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Following the release of his single “I Want U” on the French label Kiosk, we’ve had a chat with the Mancunian producer Krissi B, who is soon going to shake many dance halls with his contaminated garage-spotted style (just what the doctor ordered!) now that we can welcome him back!

 

Chain D.L.K.: Howdy, Krissi B!

Krissi B: Hello Vito!

 

Chain D.L.K.: Sonic and musical creativity is exploding again in Manchester after a period of relative calm. What’s happening up there from your own perspective?

Krissi B:   There’s always something going on in Manchester, Soulful Grime seems to be getting more popular on local stations like Unity Radio and so on, bass lines generally in music seem to be getting grittier, I love the dark and light combination of dreamy breakdowns and fluffy chords mixed with evil basses and hard drums. The Hacienda sound seems to be coming back, everyone’s making 808 State style house, I like that!

 

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Chain D.L.K.: Maybe I’m wrong, but I remember your last collaborative releases to be from 2007, aren’t they?

Krissi B: “3am” with Paleface was 2006, there are a few from before then as well but the popular ones were around ’07 -’08 if we’re talking producers. Some of my favorite collabs are “Kick The Bass” with Hadean and Kanji Kinetic, that’s a wild tune that I don’t think any of us would have come up with individually. Also “U Don’t Know” with Deadbeat UK seems to be getting a lot of love on my Soundcloud at the moment too. I like not knowing what direction things will go in with collaborations, I did loads with Mikey B, LU10 and a couple of others that we never finished, maybe one day I’ll open them all and give them a release!

 

Chain D.L.K.: You recently launched “I Want U”… how did all these different Mancunian styles which are popping up in the clubs influence its sound?

Krissi B:  Like I said before, Manchester was playing a lot of Acid House and Techno stuff, plus there’s a heavy soul influence from what we call “Northern Soul” which is basically obscure rare soul on original US labels, like Motown but a lot rarer. It’s become a global phenomenon now but it all started in the North long before I was born. Luckily I was exposed to it from a very young age so I’m influenced a lot by that. I think music around Manchester and the North West has always been faster paced and a bit harder than a lot of other places. It’s about energy and elevation, uplifting and dark all at the same time. I try to incorporate lots of different emotions into my music, it depends on what mood I’m in from day to the next as well!

 

Chain D.L.K.: You have a strong connection with France as well. What are the main differences between French and British clubbing and ways of living music in your opinion?

Krissi B:  I love playing in France, people all seem to party hard and appreciate the music and DJs, it’s nice to be a part of that kind of atmosphere. I like seeing vinyl culture still going in France too, Kiosk records still release vinyl, Toolbox Records in Paris have loads of vinyl in stock, I could spend days there sifting through it all! I’ve always loved French House, from the early Roule stuff like Trax On Da Rocks and all that. I think that came out in 1995, there’s a song on that EP called “What To Do” that definitely jumped out at me. Roule has always been one of my favourite labels, and Crydamoure, things like Buffalo Bunch “Take It To The Streets”, Le Knight Club “Troobadoor”, Alan Braxe/Fred Falke “Intro”, Thomas Bangalter “Club Soda”, I love all that. Very clever sampling and unique mastering and stuff, it’s addictive! I like a lot of the French “Tribe” stuff as well, it’s different to anything else I’ve heard. I listen to Radio Nova a lot because they play a lot of music I really like. I think Paris is like Manchester in a way, it’s very versatile and open-minded musically. You can play unknown music and people will still pay attention instead of switching off. I’m very proud to have the French Connection!! Shouts to DJ Absurd, Flore, all the team at Kiosk Records, plus all the ravers who have come to see me perform out there. I didn’t even know I was known in France until I played there, but everyone who comes to see me seems to know most of my music, it’s a nice feeling.

 

Chain D.L.K.: Beyond the music, Laura Lou’s vocal interpretation is really sexy… what kind of instruction did you give her before getting on the mic?

Krissi B:  Laura doesn’t really need instructing, sometimes I hear things that could be sung differently and suggest different ways of singing things and then we decide which version we like the best, a lot of the time she comes up with stuff I’d never think of though, she’s a very talented writer and singer.

