Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2014

by James Glazebrook

There’s nothing like a Music Montag end of year playlist to make you realise just how diverse the Berlin music scene is! Bookended by classic Zoë favourites that drive home the dominance of the city’s clubbing industry, elsewhere this year’s Best of Berlin runs the gammut of genres. There’s electro pop, indie, weirdo synth explorations, progressive metal, a healthy chunk of Bowie covers… even a hilarious advertising jingle and a track from a rock opera for kids! Hope you enjoy this pick-and-mix of the most interesting music (mostly) produced in Berlin this year. Boom.

Want to walk your ears down memory lane? Check out the Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2013 and the best of 2012.

Music Montag: DENA – “Summer Doesn’t Mean A Thing”

by James Glazebrook

DENA at At SXSW13 / pic by Tonje Thilesen

DENA at At SXSW13 / pic by Tonje Thilesen

“Summer Doesn’t Mean A Thing” is about the disappearing feeling of warmth and the faded colours of the summer when love is gone. It’s a song I wrote while trying to hold on to the last glimpses of a feeling in the middle of a burning heat a while ago. I was interested to explore the contrast between the intensity of summer life outside on the streets and the feeling of a freezing cold wind inside of me.

“Robot Koch, who is an excellent producer I had the honour to work with on a few tracks before, had sent me this beat and I immediately knew this was it. The sadness of the accordion described perfectly the vibe, and the smooth beat felt like the love you want to hold on to while it’s melting down like an ice cream under the burning sun.

DENA, talking to noisy.

Music Montag: D E N A

by James Glazebrook

The long-lost Music Montag! Someone sent me this when it came out in June, and I immediately lost and forgot all the details. So a big thanks to Ruth, who tweeted this just as Berlin is getting chilly, which seems to be the right time to listen to it:

walking in the cold, and imagine that it’s hot / winter’s long and summer is too short / nothing in between, I’m always wanting more

Other reasons to love Bulgarian-born D E N A‘s “Cash, Diamond Rings, Swimming Pools”: the video was taped at the Turkish market, which lends it a fun cash-in-hand, reverse-bling aesthetic; “special guest” Erlend Øye‘s dork-dancing; oh, and the music, which is a little like M.I.A, only without the politicking that makes you want to eat your own fingers. Raise your Feuer up!