Kölsch – Der Die Das
Rune Reilly Kölsch, better known by his moniker KÖLSCH, today releases his first original production since last year’s ‘Cassiopeia/Papageno’. Out now on esteemed German imprint Kompakt, ‘Der Die Das’ comes as a double A side with ‘Two Birds’, both from upcoming album ‘1983’ set to be released on June 8.
Having already been played countless times by BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Annie Mac, ‘Der Die Das’ stands as one of the most hotly anticipated tracks of 2015. A masterpiece of finely tuned techno, drenched in a 21st century sentiment of funk, the ever-so-slightly syncopated beat going against the rigid 4×4 to create rolling wave after rolling wave of precise compression that builds with agonizing tenacity. KÖLSCH’s ability to switch seamlessly between synthetic and analogue orchestration allows the track’s body and warmth, shimmering layers of elegance that ooze across the chugging bassline and beat.
If ‘Der Die Das’ can be called compressive, ‘Two Birds’ is firmly an expression of expansive precision. Keeping himself located in only the top and bottom lines, the separation between the two becomes a delicate, weaving, twisting flight of sound, one bird reflecting off the other as they move through the composition. With the same aural dynamic as early melodic drum’n’bass but with a much lighter feel, ‘Two Birds’ is a perfect compliment to ‘Der Die Das’ and confirms without a word why KÖLSCH is rapidly becoming one of the most talked about electronic artists rising up from the underground scene.
Very much a producer’s producer revered the world over; Rune is famous for creating tracks that sing with originality. A story behind each one, ‘Der Die Das’ is no exception and was inspired by the opening song from his favorite children TV show, Germany’s version of Sesame Street. “The intro song was very dear to me. The lyrics went ‘Der, Die, Das, Wieso, Weshalb, Warum’, which roughly translates to ‘he, she, it, how, for what reason, why’. The intro song spawned this childish curiosity in me. I had to explore everything around me. I would bang on lids in the kitchen to hear what they sounded like…it was this song that made we want to make sounds with different objects, and experiment with early rhythms. From this moment on I was engulfed in anything that made a sound.”
Celebrated also as a live performer, be sure to not miss Kölsch as he takes ‘1983’ on the road across France, UK and, of course, his hotly anticipated Ibiza season. Full dates below.
4/24 – Zig Zag – Paris, France
4/25 – Yolo Club – Rouen, France
4/30 – Mia Club – Lima, Peru
5/1 – Crobar – Buenos Aires, Argentina
5/2 – Centrosfera – Santa Cruz, Bolivia
5/3 – Tomorrowland – Itu, Brazil
5/8 – Treehouse – Miami, FL
5/9 – Public Works – San Francisco, CA
5/13 – Die Kantine – Vienna, Austria
5/16 – Optimolwerke – Munich, Germany
5/23 – Lost Village – UK
5/25 – Movement – Detroit, MI
5/28 – Coco – Madrid, Spain
5/30 – Ushuaia Opening – Ibiza
5/31 – Life Festival – Mullingar, Ireland
6/21 – Kompakt Open Air – Barcelona, Spain
6/28 – Awakenings Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
7/4 – Love Family Park – Frankfurt, Germany
7/10 – Exit Festival – Novi Sad, Serbia
7/11 – Parc Floral – Paris, France
7/12 – Kappa Future Festival – Torino, Italy
7/13 – Big Festival – Biarritz, France
7/26 – Marrakech – Rabat, Malta
8/6 – Loveland Festival – Amsterdam, Netherlands
8/29 – SW4 Festival – London, UK
8/29 – Creamfields – Potternewton, UK