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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 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: Kool Thing

by James Glazebrook

Kool Thing by Claudia Kent

Kool Thing by Claudia Kent

You might already know Kool Thing, as the people behind this awesome cover of Bowie’s “Station to Station”, or simply as one of the best bands in Berlin today. The duo, sometime collaborators with aMinus’ Valentin Plessy, share with the Sonic Youth song of the same name a certain defiant attitude and a penchant for guitar noise, wedded to haunting synth lines and pulsing electronic beats. They’ve sent us their new track, which hints at a darker direction for their sophomore album, expected to be released early next year. We give you “I See You (I Am You)”.

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!