Xinobi’s first album ‘1975’ now sees the beginning of a 3 pack remix saga. Out now on Discotexas.
This first one features an epic dark re-arrangement of the additive “Real Fake” by Xinobi himself. Gomma records boss Munk brings out some ultra cool jazzy elements to the funk assault of “Crime”. UK duo Psychemagik gave “Bogota” a really spooky techno edge that can literally blast away the strongest dance floors and finally we have Cut Slack that takes “Real Fake” to another pop dimension, reminiscent of Chromeo.”
02 Oct 2015 Vagabond, Izmir, TK (w/ Moullinex)
02 Oct 2015 Mixo Terrace, Istanbul, TK (w/ Moullinex)
17 Oct 2015 Wanderlust, Paris, FR
24 Oct 2015 Bar do Bruno, Baleal, PT
30 Oct 2015 Musicbox, Lisboa, PT
06 Nov 2015 Buxa, Tel Aviv, ISR
Long-running German electronic imprint Gomma will celebrate their 15th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the label is preparing a compilation entitled Pop Futuro. Ahead of the release of the full compilation later this year, Gomma will deliver a sampler on 17 April, featuring three tracks from Junior & Baumon, Metronomy and British electronic producer Daniel Avery. Below, you can watch the video for Daniel Avery’s rework of label co-founder Munk’s ‘Kitchen Call’.
Outstanding German label Gomma are to release a compilation of their most cherish and unique gems in celebration of their 15th year as a label. Entitled ‘Pop Futuro’ the compilation will be accompanied by a sampler featuring music from Metronomy, Daniel Avery, Munk, Box Codax and Junior & Baumon.
Some of the tracks have been released before in some form or another but have proved to be enduring hits that get plenty of plays and are often asked about. As such they have been pulled together on this great new compilation and the likes of Hotlane, The Deadstock 33’s, Moullinex, Mercury feat. Robert Owens, Munk, Nancy Whang & Bonar Bradberry will all feature.
Ahead of that, though, comes this tasty sampler which features three key tracks from Pop Futuro. Up first is the Junior & Baumon song ‘Don’t Listen Much’. Junior & Baumon are, depite the name, a trio, made up of American singer songwriter Jan Fisher, French-German musician Fabian Kalker and Swiss producer Simon Baumann. Their creation, ‘Don’t Listen Much’ was only ever released before on a remix compilation and has drawn hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube and Soundcloud so the label is re-releasing it in a new radio mix as well as the extended version. It’s a playful, charming number with aloof vocals, lazy but uplifting drums and lots of organic instrumentals wrapped up within.
Next up is a Metronomy remix of Box Codax vs Metronomy’s ‘Naked Smile’. This is a freaky track of sinewy electronics, plodding drum-funk and great spoken word vocal that adds plenty of off kilter pop charm to the track as various guitar lines unravel all around the groove.
The third cut is the Daniel Avery remix of Munk’s Kitchen Call, it was a previously free download only and hasn’t been officially released before. This one is a somber, textured analogue affair with downbeat chords, heavily filtered robo-vocals and a mid tempo gothic groove underpinning the whole thing.
As the title suggests, this compilation really is all about suggesting different ways that pop music could and should sound in the future and Gomma are most certainly the perfect label to push the message.
1. Junior & Baumon – Don’t Listen Much
2. Box Codax vs Metronomy – Naked Smile (Metronomy Remix)
3. Munk – Kitchen Call (Daniel Avery Remix)
4. Junior & Baumon – Don’t Listen Much
Released late last year Paradisko & Final DJs ‘Astropine’ was a hit with DJs like Xinobi, Jad & the Ladyboy, Irregular Disco Workers, Marcelo Mendez, Mirror People and Shindu. Building on that success On The Fruit have pulled together a new remix EP. The package includes the disco legend, Gomma’s Boss Munk’s trippy remix, the old player with the new moniker Linntronix’s uprythmic disco touch and Paradisko’s 1/2 house fella Thousand Finger’s atmospheric dancefloor friendly remix.
Stream all of them below. The Linntronix mix available as a free download.
Without question, Gomma is one of today’s leading German electronic labels, constantly coming up with new exciting artists from the worlds of outsider house, new electronica and indie disco. With their great knowledge of and love for music, the label never jumps on bandwagons and always pioneers their own new sounds.
Now they present us with the new full length from Munk, aka label founder, DJ, graphic designer, producer and classically trained pianist Mathias Modica. To ensure it all sounds as good as possible, Mark Ralph (a producer and mixer for Daniel Avery and Franz Ferdinand) and disco legend Ray Mang have lent their skills to the album by mixing and mastering some of the tracks.
