The Kompakt head honcho’s third LP is stacked with a massive roster of collaborators.
Anyone who has had the good fortune of hearing Michael Mayer DJ will testify to the depth, variety and musicality of his taste. This quality is pervasive in his own productions. And, for his new album &, he has collaborated with other musicians on every track to further spark that inspiration. The list of contributors includes the likes of Roman Flügel, Prins Thomas and members of Hot Chip and Friendly Fires. But perhaps the most captivating is his work on “Und Da Stehen Fremde Menschen” with fellow Kompakt alumni, Barnt. The track is built around a vocal sample from obscure East German band, Stern Meissen. “I bought the record because I thought the cover was interesting. Then I heard this one line that fit perfectly with this idea of mine,” says Mayer. “Barnt was the only candidate to make this idea come to life. The trick was to bridge something that sounds sincere and deep with a delicate balance of craziness.” We’d say they struck that balance just right. Listen to the song above and look out for & when it drops on October 28 on !K7.
Listen to Mayer’s contribution to EB radio here. Learn about ten of Cologne’s most important musicians here.