you the
listeners and you have gained even more taste for this style of music, which is always so
pleasant, delicate and ever so sleek but has always a positive effect on your soul and mind.
To be continued.

TRACKLISTING:
CD:
1. Raffaela Renzulli – Asking Eyes
2. Candeias – Managua
3. Minas – Calma Mulher
4. Quarteto Uai – Marcas
5. Ary Lobo – Nêgo São
6. Hardkandy – Dunks
7. Ed Motta – Daqui Pro Méier
8. Piri Reis – Ceu Da Managua
9. Lucas Santtana – Dia De Furar Onda No Mar
10. Jackson do Pandeiro & Almira – E So Balanco
11. Skymark – Boa Noite Meu Filho (Mental)
12. Penha Maria – Você Balança O Meu Coraça~o (Ou Sol Demais)
13. Kate Ceberano – Like Now
14. Os Originais Do Samba – Canto Chorado
15. Deodato – Skyscrapers
16. Nathan Haines – U See That
17. Azambuja & Cia – Tema do Azambuja
18. Fafá de Belém – Naturalmente
19. Jazzanova – Gafiera (Instrumental Trio Version)

SNIPPETS:
https://soundcloud.com/sonar-kollektiv/sets/preview-various-artists-paz-e/s-iVk5Y

Compiled by Jazzanova.
Product management by Oliver Glage.
Mastered by Calyx Mastering, Berlin.
Artwork by Jutojo.

www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 02.09.2016

Stee Downes – The Bigger Picture
Friday, July 1st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stee Downes – The Bigger Picture

Image: 1604090 Stee Downes is back with the new album The Bigger Picture.

TRACKLISTING:
1. Big Mistake
2. Never Good Enough
3. Look And Load
4. Always On My Mind
5. Holdin
6. Life
7. All Over The World
8. Dignity
9. Don’t Give Up Hope
10. Getting On
11. Lost Sight Of Love

Eight whole years have gone by since Stee Downes ecstasized the entire world with his
debut „All In A Day“ (SK203CD). It probably must have been all the different, formidable
collaborations with the crème de la crème of the pop appealing house music scene, from
Flight Facilities („Hold Me Down“, 2014), Kraak & Smaak („How We Gonna Stop The Time“,
2014), Alex Barck („Like A Drug“, 2014), Lovebirds („Want You In My Soul“, 2011) to Kyodai
(„Music Rises Up“, 2013) or Marlow („Something Is Coming“, 2016), which kept the bustling
Dublin based singer and musician again and again from raising the ante by releasing his
long-awaited sophomore album.
“The Bigger Picture” though, is an album worth waiting for in every respect. The eleven songs
are altogether a bit more mature than everything Downes has ever recorded to this day.
Every track embeds a load of funk – spread over the 60 minutes never showing a disposition
to get jittery but twists the listener round one’s little finger smoothly and in a laid-back
fashion hard to compare. “Lock And Load” and “Never Good Enough” are two textbook
examples of throttled funkyness paired with boundless sex appeal. The preliminary single
and opener “Big Mistake” is one of these songs literally inviting you to sing along. „You gonna
get your life in check“ is just one of the album’s many punch lines which will creep into your
mind like an earworm. That’s why it’s hardly surprising that it took Downes so long to
compose these eleven gems and finally, after several misrouted attempts, finding the
matching co-producer in Pascal Blanche (of Chasing Kurt) and the perfect sound for his
condign successor on Sonar Kollektiv. After all one of the tracks is called “Dignity”, a song
with which Stee Downes explains what this is all about: To believe in yourself, to pull your
own thing through no matter the effort it takes and trouble it may cause, and first and
foremost to preserve your own freedom in whatever you try to achieve. “The Bigger Picture”
radiates in all its facets, in its lyrics, in its production and in its casual groove an eternal
optimism. You can prescribe this album extraordinaire easily for repeatedly daily
consumption. One thing is for sure by all means: With “The Bigger Picture” Stee Downes has
arrived all the way at the top, at the zenith of his glory. Available from 12.08.2016

Marlow – In The Backroom
Friday, June 10th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marlow – In The Backroom

Image: 1602785 Marlow is back with the new album In The Backroom.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Marlow – Who’s This
A2 Marlow – Kaffee Türkisch
A3 Marlow & ComixXx – Something Is Coming feat. Stee Downes
A4 Marlow – Your Softness
B1 Marlow – Can’t Stop
B2 Marlow – Watch Your Step feat Capitol A
B3 Marlow – And His Mind Blown
B4 Marlow & ComixXx – Shimmy Shimmy Shake
C1 Marlow – Ain’t No feat. Capitol A
C2 Marlow – Backroom feat. Pete Josef
C3 Marlow – Perhaps
C4 Marlow & Trüby – Windy City
D1 Marlow – I Do, We Do
D2 Marlow – Away feat. Ursula Rucker
D3 Marlow – For Blood The Crowd Bays feat.Pete Josef
D4 Marlow – Forstforscher feat. Flowin Immo

Good things come to those who wait. That’s probably what the Leipzig socialized, now
Weimar based Mario Weise aka Marlow was thinking, too. His first official, proper album
by the name of “In The Backroom” has been in the pipeline for two years now. Since his
EP “Backroom”, released in March 2014 on Sonar Kollektiv (SK265), we are waiting with
bated breath for the therewith auspiciously announced longplayer, which – now finally here
– actually does fires off one highlight after another.
There’s of course the 80ies funk inspired ex ante single with Pete Josef on vocals, the
even more LA electro funk derived collaborations with US MC Capitol A „Watch Your
Step“ and „Ain’t No“ or the zippy clubhit “Shimmy Shimmy Shake” and the rousing, singa-
long “Something Is Coming” in cooperation with his former production partner
ComixXx. This is not Marlow with a higgledy-piggledy mob of sidekicks though. „Kaffee
Türkisch“, „Your Softness“ and „Can’t Stop“ demonstrate gloriously where the versatile
producer has deep roots in: Soulful hip-hop with a bass-heavy lateral position. And when
singer Ursula Rucker helps him out on “Away” nothing seems to be impossible on this
debut of his. It’s not a coincidence that Marlow’s music has already been released on
Moon Harbour, Room With A View, Fifty Fathoms Deep and Objektivity. But it took
some time until he now finally found with Sonar Kollektiv the right outlet for his utopia. The
label itself pressed every button as well to turn “In The Backroom” into a modern
masterpiece of Neo Funk. Next to the afore mentioned collaborations further contributions
come from the Black Forest based Rainer Trüby (“Windy City”), the German rapper
Flowin Immo (“Forst Forscher”) and Stee Downes (“Something Is Coming”). Altogether
Marlow animates all of these sixteen tracks off his more than impressive debut with
imperious historical awareness and finesse.
That’s exactly why “In The Backroom” is such a delight, because it expertly masters the
balance act between Soul, Hip-Hop, Funk, Groove and pop appeal.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/
Available from 22.07.2016

Pete Josef – Remixes
Friday, May 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pete Josef – Remixes

Image: 1603320 Sonar Kollektiv press some key remix’s from Pete Josef on his next single.

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Hope (Will LV Remix)
A2 – Colour (Fabian Dikof Dub)
B1 – Spring At Last (The Black 80s Remix)
B2 –Colour (Potatohead People’s Lights Off Remix)

Last autumn the long-awaited debut “Colour” by Pete Josef saw its release on
Sonar Kollektiv. Now the first 12inch with four fantastic remixes arrives (the digital
release comes even with six of them).
The remix by British duo LV for “Hope” is the perfect kick-off and whets one’s
appetite for more. Their sensuous rework accommodates Josef’s voice
immaculately and lets the bassline vibrate as gracefully as a treetop in the vernal
wind.
Appropriately another duo, this one from Montreal, delivers an ultra smooth remix
for “Spring At Last”: The Black 80’s fortify herewith their claim to be the next hot
shit. Also a name to watch out for over the next few months is the one by Fabian
Dikoff. Everything he learned by his mentor Andre Lodemann is translated in his
work into an incredible, chameleonic vision of house music. To be heard on his
remix for “Colour” and its dub version.
Another remix for “Colour” comes all the way out of the prosperous Vancouver
scene by the Potatohead People. The “Lights Off” as well as the “Lights On”
remix are both gentle RnB with the emphasis on the snare and on the lovey-dovey
synth melody. All in all, exactly the sort of remixes not only Pete Josef was wishing
for, but also we as the listeners, to tune into this summer’s groove.

WEBLINKS http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 24.06.2016

Marlow – Backroom (Erobique Remix) (RSD)
Saturday, March 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Marlow – Backroom (Erobique Remix) (RSD)

Image: 1602259 Marlow gets the remix treatment from Erobique on the new single RSD single Backroom.

TRACKLISTING:
A – Backroom feat. Pete Josef (Erobique’s Maxi Mix)
B – Backroom feat. Pete Josef (Marlow’s & Barck’s Super Disco Dub)

About two years ago Sonar Kollektiv released Marlow’s first 12inch. The funky sparkler
inviting everybody to bop along, “Backroom” (SK265) soon became a stable club hit and got
airplay on all respectable radio stations all around the globe (f.e. Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide
show on BBC Radio 6 Music). The song with the distinctive voice of Pete Josef still works
perfectly as proven by this year’s Sonar Kollektiv’s (limited) Record Store Day release. Two
brand new remixes give wings to “Backroom” and transport the track a second time to all the
dance floors where hips are swayed lasciviously. No less a figure than the Hamburger allround
entertainment machine Erobique takes the track to task and puts you with his Maxi
Mix in a cheerful mood in an infectious way. A tiny bit more restrained is the Super Disco Dub
remix by Alex Barck and Marlow. Supremely sensitive the bassline played by Christoph
Kaiser works its way sluggishly into the groove until the keys by Erobique – in this version
as well – take lead. Everything leads to Marlow’s debut album, coming this June!

