out now: Monika Werkstatt – M_Sessions (Remixed) [Monika Enterprise]

 

Artist:
Monika Werkstatt

 

Title:
M_Sessions (Remixed)

 

Label:
Monika Enterprise

 

Cat#:
m97

 

Release Date:
18th February 2022

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Komm Darling Lass Uns Tanzen Gehen
(Pilocka Krach Mix)

02.
You You
(Acid Pauli’s YoYo Mix)

03.
Schreiender Tag
(c00lm8 Remix)

 

Press Info:
M_SESSIONS REMIXED Monika Werkstatt plays Mania D, Malaria!, Matador remixed by Pilocka Krach, Acid Pauli & c00lm8

In 2021 Bettina Köster, Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel celebrated M_Dokumente: a major retrospective of their early and still highly influential band projects, MANIA D., MALARIA!, MATADOR. M_Dokumente was both a book released via Ventil Verlag, a 2xLP of covers played by the Monika Werkstatt as well as an exhibition and performance series at Silent Green in Berlin, Wedding.

The event featured talks, DJ sets and live performances by Chicks on Speed, Die Mücken and the aforementioned Monika Werkstatt, a rotating super-group collective made up of all artists from the current monika roster, in this case: AGF, ANIKA, BEATE BARTEL, GUDRUN GUT, ISLAJA, LUCRECIA DALT, MIDORI HIRANO, MOMMO G, NATALIE BERIDZE, PILOCKA KRACH & SONAE. Their M-Sessions release featured new versions of some classic tracks by Mania D., Malaria! and Matador as well as some rare original recordings. Now monika brings you 3 remixes from the M-Sessions by Pilocka Krach, Acid Pauli and Coolm8.

PILOCKA KRACH is herself part of the Monika Werkstatt and one of the most prolific recent signings to the monika label. Her remix of the Werkstatt’s version of ‘Komm Darling lass uns tanzen gehn’ by Mania D. shows Frau Krach’s typical tongue in cheek attitude: it’s a funky twisted tune with a distorted guitar anti-solo and the pitched lyrics (trans. “the world may end, darling let’s go dancing”) are as fitting in today’s post-pandemic digital dystopia as they were in cold-war 1980s.

ACID PAULI aka Martin Gretschmann is known for his early work with The Notwist and has gone on to be a renowned solo artist and DJ. With the Yo Yo remix of ‘You You’, originally by Malaria!, he has delivered a straight up dancefloor banger.
True to his name, he weaves acid baselines between the solid beats to create a pure club track.

Last but by no means least it’s the turn of Chiara Rüßmann aka COOLM8 to reinterpret the M-Werkstatt interpretation of the Matador song ‘Schreiender Tag’. This remix came about as part of the workshop Remix Regendered. Which was designed to share the theory and practice of remixing in electronic music, with a special focus on female composers. This c00lm8 remix has an oldschool groove and makes excellent use of the vocal samples to great ironic affect.

Three bands from 80s Berlin, all beginning with the letter M and now remixed by 3 of the best DJ/producers of the 2020s. M_SESSIONS REMIXED is the perfect culmination of M_Dokumente as it brings an even more modern energy to Monika Werkstatt’s take on the music of Mania D, Malaria!, Matador. This record puts the M in reMix!

Text by Dirk Markham

 

Snippets:
@ Qobuz

 

Special:
Gudrun Gut – “MUTEKLIVE215”

Related Releases:
Monika Werkstatt’s “M_Sessions Reworks” on Moabit Musik / Monika Enterprise
physical release “M_Sessions”
digital release “M_Sessions – Rare Originals”

 

Recommendations:
“Let’s Talk About The Weather” by Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti on Umor Rex
Gudrun Gut’s album “Moment”
Gudrun Gut’s “Moment Remixes” on Monika Enterprise
Gudrun Gut’s “Wildlife”
Barbara Morgenstern’s “Silence Sweater EP” on Monika Enterprise
Natalie Beridze’s “Mapping Debris” on Monika Enterprise

 

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out for a while: Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti – Let’s Talk About The Weather [Umor Rex]

 

Artist:
Gudrun Gut + Mabe Fratti

 

Title:
Let’s Talk About The Weather

 

Label:
Umor Rex

 

Cat#:
UR131

 

Release Date:
20th August 2021

 

Format:
vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Aufregend

02.
El Cielo Responde

03.
Walk

04.
In D

05.
Air Condition

06.
Let’s Talk About The Weather I

07.
Let’s Talk About The Weather II

08.
Let’s Talk About The Weather III

09.
Let’s Talk About The Weather IV

 

Press Info:
Gudrun Gut and Mabe Fratti have worked together on a powerful hybrid album, where taut rhythms fuse with haunted vocal melodies and spoken word, and field recordings meld with extended ambient pieces. Limited edition of 500 copies on Yellow Transparent vinyl LP, digital downloads and streamings.

