out now: Steffi – Schraper EP [Ostgut Ton]

 

Artist:
Steffi

 

Title:
Schraper EP

 

Label:
Ostgut Ton

 

Cat#:
O-TON 58

 

Release Date:
24th September 2012

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Schraper

02)
Tank
(String Version)

03)
Tank
(Beat Version)

 

Press Info (English):
Steffi returns with a 12″ for Ostgut Ton and shows a much tougher side to her ever-evolving sound. After instant house classic “Yours” and many quite intimate moments on her debut album “Yours & Mine”, Steffi proves that there is much more to come from her as she produces a fine heartfelt techno sound for this EP, reminiscent of the favourites from not forgotten Warehouse parties where techno and house met on one united floor.

On the A-Side “Schraper” combines a clean beat structure and scraping percussion with an epic synth arrangement to hypnotic effect with energy levels cranked right up. The string version of the B-side track “Tank” creates a mellower mood with a deeper bass and subtle bells added for a joyous ride, rounded off with bouncing metallic hi-hats. The beat version of the same track builds with fewer elements, a pumping tool to heat any dancefloor up to boiling point.

 

Press Info (German):
Auf ihrer neuen 12″ für Ostgut Ton zeigt sich Steffi von einer überraschend harten Seite. Nach ihrem Track “Yours”, der unverzüglich seinen Weg zum House-Klassiker ging und dem Album “Yours & Mine”, auf dem es sehr intime Momente gibt, beweist Steffi mit ihrer neuen EP, dass sie noch viel Unentdecktes zu bieten hat und produziert elegante, tief gefühlte Technoklänge, die an unvergessene Warehouse Partys erinnern, als Techno und House auf nur einer Tanzfläche vereint wurden.

Auf der A-Seite kombiniert “Schraper” einen glatten Rhythmus, schabende Percussions und ein episches Synthiearrangement zu hypnotischen Effekten und schraubt dabei die Energiestufen ganz nach oben. Die String Version der B-Seite “Tank” begibt sich mit tiefen Bässen in sanftere Gefilde, die mit dezenten, simmungsaufhellenden Glocken und lebenssprühenden, metallenen Hi-Hats gepaart sind. Die Beat Version des gleichen Tracks arbeitet mit weniger Elementen und liefert ein treibendes Werkzeug, das Tanzflächen zum Kochen bringen wird.

 

Listen:

 

Buy Vinyl:
Ostgut Ton
Hardwax
deejay.de
decks.de
djshop.de
Juno

 

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Websites:
Steffi
Ostgut Ton

 

out now: Stallion – Stallion Session #1 [Stallion]

 

Artist:
Stallion

 

Title:
Stallion Session #1

 

Label:
Stallion

 

Cat#:
Stallion001

 

Release Date:
27th August 2012 (vinyl)
26th November 2012 (digital)

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
A1)
Stallion #1

A2)
Stallion #3

A3)
Stallion Loop #1

B1)
Stallion #7

B2)
Stallion #8

B3)
Stallion Loop #2

A3 and B3 are locked grooves on the vinyl.

 

Info:
It’s all about music… anonymous techno release distributed by Berlin’s famous techno store Hard Wax .. Years later it was revealed that Hennig Baer is the man behind this amazing record.

 

Listen:

 

Video:
“Stallion #7”

Video created by the29nov films.

 

Buy Vinyl:
Hardwax
deejay.de
decks.de
Phonica Records
Juno
more soon

 

Buy Digital:
Stallion @ Bandcamp
Beatport Classic
JunoDownload
Google Play
iTunes
Amazon
Hardwax
more soon

 

out now: De/Vision – Rockets & Swords [Popgefahr Records]

 

Artist:
De/Vision

 

Title:
Rockets & Swords

 

Label:
Popgefahr

 

Cat#:
tba

 

Release Date:
24th August 2012

 

Format:
limited CD edition, CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Boy Toy

02)
Superhuman

03)
Beauty Of Decay

04)
Brotherhood Of Man

05)
Stargazer

06)
Binary Soldier

07)
Bipolar

08)
Want To Believe

09)
Mystified

10)
Running All Night

11)
Kamikaze

12)
Bedbugs (A Modern Lullaby)

Tracks 11 and 12 are only available on the limited CD edition and as download.

 

Info:
For 25 years the Berlin-based band DE/VISION has been one of the most consistent and reliable representatives in the Electro-Pop genre. However, instead of resting on their hard-won acclaim, Steffen Keth and Thomas Adam embarked on a turbulent odyssey through the landscape of indie labels and major companies until they found home within their very own label, Popgefahr Records. Musically, DE/VISION has never settled into one specific style as they have happily explored the fringes of electronic music realms, which has been manifested by their uncountable albums, several “Best-of“ compilations and a number of remix albums of their previous piece, POPGEFAHR.

