“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.
Gui Boratto‘s latest album, Abaporu, is now available for streaming on Spotify! Out on Kompakt on September 29th 2014.
‘Between Stars’ is the debut album from Barcelona based Venezuelan producer and DJ Maurice Aymard. More than two years in the making, ‘Between Stars’ has been a labour of love for Aymard as he travelled the globe to collaborate with musicians and singers in Barcelona, Berlin, London and Venezuela who could help to bring his vision to life.
Released on Aymard’s own Galaktika Records (Garnica, James Teej & more), ‘Between Stars’ was recorded entirely live and features contributions from the likes of Brazilian star Gui Boratto, Columbian singers Andrea and Paulo Olarte, Argentian guitarist Mariano Godoy and many more, the resulting album takes the house music template and expands it to a grandiose level. With his debut album Aymard looks set to secure his position as one of the scene’s most innovative artists .
‘Home’ is the new single from Maurice Aymard and Gui Boratto, and is the first release to be taken from Aymard’s forthcoming debut album ‘Between Stars’. Released on Aymard’s own Galaktika Records, ‘Home’ was recorded during a flying visit to Barcelona by the Boratto, the Brazilian producer taxiing straight from the airport to Aymard’s studio for an intense 24-hour session. The result is a dreamy slice of laid back, late-night house music that floats along on a bed of languidly funky bass, soft pads and smoky keys.
"I’ve known and been a huge fan of Gui for several years now. He released an EP on Galaktika way back in 2007 and remixed my own track, ‘Put Some For Jules’ in 2010, so when I was recording this album I knew I had to get him on it somehow. Luckily despite his crazy schedule we managed to get him to Barcelona We didn’t have much time, but got straight to work in the studio and well… It’s Gui, everything he touches is magic!"
For the single release Aymard has also called upon the Berlin based British producer Jay Shepheard to remix the track and the result is a stunning deep house workout from the man, whose own debut album ‘Home & Garden’ was released to critical acclaim earlier this year.
Brazilian melodic house veteran Gui Boratto will release a new single on his regular label home Kompakt (tomorrow). This record will be the first time original music from Boratto since 2011′s ‘The Drill’ single. A-side ‘Too Late’ is described as “a pleasantly relaxed exercise in house” with a classic pop vocal, while B-side ‘We Can Go’ is a “banger sporting a fierce bassline”. In the meantime, have a listen to Boratto’s one of his last remixes.