 

Chain D.L.K.: Did you receive any request from strip clubs to play “I Want U” during lap dances?

Krissi B:  Haha, not yet! Maybe there are dance routines to the song but I don’t know of any!

 

Chain D.L.K.: Jokes apart, I could imagine your song might quickly heat up dance halls… what’s the craziest situation you saw while “I Want U” was playing?

Krissi B: The EJ mix makes people crazy. There’s something extra special about that remix, the buildup and drop hits you fully in a club! Everywhere I’ve played it people ask for the rewind on it, from the Fox Of Pain nights in Belgium to In The Face in Brighton, I love dropping the EJ mix. The 2 step mix seems to get a big response too, but definitely the EJ remix is the one for crazy situations!

 

interview picture 2 Chain D.L.K.: Yes, one of the version of the song I like most is actually the one by EJ… you already gave big shouts to EJ Simpson from Bassline 4×4… any replies?

Krissi B:   EJ and I have been friends for nearly 10 years, I really like his music. He’s done a lot of big tunes over the years, and has one of the biggest names in the Bassline scene. They don’t call him ‘Da Farda’ for nothing!! If you get the chance to see him play out, get there. He’s a very good DJ as well as an exciting original sounding producer. I was really happy to get the remix back from him, the first time I heard it I was blown away by it. I know he is excited to still be releasing on vinyl too, we’re from the old skool. Vinyl will last longer than all of our lifetimes, so maybe in 500 years people will still be discovering and playing the EJ remix.

 

Chain D.L.K.: B2 2-step version is very nice (that organ inserts!) as well… I’d say it’s really difficult to leave the past behind in music…

Krissi B:   UK Garage had me hooked since being young, it’s definitely one of my favourite styles of music, but is it the past though? People like Disclosure and Naughty Boy have done well in the charts with 2 step in the last couple of years, and I play a lot of older music off white labels and obscure vinyl that younger people might not have heard before. I think all good styles of music come round again and again with different fusions of other styles, organs and 2 step always fit with sunshine and red sunset skies, hot long nights with smooth vibes and friendly ravers, that’s the feeling I was going for when I made the 2 step version. I really like the 2nd breakdown on the 2 step version, it’s probably my favourite bit!

 

Chain D.L.K.: What are some of your favorite tracks out of the bass music fields?

Krissi B: Literally anything from Reggae to Soul to Jungle to Hardcore to Trance to Juke. I’m going through a Blues phase at the moment, I’ve been listening to Lightnin’ Hopkins and Bumble Bee Slim a lot recently. Also I found a Roy Ayers LP a few weeks ago that I forgot I had so that’s not come off the deck in the studio since. Reggae stuff like Glen Washington, Steel Pulse, Joe Mansano. Jazz stuff like Earl Bostic, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson, Joe Pass & Ray Brown… there’s some names for you to type in on YouTube! I love all sorts of random and obscure stuff, I still collect vinyl too.

 

Chain D.L.K.: When are you going to release a full album? Are you planning on it?

Krissi B:   I am in the middle of writing an album instead of a compilation of individual songs, I’ve even done vocals for a couple myself! I’ve got songs with new singers nobody’s heard of before and songs I’ve been holding back for an album for a couple of years too so yeah, soon there will be an album release. I don’t want to rush it though, when I feel like it’s ready I’ll put it out. I want it to be a masterpiece I’m really happy with and will be happy with for years to come, so I want it to be perfect before anyone else hears it.

 

Chain D.L.K.: Are there any stages of your past club music life you’d like to re-live?

Krissi B: Yeah, definitely the Rave sound of 1991-93 with the Ragga vocals and piano stabs with acid drops and sub basses that make your nose tingle, the kind of stuff DJ Vibes and Red Alert and Mike Slammer were making. I think Juke is pretty close to it, the 160 Amen drums are slowly coming back but the whole vibe is deeper and more conscious than in the early 90s. I’m loving the stuff that DJ Rashad, Spinn, Earl, Traxman and Manny and the whole TekLife crew are pioneering, it’s a very exciting scene at the moment, kind of reminiscent of the Rave era but with a unique fresh feel to it as well. But yeah I’d love to go back to 1990 and relive that era again.