With their new album, ROCKETS & SWORDS, the duo is moving into familiar terrain. POPGEFAHR was DE/VISION’s first step in enhancing their acoustic world by adding much appreciated retro sounds. Pursuing this direction, they have found a refreshingly clean line that lends the album a distinctive feature and puts an emphasis on the band’s strong songwriting abilities. Band member Thomas explains the concept, “Things were meant to be simpler, clean-structured and lucid while not completely overloaded – yet still very powerful, rich in diversity and full of complexities.”

The songs on “ROCKETS & SWORDS“ captivate with their pointed beats and focused hook lines, providing each song with irresistible, addictive qualities. “Boy Toy“ comes across like a lost relict from the new-romantic 80’s era with its smooth background choir and furious retro gimmick, exuding cool Kraftwerk elegance while belching out disturbing industrial chunks. The heavenly infatuating “Superhuman“ is infused with brilliant sound escapades that carry on throughout the album like a colorful potpourri of electronic music history. Even heart-breaking ballads like “Beauty of Decay“ and “Want to Believe“ enhance their sound structure with surprising elements, blending in harmoniously while adding a tingling tension to the chemistry of the song. This especially comes to the fore of the impressive “Brotherhood of Man” which brings guitar riffs, a pulsating beat and Crystin Fawn’s voice to a kaleidoscopic symbiosis. The singer who was first discovered by successfully creating remixes for the album “Popgefahr – The Mix” with her band.

Throughout the realization process of this extremely mature and refreshing sound conglomerate, the producing-duo Schumann and Bach once again played a key role. For several years the quartet has cooperated as a fruitful collective. Thomas summarizes the formula to their successful collaboration by stating, “In addition to Schumann and Bach’s extensive technical know-how, the two possess an almost infinite musical creativity. They have an excellent feeling for what defines DE/VISION. They often give us certain impulses and come up with a new approach. When you have worked so closely for so many years, it is most important that you respect each other and get along on a personal level. A friendly and trusting relationship is essential.”

While the previous album Popgefahr dealt with the often negatively received Pop etiquette with a wink, Rockets & Swords strikes a rather socio-critical note. “A rocket is a modern weapon. The sword is an old, antique arm from a past era. New and old. Both serve the same purpose; they are the perfect tools to commit a murder. They accelerate the transition from life into death. And still, as strange as this might sound, the same weapons sometimes save lives and protect the innocent,” Thomas says as he describes the concept.

Thomas continues, “The album title is a symbol for the bipolarity of life in general – positive and negative, bright and dark, day and night, etc. One does not exist without the other. They are not the same and still they are one. This contrast is the main theme of the entire album and also in regards to the lyrics. For example, one song is titled “Bipolar,” which speaks for itself. Another song deals with finding the balance between extremes. This common thread can be found throughout the entire album. I also think that the image of rockets and swords reflect the present political situation worldwide. Look at the people in Syria who are fighting for their freedom and being slaughtered by the superior modern military. A lot of times they truly fight rockets with swords (or less).“

With Rockets & Swords, DE/VISION presents themselves as a downright grown-up electro band. Their wealth of experience, which has been gathered over decades, enables them to always concentrate on the bare essentials and write those emphatic pop gems wrapped in wonderfully multifaceted sound garments. Simple but effectively produced arrangements make the electro heart beat faster and fill the dance floors, conjuring one’s very own pictures onto the screen of the inner eye. This really is impressive pop cinema!

 

Listen:
“Running All Night”

“Mystified”

“Kamikaze”

“Want To Believe”

“Bedbugs”

“Bipolar”

“Stargazer”

“Brotherhood Of Man (Unmastered Version)”

“Beauty Of Decay (Unmastered Version)”

“Superhuman (Rough Mix)”

 

Video:
“Brotherhood Of Man”

 

Free Downloads:
“Brotherhood Of Man (Radio Edit)”
@depechemode.de

“Bipolar (Intuition’s Alive Remix)”
@depechemode.de

 

Buy:
PopOnaut (CD, limited edition)
PopOnaut (CD, standard edition)
Amazon GER (CD, limited edition)
Amazon GER (CD, standard edition)
Amazon GER (digital)
Amazon UK (CD, limited edition)
Amazon UK (CD, standard edition)
Amazon UK (digital)
MusicNonStop (CD, limited edition)
MusicNonStop (CD, standard edition)
MusicLoad (digital)
Metropolis (CD, US edition)
Metropolis (digital)
InfraRot (CD, limited edition)
InfraRot (CD, standard edition)
WOM (CD, limited edition)
WOM (CD, standard edition)
7Digital (digital)
iTunes (digital)
MediaMarkt (digital)
Saturn (digital)
Dussmann (CD, limited edition)
Dussmann (CD, standard edition)
more soon

 

Websites:
De/Vision
Popgefahr