After an impressive career that includes highlights like 2011’s full length ‘The Bird and The Beat’, Munk still has plenty of gas in his tank and over the last couple of years has continued to serve up dazzling EPs. Celebrated for his collaborations with Rebolledo from Pachanga Boys, James Murphy from LCD Soundsystem, Mickey Moonlight from Ed Banger and club hits like ‘La Musica’ and ‘Down in L.A.’ (and a recent remix of Lana Del Rey‘s ‘West Coast’, which hit number one spot on the Hypemachine), Munk also co-produced albums by Gomma bands including WhoMadeWho and Moullinex. As such and in light of the fact that before he had had a career in electronic music, he played classical concerts on the piano and the church organ (!) and played sessions with avant garde jazz groups. This is a seriously talented man who has his finger firmly on the pulse.
DJs like Todd Terje, Shit Robot, Tensnake and Disclosure have all been playing the pre-released singles from this new album: ‘Southern Moon’ and ‘Happiness Juice’. The rest of it is likely to be just as popular, given its whimsical charms. ‘Chanson 3000’, recorded in Berlin, is a truly free flowing fusion of myriad styles from experimental disco to nineties electronica, new wave to 80’s pop and even harmonic and melodic influences from the jazz-funk universe. It features vocals from the newly discovered Lizzie Paige from New York and Mona Lazette from London; both now living in Berlin’s vibrant „Neukölln“ scene.
‘Cartoon’ kicks it off in cute style with synthesized lines sitting next to live instrumentation in true harmony. It’s a slow deep disco leaning cut that leads perfectly to the sonically and musically rich ‘Happiness Juice’ with its swelling melodies and lush chords. Mathias calls them “my ironic response to the ‘Get Lucky’/ ‘Happy’ hype of current pop disco”, mindful of the fact that Gomma – along with Lindstrum and Todd Terje – was the first label to release new forms of disco 10 years ago: Munk & James Murphy’s ‘Kick out the Chairs!’ , Cosmic legend Baldelli’s comeback records and many other discoish gems.
From organic, raw sounding afro house jams like ‘The Beat’ to chugging, guitar laced efforts like ‘Misterio’ this album is full of left turns and delightful surprises. They are all held together by a real sense of personality and inventive ability that is inspired by composers like Quincy Jones and Trevor Horn as much as modern greats like Nico Jaar or Metronomy.
There is rich songwriting along the way, too, like the sunny and happy ‘Transient Lover’ with its tooting arps and colourful drums, or the vintage sounding deep slap funk house of ‘What Do You Want From Me’.
This is a compelling album that bristles and brims with ideas, character and color. As such is sure to be one of the finest of the year. Certainly the finest to which Munk has put his name in his already illustrious career. What’s more, the album proves there is more to the Berlin landscape than the usual techno and deep house starlets, with Munk and Gomma very much bringing the music back to German electronics. On that note, look out for the Gomma “Pop Futuro’ compilation which will be dropping later in 2014 with music from the likes of junior & boman, esperanza aka death heat, metronomy, moullinex, daniel avery, banjo & freakout.
Out on Gomma on October 23rd 2014.
2) Happiness Juice
3) The Beat
4) Southern Moon
7) Transient Lover
8) Intimate Stranger
9) What Do U Want From Me?
10) Analogue Attitude
11) Desire To Believe
12) Grande Finale
The Gomma label has put together a new killer combination for their next EP in the form of Pachanga Boys‘ Rebolledo and label boss MUNK, and when two freaks like these meet for music the end result is always going to be a magical masterpiece. This pairing might sound unusual to some, but it comes quite naturally given that Rebolledo has been a Munk fan since the beginning, often dropping the label’s records in his sets, whilst Mathias has DJ’ed a lot in Mexico at Rebolledo’s club Topaz de Luxe.
And so to the music – in their own words, ‘Surf Smurf’ is “a dirty sixties surf rock song gone electronic; like a David Lynch soundtrack for a movie he does in 2030.” There are in fact two versions – one from Munk that is full of dirty rockabilly vibes, whacking great guitar licks and grubby hand claps. It builds a well swung groove and keeps you locked there for almost six minutes as all sorts of drums and electric guitars bursts in and out of the chaotic mix. Full of analogue vibes and charm a plenty, it’s a seriously fun track of the sort DJ Harvey would love.
Rebolledo on the other hand offers a 12-minute dub techno orgy that builds around the basic guitar lick and rattles and ripples in all directions. It’s epic and enthralling, taking you on a real journey via its ramshackle drums and would no doubt perfectly fit into a set from someone like Trentemoller.
Finally, ‘Got It Baby’ is warm but dirty, sordid yet sexy with its raw claps, squealing acid and organic piano lines all knotting up with each other before the vocal cries arrive and really set the thing on fire – dancefloors will erupt when this one gets dropped, guaranteed.
1. Surf Smurf (Munk Version)
2. Surf Smurf (Rebolledo Version)
3. Got It Baby (Munk’s Bonus Track)