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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.

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.

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!