“The New Continent” – Lars Bartkuhn (Sonar Kollektiv) [ALBUM] September 22, 2008Posted by rocketsciencemedia in Press Releases.
TITLE: The New Continent / ARTIST: Lars Bartkuhn / LABEL: Sonar Kollektiv / RELEASE DATE: 1st December 2008 / CAT NO: SK197CD
Like many talented musicians, Lars Bartkuhn grew up to the sound of The Beatles and The Beach Boys, and developed an insatiable need to discover the world of music from jazz to rock to funk and Brazilian music. A long-standing professional musician, he has played in many different setups: from jazz quartets to funk crews, to Brazilian bands and fusion combos, all the while refining his skills and discovering new themes in music.
His fascination with the deep and soulful side of house music inspired him to set up his own label Needs with his brother Marek and his good friend DJ Yannick. The label quickly gained recognition from some of the best DJs worldwide, and soon Lars and his crew had been asked to remix Francois K, Jazztronik, Ennio Morricone, Ian Pooley and Atjazz. Soon their label became synonymous with open-minded and timeless house music. Lars Bartkuhn’s own productions have been played by many DJs around the globe and his seminal anthem “Worlds” from his project Passion Dance Orchestra is widely heralded as a true dancefloor classic. He has also released two full-length albums Dreamland and Choreographies, and DJs at his own Needs (Not Wants) night at Robert Johnson alongside Marek and DJ Yannick.
For his third album, Lars explored all of the styles he has studied over the years, incorporating the many influences he had gathered after years of digging, listening, playing and producing: from classical music to psychedelic over to afro and Caribbean jazz. He concentrated heavily on harmony, a feature that allows the most experimental composers to switch from a particular theme to another one without breaking the overall mood of the composition. Through his search for harmonies, Lars has bridged the gap between the many different styles of contemporary music, creating a musical masterpiece that will take you to some unexplored musical lands.
The album begins with “Goodbye Dancing Hello God”, elegantly fusing soulful jazz, vocal harmonies and subtle drum breaks. “Foundation Suite” follows the same path, bridging the gap between jazz and folk music with good use of guitars and old-school keyboards sounds. “In Harmony With The Elements” is a deep, emotional number made up of mellow piano melodies, classic/electric guitar riffs, electronic beats and effects over a syncopated drum groove. “Paradiso” is a very relaxed, feel-good tune that stays true to its name, while “The Uprising” speeds things up with impressive drum sequences and arpeggiated guitar melodies. “Prayer / Dance Into The Sun” has a nice afro-Caribbean feeling that will have people dancing and smiling all day long.
The final track – “Marianna” – is introduced by a slow-motion interlude “Born Again”, whose melodies are reminiscent of the opening title. This ultimate track is the result of Lars’ search for the perfect harmony. Symphonic and slightly psychedelic, this last composition is the ideal conclusion to the musical heaven created by Lars Bartkuhn.