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Music Montag: HYENAZ

by James Glazebrook

Chaos © Jule Roehr

Chaos © Jule Roehr

We’re very excited to introduce HYENAZ, the other-wordly, gender-straddling new project from TUSK:

The beats and basslines lift from early house, EBM and R&B; the vocals from soul, blues and prog-rock; the lyrics are punk poetry, cutups — the calls of a cybernetic siren. Synthesizers are built from discarded scraps of metal and 90s nostalgia. Their performance, their visual art and their texts cull from the discarded fabrics of their surroundings, felt and reinterpreted through their bodies. HYENAZ are one, defiled and immaculate, their androgynous flesh quivering on the thin edge between the digital and the divine.

For a glimpse at the HYENAZ universe, watch the video for “Cypher”, in which a transgendered Pierrot morphs into a humanoid hyena. It’s a weird, and oddly placid, clip, for the least singley-single imaginable, but as an introduction to the cosmic, androgynous duo, it’s sheer perfection:

And if you want to hear the intergalactic boy-things channeling the spirit of Anne Clark, listen to Hyenaz’ first single “Sister”/”Reading”:

HYENAZ release their eponymous debut album through Freudian/Slit this Friday, February 13th, with a record launch party at Urban Spree.

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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.

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Music Montag: TUSK (Spandau Ballet and Enya covers)

by James Glazebrook

TUSK by Heinrich V. Schimmer

TUSK by Heinrich V. Schimmer

Bat. Shit. Crazy. (In the best possible way.) The biography on this singer/dancer/producer’s SoundCloud namechecks such fine acts as Grimes, Tears for Fears and Vangelis, but really nails it when it lands on Kate Bush, “from whom TUSK was first inspired to see music as a cycle of passionate reinvention”. And the disparate influences don’t stop there…

…there’s a cover of Spandau Ballet’s “Gold”, where synthwave meets SBTRKT meets autotune…

…and a histrionic, high energy workout of Enya’s “Orinoco Flow”…

True to his promise of “passionate reinvention”, the artist formerly known as Benjamin Teicher adopts a shape-shifting persona, at times rendolent of Alice Cooper, Bowie in his least earthly guises and, in the video below, Gary Numan:

A thousand thanks to Lily Mae Martin for turning me on to TUSK!

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The Weekend in Berlin, October 25th – 28th

by James Glazebrook

Dark nights, handmade days.

THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER

A Night and The City at Prince Charles
I don’t know what it is, but Prince Charles doesn’t feel very Berlin. Maybe it’s the high poser quotient, or the carefully contrived design touches, or maybe I’m just acutely aware of all that because it’s so bastard bright. Well, Night and the City have come up with a solution to that: make the club pitch black. They’re erecting walls around the dancefloor to completely cut out all light, in order to see “what impact the situation has on your music experience.” Click through on the image below to find out the full event details, more importantly, how the team plan to stop it becoming a Berghain-style dark room.

A NIGHT AND THE CITY

FRIDAY 26th OCTOBER

Horror Night at Filmpark Babelsburg
We freaking love Halloween! And there looks to be no better way to spend it than at Filmpark Babelsburg’s Horrornächte. Take a trip outside of the Ringbahn (scary enough, right?) to be pursued by monsters, mutants and zombies through haunted houses and creepy mazes. Get a combo ticket and you can go back on Saturday for a “Monster Party” in the Prince Valiant restaurant. According to a sketchy Google Translate, it promises to be “memorable, flashy and trashy!” Click through below… if you dare MUHAHAHAHHAHAHAAaaaaaa

Horror Night at Filmpark Babelsburg

SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER

Handmade in Germany 2012 opens at Direktorenhaus
That the Germans are great at building/making stuff won’t surprise anyone who’s read What I Know About Germans, but it’s always nice to see the products of their labour. Direktorenhaus is opening its doors to 30 master craftsmen, innovative manufacturers and experimental designers, for what should be a very special exhibition indeed. If you’re waaay richer than us, it might be a good place to get Christmas gift ideas! Click through on the REAL MAN below to find out more.

Handmade Germany

Mez Medallion Cassette Release Party at Loophole
If you want to know where the Australians will be on Saturday night, look no further. Melbourne’s Mez Medallion is debuting his album Move Towards the Light, with a little help from his talented (and capitalised) countrymen/women TUSK and PHIA. Oh, and you’d better dust off that ghetto blaster you bought at Mauerpark, because the album’s being released on limited edition cassette tape. Event details here and pretty video here:

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