Available from 16.04.2016

Mius – Eigengrau
Friday, February 26th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mius – Eigengrau

Image: 1601591 For five years now, Gergely Almos flies the flag high for the electronic music
scene in and from Budapest with his project Mius. The first two albums, „Behind
The Line“ und „Tessellation“ resulted from the collaboration with singer Julia
Horanyi. For his first piece on Sonar Kollektiv the Hungarian multiinstrumentalist
assembled a small armada of befriended musicians and singers
and created together with them the eleven astonishing tracks of “Eigengrau” (if
you look up in the dictionary you’ll find the following: Eigengrau is the is uniform
dark gray background that many people report seeing in the absence of light)
The album kicks off with the instrumental “Eyes Shut” in a gloomy mood which is
carried on on “Broken Words” with singer Laura Hahn. It’s this sort of lofty
wistfulness the next singer Dori Hegyi proclaims even more outspoken on
„Delusional“ and „The Hunting“. Gergely Almos’ productions never shy away
from grand emotions but always stay safe from ever becoming kitsch. By its
organic feel the live drumming by Kristóf Gulyás (f.e. on „Haumea“ or
„RRR“) or the bass playing by Tamás Mezey (on „Before the Rain“ and „The
Hunting“), as well as the guitar played by Almos himself set this work of
electronic melancholia notably apart from comparable productions. Not chilly
aesthetics by programmed machines and alienated voices govern “Eigengrau”
but an honest, true-to-life authenticity which can only, if you listen to all of this
closely, can come out of Budapest.
On “Strobe And Noise” Kasia Kowalczyk indulges herself in a weird dream
similar to most of the songs on this album overflowsing into beats suited for
estranged dance floors. All of the four featured vocalists on “Eigengrau” perfectly
fit into the concept by having exactly the acoustic colour reflecting Mius’ idea of a
very personal, but also genuine universal language. A truly intimate piece of
work, sharpened down to the last detail and, through its impression, probably a
boisterous and polarizing album.

TRACKLISTING
1. Eyes Shut
2. Broken Words feat. Laura Hahn
3. Delusional feat. Dóri Hegyi
4. Haumea
5. Strobe And Noise feat. Kasia
Kowalczyk
6. Weirdo feat. Verá Jonás
7. Seven o Eight
8. The Hunting feat. Dóri Hegyi
9. Before The Rain
10. RRR feat. Verá Jonás
11. Kobian

WEBLINKS http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ / www.mius.hu Available from 08.04.2016

Pete Josef – Colour
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pete Josef – Colour

Image: 1602257 It is only natural and consistent for Pete Josef to release his debut album on Berlin based
label Sonar Kollektiv, since it is the very same imprint he has been featured on in numerous
productions over the last three years – as a singer and as a songwriter. The close link with
Sonar Kollektiv took it’s course when in autumn 2012 label manager Oliver Glage signed
“Make It Good” by The White Lamp (Josef’s project together with Ex-Underworld member
Darren Emerson), for the label. From there, he has made contributions to Alex Barck’s album
“Reunion”, to tracks with Paskal & Urban Absolutes and Marlow, and to “Broken Connection”
off the debut album by ComixXx released just recently.
The young Brit, inspired over the years by such collaborations, and socialized in the lively
Bristol scene, has come up with an 11-track strong masterpiece of modern pop music. In the
opening track, “Spring At Last”, he and singer Marie Lister, accompanied by Justin “Captain”
Fellow’s industrious drumming and a host of Bristol String and Horn players, praise the thrill
of anticipation of all the things to come. For instance, a powerful pinch of dance grooves and
soul/Jazz elements – always connected to the here and now without making any retro
references at any point along the course.
“Mistress”, with screaming guitars and yet more powerful horn arrangements, reminiscent of
Donny Hathaway’s “Voices Inside”, could almost be a new Stevie Wonder record. In “Move
On” Josef’s Jazzpop turns Country-Ska, most notably thanks to his West African style
clawhammer guitar playing and some inspired drumming from Greg Freeman. And on “Night
Gospel” it is the piano that surfaces, over a lilting programmed, club-compliant beat. Variety
is guaranteed in every respect.. “Live Your Life” is a downright Afro-Jazz anthem complete
with scat singing, off-beat double bass from Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge, and the mantra-like
repeated chorus: “live your life, live it well”. Whilst the Neo-Soul ambience of Running in
series and Many Signs lament lost and broken love, new love is later expressed clearly as
Josef carols.. “feeling the new, feeling cupids smile descend” on the buoyant, summery
“Something Good”.
The production of “The Travelling Song” has just a hint of the legendary Steely Dan
productions, albeit with a modern almost hip-hop slant, and builds to put the listener into a
firmly euphoric space with a Samba-funk rhythm section crafted by the virtuoso
percussionist Rory Francis. In short, “Colour” is every shade of the rainbow, from bright light,
to contemplative dark. “Hope” has all the colours in one, with lyrical positivity set against
almost mournful Afrobeat ballad accompanied. It is a setting of the poem by Emily Dickinson
(“hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”), and features a glorious improvised
solo by free-Jazz trumpeter, Nick Malcolm, in which he virtually embodies the bird described
in the verse through his fluttering expressive melodies. In closing, as the album’s finale, we
are treated to the title track “Colour” ..and it is here where Pete Josef reveals where much of
his inspiration, his optimism and his balance of mind springs from: it is his love of nature, in all
it’s wondrous colour that is subtly expressed throughout his music. Therefore not only the
song “Colour”, but the whole album is de facto an ode to nature, together with the shades of
emotion we all experience in our lives. No surprise here then that Mr. Josef recently settled in
a cottage in rural Somerset amid forests, meadows, and close to the natural world he loves
so much.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Spring At Last
A2 Mistress
A3 Night Gospel
A4 Running In Series
A5 Many Signs
A6 Something Good
B1 Move On
B2 Live Your Live
B3 The Travelling Song
B4 Hope
B5 Colour

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 18.03.2016

Pete Josef – Colour
Thursday, February 11th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pete Josef – Colour

Image: 1602257 It is only natural and consistent for Pete Josef to release his debut album on Berlin based
label Sonar Kollektiv, since it is the very same imprint he has been featured on in numerous
productions over the last three years – as a singer and as a songwriter. The close link with
Sonar Kollektiv took it’s course when in autumn 2012 label manager Oliver Glage signed
“Make It Good” by The White Lamp (Josef’s project together with Ex-Underworld member
Darren Emerson), for the label. From there, he has made contributions to Alex Barck’s album
“Reunion”, to tracks with Paskal & Urban Absolutes and Marlow, and to “Broken Connection”
off the debut album by ComixXx released just recently.
The young Brit, inspired over the years by such collaborations, and socialized in the lively
Bristol scene, has come up with an 11-track strong masterpiece of modern pop music. In the
opening track, “Spring At Last”, he and singer Marie Lister, accompanied by Justin “Captain”
Fellow’s industrious drumming and a host of Bristol String and Horn players, praise the thrill
of anticipation of all the things to come. For instance, a powerful pinch of dance grooves and
soul/Jazz elements – always connected to the here and now without making any retro
references at any point along the course.
“Mistress”, with screaming guitars and yet more powerful horn arrangements, reminiscent of
Donny Hathaway’s “Voices Inside”, could almost be a new Stevie Wonder record. In “Move
On” Josef’s Jazzpop turns Country-Ska, most notably thanks to his West African style
clawhammer guitar playing and some inspired drumming from Greg Freeman. And on “Night
Gospel” it is the piano that surfaces, over a lilting programmed, club-compliant beat. Variety
is guaranteed in every respect.. “Live Your Life” is a downright Afro-Jazz anthem complete
with scat singing, off-beat double bass from Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge, and the mantra-like
repeated chorus: “live your life, live it well”. Whilst the Neo-Soul ambience of Running in
series and Many Signs lament lost and broken love, new love is later expressed clearly as
Josef carols.. “feeling the new, feeling cupids smile descend” on the buoyant, summery
“Something Good”.
The production of “The Travelling Song” has just a hint of the legendary Steely Dan
productions, albeit with a modern almost hip-hop slant, and builds to put the listener into a
firmly euphoric space with a Samba-funk rhythm section crafted by the virtuoso
percussionist Rory Francis. In short, “Colour” is every shade of the rainbow, from bright light,
to contemplative dark. “Hope” has all the colours in one, with lyrical positivity set against
almost mournful Afrobeat ballad accompanied. It is a setting of the poem by Emily Dickinson
(“hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”), and features a glorious improvised
solo by free-Jazz trumpeter, Nick Malcolm, in which he virtually embodies the bird described
in the verse through his fluttering expressive melodies. In closing, as the album’s finale, we
are treated to the title track “Colour” ..and it is here where Pete Josef reveals where much of
his inspiration, his optimism and his balance of mind springs from: it is his love of nature, in all
it’s wondrous colour that is subtly expressed throughout his music. Therefore not only the
song “Colour”, but the whole album is de facto an ode to nature, together with the shades of
emotion we all experience in our lives. No surprise here then that Mr. Josef recently settled in
a cottage in rural Somerset amid forests, meadows, and close to the natural world he loves
so much.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1 Spring At Last
A2 Mistress
A3 Night Gospel
A4 Running In Series
A5 Many Signs
A6 Something Good
B1 Move On
B2 Live Your Live
B3 The Travelling Song
B4 Hope
B5 Colour

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 18.03.2016

Spinning Motion – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)
Friday, February 5th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Spinning Motion – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)

Image: 1600967 Jazzanova remix Spinning Motion’s Naze on a limited edition 12′.