 

Chain D.L.K.: What’s the next stylistic wave going to be like in your opinion?

Krissi B: Juke music from Chicago definitely excites me, it’s a very energetic scene. The style of dancing is called Footwork, kind of like breakdancing but with the emphasis on the feet. I wish I could do it, I’ve been trying! In the UK this Soulful Grime kind of style seems to be on the edge of breaking through, I think music is slowly getting good again, hopefully more musical than formula based. Stuff in the charts sounds good to me at the moment, I think the UK has a lot of talented artists trying to get out there, hopefully you’ll hear more UK exported music over the next couple of years.

 

Chain D.L.K.: Any forthcoming tours?

Krissi B: I love touring and playing new countries and places, if anyone wants to get in touch to book me feel free! I’m always ready to tick some new boxes and break down some new doors, hopefully I’ll be playing somewhere near you soon!

 

visit Krissi B on the web at: www.krissib.com

 

Feb 252014
 

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AnthonyJapan_PicA biographic book about Japan is in the making. The first batch of books are financed through Kickstarter and you’ll have your name written on your autographed copy and then, months after, it will be published by Burning Shed.
Since the project is closed on Kickstarter, because it has been fulfilled the aim to raise at least 5000£, you can still submit paying directly the writer Anthony Reynolds.
You can go to this Facebook page for more informations and to have fresh news about how the interviews are going.
Here you can find a little chat I had with the man about him and about this book which I think it will be a great one!

Chain D.L.K.:  From your biography I read that you were part of a band called Jack that lasted ten years and signed for Beggars Banquet. Can you tell to our readers something about you as musician?

Anthony: I was in a band, called Jack for most of my twenties. I also had an off shoot project called ‘Jacques’. We did OK, touring a lot and selling a few hundred thousand albums. Five albums all together, 92- 2002. More of a critical success than a commercial one. I’ve been making albums since under my own name and am in the middle of my second solo album right now.

Chain D.L.K.: Does being a musician helped you for making better questions when you interviewed people or into organizing your books?

Anthony: I do think my experience of the industry, studios, touring, press and more importantly composing, performing and song writing gives me a unique angle when dealing with musicians for biographies, for obvious reasons. I guess its rare too, to have a writer who has made albums so it gives the books a unique insight.

Chain D.L.K.: What have been the highlights of the process of writing your previous biographies about The Walker Brothers, Jeff Buckley and Leonard Cohen?

Anthony: I’m a fan of music and how its made and it happens to deepen my appreciation of the music when I go into its creation. I’m well aware that this isn’t the case for many ; they prefer to keep the mystery. When I was very young I lived in one room that was infested by rats. They started off being very shy but eventually they got bolder. It ended up, before the exterminator came (who, incidentally looked like a cat, I remember) that I had photographic lights shining on my bed at night but they were still climbing over it. I was scared to sleep, so to stayed awake (this was before drugs) all night. I remember reading the ‘complete Beatles recording sessions’ and this started off my love for the subject. Regarding my previous books, a highlight was meeting Leonard Cohen.

AnthonyJapan_Pic2Chain D.L.K.: What convinced you to write a biography about Japan?

Anthony: Writing a book about Japan has been at the back of my mind since I was a teenager. But it was almost too close to home to consider seriously. Then I thought ‘Why not’? It was so obvious I hadn’t seen it. In a way, I hope it will ‘cure’ me of my obsession with them. A kind of auto therapy. No sign of that yet, though.

Chain D.L.K.: Why founding it using Kickstarter?

Anthony: Japan are a niche band. Neither my agent nor a publisher were interested in the idea. I decided I’d rather spend a year writing about Japan for a small amount of money than I would two years writing about Tom Jones for a lot of money – and I like Tom Jones.

Chain D.L.K.: You started six months ago to gather interviews and stuff… how’s your “to do list” now?

