Sanctuary Vol. 1
26th February 2021
ZPKF & Ones.
Pick Me Up
Dreaming Of Tomorrow
About the release
Dancing for refugees – in times of lockdowns and closed clubs, the Berlin party collective Bewegungsfreiheit is releasing a top-class compilation with selected and mostly exclusive tracks by well-known and lesser-known DJs and producers for the first time. The proceeds from the sale will go entirely to Berlin refugees and their initiatives.
Whether Corona or not – refugees worldwide are still in a very bad way! In fact, their situation has worsened in recent months: since the fire, the situation in Moria is more hopeless than ever; shortly before the end of the year, the same thing happened in Lipa, where the United Nations had already previously described the situation as untenable. It is a crisis that persists not least because of the unwillingness to take sustained political action.
The Berlin event collective Bewegungsfreiheit also continues to be active despite the difficult circumstances for artists. For example, instead of regular parties, the group drew attention to the ongoing difficult situation of people with a history of flight in Berlin with various actions in the summer of 2020. At the same time, it launched an ongoing fundraising campaign to support Berlin-based initiatives for refugees at https://bewegungsfreiheit.betterplace.org/.
The most important feature of Bewegungsfreiheit events has always been a balanced and diverse music programme that brings together music connoisseurs, activists and refugees for one evening. Therefore, it seems only logical to release a compilation. The result: a representative cross-section of selected tracks that brings the feeling of a club night into your living room.
As at the parties, the familiar character remains important: most of the artists represented here have already played at Bewegungsfreiheit, the others have been on the organisers’ wish list for some time. Knowing that danceable music is indispensable for a party to function, the mental cinema should not be neglected either. Examples of this: the two genuine ambient pieces “Lost” by Samo Rane, who himself had to flee Iran in 2016, and “1017” by Infinite Speeds. Dreaming Of Tomorrow” by Vertical67 is also dreamy.
Of course, dance floor-oriented material is not neglected either. A heart for breakbeats with a melodic element is demonstrated by Lily Ackerman with “Buoyancy”, whø? with “Lost Desire” and Once.& ZPKF with their spherical “Contemporary Future”. Faster in tempo, but no less sweet: Mars Leder with “Doors”. More straightforward, but all the more psychedelic, “Hallucinate” by P.U.R.E. looks towards “Acid”. As in her DJ sets, Anja Zaube leads us into the dark depths of techno, which Decka literally takes up with the title “Descent”. Maral Salmassi comes just as close to the idea of sweaty moments under fog with “177Z” as “The Forgotten” by d_func. alias Alexander Kowalski. Carsten Dämbkes took over the mastering.
Founded in the wake of the protests at Oranienplatz and the Gerhart Hauptmann School, the Bewegungsfreiheit collective has been organising club events in Berlin several times a year since summer 2014 to support refugees in Berlin and the surrounding area. The aim is to go beyond the idea of donations and draw attention to the situation of people with a history of flight, to give them and their support structures a platform, to network initiatives and to creatively use the integrative means of a joint party.
Full Track Streaming:
Samo Rane – “Lost”
Whø? – “Lost Desire”
d_func. – “The Forgotten”
Anja Zaube – “Pick Me Up”
Anja Zaube – “We Are At Home #49 – Together Alone”
Samo Rane – “Suicide Podcast 53”
d_func. – “Oecus Podcast 013”
Lily Ackerman – “20191012 | Pornceptual at Alte Münze”
Anja Zaube’s “://aboutblank 009” on About Blank
Anja Zaube’s “Untitled” on Nemorous Records
Anja Zaube’s “Thicket EP” on Nemorous Records
Anja Zaube’s “Sylvan Structure EP” on HET Records