TRACKLISTING
A – Naze (Jazzanova Remix)
B – Prisoner Of Life (NOAJ Remix)

Last June, Berlin based reissue label Notes On A Journey released a celebrated re-issue of
an album which in its original release in 1980 attracted scarcely or almost no attention at all:
„Confidence In The Future“ (NOAJ001) by obscure, short-lived Berlin Folk Jazz project
Spinning Motion – a spontaneously assembled Jazz trained group around Manfred
Tappert and Achim Hirsch recorded this forgotten gem but disbanded soon after again.
Looking back on a bit more consistent past, another Berlin institution, Jazzanova established
their worldwide success (f.e. with their early, groundbreaking remixes) almost twenty years
ago and now demonstrate with their absolutely emotive and laid-back rework of “Naze” that
as you get older you’re not only getting wiser but also continue to stay musically relevant and
contemporary. As Jazzanova is concentrating on own material at the moment, we are really
happy for the incident that Notes On A Journey found the original multi-track tapes of the
recordings. That’s the only reason why Jazzanova took their time to go into the studio and did
this remix of Naze. On the digital release you’ll find three different versions of this
outstanding remix.
Another song off the warm-heartly recommendable Spinning Motion album, “Prisoner Of
Life”, gets a treatment by two founders of Notes On A Journey and operators themselves.
With Stefan Leisering in the game, being one of Jazzanova’s musical mastermind, this
release’s staff intersects somehow or other anyway. Oliver Glage, the other one thirds of
Notes On A Journey and Oliver Haertel, the sound man behind several Sonar Kollektiv
productions, are in different capacities part of the Sonar Kollektiv family as well. Their
rework of “Prisoner Of Life” relocates the listeners back to the original’s year of origin, offers
though, with Leisering’s cunning drum programming (plus added synths and choirs)
somewhat like an alternate version. Therewith this tune will not only be catapulted into
modern times but hopefully soon into the Heavy Rotation of any respectable radio station
around the globe.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 18.03.2016

The Mixtapers – We So Good
Friday, January 22nd, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on The Mixtapers – We So Good

Image: 1600966 Sonar Kollektiv present We So Good from The Mixtapers.

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Glorious Days
A2 – Peaces
A3 – Don’t You Let It Go
A4 – We So Good
B1 – Glorious Days (The Ivory Boy Remix)
B2 – We So Good (Scott Xylo! Remix)
B3 – Peaces (Instrumental)
B4 – We So Good (Instrumental)

It shouldn’t really matter where The Mixtapers hail from. But on the other hand, their
music in the midst of Future Funk (à la The Internet, Dam-Funk oder James Pants) and
classic hiphop reminds of the sound from LA and Toronto which is conquering the world
right now. Martino Bisson and Michele Manzo come from Bologna, Italy though. And
that’s exactly where they assembled a forceful squad to record 100% organically (no
samples, no loops or any other Ableton gimmicks) with vintage synths (with Fender
Rhodes leading the way), old drum machines and proper instruments a harmonious mini
album.
Having yet attracted minor attention only with two cassette tapes (via Expansions
Collective) within the blogosphere, now thanks to the signing by Sonar Kollektiv The
Mixtapers will be introduced to a wider audience. “We So Good”, the title track of this
collection, masterfully treads a tightrope between Golden Era Hiphop and the current
funky friskiness of, let’s say Kendrick Lamar or Chance The Rapper. No wonder, since we
have the pleasure of a guest performance by the reincarnation of the legendary Yancey
Boys here: Illa J and Frank Nitt celebrate the good ol’ days. For “Peaces” the Italians
managed to get one of the hottest and “one to watch” MCs in their studio: DistantStarr
from Detroit. The combination of his delivery with the voice of singer ALO and an extra
bold production results in actually the perfect springtime hit of this still juvenile year.
“Fresh for 2016”, can be said as well about “Don’t You Let It Go”, with Nico Menci at the
keys and Danilo Mineo on percussions (both are present on all of the four tracks by the
way).
On the flipside, “Glorious Days” gets treated with a bonus, a club remix by fellow
Bolognese but now in Berlin residing The Ivory Boy. With his rework Scott Xylo! from
Leicester shoves “We So Good” into Kaytranada waters while gaining head’s approval.
The two instrumentals finishing this release off also make perfect sense when you have
extraordinary musicians like the foursome The Mixtapers conjuring magic throughout
“We So Good” and making us not getting enough of it at all. That’s how we will crave for
more.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 04.03.2016

Jazzanova – Pres. Computer Incarnations For World Peace 3
Friday, October 23rd, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jazzanova – Pres. Computer Incarnations For World Peace 3

Image: 1600503 Jazzanova present the Third edition of Computer Incarnations for World Peace.

TRACKLISTING
1. Anna Domino – Caught
2. Quintus Project – Night Flight (Original)
3. Jazzanova – Introspection (Calm’s Outerspect Mix)
4. Mode IQ – Competition
5. Tuff City Kids – Altona
6. Love International – Airport Of Love
7. Obalski – Lobo’s Point
8. Jaone – Taxanetsie Brothers (Moire Patterns Edit)
9. Georges Rodi & Dave Sarkys – Swiftness
10. Mkwaju Ensemble – Mkwaju
11. Plaza Hotel – Bewegliche Ziele
12. Brenda & The Beach Balls – Theme From A Tall Dark Stranger
13. Amanita – Sol Y Sombra

That’s how long it can take when you want to avoid haste making waste. After a seven-year hiatus Sonar Kollektiv finally releases the third edition of the 2007 installed compilation series “Computer Incarnations For World Peace”. The first two, celebrated episodes had been co-selected by Gerd Janson (Running Back). Now Sonar Kollektiv’s A&R manager and Jazzanova DJ Alex Barck takes care of business all on his own, picking thirteen songs out off his immense record collection – which in this order and combination unquestionably live up to the high expectations towards the third part of “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” and beyond.

To start things off we get one of Barck’s undisputed favorites, “Caught” from 1986 by Tokyo born singer Anna Domino. And not only this song but all of the following twelve tracks have a strong atmospheric and sonic connection to the eponymous classic by Jean-Luc Ponty (“Computer Incantations For World Peace”). For example, “Night Flight” by German sound engineer and producer Walter Quintus is excellent feelgood jazz funk from the late eighties as well as the cosmic synth monster “Swiftness” by Georges Rodi and Dave Sarkys from 1979. For quite some time now “Airport Of Love” by French studio project Love International is an integral part of any DJ set that ranges somewhere between Balearic and Cosmic. Not assignable to any genre though is Brenda & The Beach Balls’ “Theme From A Tall Dark Stranger” off their first EP from 1986. But that’s exactly what sets “Computer Incarnations For World Peace” apart from other compilation series: A complexity of all different styles, musical eras and connections to a whole lot of scenes, but – if played in the right order – has a wellknit common thread and takes us on a journey through space and time. A trip with a quick detour to Japan and its quite flourishing Minimal Music scene in the early 80’s (Mkwaju Ensemble), but always returns to good old Germany. For example with “Sol Y Sombra” by Amanita from 1978, or Obalki’s “Lobos Point”, which came out last year on Public Possession, as well as “Bewegliche Ziele” by Plaza Hotel featuring Jaki Liebezeit on drums, a track acknowledged with a wonderful reissue on Notes On A Journey. And finally we also get a little glimpse of the future via “Altona” by the Tuff City Kids. This is one of the tracks, that
could be on the long awaited debut album by the long enduring remix project by Gerd Janson and Philipp Lauer to be released on Permanent Vacation. And when Barck pays tribute to his former compilation ally he’s also allowed to throw one of his own tracks into the mix.

One of the first tracks by Jazzanova, “Introspection” still sounds surprisingly fresh and
scrupulous timeless to this day.

One can almost claim that it was a good thing that Barck (and Sonar Kollektiv) took his timeand now can proudly serve us his best matured and well-tested gems out of his collection. Bottoms up!

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 27.11.2015

Radio Citizen – The Night & The City
Friday, October 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Radio Citizen – The Night & The City

Image: 1598404 Radio Citizen is back with his new new album The Night & The City.

TRACKLISTING LP
A1. Shores
A2. Clouds
A3. Rise
A4. Peace
B1. Radio Days
B2. Schatten
B3. Sleep

C1. Last Delight
C2. Trip
C3. Phone
D1: Near & Far
D2: Stars
D3: Gute Nacht

Maybe Sonar Kollektiv got a lucky punch, or maybe it’s just a logical consequence that Munich based Niko Schabel and his Radio Citizen project now release their new album on the label that represents exactly the same sound Schabel has been preaching for years. The fist two LPs (“Berlin Serengeti” and “Hope And Despair”) came out on the San Francisco imprint Ubiquity Recordings after Quantic heard Radio Citizen’s music and pinned a promo CD on Ubiquity’s A&R department.

