Caixa Cubo - 1st single "Sábado" out now!
SAM IRL - DONAU EP OUT NOW!
Sam Irl delivers a jazz-tinged House EP via Cologne’s Jazz & Milk, entitled ‘Donau’ and comprising three originals from the Vienna, Austria based producer and DJ.
The past decade has seen Bavaria born Vienna based artist Sam Irl deliver his signature soul infused twist on contemporary house via the likes of Jimpster’s Freerange, S3A’s Sampling As An Art, SlothBoogie, Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood and of course Jazz & Milk which has become a staple home for his productions since debuting on the label in 2012. Here Sam offers up the ‘Donau’ EP, the title of which references his growing up in rural Lower Bavaria as well living in Vienna for almost two decades, both of which are located on the Danube River.
Opening the EP is ‘Music About Talking’, a five-minute dynamic house workout employing intricately intertwined keys, sweeping guitar chops, vocal cuts and air synth chords running atop jazzy, organic drums and a gritty bass hook.
Title-cut ‘Donau’ follows and dives deeper into snaking bass licks, stuttering guitar plucks, ethereal piano lines and shuffled, low-slung drums. ‘Magic Hat’ then rounds out the release, deftly weaving together twinkling synth chimes, a playful, bouncy bass line and ethereal atmospherics while jazzy keys ebb and flow amongst a raw, crisp drum groove.
ifsonever debut album out now!
If you ever wondered what ambient music of the 21st century could sound like, then you should explore the musical spheres of “ifsonever”. This colorful debut-album draws a blueprint of an urban ambient club record of a parallel universe. A collage of beautifully improvised pieces, strictly recorded in “one takes”. A gripping fusion that brings together the warm analog textures of classic vintage synthesizers and electronic urban ambiences.
Trying to appreciate the recent times of silence and deceleration, Daniel Helmer aka ifsonever has quickly developed a tonal language as a solo artist. With a non-compromising approach he would visit his studio, a cozy garden shed, to record one new track a day in strictly analog fashion as “one takes”. His aim for this project was to capture the innocence and instinctive creative energy of the present moment. These 9 timeless pieces invite the listener to explore hypnotic and meditative atmospheres such as on the opener “transpose” or on “jonesy dreams of birds”, as well as gloomy and almost mystical sounding tracks such as “total global” or “an unexpected error has occurred”. ifsonever is a wonderful amalgamation of organic, laid-back sounds and electronic, club oriented elements.
The cover artwork is a collaboration between Jazz & Milk graphic designer Tim Schmitt and photographer Frank Hulsbömer. A scan of the artist's head, hand and foot was 3D printed, photographed and transformed into an otherworldly scenery that visualizes the musical atmosphere.
Stream & download the album here
ÀBÁSE x ZEITGEIST - NEW SINGLE & VIDEO PREMIERE
Àbáse x Zeitgeist teamed up with young keyboard virtuoso Yoofee for a live session at mixing and mastering veteran Erik Breuer's brand new Brewery Studios in Berlin.
Their mutual love for experimental live instrumentation and modern club music resulted in an 8-minute live take of the track "Nuit des To'eres", a deep polyrhythmic journey as featured on the Àbáse x Zeitgeist debut EP "Body Mind Spirit". While the intro begins loosely with wild effects and spacey echoes, the interplay between the three different musicians soon feels tightly coordinated as deep synth bass arpeggios and spiralling melodies merge into dense polyrhythmic drumming. The result is pure energy that invites the listener into the unique cosmic dimensions of Àbáse x Zeitgeist!
Check out the beautiful video by Tim Schmitt, capturing the recording session:
The digital single is now available on Bandcamp and all other digital platforms.
Drums: Ziggy Zeitgeist
Keys, Synths, Percussion: Àbáse
Wurlitzer, Piano, Synths, Percussion: Yoofee
Recorded at Brewery Studios Berlin, March 2021
Recorded, mixed and mastered by Erik Breuer
Video: Tim Schmitt