After spending a whole year over on Réunion, an overseas department of France situated in the Indian Ocean, Alex Barck has now relocated to Berlin and is ready to drop his very first solo album—entitled Reunion, naturally. Barck, who is a founding member of Berlins’s exquisite slow dance combo Jazzanova, found the time to record an exclusive commentary to accompany the album—which you can hear in the stream below. Listening to the record, you’ll certainly pick up on Barck’s jazzy influences but the overall spirit definitely tends towards house music, making use of some well-chosen collaborators including Swedish singer Jonatan Bäckelie aka Ernesto, local hero Christian Salem, and Pete Josef. Listen to the record, in full with his commentary, below.
“Doubter” feat. Jonatan Bäckelie
“Re-set” feat. Pete Josef
“Oh Africa” feat. Christine Salem (Album Version)
“Don’t Hold Back” feat. Jonatan Bäckelie
“Spinning Around” feat. Pete Josef
“Like A Drug” feat. Stee Downes
“We Get High” feat. Jonatan Bäckelie
“Why & How” feat. FETSUM
“Move Slowly” feat. Bea Anubis
Above: Alex Barck in Réunion. His solo debut album Reunion is out via Sonar Kollektiv on October 4th.
This remix has already made the rounds throughout our beloved clubs, providing incontestable proof that Carsten Aermes aka Phon.o is the go-to-guy when it comes to remixes. Here he’s reworked The White Lamp’s infectious new disco single, “Make It Good”, released this week via the ever inspiring Sonar Kollektiv imprint, also home to the likes of Jazzanova, Alex Barck, and Clara Hill. Why not slip on your smartest disco togs—it is Monday afternoon after all—and hit play below:
The White Lamp‘s Make It Good will be out February 25 on 12” vinyl and digital via Sonar Kollektiv.
69 days and 67.519 Euros to go: Jazzanova, Berlin’s electronica-meets-jazz collective are currently crowdfunding their planned documentary film ‘Like a Band’, and you can be part of that film.
The film aims to portray the 15 year long history of Jazzanova, from its early beginnings in the mid 90s and their label Sonar Kollektiv to the present day. The filming in cities such as Berlin, London, Rotterdam, and Rio de Janeiro is finished by now, but editing and production of the movie and soundtrack are quite pricey – which is why Jazzanova and their filmmakers Matthias Freier and Alexander Eckert are pledging 70.000 Euros on the crowdfunding platform Inkubato.
Head over to the project website to learn more about the project, or click here to fund the piece and see how you can have Jazzanova play a private concert to you and your best friends …
On a different note: Jazzanova Live feat. Paul Randolph at Electronic Beats Festival Gda?sk 2012 – get your tickets now!
Right, last week was a big week for music videos and we already shared our love with the new videos from M.I.A., Madonna, Miike Snow and Dylan Ettinger, plus celebrated the premiere of Kris Menace’s Falling Star video. But there is much more to explore in that vibrant music video genre:
#1 Holograms – ABC City (dir.?)
This rocks. Holograms are from Sweden and still unsigned. If you run a label go and sign them: NOW.
#2 Light Year – Moderation (directed by Costa Vakas)
Aussie producer Light Year is clearly one to watch. His sound is about true acid house with sweet vocals on top. His debut EP dropped earlier this month.
#3 Warm Ghost – Myths On Rotting Ships (directed by Jay Buim & Paul Duncan)
If you can handle some puttering synths and a good dose of soothing chill wave, then Warm Ghost could be your desire. Track is from his last year’s album Narrows.
#4 Los Llamaradas – Too Late The Possible Lab (dir.?)
Monterrey’s most wanted musicians Los Llamaradas are about to close down their music business, thanks to the bloody drug-war going on in their neighborhood. Have a final listen.
#5 Napolian – False Memories (dir.?)
Distorted beats by 19-year-old Los Angeles producer, Ian Evans aka Napolian taken from his Rejoice EP, which is out today via Software/Mexican Summer. This newcomer has definitely got some talent.
#6 Dubkasm ft Rudey Lee & Solo Banton – Emotion / Are You Ready (directed by Gary Thomas)
This is Bristol’s Dubkasm and Rudey Lee, who recently linked up in the studio to produce this groover, which is part of forthcoming Emotion EP on Sufferah’s Choice Recordings.
#7 Lil B – I Own Swag (dir.?)
Lil B aka The basegood is back with just another funny video from the sunny US-westcoast. We can’t count the amount of videos the L.A. rapper has already dropped but one thing is for sure; we just can’t get enough.
#8 2morrowsvictory – Parallels (dir.?)
According to 2morrowsvictory facebook, this band hails from southwest London. This lovely video, made for their ‘Parallels’ track is their first visual statement from the upcoming #Odeon EP.
#9 Jazzanova – I Human feat. Paul Randolph (dir.?)
#10 Krazy Baldhead – Surabaya Girl (directed by Flashbacker)
The highly-anticipated single from Krazy Baldhead came out today on Ed Banger Records. The EP includes remixes by MYD (Club Cheval), Tropics, and Victor Aime.
Upside Down is the new remix album by Jazzanova featuring remixes by the likes of Motor City Drum Ensemble and Mr. Scruff. Released on CD at the end of this month the Berlin based collective are celebrating with a release party this Saturday, January 27th at Loftus Hall. Kind people that they are, the band have given us a pair of guest-list spots for one lucky reader. All you have to do to be in with the chance of winning one pair of tickets is fill in the form below and send us your details by 16.00 on Friday.
In the meantime wrap your ears around two new remixes that have just become available on the Sonar Kollektive Soundcloud. ‘Little Bird’ feat. Jose James as remixed by Alex Barck which you can stream below and the Ye Solar Remix of ‘I Can See’ feat. Ben Westbeech which you can listen to here.