Five years after the excursion to San Francisco Schabel now returns with his combo to the haven of his hometown. “The Night & The City” is an album tailor-made for Sonar Kollektiv: A melange of genres which deploys live instruments on an equal footing with samples and herewith becomes a highly explosive mixture of latin percussion, funk, poppy dub, moody, folky soul, Afrobeat, ethno-jazz, Bossa Nova, Hiphop und blaxploitation soundtracks. Schabel is a so-called musician’s musician who can play anything from woodwinds to keyboards and percussions, as well as of course the MPC sampler by Akai like hardly anyone else. On top of that he apprehends expertly how to work with all kind of different musicians and how to form out of many influences, individual pieces and styles of genres a coherent entity bigger than its separate parts.

To start off this thirteen stations encompassing tour of “The Night & The City” we get the slightly sombre “Shores” with jazz singer extraordinaire (Denmark born with Ghanaian roots) Natalie Greffel and dummer Matthias Gmelin. Niko Schabel himself controls the MPC, plays piano and supplies the percussion. It gets even more sinister thereupon with the instrumental “Clouds” with the backing by Antonis Anissegos at the piano. The whole album drifts somewhere between melancholia and wistfulness. On “Radio Days” Natalie Greffel bemoans devoutly: “search around for higher ground, before I drown in the waves that been pulling me down”. This sounds as if Portishead and Tricky spent a day together at the stormy Atlantic coast. Since “Rise” is somehow about the sea as well, but also about finally stopping
to mope and “freedom will come your way”.

The album actually embraces the typical Bristolian sound without evoking triphop or bigbeat at any point. Niko Schabel and his comusicians are much too much devoted to Jazz to go along that path and with tracks like “Trip”, “Sleep” or “Schatten” they provide the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary big city thriller. The significant difference from other musically flawless and stylistically confident combos that do their own thing called Jazz is Radio Citizen’s unparalleled use of samples. On “Phone” it is a vinyl crackle and numerous strange sounds Schabel constructs a round-thetwist wall of sound of, on top of which Greffel’s lyrics slide cherubically. The singer with her beautifully heartwarming voice is virtually ubiquitous on “The Night & The City”. Only on “Near And Far” she briefly leaves the microphone to Abiodun Oyewole while supporting the mesmerizing beat with a triangle.

This is definitely not your common feelgood album which you can let warble off-handedly in the background. Only if you want to create voluntary an atmosphere that is claustrophobic as well as menacing and compelling in the same way. Music for after midnight. Music for city neurotics with lots of groove.

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/

Available from 27.11.2015

Pete Josef – Colour
Friday, August 28th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Pete Josef – Colour

Image: 1598768 Pete Josef is back with his new album Colour.

TRACKLISTING

1. Spring At Last
2. Mistress
3. Night Gospel
4. Move On
5. Live Your Life
6. The Travelling Song
7. Hope
8. Running In Series
9. Many Signs
10. Something Good
11. Colour

It is only natural and consistent for Pete Josef to release his debut album on Berlin based
label Sonar Kollektiv, since it is the very same imprint he has been featured on in numerous
productions over the last three years – as a singer and as a songwriter. The close link with
Sonar Kollektiv took it’s course when in autumn 2012 label manager Oliver Glage signed
“Make It Good” by The White Lamp (Josef’s project together with Ex-Underworld member
Darren Emerson), for the label. From there, he has made contributions to Alex Barck’s album
“Reunion”, to tracks with Paskal & Urban Absolutes and Marlow, and to “Broken Connection”
off the debut album by ComixXx released just recently.

The young Brit, inspired over the years by such collaborations, and socialized in the lively
Bristol scene, has come up with an 11-track strong masterpiece of modern pop music. In the
opening track, “Spring At Last”, he and singer Marie Lister, accompanied by Justin “Captain”
Fellow’s industrious drumming and a host of Bristol String and Horn players, praise the thrill
of anticipation of all the things to come. For instance, a powerful pinch of dance grooves and
soul/Jazz elements – always connected to the here and now without making any retro
references at any point along the course.

“Mistress”, with screaming guitars and yet more powerful horn arrangements, reminiscent of
Donny Hathaway’s “Voices Inside”, could almost be a new Stevie Wonder record. In “Move On” Josef’s Jazzpop turns Country-Ska, most notably thanks to his West African style clawhammer guitar playing and some inspired drumming from Greg Freeman. And on “Night
Gospel” it is the piano that surfaces, over a lilting programmed, club-compliant beat. Variety
is guaranteed in every respect.. “Live Your Life” is a downright Afro-Jazz anthem complete
with scat singing, off-beat double bass from Roshan ‘Tosh’ Wijetunge, and the mantra-like
repeated chorus: “live your life, live it well”. Whilst the Neo-Soul ambience of Running in
series and Many Signs lament lost and broken love, new love is later expressed clearly as
Josef carols.. “feeling the new, feeling cupids smile descend” on the buoyant, summery
“Something Good”.

The production of “The Travelling Song” has just a hint of the legendary Steely Dan productions, albeit with a modern almost hip-hop slant, and builds to put the listener into a
firmly euphoric space with a Samba-funk rhythm section crafted by the virtuoso
percussionist Rory Francis. In short, “Colour” is every shade of the rainbow, from bright light,
to contemplative dark. “Hope” has all the colours in one, with lyrical positivity set against
almost mournful Afrobeat ballad accompanied. It is a setting of the poem by Emily Dickinson (“hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul”), and features a glorious improvised solo by free-Jazz trumpeter, Nick Malcolm, in which he virtually embodies the bird described in the verse through his fluttering expressive melodies. In closing, as the album’s finale, we are treated to the title track “Colour” ..and it is here where Pete Josef reveals where much of his inspiration, his optimism and his balance of mind springs from: it is his love of nature, in all it’s wondrous colour that is subtly expressed throughout his music. Therefore not only the song “Colour”, but the whole album is de facto an ode to nature, together with the shades of emotion we all experience in our lives. No surprise here then that Mr. Josef recently settled in a cottage in rural Somerset amid forests, meadows, and close to the natural world he loves so much.

WEBLINKS http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/

Available from 23.10.2015

Radio Citizen – The Night & The City
Friday, August 7th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Radio Citizen – The Night & The City

Image: 1598365 Radio Citizen is back with his new new album The Night & The City.

TRACKLISTING CD
1. Shores
2. Clouds
3. Radio Days
4. Peace
5. Rise
6. Trip
7. Phone
8. Sleep C1. Last Delight
9. Last Delight
10. Near & Far
11. Schatten
12. Stars
13. Gute Nacht

Maybe Sonar Kollektiv got a lucky punch, or maybe it’s just a logical consequence that Munich based Niko Schabel and his Radio Citizen project now release their new album on the label that represents exactly the same sound Schabel has been preaching for years. The fist two LPs (“Berlin Serengeti” and “Hope And Despair”) came out on the San Francisco imprint Ubiquity Recordings after Quantic heard Radio Citizen’s music and pinned a promo CD on Ubiquity’s A&R department.

Five years after the excursion to San Francisco Schabel now returns with his combo to the haven of his hometown. “The Night & The City” is an album tailor-made for Sonar Kollektiv: A melange of genres which deploys live instruments on an equal footing with samples and herewith becomes a highly explosive mixture of latin percussion, funk, poppy dub, moody, folky soul, Afrobeat, ethno-jazz, Bossa Nova, Hiphop und blaxploitation soundtracks. Schabel is a so-called musician’s musician who can play anything from woodwinds to keyboards and percussions, as well as of course the MPC sampler by Akai like hardly anyone else. On top of that he apprehends expertly how to work with all kind of different musicians and how to form out of many influences, individual pieces and styles of genres a coherent entity bigger than its separate parts.

To start off this thirteen stations encompassing tour of “The Night & The City” we get the slightly sombre “Shores” with jazz singer extraordinaire (Denmark born with Ghanaian roots) Natalie Greffel and dummer Matthias Gmelin. Niko Schabel himself controls the MPC, plays piano and supplies the percussion. It gets even more sinister thereupon with the instrumental “Clouds” with the backing by Antonis Anissegos at the piano. The whole album drifts somewhere between melancholia and wistfulness. On “Radio Days” Natalie Greffel bemoans devoutly: “search around for higher ground, before I drown in the waves that been pulling me down”. This sounds as if Portishead and Tricky spent a day together at the stormy Atlantic coast. Since “Rise” is somehow about the sea as well, but also about finally stopping
to mope and “freedom will come your way”.

The album actually embraces the typical Bristolian sound without evoking triphop or bigbeat at any point. Niko Schabel and his comusicians are much too much devoted to Jazz to go along that path and with tracks like “Trip”, “Sleep” or “Schatten” they provide the perfect soundtrack to an imaginary big city thriller. The significant difference from other musically flawless and stylistically confident combos that do their own thing called Jazz is Radio Citizen’s unparalleled use of samples. On “Phone” it is a vinyl crackle and numerous strange sounds Schabel constructs a round-thetwist wall of sound of, on top of which Greffel’s lyrics slide cherubically. The singer with her beautifully heartwarming voice is virtually ubiquitous on “The Night & The City”. Only on “Near And Far” she briefly leaves the microphone to Abiodun Oyewole while supporting the mesmerizing beat with a triangle.

This is definitely not your common feelgood album which you can let warble off-handedly in the background. Only if you want to create voluntary an atmosphere that is claustrophobic as well as menacing and compelling in the same way. Music for after midnight. Music for city neurotics with lots of groove.

