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Music Montag: Classical Going Underground

by James Glazebrook

This edition of Stay True Germany, produced by the Boiler Room crew, focuses on the connections between classical and electronic music, which are particularly strong in Berlin and Deutschland as a whole. The beautiful mini-doc includes some of our favourite producers, including Carl Craig, Francesco Tristano and Berlin’s own Brandt Brauer Frick, so it’s well worth a watch. Also, look out for Klav√≠rn√≠, the forthcoming classically-influenced album from Emika, . Check her Facebook page for updates.

Emika Klavirni

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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 Zo√ę 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.

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Music Montag: Bowie in Berlin

by James Glazebrook

Ahead of the David Bowie retrospective soon to open at Martin-Gropius-Bau, a clutch of our favourite Berlin acts have covered some of the Thin White Duke’s best songs. Leading the pack is bass maven¬†Emika‘s otherworldly exploration of “Let’s Dance”, replete with gender-bending pitched-down vocals (eat your heart out, planningtorock!). The eternally cute coupling of¬†Phia¬†and her boyfriend¬†Josh the Cat AKA¬†Mez Medallion¬†have recorded the oft-overlooked “As The World Falls Down” from childhood classic¬†Labyrinth¬†for Rolling Stone Germany, while Kool Thing went with one of my favourites, the epic title track from “Station to Station” (also available on¬†a¬†special CD compilation available with the May edition of the magazine). Dance magic dance!

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Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2013

by James Glazebrook

What have¬†Enya,¬†Fleetwood 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!)‚Ķ but all of them have had tracks covered or remixed by √ľberlin’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.

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Music Montag: Emika (Chris Isaak cover)

by James Glazebrook

Emika Wicked Game

Damn, Emika is good at covers! Last summer, we posted her version of Radiohead’s “Exit Music (For a Film)”, and now the Berlin-based star has released her take on Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game”, from her forthcoming album¬†Dva. Em strips back the sex-on-the-beach classic, with her ghostly vocals floating over the top of plaintive piano and delicate beats, suggesting that her sophomore Ninja Tune release will be more orientated towards headphones than dancefloors.

You can download “Wicked Game” for free by signing up to the Emika mailing list here.¬†Dva¬†drops on Ninja Tune on June 10, 2013; follow Emika on Facebook for news and updates.

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Music Montag: Best of Berlin 2012

by James Glazebrook

Music Montag Best of Berlin 2012

What have¬†Roxy Music,¬†Depeche 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 Bill,¬†Pan-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…

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New Year’s Eve giveaway: win 2 tickets to Horst Kreuzberg’s Star-Spangled Silvester

by James Glazebrook

[EDIT: this competition is now closed. Click here to see if we're running any open competitions] 

We love New Year’s Eve! Whether we spend it dodging fireworks on Oberbaumbr√ľcke¬†or tearing Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke a new k-hole, we love the excuse to get together with friends and get wasted! This year we’re planning to end up at¬†Horst Kreuzberg’s Silvester spectacular and we have¬†two pairs of tickets to give away to lucky readers!

Scroll down to find out how to get yourself and a friend into this awesome party (Facebook link), where Emika collaborators Brandt Brauer Frick will be DJing back-to-back, alongside Peter Van Hoesen, Evian Christ and the spectacular Objekt. To get you in the mood, here is the latter on Electronic Explorations, mixing up Jeff Mills, UR and Surgeon classics with contemporary bass tracks from Actress and Shangaan Electro.

Good luck, and Guten Rutsch!

NYE at Horst

 

HOW TO WIN 2 X TICKETS TO “NEW YEAR’S EVE, MY GOD, IT’S FULL OF STARS” AT HORST KREUZBERG:

Leave a comment below, telling us your full (real) name and one of your New Year’s Resolutions.

You have until 2pm on Monday 31st December to enter. Good luck!

The Boring Bit (yawn, RULES):

1. You must be 18 years or older to enter.
2. We will keep a record of each comment in a database and then a random number generator picks the winner.
3. We will announced the winners via our Facebook page on Monday 31st December.

 

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Music Montag: Emika (Radiohead cover)

by James Glazebrook

Emika red lips

How come artists based in Berlin keep covering Radiohead? Because of the same impeccable taste that brought them here, probably. Hot on the heels of PHIA’s version of “15 Step”, comes an¬†Emika¬†take on¬†”Exit Music (For a Film)”, recorded for Musikexpress’ Tribute to OK Computer. Check out the Ninja Tune star’s wonky future-garage rework after the jump.

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Construction Noise – The Real Sound of Gentrifying Berlin?

by James Glazebrook

We’re always asking, what does Berlin sound like? Well, Slow Travel Berlin‘s recent interview with the intriguing Schneider TM provides one answer: Construction Sounds. The title of the electronic artist’s new album describes the field recordings that provide its backbone, the noise from the construction sites surrounding his home studio:

For around 8 or 9 years I’ve lived and worked in my former apartment, which was located in one of the most vibrant renovation areas in East Berlin. The noise of the construction sites literally took over my music and I just surrendered at some point. I started to record and play around with the sounds.

Sometimes abstract and haunting…

…and sometimes, noisy and oppressive…

Construction Sounds reminds me of Ostgun Ton’s F√ľnf compilation, a diverse set of tracks formed from Emika’s field recordings from inside¬†Berghain. Emika’s one contribution as producer, “Cooling Room” turns the sounds and space of the cavernous club into a clanking, chiming musical sketch:

…all of which makes me wonder what a musician could do with our Berlin Sounds, the field recordings from around the city that you are contributing to our SoundCloud group. We have some ideas of our own, but why not listen to the clips below and let your imagination run wild – could you make music out of this?

Read the complete interview with Schneider TM over on Slow Travel Berlin.

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Amon Tobin, Astra

by James Glazebrook

Our attempt to capture Amon Tobin’s stunning 3D live show, ISAM. You can read my review of the gig, which also featured The Bug (pictured here) and Emika, over on Bang Bang Berlin.


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