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Bang! Here's my new album for u!
Itâ€™s been 7 years since "7 Dunham Placeâ€œ - my first electronic album. An artist album isn't just a compilation of club tracks. Itâ€™s a concept that allows experiments, that opens up spaces for narratives, and allows the artist to go really far. At least that is the way I see it. I put everything into it, it was all or nothing. Martin Buttrich and I packed our studio and moved to Brooklyn in 2006. That album is a musical document of my time in and experience of Brooklyn, it sums up a period of my life, and for me it was a natural conclusion.
After "7 Dunham Place" there werenâ€™t enough stories for an album. I was in the mood for straight, banging club tracks - for singles. Iâ€™d say that my "Toxic" EP from 2012 marks the end of that period. It was the time when I built my studio in DÃ¼sseldorf, and loose stories and ideas slowly intensified and condensed.
We invited guests to jam with us, rock the drum machines, synths and old, raw gear with us. Guti, Miguel de Ipola, Kobe aka Pimp Jackson, Chevy, my old hip-hop crew with whom I used to share stinky hotel rooms and tour buses in 1995. All the dots connected. What was meant to be warm-up sessions with guests, instantly became the sound I was looking for and the soundtracks to these new scenarios.
Then the features came...
There are strong bonds with all artists involved and everything unfolded naturally. I danced to Neneh Cherry's music when I was hip-hop kid, and I still do. Pulshar is one of my favorite bands who's two albums we released on my label Desolat Music Group. With Just Blaze, it was like two hip-hop guys working on something completely different, something harder, and it instantly worked. Jaw is not only that crazy guy who shares Tunisian roots with me, but his voice is special and fitted perfectly. Behind Mr. Techno there is Chris Liebing, super warm and funny guy with whom I share a lot, but whose artistic expression is quite different than mine, so here the opposites collide. Miss Kittin is a long time friend, and it was only her who could have completed that one song. Last but not least there is Giggs. You canâ€™t ignore him if you look out of the US hip-hop box. He is unique. When I met him in London and played him the album, he was totally digginâ€™ it, he understood where I wanted to go with it, and I had him on board.
There have been so many changes around me since my first album that has become the narrative for "Underground Sound Suicide", and in a way I used music as a transmitter. It comes from the heart and is a testimony of who I am now.
Ultra Music's got my back on this one and the album will be going through the team there. They believe in it, and I'm happy to have them on board. Also here paths are crossing again. David Waxman from Ultra and I know each other since my early gigs in NYC in the early 2000s. Now we write this exciting new chapter together.
Here's a small sample of what to expect! Keep up with me, I'll be dropping more details in the coming weeks.
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