Available from 18.09.2015

Jad & The Ladyboy – Sweet Nothing EP
Friday, July 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jad & The Ladyboy – Sweet Nothing EP

Image: 1598229 Sonar Kollektiv present Sweet Nothing the new ep from Jad & The Ladyboy.

TRACKLISTING
A1. Sweet Nothing feat. Borgazzi
A2. Reach Me feat. Sarah Reeve

B1. Good Again feat. Snax
B2. Good Again feat. Snax (Instrumental)

After the big success of „Never Come Back Down“ (Top 3 in the German Club charts) Jad & The Ladyboy adds fuel to the flames as early as four months later. Already with the first track of this 12inch a seat of fire is set: “Sweet Nothing” is again a collaboration with singer Mark Borgazzi, who, with his soulful voice, already turned “Never Come Back Down” into a club stunner. On “Reach Me” the Australian Jad Lee aka Jad & The Ladyboy adopts a softer tone. By calling in Sarah Reeve the competition suddenly is on for Jessie Ware and Disclosure. This man seems to aim high. The third and last track of this record is another proof for this assumption: “Good Again” with Snax on vocals is fierce, funky and almost provokingly sexy.
The bassline pierces marrow and bone and causes erratic thrusts of euphoria, at the very latest when the lagging break sets in. In all modesty, but these are probably exactly the three songs you simply can’t escape in the next few months. Be it in the club or on the radio, Jad reach for the stars.
Available from 04.09.2015

ComixXx – The Great Escape
Friday, April 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on ComixXx – The Great Escape

Image: 1595489 Long overdue full length The Great Escape from ComixXx is finally here!

The album here now at hand has been in work for more than a year. Just enough time for
Sebastian Damerius aka ComixXx to bring in fourteen tracks which complete in its build up his
long-awaited solo album. For this cause he invited several guests to his Berlin based studio.
Maybe first and foremost Alex Barck, who has been backing him up throughout all of the
production process with his enormous experience and his beyond any doubt reliable sense of
style. It has been Barck, too, how discovered the 15-year old singer Mirna in the school choir
of his daughter and brought her to ComixXx’ studio to record her self-penned “Can U Feel?”.
That’s also already the album’s first hit, having been released already last year as a teaser
with a wide response.
More than just a brief feature on the album enjoys Knixx. The long lasting friendship
between the Berlin based singer and ComixXx resulted already in several mutual productions
over the last few years. This time half of all the songs on “The Great Escape” are contributed
by Dominik “Knixx” Wirth. For instance the ballad “Love Is Overrated”, the sinister, badass
beats-driven “Up In The Shell”, the Berlin homage “BLN” and of course the title track “The
Great Escape”. All of them perfect shaped pop gems which should, no, have to get airplay on
every decent radio station in this world. Also “Miss You” with its Spoken Words by Babet
Mader the album’s guiding theme comes into effect: “The Great Escape” tells the story of the
melancholic farewell of a great love, the emergence into a new stage of life and the confidence
in the things to come.
“Spread Your Love” is a comforter in this field: Peter Folk’s marvellous voice smoothens
across the bone-dry polyrhythmic drum programming until the track uprises to stunning heights
with its acid-like synth chords. A further sure-shot off this album. The very same Peter Folk can
also be heard on the closing track of the album, “Rock Bottom Riser”, a brilliant cover version
off Bill Callahan’s 2005 album “A River Ain’t Too Much To Love”. The two instrumentals “Dark
Spring Break” and “Short Memories” act as short intermezzos between all these guest
appearances without being less thrilling or even being shy of getting accused of acting as
mere fillers. Quite the contrary so. ComixXx’ gift for restrained, beatific, atrabilious productions
are displayed on these two tracks to the fullest. The best example for
his craft though is “Broken Connection” with British singer and Sonar Kollektiv associate Pete
Josef. His fragile voice baths in a sea full of tears, fights pitifully against memories and
letdowns to eventually put a new complexion on all future aspects yet again. This is plainly and
simply just masterfully designed and narrated. This is pop music of 2015. This is one of the
albums of the year.

TRACKLISTING
01. The Great Escape
02. Redlight Skies
03. Can U Feel?
04. Slow Motion
05. Miss You
06. Spread Your Love
07. Dark Spring Break
08. Love Is Overrrated
09. Broken Connection
10. Up In The Shell
11. BLN
12. Short Memories
13. Hearing You
14. Rock Bottom Riser

http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/ Available from 05.06.2015

Jad & The Ladyboy – Never Come Back Down
Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jad & The Ladyboy – Never Come Back Down

Image: 1594848 Jad & The Ladyboy present their new 12′ Never Come Back Down’ on Sonar Kollektiv.

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Never Come Back Down
feat. Mark Borgazzi (Yannick’s Sexfactmix)
A2 – Never Come Back Down feat. Mark Borgazzi
B1 – Sometimes Feelings Hurt (Jad’s Dub)
B2 – Sometimes Feelings Hurt feat. Mark Borgazzi

The Australian DJ, producer and musician Jad Lee likes to have several irons in the fire all at the same time. For instance he’s a member of Mitzi (along Charles Murdoch and Dominiqe Bird), one half of the pan-pacific Indiepop duo Twiggy Lashes and a solo artist known as Jad & The Ladyboy. Under this moniker he releases music which can be described as soulful house with plenty of disco influences. For “Never Come Back Down” Jad had singer Mark Borgazzi in his studio to cut a precious, groovy two-stepper into a genuine pop diamond. In order not to get only radio airplay, but also to be played out in gloomy underground clubs with extra fat subwoofers Yannick provides his homicidal Sexfactmix. With its untamed bassline and a milling-machine like synthesizer this feels like an unchecked punch to the gut. There will be blood on the dancefloor!
It dovetails nicely that the second track of this 12inch is called “Sometimes Feelings Hurt” and that for a second time round Mark Borgazzi carries us off to the wonderland of the good groove. Again a song that sounds as good in the club as at home. A quality feature Sonar Kollektiv strikes a blow for for fairly long time. This remains for now Jad Lee’s first and only release on the Berlin based label. But as you all know: Never say never.

Available from 08.05.2015

Jah Wobble Presents PJ Higgins – Chaingang (Remixes)
Friday, March 27th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jah Wobble Presents PJ Higgins – Chaingang (Remixes)

Image: 1595626 Jah Wobble & PJ Higgins present the Chaingang (Remixes) another solid remix from last year’s collaborative album.

TRACKLISTING
A – Chaingang (Pitto Remix)
B – Chaingang (Marlow’s Voodoo Version)

Now already almost a year has gone by since “Inspiration”, the collaboration between Jah Wobble and singer PJ Higgins has come out on Sonar Kollektiv. With “Chaingang (Remixes)” we get a further renewal of one of the eight tracks off the album. For instance Utrecht, Netherlands based multi-instrumentalist and producer Pitto gets down to work to morph the song into an eight-minute spheric techno extravaganza. Some sort of a teaser for his upcoming album on Sonar Kollektiv later this year (although it will sound completely different). Also releasing an album on Sonar Kollektiv in 2015 is producer Marlow from Weimar. His voodoo version of “Chaingang” draws nearer to the original and incorporates the jubilee style gospel chanting to a hypnotically impelling rhythm. At the right time at the right place this remix will cause outmost frenzy on the dancefloor.

www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 08.05.2015

Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.4 (by Mark E,Jacques Renault,M.Vogel)
Friday, February 13th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.4 (by Mark E,Jacques Renault,M.Vogel)

Image: 1594074 Daniel Grau hits us with Volume 4 of his Reworks series featuring mixes from Mark E, Jacques Renault, Marcel Vogel & Fajra Fantasmo

A2 – Con El Cielo En Tus Ojos (Fajra Fantasmo Remikso)
B1 – Atlantis (Jacques Renault Edit)
B2 – Corre Caminos (Marcel Vogel Happy Edit)

SALES TEXT
„Reworks Vol. 4“ is the second last issue of a whole series of stunning edits for the
forgotten, Venezuelan producer and studio engineer Daniel Grau. DJs and
producers like Daniel Wang, Max Graef, Ray Mang and Debonair have all
completed their very own and personal interpretations of Grau’s Tropical Cosmic
Disco world for Sonar Kollektiv. Now works by Mark E, Fajra Fantasmo, Marcel
Vogel and Jacques Renault succeed for this 4th issue.
It’s not the first remix Mark E has done for Sonar Kollektiv. But with all due respect
to his previous achievements this edit of Grau’s “Combination” (off the 1981
album „Por Que No Podemos Hacerlo?“) is probably one of the most astounding
things Mark Evett has perpetrated so far (by a hair’s breadth behind his inofficial
edit of Birth Control’s “Plastic People). Hynotic funk right on the bass drum with filter
effects applied so perfectly that the party will get going at the latest when this track
drops in.
The whistle-along tune „Con El Cielo En Tus Ojos“ (off Grau’s LP „El Leon
Bailarin„) is morphed by Fajra Fantasmo into most peculiar techhouse. We’re all
wound up to a high pitch to see how in the midst of a grimy DJ set this remix will set
a grin of all the dancers faces by its jauntiness. By contrast New York based
Jacques Renault opens up a jar of jam with his edit for “Atlantis” and sets the
mood right for a sugary sunset. And when it comes to unbridled funkyness who else
the Amsterdam based Marcel Vogel would do a better job by editing “Corre
Caminos” (also off Grau’s “El Leon Bailarin” album)? His restoration work shines
with authenticity and accuracy for modern dance floors.
Daniel Grau can be quite proud of by who, and how his legacy has been worked
with. Let’s hope this is inspiration for him to produce even more, fresh, fantastic
music.

www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 27.03.2015

Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.3 (by Los Amigos Invisibles, Ray Mang)
Friday, January 16th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.3 (by Los Amigos Invisibles, Ray Mang)

Image: 1593656 Reworks Vol. 3 by Los Amigos Invisibles, Ray Mang, Soul Clap & Debonair – And here we already are, in the next, the third 12inch round of the Sonar Kollektiv / Daniel Grau remix orgy. This time Ray Mang, Soul Clap, Debonair and Trujillo together with Miguel Molina are in on it. The Venezuelan six-piece combo Los Amigos Invisibles did rerecord „ El León Bailarín” off Grau’s album by the same title from 1980 and the UK disco king Ray Mang hand-crafted a bass driven, dubfunky slammer out of it. That’s the music the most beautiful girls in town want to wiggle their hips to.

