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No 30-21: Top Albums of 2015

30. Thodoris Triantafillou – Trilogy
29. George FitzGerald – Fading Love
28. Coma – This Side Of Paradise
27. Fritz Kalkbrenner – Ways Over Water
26. 2econd Class Citizen – A Hall of Mirrors

25. Maya Jane Coles’ Nocturnal Sunshine
24. Lauer – Borndom
23. Lane 8 – Rise
22. Jori Hulkkonen – Oh But I Am
21. Leftfield – Alternative Light Source

Spotify blogovision 2015 playlist

Fritz Kalkbrenner – Void (André Hommen Remix)

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German native Fritz Kalkbrenner’s new single Void, released on 20th January via SUOL/BMG get’s Andre Hommen rework.

Taken from his imminently released third studio album Ways Over Water, Kalkbrenner’s most recent offering, Void, exemplifies a more refined method in production where classic song structure takes precedence over more common electronic elements, transcending classic dance genres like techno or house.

This remix comes from fellow German Dj/Producer and house music obsessive Andre Hommen, hailing from Dennis Ferrers Objektivity camp and who’s EP has already gained support from house heavyweights including Ame, Dixon, Hot Since 82 and Tensake to name a few. Creating a great minimal driven atmosphere with his remix leading the vocal to a great big room moment with additional chords and synth patterns.

Video: Fritz Kalkbrenner – Void

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Acclaimed German producer and singer-songwriter FRITZ KALKBRENNER has unveiled a daring and bold new music video to accompany his latest single “Void.”

Shot in the picturesque surroundings of Switzerland’s Lake Geneva by French creative team FREEDOM, the visual accompaniment for “Void” spares no expense in presenting the viewer with a truly stunning piece of cinematography. The camera freely pans across the monumental peaks of the Swiss Alps, tailing a Golden Eagle, bobbing, weaving and rapidly dropping into the rough tide of Lake Geneva itself.

As the video develops, the panoramic landscapes of the lake are replaced by the urban backdrops of the scenic streets of Paris, where POV camera angles are used to immerse the viewer into a soaring visual as seen by the eagle while it hovers over the city.

Taken from his third studio album WAYS OVER WATER, set for release in the U.S. on March 24th 2015 (Suol/BMG), KALKBRENNER’s most recent track exemplifies a more refined method in production, where classic song structure takes precedence over more common electronic elements, transcending classic dance genres like techno or house.

Fritz Kalkbrenner’s Void EP is available now at http://smarturl.it/FKvoid.

Fritz Kalkbrenner – Void (Original + Gui Boratto Remix)

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“Void” is the new single from German native Fritz Kalkbrenner, released on January 20th 2015 via SUOL/BMG and once again showcases Kalkbrenner’s boundless capabilities as a songwriter, vocalist and producer.

Taken from his imminently released third studio album Ways Over Water, Kalkbrenner’s most recent offering exemplifies a more refined method in production where classic song structure takes precedence over more common electronic elements, transcending classic dance genres like techno or house.

The first single to be taken from ‘Ways Over Water’ titled, Back Home has currently sold more then 120,000 copies in Europe, with the video amassing over three and a half million views on YouTube since its premiere – an impressive fete to say the least.

Written and recorded in the producers own Suol-Studios, situated within the Kreuzberg district of Berlin, it is easy to notice that the area provided the ideal atmosphere when writing ‘Void’ due to its reputation as an incubator for subcultures, ranging from the early inklings of punk rock to the more contemporary clubbing scene that the city is currently known for.

With ‘Void’, Kalkbrenner, allows his smooth Rhodes piano hooks to carry the majority of the track, leaving space for his distinctive vocal to add a colourful and ear catching dose of melody to the three minutes of alternative electronic pop.
There is still however capacity for Fritz’s signature production staples, such as his distorted drums, guitar riffs and catchy baselines, all contributing to his hallmark sound that have earned the producer his plaudits over the years.