As part of Umor Rex’s 15th anniversary, we here present an album that builds a dialogue between two lands and two unique artists. Mexico is the origin and conceptual residence of our label, while Germany is where we produce and manufacture our records (Berlin functions as the center of distribution and logistics, thanks to our friends at Morr Music). The intertwining imaginations belong to German producer Gudrun Gut (Malaria!) —a notable figure of the subculture and the German music scene since the early 80s, and also a founder of Monika Enterprise and recipient of the ‘Listen to Berlin’ Award in 2019— and singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer Mabe Fratti (originally from Guatemala, now based in Mexico City). We knew about “Let’s Talk About The Weather” from the beginning, and since the moment Gudrun and Mabe made us part of their project, our excitement could not be greater.

The process started with Gudrun and Mabe having long distance conversations, asking about their whereabouts and discussing the weather. This might seem rather commonplace, but it works as a key thematic component for the entire album. The weather as the new great unknown, perceived through the optics of everyday life. Sound files were methodically exchanged, with Mabe exploring words and vocals, and Gudrun working with field recordings taken from each city. In the end, this joint musical venture would provide a healing effect for both artists during life in quarantine.

“Aufregend”, the opening track of the album, reflects upon a general lack of excitement in modern life. It wonders what the future might hold. Is it cold? Is it warm? Will it be the same? “Air Condition” is an eerie, dazzling collision of climates: the hazy warmth of Mexico City, the deep cold of Uckermark. The last track, which gives the album its name, is a long ambient piece composed of four parts: sound sculptures, field recordings of city life, news and weather forecasts, and private conversations about the climate. It’s kind of a collaborative diary, obsessed with a single, all-encompassing subject.

Produced and recorded by Gudrun Gut and Mabe Fratti between Berlin, Uckermark, Veracruz and Mexico City. Mixed by GGut at Stern Studio Mastered by John Tejada in Sherman Oaks, USA. Artwork & photos by Daniel Castrejón in Mexico City.

Special thanks to Goethe Institute, who contributed to the creation of this album with a Virtual Partner Residency support.

 

Snippets:
@ Deejay

 

Full Track Streaming:
“Aufregend”

“Air Condition”

 

Specials:
Gudrun Gut – “MUTEKLIVE215”

Mabe Fratti – “s.M.i.L.e. Radio 043”

 

Recommendations:
Gudrun Gut’s “Moment Remixes” on Monika Enterprise
Gudrun Gut’s “Moment” on Monika Enterprise
Gudrun Gut’s “Wildlife” on Monika Enterprise
compilation “M_Sessions Rare Originals” w/ Gudrun involved on Moabit Musik / Monika Enterprise

 

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out now: Dave Gahan & Soulsavers – Imposter [Columbia Records]

 

Artist:
Dave Gahan & Soulsavers

 

Title:
Imposter

 

Label:
Columbia Records

 

Cat#:
tba

 

Release Date:
12th November 2021

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
The Dark End Of The Street

02.
Strange Religion

03.
Lilac Wine

04.
I Held My Baby Last Night

05.
A Man Needs A Maid

06.
Metal Heart

07.
Shut Me Down

08.
Where My Love Lies Asleep

09.
Smile

10.
The Desperate Kingdom Of Love

11.
Not Dark Yet

12.
Always On My Mind

 

Press Info:
Multi-platinum selling, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame-inducted recording artist and songwriter Dave Gahan, along with long time musical partner Soulsavers (Rich Machin), will release a new album on November 12th. Entitled Imposter, Dave takes listeners on a personal journey of 12 meticulously chosen reimagined songs from across genres and time periods, including selections from Neil Young, Bob Dylan, PJ Harvey, Charlie Chaplin, Cat Power and Mark Lanegan, amongst others.

One would be remiss to refer to Imposter as a cover album. Rather, Imposter is a story of songs, which Dave Gahan & Soulsavers listened to, studied, absorbed, and gave a new life. All of the songs have deep meaning to Dave, making Imposter a reflection of Dave’s life – a story told by others, but in his own distinct voice.

“When I listen to other people’s voices and songs—more importantly the way they sing them and interpret the words—I feel at home,” Dave Gahan confesses. “I identify with it. It comforts me more than anything else. There’s not one performer on the record who I haven’t been moved by.” He adds, “I know we made something special, and I hope other people feel that and it takes them on a little kind of trip—especially people who love music and have for years.”

The first offering from Imposter will be “Metal Heart.” Written by Chan Marshall (Cat Power), and first released in 1998, the reimagined version from Dave & Soulsavers will drop on October 8th.

Unlike Dave Gahan & Soulsavers’ past albums which were transatlantic collaborations where the duo recorded separately and passed parts back and forth, the recording of Imposter was done live as a ten-member band at the famed Shangri-La Recording Studio in Malibu, CA in November of 2019. This allowed for not only a more intimate collaboration, but for Dave & Soulsavers to truly absorb the atmosphere and have the space to breathe a different spirit into the tracks. In an interview with podcaster and media personality Chris Black, Dave noted, “This was the first time we were all in one space. It was kind of lucky [timing] as well… Arriving at Shangri-La every day, it was magical. We’d have coffee, go in, and work.”

Imposter, also produced by Rich Machin and Dave Gahan, serves as the collaborators’ third album, following their critically acclaimed 2015 release Angels & Ghosts and their first release, 2012’s The Light the Dead See.