Sitting still will also be no option hearing the extra funked-up remix of“To Night” by US duo Soul Clap together with Bosq. This is, by the way, a brand new track by Daniel Grau (after a 30 years enduring creative sabbatical) and is up to now only available on „The Magic Sound Of Daniel Grau – compiled by Jazzanova & Trujillo” (SK281CD / LP).

The Australian Debonair comes in with his remix for „Atlantis“ (off Grau’s 1979 released album „Disco Fantasy“) not less lascivious at all and pyramids the synth chords with added delays in a fashion you start to feel like somebody is pulling the rug out from under your feet. That was probably his initial intention and he succeeds brilliantly. This is the sexy sound of Venezuela today!

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Los Amigos Invisibles – El León Bailarín (Ray Mang’s Circus Dub)
B1 – Daniel Grau – To Night (Soul Clap & Bosq Remix)
B2 – Daniel Grau – Atlantis (Debonair Remix)

STREAMINGPLAYER
Listen to the downloadable snippets here:
http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/media/SK291/A_Los%20Amigos%20Invisibles%20-%20El%20Leon%20Bailarin%20%28Ray%20Mangs%20Circus%20Dub%29.mp3
http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/media/SK291/B1_Daniel%20Grau%20-%20To%20Night%20%28Soul%20Clap%20&%20Bosq%20Remix%29.mp3
http://www.sonarkollektiv.com/media/SK291/B2_Daniel%20Grau%20-%20Atlantis%20%28Debonair%20Remix%29.mp3
Available from 27.02.2015

Jah Wobble Presents PJ Higgins – King Of Illusion/Watch How You (Mash Up)
Friday, October 17th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Jah Wobble Presents PJ Higgins – King Of Illusion/Watch How You (Mash Up)

Image: 1592174 Jah Wobble & PJ Higgins team up for a dubbed out new 7’ King Of Illusion / Watch How You Walk Mash Up.

Whenever Reggae or Dub is coming out on Sonar Kollektiv you can
be assured that the release is backed up by – common for this kind
of style of music – a version on 7inch vinyl.
Now then also “King of Illusion” by Jah Wobble presents PJ
Higgins is published in the small format most popular in Jamaica,
the British Afro-Carribean community and even among Reggae
quarters in these parts. The song receives especially on UK radio
stations lots of airplay right now, most presumably thanks to its
poppy freshness and the catchy lyrics. But even the dub version
(only available on the digital release) works perfectly and belongs
definitely in the playlist of every self-respecting Reggae DJ.
The radical cheery “Sista Riddim Mash Up” finds its way into the
handy singles record case on the B-side of the physical 7inch –
cobbled together by Sonar Kollektiv’s label manager and mixing
engineer, Oliver Glage and Oliver Haertel. This riddim, based on
Vicki Anderson’s “Message From A Soul Sister” was originally
released on Sonar Kollektiv in 2007 by Extended Spirit. Big up!

TRACKLISTING
A – King Of Illusion
B – Watch How You Walk (Sista Riddim Mash Up)

www.sonarkollektiv.com Available from 28.11.2014

Dawn Pemberton – Say Somethin’
Friday, October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dawn Pemberton – Say Somethin’

Image: 1592780 As the label responsible for discovering the finest Canadian jazz, funk & soul music for over a decade (Maylee Todd, Souljazz Orchestra), Do Right! is back and proud to welcome Vancouver soul dynamo Dawn Pemberton to the family. A staple of the west coast music scene, Dawn can be found tearing it up as a vocalist, arranger, and go-to for live performances and studio sessions with acts like 1Luv (Sonar Kollektiv), and The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer. The time has finally come to unveil her highly anticipated debut solo album Say Somethin’.

The ten distinctive contemporary soul tracks on the album highlight the deep-rooted passion of Pemberton’s gospel background. “I’ve always got a rhythmic stream running through me at all times. It’s all about the groove for me,” Pemberton explains. She enlisted some of the finest west coast musicians including: Johnny Andrews (Drums), Scott Tucker (Bass), Gavin Youngash (Guitar), Max Zipursky (Keys), Raphael Geronimo (Percussion), Colin Maskell (Saxophone) and Kristian Naso (Trumpet). Say Somethin’ is a place where swirling organs, punchy horns, rhythmic guitar lines meet syncopated jazz funk grooves.

“Title track premiered on Worldwide BBC Radio 6” – Gilles Peterson (BBC Radio 6)

Tracklisting
1. For You
2. Deeper
3. Say Somethin’
4. Don’??t Waste Your Time
5. Freedom Time
6. Hello Love
7. Do It to It
8. Inside & Out
9. I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do)
10. What I Got Available from 15.05.2015

DJ Kawasaki – Where Would We Be (ft. Paul Randolph)
Friday, October 3rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on DJ Kawasaki – Where Would We Be (ft. Paul Randolph)

Image: 1592445 The second in a series of collaborative 12’s between Sonar Kollektiv and Especial Records , showcasing the talents of DJ Kawasaki.

The second of two collaborative 12inch releases by Sonar Kollektiv and
Especial Records (the label run by Yoshihiro Okino from Kyoto Jazz
Massive) showcases the aspiring talent of DJ Kawasaki. Since his debut
“Beautiful” from 2006 he became a staple and a new ambassador for
Japanese club and dance music. It’s been already five years since his first
remix for Sonar Kollektiv (“Dark Soldier” by Roland Appel in 2009) and you
can surely hear how his production skills have even sharpened over the
time.
First we have his take on Sonar Kollektiv artist FETSUM and his hit from last
year, “Waitin’ For You”. It has “summer madness” written all over it with a
huge break two-thirds in only to explode in a fulminant finale.
On the AA side we get a new original track by Kaoru Kawasaki called
“Where Would We Be” featuring Jazzanova singer Paul Randolph and
Makoto Shimizu, a bustling producer from
Tokyo. And the summer seems to continue endlessly. The vibe is highspirited
and the horn section lifts the roof and the tune to “a place where we
all unite”.
Makoto’s 80’s Relick does exactly what the title indicates. Adding more
synths, a thumping bassline and all the ingredients proper electro pop funk
needs – as in The System or Zapp for example. This record will be the
soundtrack to our summer and beyond.

A – FETSUM – Waitin’ For You (DJ Kawasaki Remix)
AA1 – Where Would We Be feat. Paul Randolph & Makoto (Club Mix)
AA2 – Where Would We Be feat. Paul Randolph & Makoto (Makoto 80’s Relick) Available from 14.11.2014

Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.2 (by Box Aus Holz)
Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Daniel Grau – Reworks Vol.2 (by Box Aus Holz)

Image: 1591770 Sonar Kollektiv present Volume 2 of the Daniel Grau reworks this time by Box Aus Holz.

After Daniel Wang and Jules Etienne set the bar very high with their remixes for
„Robot Magico“ and „Disco Fantasy“ by Daniel Grau (SK280), it’s now time for the
next three songs by the forgotten Venezuelan Cosmic Disco producer to come under
the knife. With his debut „Rivers Of The Red Planet“ (just out on Tartelet Records)
21-year-old Berlin based Max Graef is making massive waves right now across all
borders. Still he found a slot in his busy schedule to enhance three songs out of
Daniel Grau’s elusive archive – together with befriended DJs/producers from the Oye
Records entourage. Upgrading all of them in a state-of-the-art cutting-edge fashion.
That’s how „Tren Del Espacio“ (originally released on the 1978 album „El Sonido
Magico De Daniel Grau“) suddenly becomes a straight forward slamming house track
with added Caribbean spice mid-in. A completely different approach is applied by
Graef and Labuzinski on the remix for „Nunca Conocí Amor Igual“ (of the
album „440 Toker“ from 1982). The vocals by Laurye McGregor are stifled by a
menacing dubsteppy killer beat and only slosh to daylight occasionally. An impressive
and aweinspiring deconstruction maybe also Madlib or The Alchemist would come up
with if stuffed with enough medication. Make sure you serve this cold!
And then there’s the collaboration of Graef with Oye Records honcho Markus Lindner
aka Delfonic. Also with this remix of „Delirio En Fa Menor“ (off the 1976 LP „Mas
Alla De Las Estrellas“) you can literally feel the affinity towards what we used to call
leftfield hiphop. A badass beat framework binds the ever collapsing samples of the
original. It’s like Graef and Delfonic hold a picture of the original tune in their hands
and then tearing it in half, just to piece it back together again back-to-front. This is
adulteration by permission. Or to put it in another way: This is how you get away with
murder. Another milestone in Max Graef’s still juvenile career!

www.sonarkollektiv.com

TRACKLISTING
A1 – Tren del Espacio (Labuzinski & Graef Remix)
A2 – Delirio En Fa Menor (Max Graef & Delfonic Remix)
B – Nunca Conocí Amor Igual (Labuzinski & Graef Remix) Available from 14.11.2014

Kasar – Walk On
Friday, September 26th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kasar – Walk On

Image: 1591297 Sonar Kollektiv presents the new album Walk On from Kasar.