The Baron Dafoe Remix uses a strong UK sounding piano backing track which makes totally sense with Fritz singing on top of it in fine form. German Dj/Producer Andre Hommen hailing from Dennis Ferrers Objektivity camp creates a great minimal driven atmosphere with his remix leading the vocal to a great big room moment with additional chords and synthpatterns. On top the german newcomer Talul delivers a fine piece of progressive house rework to round up a great bundle of remixes which also contains various dub mixes.

The brazilian legend Gui Boratto delivers a filteresque house remix with a stomping beat working perfectly with the song.

With a headline show confirmed at London’s Electric, in Brixton on the 28th February, it certainly looks like it’s going to be an eventful 2015 for one of Germany’s most acclaimed exports.

Fritz Kalkbrenner – Ways Over Water LP

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“Ways Over Water” is the new studio album from Fritz Kalkbrenner, one of Germany’s most original electronic music artists. A singer/songwriter as well as producer, the Berlin-based artist will release his third album in the U.S. on March 24th 2015 via Suol/BMG. Leading the charge is the first single “Void,” available this Friday, January 16th 2915 alongside remixes by Gui Borratto, Baron Dafoe, Talul and Andre Hommen as part of an EP release on Beatport.

Kalkbrenner’s Ways Over Water was produced in Suol-Studios in Kreuzberg and follows the musical direction he started with his debut single “Wingman” in 2009. On Ways Over Water, Kalkbrenner stays with the formula that made his previous albums Here Today Gone Tomorrow and Sick Travellin so special–dusty, distorted drums, licks on Rhodes piano or guitars and melodic bass lines within strong electronic tracks. This time the instrumentation has been expanded with great brass elements as well. Very present again is his unique voice that turns tracks like “Heart Of The City,” “One Of These Days” and “Void” into cherished works, as the vocal takes center stage even more than before.

Clubby instrumental tracks alternate perfectly with electronic pop songs based on classic songwriting and driven by Fritz’ voice. After the first two tracks, it becomes clear that he has developed his sound into his own sonic universe, which doesn’t stick to but transcends genres like house, techno or pop. One of the most surprising tracks on the album is “Front Of The World” with its Afro-beat groove and mellow-soul brass parts, that once more proves Fritz Kalkbrenner’s versatility. A versatility that, through the disco funk of “Pass The Buck,” the hypnotic house ecstasy of “Pitch Perfect” and the radio-friendly catchiness of “The Sun,” makes for a perfectly infectious album.

Look for FRITZ KALKBRENNER to make his way stateside in the coming months to support Ways Over Water. Details to be announced soon.

Tracklist:
1) Easin In
2) Pass the Buck
3) Back Home
4) Fake Magic
5) Void
6) Pitch Perfect
7) Heart of the City
8) Stranger in a Strange Land
9) The Sun
10) One of These Days
11) Front of the World
12) Three The Hard Way
13) Every Day

Paul Kalkbrenner – Sky and Sand (Robag’s Borsi Alpakka Rehand)

On May 30th 2014, Paul Kalkbrenner will release the remix album “X“. Below, you can stream one of the highlights of the LP, “Sky & Sand“ remixed by Robag Wruhme. The standout track from the ‘Berlin Calling’ soundtrack features vocals by Fritz Kalkbrenner and is the biggest success to date within the career of Paul Kalkbrenner. The “Robag’s Borsi Alpakka Rehand” updates the original into the year 2014 and adds some new vocals and turns this classic anthem into a great deep house killer track. Get it here.

Video: Booka Shade – Crossing Borders feat. Fritz Kalkbrenner

Walter Merziger and Arno Kammermeier, a.k.a. Booka Shade, are back with their new single ‘Crossing Borders’, which features Fritz Kalkbrenner on vocals and sees the German house duo back in the studio after their 2013 album EVE. In true Booka Shade style, ‘Crossing Borders’ is the kind of deep, smooth house track that brings a dance floor together in the small hours, and Fritz Kalkbrenner’s vocals feel a perfect fit. No word yet on a new album from the duo so far, but this new single is surely a sign of more to come, and the video is a trippy delight.

Crossing Borders EP‘ is released on Embassy One/Blaufield Music and can be stream in the player above. Grab it and the remixes from Beatport here: http://bit.ly/cb-beatport

Directed by Ryan Staake.