 

Snippets:

 

Videos:
“Metal Heart”

“The Dark End Of The Street”

 

Recommendations:
album “Angels & Ghosts” by Dave Gahan & Soulsavers on Columbia Records
album “The Light, The Dead See” by Dave Gahan & Soulsavers on V2/Mute
EP “Where I Wait” by Null + Void feat. Dave Gahan on HFN Music

 

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out now: Quinquis featuring Gareth Jones – Adkrog [Mute]

 

Artist:
Quinquis featuring Gareth Jones

 

Title:
Adkrog

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
I1STUMM474

 

Release Date:
30th November 2021

 

Format:
download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
01.
Adkrog

 

Press Info:
Mute have announced the newest signing to the label – QUINQUIS (aka Émilie Tiersen) – and share the first taste of what to expect from the multidisciplinary Breton artist.

Over two albums and several years Émilie recorded and released under the name Tiny Feet but the recent name change, which pays homage to her personal and family history by referencing her maiden name, represents a fresh start musically.

The first track released on Mute, ‘Adkrog’ – which aptly translates as ‘Start Again’ -showcases QUINQUIS’ soothing yet unpredictable pulsations, feeling as though a new world is awakening and working out its newfound surroundings. “It’s about finding the energy in environment and nature,” she explains. “When I was feeling desperate, I sat outside and I prayed for nature to give me some answers. This song is about that – if you just let go then nature gives you an answer.”

She goes on to explain, “Murat’s video is the counterpoint to the track. When the mind is stuck indoors, it starts looking for an answer from the outdoors”

With new material planned for release in 2022 – a collaboration with producer and artist Gareth Jones (Sunroof, Liars, Depeche Mode and Apparat) – QUINQUIS [pronounced kɛ̃kis] kicks off 2022 with a performance at Eurosonic Festival in Groningen on 21 January before embarking on a tour with collaborator, husband and labelmate Yann Tiersen. A headline dates has been announced at St Pancras Old Church, London on 16 February, and a European tour with Algiers follows in May.

 

Snippets:
soon

 

Video:
“Adkrog”

 

Recommendations:
Gareth Jones’ “Electrogenetic” on Calm + Collect
our features about releases on Mute and sublabels

 

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out now: Anita Lane – Sex O’Clock [Mute]

 

Artist:
Anita Lane

 

Title:
Sex O’Clock

 

Label:
Mute

 

Cat#:
STUMM183

 

Release Date:
21th September 2001 (original release)
10th December 2021 (re-release)

 

Format:
CD, vinyl, download & streaming

 

Tracklist:
A1.
Home Is Where The Hatred Is

A2.
The Next Man That I See

A3.
Do That Thing

A4.
I Hate Myself

B1.
A Light Possession

B2.
I Love You, I Am No More

B3.
Like Caesar Needs a Brutus

B4.
Do The Kamasutra

B5.
Bella Ciao

 

Press Info:
“Lane’s work immortalises important themes of human experience, holding awkward and difficult feelings up to the light, to see them in all their imperfect beauty and wonder.” – The Quietus

Mute have announced details of the 20th anniversary reissue of Anita Lane’s second studio album, Sex O’Clock, set for release – for the first time on vinyl – on 10 December 2021.

Initially released in 2001, work began with Anita Lane on the reissue before her untimely passing earlier this year, at the age of 61. The album has long been considered under-appreciated, with The Quietus recently asserting that Lane’s exploration of sexuality was way ahead of its time.

The album – honest, funny and often melancholic – features stand out tracks ‘The Next Man That I See’, ‘Do the Kamasutra’ and an acidic cover of Gil Scott-Heron’s ‘Home Is Where the Hatred Is’. Recorded with long time musical partner, Mick Harvey, the album was the final release in a solo career that began in 1988 with the release of the Dirty Sings EP.

Emerging from Melbourne’s post-rock scene, Anita Lane was one of the co-founders of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, co-writing ‘From Her To Eternity’, the title track of their debut album and ‘Stranger than Kindness’ from Your Funeral… My Trial. Arriving in London in 1980 with The Birthday Party, she’s credited with co-writing several of their tracks – ‘A Dead Song’, ‘Dead Joe’ and ‘Kiss Me Black’ before re-locating to Berlin. There followed a series of collaborations that included work with Einstürzende Neubauten, Chrislo Haas, Gudrun Gut and Die Haut, a memorable cover of ‘These Boots Were Made for Walking’ with Barry Adamson and vocals for Mick Harvey’s first two Serge Gainsbourg albums, Intoxicated Man and Pink Elephants.

After her unexpected passing in April 2021, tributes were paid from around the world from a host of artists, with Nick Cave remembering Lane as “the smartest and most talented of all of us, by far”.

 

Snippets:
@ Deejay

 

Full Track Streaming:
“A Light Possession”

“The Next Man That I See”

“Bella Ciao”

 

Videos:
“Do That Thing”

“The Next Man That I See”

 

Recommendations:
all stuff on Mute – old and new

 

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Norman Records
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