Arnold Kasar is a musical jack of all trades: in countless projects around the Berlin based label Sonar Kollektiv, the
musician grown in the southern area of the picturesque Black Forest left his traces, among them Nylon, AtomHockey or
with Volksbühne-player and latest Internet-Hype Friedrich Liechtenstein („Supergeil“).
However, the trained sound-engineer is also capable of going solo, as he proved with his solo debut „The Piano Has
Been Smoking“ in 2012. Now he returned to his first instrument and his timing couldn’t be better, since the piano
returned to new strength in the music world, as the numerous releases of pianists in the past few years have shown.
„I really hope that the timing is good, but I can’t influence it. At last I do it for my own. When I started doing music as
Kasar back in 2010, I just didn’t know Nils Frahm or Brandt Brauer Frick. All these people weren’t on the spot by then. I
listened to Gonzales and of course Hauschka and Craig Armstrong were there, too. Yann Tiersen was totally famous at
that time“, the pianist explains his view on his colleagues when he started making music by himself. But, with releasing
his second album „Walk On“ at this point, he didn’t intend to flirt with a hype. The piano, which has accompanied
Arnold Kasar from his childhood on, always just fell out of the recordings in the past. Due to this enduring relationship
to his first instrument he got bored of it. Instead, he preferred to dedicate himself to sample-based electronic music with
his friend Friedrich Liechtenstein or making Nu Jazz in several musical projects around the world-famous Berlin based
Sonar Kollektiv (home to Jazzanova, The Black Seeds or Solomun). But sooner or later the piano had to return to the
centre of attention.
That was in 2010: at that point the work on the new LP „The Piano Has Been Smoking“ had started, being released in
2012 and fully concentrating around the piano. By then Kasar already used the technique of the prepared piano, which
once was introduced by John Cage and nowadays is excessively used by Hauschka, among others. For this Kasar
used erasers, tea bags or patches to manipulate the sound of the piano and to bring out unheard and exciting tones of
his instrument. Only one song, the designated single „Put A Light On Me“, was supposed to have a vocal track, but
after he didn’t find the right voice for it, he simply sang it himself. Like this, for the first time the world got to hear the
dark and melancholic timbre of Arnold Kasar. The desired airplay (i.a. Austrian „FM4“ orBerlin’s „RBB RadioEins“) was
achieved easily and from that moment on Kasar was delighted by the idea of singing on his own productions, since he
had closed the chapter of producing an album on a prepared piano anyway. For this reason the comparison with an
artist such as Hauschka, who made this technique the concept of his own creative work, is merely adequate. Kasar
rather walks on, restless and always willing to try something new.
But this doesn’t mean that he has to quit it completely: also on „Walk On“ one finds a few pieces with the support of the
prepared piano, but this time the singing is clearly in the foreground. Like this, the whole vibe of the record changes:
„I’d say the last record was way more a city record“ referring to the by then used techno-elements, for example, „and
the new one is a record for the countryside.“, especially inspired by Arthur Russell’s most intimate album „World Of
Echo“. On this record the composer who rose to cult status in the past years leaves the disco era behind him and
presents a fragile artist using voice, cello and a lot of reverb only: „A song like „So Called Lover“ mainly emerged from
Arthur Russell listening sessions“, Kasar tells full of admiration for the musician who died of AIDS in 1992.
Other role models are surprising as well as comprehensible: „I like singers like the early Manfred Krug a lot, this warm
and tender voice – of course, in German, but the way he sang – or Japan’s singer David Sylvian, those were the things
I acted on. Much songwriting-inspiration came from Wilco, Nick Drake, Aimée Mann or also Bill Callahan.
But how Kasar came to the definition „countryside record“ is a story of its own: „It is way more singing this time, that’s a
huge leap, it’s much less electronics and there’s more space. It’s less town and much more landscape and for me it
really is this countryside record. „Jungholz“ for example is the name of a village in the southern Black Forest, „Ödland“
is the name of the highest mountain in that area and „Ein Engel Verschwand“ is an adaptation of another village’s
name there called „Engelschwand“. „So Called Lover“ takes place in „a shady town in the shore“, which in a way is a
reference to the Rhine, which could be the mentioned river, and this „whipping willow“, all these are things coming out
of my memories, since I originate from that area. It’s not autobiographic but I simply imagined how it was back then,
sitting under the willow by the river. Partly I recorded the songs right there: „Ein Engel Verschwand“, „Jungholz“ and
„Ödland“ and nearly all playbacks were recorded on the piano on which I practiced when I was a child. I always hated it
to play this piano: a Hohner, awful sound, but once you used the felt pedal it got such an odd sound, really strange –
that’s not the sound of a great Steinway, but small and odd.“ So all of this isn’t supposed to be autobiographic but
without all these experiences Kasar gained in the depths of the southern Black Forest, „Walk On“ probably would never
have come into being.
The song that gave the album its title was the first Kasar had written for „Walk On“, right after the release of his debut
record. At this stage the theatre art graduate was in a downright stream of composing. Many songs were quickly
outlined, however he took ages to get to the finished product. The production phase lasted – with interruptions – from
spring 2012 to fall 2013. And since February this year the record is waiting to be thrown onto the market, but haste
makes waste. Songs like those you find on „Walk On“, where the piano sounds like raindrops rolling down the scale,
while there’s an electronic tempest in the background („Ödland“), or which are so fragile they bring tears to your eyes
(„Care“) simply have to be released in the dying season.
But who thinks that everything on this album is melancholic and sad is proven wrong by „Dawning“, which isn’t at all
like the rest of the LP: with a jagged new wave beat, a sexy 80s sounding sax and an optimistic chorus, Kasar also
shows his up-tempo side and gives some unmissable signs towards radio airplay.A whole lot slower is the
collaboration with long-time friend Lisa Bassenge, singer of Nu Jazz outfit Micatone and Kasar’s colleague at Nylon.
Together they sing the hypnotic „Dance To The Mallet“, which starts off jazzy, but also offers itself – with its electronic
substructure – as a huge playground for remixers. However, the way this liaison came up.is rather unspectacular: „One
time we went out for dinner and I told her about the album I was working on and there she immediately offered her help
if I needed some. So a few months later I called her and played the song to her and she instantly liked it. She wrote the
lyrics to it and then we quickly recorded it in one take. Her musical director Paul Kleber is also involved in the song
„You“ and Sebastian Borkowski from Jazzanova plays sax in another song. So it’s sort of all around the Sonar Kollektiv
and Micatone”. It stays all in the family.

TRACKLISTING
1. So-Called Lover
2. Care
3. Oedland
4. You
5. Jungholz
6. Masquerade
7. Walk On
8. Dance To The Mallet feat. Lisa Bassenge
9. Ein Engel Verschwand
10. Dawning
11. Gone
12. Selfie

www.sonarkollektiv.com http://www.kasarmusic.de/ Available from 03.10.2014

Daniel Grau – The Magic Sound Of (comp.by Jazzanova)
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Daniel Grau – The Magic Sound Of (comp.by Jazzanova)

Image: 1590756 Sonar Kollektiv’s Jazzanova & Trujillo dig deep and present The Magic Sound of Daniel Grau. A double disc retrospective of Venezuelan Disco legend Daniel Grau.

Daniel Grau has recorded eight legendary LPs between 1974 and 1983, all of them never available outside of Venezuela though. Born 1948 in Caracas the thoroughbred musician first and foremost was one of the most sought-after studio engineers in his country. Almost any respectable artist in Venezuela (Vytas Brenner, Aldemaro Romero, Aditus, La Misma Gente etc.) was at least once in the El Palacio De La Musica-Studios taking advantage of Daniel Grau’s mastery.
Just for the fun of it Grau asked some of the musicians who frequented the studio on a regular basis to use the free studio time to record some own songs and compositions under the name of „La Orquestra De Daniel Grau“. The fist two albums from 1974 and 1976, released under this moniker, already display perfectly what an adept composer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist (guitar, bass and keyboards) Grau was and still is. The influences and references, which characterize his entire, short and Venezuela-only career, are unmistakeable: North American Fusion Jazz, orchestral Bossa Nova and Latin American funk in the sense of Eumir Deodato and Sérgio Mendes.
Daniel Grau’s variety of musical styles doesn’t end here though. At the end of the 1970’s he moved more and more towards disco music and incorporated what we today all call Cosmic Disco. And it’s exactly this scene, which started to become a worldwide movement about ten years ago, which embraces now the forgotten work by Grau and numbers his eight albums among the “holy grails” of this genre. Sonar Kollektiv member Class Brieler was aware of this when he visited Caracas in 2012 as part of the cultural exchange programme by the prestigious Goethe Institute. Together with befriended Venezuelan DJ Trujillo all the stops were pulled to make Daniel Grau’s music accessible to a worldwide audience. In close dialogue with the by-now 66-years-old Daniel Grau the show case compilation at
hand was compiled. As a CD release it encompasses 27 of the best tracks out off Grau’s archive. The vinyl edition confines itself over two LPs to the 15 tracks that are the most danceable. On both formats you find a new composition (“To Night”). More than thirty years after his last official release Daniel Grau returns with “To Night” and looks ahead confidently.
Sonar Kollektiv now releases „The Magic Sound Of Daniel Grau – compiled by Jazzanova & Trujillo” as a double CD, double vinyl and as a digital download. All songs were restored by Calyx Mastering in Berlin. The compilation is packaged in a magic design by internationally renowned and Latin Grammy award winning, Venezuelan artist MASA.