Anthony: I’ve found almost everyone I’ve looked for. There are a few people- slightly obscure- Richard Chadwick, Jane shorter etc. that I’d like to speak with. I’m saving David till last. But I’m doubtful he’ll concede.

Chain D.L.K.: Is there a plot you’re following?

Anthony: A Plot? I’m just finding out the story as its revealed to me. The onus is on the music though, not the personalities and private lives. Although these come across by default.

Chain D.L.K.: Are the band members contributing and what do they think about a biography about their band that disbanded 30 years ago?

Anthony: Rob Dean, Richard Barbieri and Steve Jansen have all been incredibly kind and thorough in their input. And patient. I can’t speak for them but I sense they are glad to put across their side of the story with a writer who has some sort of understanding and empathy.

Chain D.L.K.: Are you going to cover a little their solo careers?

Anthony: This book- hopefully the first of two- Covers 1974-1984. It touches on everything they did within that time frame, as a band and as individuals.

visit Anthony Reynolds on the web at: www.anthonyreynolds.net
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Video by Christian Löffler taken near Ahrenshoop at the Baltic Sea on the first day of this year

Christian Löffler strikes again with this seven inch sized record – In stores today. Just like its unusual format this release features two unique pieces of music and an artwork created by Löffler himself. As on his debut Album „A Forest“, he teamed up once more with Danish vocalist Gry Bagøien. The result is an outstandingly beautiful house track born by her fairylike singing and gloomy chord stabs. A more than worthy follow-up of their first collaboration „Feelharmonia“. The other song on this Vinyl is a dark interpretation of Löffler’s work. As a massive fan of Ki Record’s unicum Monokle, he was very happy to have him as a remixer of one of his yet unreleased tracks „Notes“. With his very own aesthetics he gives it a sinister touch. Monokle might be one of the most interesting remixers these days.

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Colo – The View From Nowhere (Monokle Remix) [On XLR8R]

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Christian Löffler – Notes (Monokle Remix) [On PulseRadio]

Vlad Kudryavtsev alias Monokle is very busy with remixes these days. Not only did he rework Christian Löffler's track "Notes", he also did an amazing remix for Colo's song "The View From Nowhere". Decide for yourself which of these two makes it into your playlist.

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Colo's debut album "UR" will be out on Ki on the 10th of March

Listen to Colo's song "The View From Nowhere" on i-D Magazine:

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If this song appeals to you, here is another one that we put out already in December last year. "Holidays" was also the first demo track we received from Colo. We are lucky that it reached us and that we can now look forward to their long player "UR" proving Colo's immense creativity and ability to built such deepness in their songs.

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25 Feb. Tel Aviv (ISR), Alphabet

27 Feb. Tel Aviv (ISR), Bootleg

14 Mar. Cologne (GER), Studio672

15 Mar. Hamburg (GER), Uebel & Gefährlich

27 Mar. Cologne (GER), Zum Scheuen Reh [Ki Labelshowcase]

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15 Mar. Hamburg (GER), Uebel & Gefährlich

19 Apr. Ingolstadt (GER), Ohrakel

Daisuke Tanabe

07 Mar. Tokyo (JAP), Madelia at solfa

30 Mar. Tokyo (JAP), Koara

Marius Sahdeeq

27 Mar. Cologne (GER), Zum Scheuen Reh [Ki Labelshowcase]

04 Apr. Cologne (GER), ARTheater

Steffen Kirchhoff

27 Mar. Cologne (GER), Zum Scheuen Reh [Ki Labelshowcase]

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Christian Löffler – All Comes / Notes [7" Vinyl]

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Colo – Holidays [7" Vinyl]

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Me Succeeds – Rongorongo Remixed [DoLP + Poster + CD]

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Me Succeeds – Rongorongo [12" Vinyl]

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Feb 242014
 

Hello everyone!

We have two new releases on Narrominded.

OUT NOW!

