“Do You Overstand?!” – Sonar Kollektiv (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] December 12, 2007Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
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TITLE: Do You Overstand?! / ARTIST: Soulphiction / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: TBC 2008 / CAT NO: SK180CD
Following on from his 2006 album State Of Euphoria, Soulphiction (aka Jackmate aka Michel Baumann) returns with a fresh new album on Sonar Kollektiv. As well as having releases on Sonar Kollektiv and his own labels Philpot and Phil E, he has put records out on Perlon, Playhouse, Moon Harbour, Liebe/Detail, DIY, Mule, Resopal and Freude am Tanzen. He has remixed DJ Koze, International Pony, Dapayk & Padberg, Egoexpress, Move D, Solomun and Eva Be amongst others, and recently featured on the Sonar Kollektiv anniversary compilation Ten Years Who Cares?
Album opener “Chevy Estate” features gently plucked harp strings and the luscious voice of Suzana Rozkosny, who also sang throughout the last Soulphiction album State Of Euphoria. Her voice has a distinctive soulful sound that really brings the tune alive. “Ghana Wadada” is a dark dance-floor romp complete with haunting flute melodies and ethnic vocals. “Prison Song” features Marcin Öz aka Berlin’s DJ Highfish, bassist for dance act Whitest Boy Alive. The track mingles live bass with simple percussion to give this tune its mighty groove. “Velveteens” is a stomping dance floor number – its sound is deliciously raw, a long way from many of the over-polished productions one hears played out in clubs these days.
Soulphiction remains true to his name, putting as much heart and soul into his music as he can. Each track tells a story that carries the listener along, taking the album in different musical directions as it goes – so while “Cargo” is a pure swinging jazz number with an infectious shuffle beat, he throws in some spaced-out synth sounds to give it that other-worldly feel. “Soul Print” makes clever use of some TV western samples, held together with some able acoustic guitar strumming… In fact, Soulphiction takes in so many influences and spans so many genres it’s pretty much impossible to classify him. He knows full well that it can be boring to do something that can be too obviously categorised. You never quite know what you’re gonna get – the penultimate track “I Just Wait” presents yet another shift with its twisted hip-hop.
While his Jackmate project focuses mainly on straight beats and functional house, Soulphiction takes in influences from hip-hop and jazz, resulting in a truly experimental feel. There’s a great roughness to his sound, which is never too clean. Each production is restrained and minimal in the right way – he doesn’t let things get too complicated.
Do You Overstand?! encompasses such an eclectic cross-section of so many styles that it is simply impossible to pigeon-hole the Soulphiction sound – a true fusion of every genre imaginable.
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