TRACKLISTING
CD1:
01 Dejando Volar El Pensamiento (Dejando Volar El
Pensamiento, 1974) 2:40
02 La Ceiba (Dejando Volar El Pensamiento, 1974)
2:31
03 Delirio En Fa Menor (Mas Allá de Las Estrellas,
1976) 3:56
04 Prama (Mas Allá de Las Estrellas, 1976) 3:14
05 Tren Del Espacio (El Sonido Mágico De Daniel
Grau, 1978) 3:22
06 Dulce Suave y Ligero (El Sonido Mágico De Daniel
Grau, 1978) 2:34
07 Robot Mágico (El Sonido Mágico De Daniel Grau,
1978) 4:48
08 Beside Me (El Sonido Mágico De Daniel Grau,
1978) 3:44
09 Disco Fantasy (Disco Fantasy, 1979) 6:14
10 Sonido Mágico (Disco Fantasy, 1979) 3:10
11 Atlantis (Disco Fantasy, 1979) 7:51
12 Disco Dance (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979) 3:19
13 Skylab (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979) 4:00
14 Volando Libre (Kryptonita Liquida, 1979) 4:35
CD2:
01 El León Bailarín (El León Bailarín, 1980) 4:42
02 Con El Cielo En Tus Ojos (El León Bailarín, 1980)
3:34
03 Apártate (El León Bailarín, 1980) 6:46
04 Corre Caminos (El León Bailarín, 1980) 4:27
05 Por Que No Podemos Hacerlo (Por Que No
Podemos Hacerlo?, 1981) 3:27
06 Combination (Por Que No Podemos Hacerlo?,
1981) 3:49
07 Canción Del Amanecer (Canción Del Amanecer,
1982) 5:36
08 Meditación (Canción Del Amanecer, 1982) 3:14
09 440 Torker (440 Torker, 1983) 3:45
10 Nunca Conocí Amor Igual (Fallen) (440 Torker,
1983) 3:30
11 Funky Bip-Bot (440 Torker, 1983) 4:34
12 Amor A Primera Vista (440 Torker, 1983) 3:42
13 To Night (New Inedit Track, 2014) 4:35

Available from 19.09.2014

Kasar – Walk On
Friday, September 19th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Kasar – Walk On

Image: 1590340 Sonar Kollektiv presents the new album Walk On from Kasar.

Arnold Kasar is a musical jack of all trades: in countless projects around the Berlin based label Sonar Kollektiv, the
musician grown in the southern area of the picturesque Black Forest left his traces, among them Nylon, AtomHockey or
with Volksbühne-player and latest Internet-Hype Friedrich Liechtenstein („Supergeil“).
However, the trained sound-engineer is also capable of going solo, as he proved with his solo debut „The Piano Has
Been Smoking“ in 2012. Now he returned to his first instrument and his timing couldn’t be better, since the piano
returned to new strength in the music world, as the numerous releases of pianists in the past few years have shown.
„I really hope that the timing is good, but I can’t influence it. At last I do it for my own. When I started doing music as
Kasar back in 2010, I just didn’t know Nils Frahm or Brandt Brauer Frick. All these people weren’t on the spot by then. I
listened to Gonzales and of course Hauschka and Craig Armstrong were there, too. Yann Tiersen was totally famous at
that time“, the pianist explains his view on his colleagues when he started making music by himself. But, with releasing
his second album „Walk On“ at this point, he didn’t intend to flirt with a hype. The piano, which has accompanied
Arnold Kasar from his childhood on, always just fell out of the recordings in the past. Due to this enduring relationship
to his first instrument he got bored of it. Instead, he preferred to dedicate himself to sample-based electronic music with
his friend Friedrich Liechtenstein or making Nu Jazz in several musical projects around the world-famous Berlin based
Sonar Kollektiv (home to Jazzanova, The Black Seeds or Solomun). But sooner or later the piano had to return to the
centre of attention.
That was in 2010: at that point the work on the new LP „The Piano Has Been Smoking“ had started, being released in
2012 and fully concentrating around the piano. By then Kasar already used the technique of the prepared piano, which
once was introduced by John Cage and nowadays is excessively used by Hauschka, among others. For this Kasar
used erasers, tea bags or patches to manipulate the sound of the piano and to bring out unheard and exciting tones of
his instrument. Only one song, the designated single „Put A Light On Me“, was supposed to have a vocal track, but
after he didn’t find the right voice for it, he simply sang it himself. Like this, for the first time the world got to hear the
dark and melancholic timbre of Arnold Kasar. The desired airplay (i.a. Austrian „FM4“ orBerlin’s „RBB RadioEins“) was
achieved easily and from that moment on Kasar was delighted by the idea of singing on his own productions, since he
had closed the chapter of producing an album on a prepared piano anyway. For this reason the comparison with an
artist such as Hauschka, who made this technique the concept of his own creative work, is merely adequate. Kasar
rather walks on, restless and always willing to try something new.
But this doesn’t mean that he has to quit it completely: also on „Walk On“ one finds a few pieces with the support of the
prepared piano, but this time the singing is clearly in the foreground. Like this, the whole vibe of the record changes:
„I’d say the last record was way more a city record“ referring to the by then used techno-elements, for example, „and
the new one is a record for the countryside.“, especially inspired by Arthur Russell’s most intimate album „World Of
Echo“. On this record the composer who rose to cult status in the past years leaves the disco era behind him and
presents a fragile artist using voice, cello and a lot of reverb only: „A song like „So Called Lover“ mainly emerged from
Arthur Russell listening sessions“, Kasar tells full of admiration for the musician who died of AIDS in 1992.
Other role models are surprising as well as comprehensible: „I like singers like the early Manfred Krug a lot, this warm
and tender voice – of course, in German, but the way he sang – or Japan’s singer David Sylvian, those were the things
I acted on. Much songwriting-inspiration came from Wilco, Nick Drake, Aimée Mann or also Bill Callahan.
But how Kasar came to the definition „countryside record“ is a story of its own: „It is way more singing this time, that’s a
huge leap, it’s much less electronics and there’s more space. It’s less town and much more landscape and for me it
really is this countryside record. „Jungholz“ for example is the name of a village in the southern Black Forest, „Ödland“
is the name of the highest mountain in that area and „Ein Engel Verschwand“ is an adaptation of another village’s
name there called „Engelschwand“. „So Called Lover“ takes place in „a shady town in the shore“, which in a way is a
reference to the Rhine, which could be the mentioned river, and this „whipping willow“, all these are things coming out
of my memories, since I originate from that area. It’s not autobiographic but I simply imagined how it was back then,
sitting under the willow by the river. Partly I recorded the songs right there: „Ein Engel Verschwand“, „Jungholz“ and
„Ödland“ and nearly all playbacks were recorded on the piano on which I practiced when I was a child. I always hated it
to play this piano: a Hohner, awful sound, but once you used the felt pedal it got such an odd sound, really strange –
that’s not the sound of a great Steinway, but small and odd.“ So all of this isn’t supposed to be autobiographic but
without all these experiences Kasar gained in the depths of the southern Black Forest, „Walk On“ probably would never
have come into being.
The song that gave the album its title was the first Kasar had written for „Walk On“, right after the release of his debut
record. At this stage the theatre art graduate was in a downright stream of composing. Many songs were quickly
outlined, however he took ages to get to the finished product. The production phase lasted – with interruptions – from
spring 2012 to fall 2013. And since February this year the record is waiting to be thrown onto the market, but haste
makes waste. Songs like those you find on „Walk On“, where the piano sounds like raindrops rolling down the scale,
while there’s an electronic tempest in the background („Ödland“), or which are so fragile they bring tears to your eyes
(„Care“) simply have to be released in the dying season.
But who thinks that everything on this album is melancholic and sad is proven wrong by „Dawning“, which isn’t at all
like the rest of the LP: with a jagged new wave beat, a sexy 80s sounding sax and an optimistic chorus, Kasar also
shows his up-tempo side and gives some unmissable signs towards radio airplay.A whole lot slower is the
collaboration with long-time friend Lisa Bassenge, singer of Nu Jazz outfit Micatone and Kasar’s colleague at Nylon.
Together they sing the hypnotic „Dance To The Mallet“, which starts off jazzy, but also offers itself – with its electronic
substructure – as a huge playground for remixers. However, the way this liaison came up.is rather unspectacular: „One
time we went out for dinner and I told her about the album I was working on and there she immediately offered her help
if I needed some. So a few months later I called her and played the song to her and she instantly liked it. She wrote the
lyrics to it and then we quickly recorded it in one take. Her musical director Paul Kleber is also involved in the song
„You“ and Sebastian Borkowski from Jazzanova plays sax in another song. So it’s sort of all around the Sonar Kollektiv
and Micatone”. It stays all in the family.

TRACKLISTING
1. So-Called Lover
2. Care
3. Oedland
4. You
5. Jungholz
6. Masquerade
7. Walk On
8. Dance To The Mallet feat. Lisa Bassenge
9. Ein Engel Verschwand
10. Dawning
11. Gone
12. Selfie

www.sonarkollektiv.com http://www.kasarmusic.de/ Available from 05.09.2014

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