NM069: SPOELSTRA – SPORTS AND FINANCE (LP)

format: lp (100 copies on milky white vinyl, 100 copies on black vinyl) / digital
release: february 7 2014

Nothing on this planet has any meaning by itself. All meaning comes from people, animals, things and phenomenons being connected one way or another, through heritage, through genetics, through animosity, through destiny, through osmosis and what have you. Sports and Finance is an album about connections. It connects eight songs dealing with the matter.
Surely there are connections between Sports and Finance and pop music or whatever it is that normal folks listen to. These connections may not be as obvious as the connections between Sports and Finance and things like noise rock, avant-garde, electro, math, truth or dare, but then again, what one will find depends on what one is looking for. Sports and Finance might be a radical body of work and a menace for every dancefloor but Spoelstra firmly believes there is no reason to let any of the abrasive riffs, loose strings, stumbling patterns, rural outbursts and tearjerk twists stand in the way of a good song unless it is funny.

  

BUY THE LP HERE, ONLY 10 EURO’S!

Sports and Finance is the fourth release by Spoelstra, a musician from The Hague, The Netherlands. He debuted with I Got Issues the Shape of Italy (10” lathe cut, 2009), a concept ep about countries and borders. Musically he was looking for the borders of country music. The follow-up The Almighty Internet (cd, 2010) was more electro. Thematically it questioned the importance of information technology in modern society.Pallets (tape + book, 2011) was an impressive collection of songs, art, cartoons, fashion, cliff hangers, flashbacks and what not provided an in-depth look on pallets, storage and transportation issues.

 LISTEN TO THE TRACK MAP AND SHOVEL

 

OUT NOW!

NM065: PUIN + HOOP – ER ZIT EEN GAT IN DE SOEP (CD)

format: cd in limited handmade sleeve / digital
release: january 31 2014

Er zit een gat in de soep is the second album by Puin + Hoop to be released on Narrominded.

On their previous album Door the group explored the outlands of improvised music, post industrial drone and panoramic synthscapes. Er zit een gat in de soep is a continuation of this trip, but the trio of Roald van Dillewijn, Remco Verhoef and Erik Uittenbogaard have honed their sound to something more focused and minimal than before. This time they add hints of krautrock, kosmische muzik and classic ambient techno to the mix. The result is an intriguing and glowing album.

The material on Er zit een gat in de soep originates from experimenting with a new live recording setup for a concert in Amersfoort. The recordings of the actual gig failed, but the test takes turned out great and were worthy of release. There were some problems with the positioning of the different channels inside the stereo environment so these recordings were abandoned by the group for quite a while, but all the time, in the back of their minds they were playing with the idea of giving these sessions proper a release.

The album title translates to There is a hole in the soup. There is no particular significance to it other than ‘it seems to fit the music’ as the group states.

With Er zit een gat in de soep Puin + Hoop continue their trademark line of handmade packagings. They have been cutting, pasting, painting, sawing and hammering away on the sleeves for their releases since their early self released cd-rs. For their releases on Narrominded the group decided to keep with this tradition.

BUY THE CD HERE, ONLY 8 EURO’S!

 LISTEN TO A PREVIEW ON SOUNDCLOUD

That’s it for now!

All the best from us narrominded.com

Feb 242014
 

Lupi Gladius – Veritas – cd digipack – SPQR XXXIV

Pre-order now for 13 € and get free shipping to EU !

After the re-release of their first work „Lucania“,  the LVPI GLADIVS are back with a striking album of italian melancholic folk. Very well know also for their brilliant electro project called Hidden Place, they manage to delivery an album with influence that can remind project like Argine, Kirlian Camera (Schmerz, Todesengel, Pictures from Eternity) or the neighbours Hautville. A milestone for the neo folk scene ! Feat members of Hidden Place and the collaboration of Diego Banchero (Egida Aurea).

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EGIDA AUREA – Live a Parigi – cd digipack – SPQR XXXIII

OUT NOW !  13 €

Marking the anniversary of their most celebrated album ”DERIVE”, Egida Aurea is finally back with an astonishing live in Paris featuring some of their greatest songs like: Memorie di Gesta, Egida Aurea, Storia di una Rondine, etc… folk rock at their best !

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Still Available on SPQR label:

Egida Aurea – La mia piccola guerra – cd – 12 €

Egida Aurea – Derive – cd digipack – 13 €