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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…

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Music Montag: Petula

by James Glazebrook

Petula black and white

I think loop pedals are the best thing ever. They make the Battles trio sound like a full orchestra (of Smurfs), and allow singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalists to ditch their bands, follow their own artistic vision… and then reproduce it in full, live. That’s why Berlin-based PHIA sounds so special; likewise, her angsty male counterpart, Petula.

Petula is a solo project of Sn Cleemann, who describes his sound as “loop tectonics, honey-y melody and the occasional clicky beat. It’s all action, drama, beauty – it’s all well buried under layers’n'layers of microsound.” As much about passionate performance as pristine production, Cleemann has to be seen live for the full emo effect – these fan videos should give you a rough idea:

Petula’s most recent release is a split EP with The Micronaut, out now on Dia Records. Check it out below, and buy it over here.

Catch Petula’s emotive live show at:

15.09. Tiefgrund
19.09. Festsaal Kreuzberg
29.09. Kastanienkeller

…and check out petula.org for more updates.

[EDIT: Petula just sent me a link to the video for "Say Yes", so here it is in all its cute, crafty glory]

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