Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2013

by James Glazebrook

What have EnyaFleetwood Mac, Chris Isaak, Rihanna, M.I.A, Destiny’s Child and Kendrick Lamar got in common? Nope, they haven’t formed a Gayngs-style supergroup (we wish!)… but all of them have had tracks covered or remixed by überlin’s Music Montag picks for 2013. Here’s two hours of our favourite music made in and about Berlin this year, from electro to acoustic, from heavy heavy metal to fat dirty bass. Enjoy 🙂

Feeling nostalgic? Listen to the Best of Berlin 2012 here.

Music Montag: Antoni Maiovvi, “Darkroom”

by James Glazebrook

Antoni Maiovvi Darkroom

Slicked back and dripping glossy black, Antoni Maiovvi returns. In his new (NSFW) video, produced by the team behind the twisted horror short Yellowthe former Music Montag pick and master of dark disco is given the Giallo treatment. Torture has never looked – and sounded – sexier.

 Antoni Maiovvi’s Stockholm Synthdrome EP is out now on Giallo Disco records.

Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2012

by James Glazebrook

Music Montag Best of Berlin 2012

What have Roxy MusicDepeche Mode and Thom Yorke all got in common? They’re all in our epic “Best of Berlin 2012” playlist, a collection of (most of) the tracks I’ve posted on every Music Montag for a year. But what have they got to do with Berlin? Well, you’re going to have to read the original posts to find out, which you can get to via the epic list of tags at the bottom of this post.

Or you could just listen to the playlist, which features more obviously Berlin acts like Alec Empire, Bodi BillPan-Pot and Modeselektor, plus local expat stars Emika, IAMX and Phia. You’ll notice that some of the more underground artists I covered haven’t yet made it to Spotify (sorry!), but otherwise this is a pretty well-rounded, surprisingly danceable mix, interrupted by the odd short, sharp metallic shock 😉 One for Silvester, maybe? Enjoy…

Music Montag: Antoni Maoivvi

by James Glazebrook

Antoni Maoivvi

You know you’re onto something when a Google image search leads you to the above picture, an equally bloody hand holding aloft a human heart, a photo of the artist dressed in 1970s undercover cop gear, and this!

Creepy imagery aside, here’s what I was able to find out about Antoni Maiovvi:

He’s based in Berlin, but was born in Bristol. His neo-80s synth music bears little relation to the sonic output of either city.

He’s actually called Anton Maiof, presumably inflecting his alias to sync with Italo heroes like Georgio Moroder.

Like Moroder comparison, Maiovvi produces driving disco that is cinematic in scope. Check out his track “The Chase part 1”, below, for proof. And this photo:

Fuck Yeah Antoni Maiovvi

He has a wicked sense of humour. His twisted blog includes tips for students going to university – 1. Pack nothing, 2. Avoid everyone – and A Guide To 21st Century Marketing using the Charles Manson Technique.

He’s also a favourite of Radio Spätkauf, a couple of internationals who produce a podcast about life here in Berlin.

He is prolific. If his SoundCloud is anything to go by, he’s progressing his Maiovvi alias by adding his own vocals to the mix (the resulting “sleazepop” track “My Moon” is a little XX-meets-Trentemøller), and producing lolfully exotic jams as Armenian Lover, ambient as Anton Caligula(!) Maiof and more Bristolian bass tracks as Ghettoscraper.

He is your new favourite electronic artist. Enjoy.