“Talk To Your Angel” – Roland Appel (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] March 19, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
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Last year, Roland Appel’s “Dark Soldier” made a huge splash on club land – what started out as a secret hit at the 2007 Miami Winter Music Conference, found its way into the record bags of the likes of DJ Hell, Laurent Garnier, Pete Tong, Tiefschwarz and Gilles Peterson amongst others. Many UK publications even crowned it Track of the Month last summer – but this was to be just the beginning for Roland Appel.
Roland Appel is no newcomer to the world of music production. He started spinning records and producing music in the early 90s as a member of Fauna Flash with long-time partner and friend Christian Prommer. They made their name with 3 full-length albums, numerous 12“s, remixes and appearances on renowned labels such as Compost Records, G-Stone Recordings and !K7. Then they both teamed up with Peter Kruder to produce the sublime electronica of Voom:Voom. Roland‘s career reached a peak when he formed the band Trüby Trio with Rainer Trüby and Christian Prommer – their album “Elevator Music” was a huge success that successfully crossed the German broken beat and dance music scene. While Roland gained learned a lot from these team-projects, he felt a strong need to work on his own.
Talk To Your Angel is Roland Appel’s most intimate moment to date. “It’s all very pure and from the heart, which can feel strange when you are so used to working in teams” he reflects. The title also has a very personal meaning for him: “For me it’s an album of self-reflection: when you are working alone you sometimes want to talk to someone – but on the other hand you don’t want to talk to them, because you really enjoy being alone. It’s then that it becomes clear to you that you can talk to your angel”. For his debut he strove to find a new way of combining the rules of the dance floor with the feelings of a song. He delved deep into a wealth of diverse influences – Detroit techno, folk, soul, disco and house – to bring a sense of song structures to his music. For him there are no DJ tools and floor fillers on the album; each track is a proper song carrying a strong personal meaning, but with a very subtle house groove that will move your heart as well as your body.
The result is a consistently beautiful album featuring soothing atmospherics, dreamy pads, strings and voices, and irresistible house grooves. Talk To Your Angel will satisfy the most demanding deep-house lovers; moreover it will please all the music lovers interested in soulful music that tells a story and carries strong emotions. Talk To Your Angel includes the masterpiece “Dark Soldier”, as well as other great tracks such as “Changes”, “Unforgiven”, “Inner Soul” and “New Love” (chosen by Dennis Ferrer for his Mixmag mix).
Talk To Your Angel is an incredible debut solo album from one of the industry’s best kept secrets – listen to it and put your faith in Roland Appel.
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