alvin toffler war überwältigt. als er am morgen des 4. oktober 1988 – es war sein 60. geburtstag – mit noch etwas abwesendem blick in eine schale cornflakes starrte, glaubte er, in der oberflächenstruktur der gelblich schimmernden milch, die mit ahornsirup eine emulsion bildete und die knusperkristalle der maisflocken langsam, aber unumkehrbar immer weiter zersetzte, wie durch ein fenster in eine zeitlose dimension schauen zu können. toffler, zu jener zeit auf dem zenit seines ruhms als zukunftsforscher angelangt, war von dem blick ins extratemporäre guckloch nachhaltig verstört. in keinem seiner bücher – „future shock“ war soeben in einer weiteren auflage mit dem stolzen zusatz „more than 5 million copies in print“ auf dem buchtitel erschienen – sollte er das erlebnis jemals erwähnen. auch nach seinem tod ende juni 2016 konnten im nachlass bisher keine ausführungen zu dem vorfall gefunden werden. die von toffler in später geschredderten notizen so getaufte „flake dimension“ bleibt ein geheimnis von opaker, schwer zu fassender strahlkraft.
the lifesaver 3 compilation, the yet most comprehensive package of the lifesaver history, sounds like electro, sharp-edged like the vault in a hague bunker (lauer), provides data pop with piano crescendo (fort romeau), brings the style characteristics of german schlager music to the breakdance mat (rolande garros), lets the bulky lily-of-the-valley bells clang and sends the reverb tails away with the wind (benedikt frey). there are several new names to discover: felix strahd, benjamin milz, vincent feit, and of course there a many old acquaintances: massimiliano pagliara, orson wells, tcb, chinaski. roman flügel brings us “good news”, however: “from another planet.” and fort romeau feels “lost, again”, but in such somnambulistically beautiful manner that you want to get lost with him instantly and jointly find the great joy.
dear wanderer, ramona is happy to present the video dead, chinaski s debut-ep for live at robert johnson. originally hailing from the high north of germany, rostock near the rough and stormy sea, the young man with interests in 80s video-aesthetics and vintage synthesizers is now calling offenbach his hometurf. chinaskis ep starts out with time to kill, a straight forward hypnotizing jacker directly heading to the synthesized happiness. midnight workout features a different side to the young talent sensitive placed synth harmonies packed in a vintage-pop interlude. after a journey through more harmonious domains, night school turns the page again and picks up on those synth-waves and put ramona away from her calm drive through the midnight heat, right on the dancefloor mesmerizing analogue deep housevibes all over the place.hide society steps out of context and mixes chinaskis affection for the warmth of these marvelous synth-sounds with trippy post-breaking or even proto-hiphop sounds topped off with a weird vocal sample. the titletrack the video dead summons all emotional power ramona could implant into a synthesizer, the heartbeat like reduced kick-drum and hihats floating around the track are mostly incidental or not even there for the ears. purely visual.
dear madam, dear sir, ramona is ready to reveal yet another manmade mystery to humanity – *reframe* by benedikt frey. browsing through freys back catalogue, one thing has always been certain with every new record released – freys music has always been mystical, was working in different layers and has never been only a further development of the record before.
new tracks by roman flügel, lauer, massimiliano pagliara, portable, benedikt frey, orson wells....since ramona presented all her disciples work throughout the first lifesaver compilation in 2013, its now time for another episode of togetherness. summoning all of her artists around frankfurt and those who live around the world, ramona is now ready to present the lifesaver compilation 2.
when no one is watching ramona, is usually listening to future times records and beautiful swimmers all days. maxmillion dunbar is not only half of those aquanauts, but also running the label and releasing music as max(million) d(unbar). what a guy! hanging out in the vague territory between slow-motion house with a hip hop feeling or dubby and dubious fun music, his melodious approach is extremely hard to categorize but all the more enjoyable. >polo< already saw the light of day on >max trax for world peace<, but ramonas favorite dj ata and live at robert johnson manager oliver hafenbauer were so much in love with the bleepy bonbon that they offered it a place by their fireside. now cautiously modified, fine-tuned and extended for its label home, its a rainforest serenade for beatnik boys and girls, with all the ingredients you want from tha d. the only kid able to thrown down the gauntlet in front of maxi is frankfurts melody man phillip lauer (arto mwambe, brontosaurus, etcetera etcetera). turning >polo< into one of his trademark sluggish bass line barrage tracks with falsetto synths and sharp snares. get your vogue brogue out.
ramona is proud to present fort romeaus second installment for her live at robert johnson audio enterprise. his take on neo-dance, post-disco and proto-house is as unmistakable as it is dreamlike. ramona is still in love. stay gold, ramona
ramona is proud to welcome back one of the most delicate flowers in the business to her flock of loved ones. alan abrahams, also better known under the monikers of bodycode and portable, returns with his new single surrender under the portable alias into ramonas bosom.
...as part of massimiliano pagliaras album >with one another<, ramona presents major fun, a limited 10 inch vinyl release only. the record is dedicated to two of massimilianos closest friends – joshua, who sadly passed away and lucky who is gladly still with us. side a features major fun – a piece that celebrates the essence of life with a sprightly chicago-rooted acid-bassline and a certain italo-flair. on the flipside the much deeper disco-house excursion your love away, featuring jules etienne on vocals. ramona is proud to fulfill your desire for the complete massimiliano pagliara enjoyment.
dear reader, since ramona recently expanded her library of guilty pleasures with san laurentinos forbidden fruit back in 2012 the hungarian fantasy dreamboy hasnt been hiding in the shadows, he created one of his own. apart from the temples of techno, pulsating flesh and 48 hours of party, san laurentino found a beautiful muse and brought ramona four tracks full of luscious bass-caramel, beach-warm synths and chords and melodies sweet as no honey could possibly taste.
n a rainy late september day in the mid eighties, 7 year old phillip lauer didnt know what to expect from that little new born g, who was referred to as his brother jacob. on the other hand, baby jacob wasn t very sure of what to make of this - back then still sporty - youngster either, who behaved like his boss. to make a short story long it took them almost 30 years to finally find out - behind the helm of the infamous pyramide 2 studio when conducting this fine piece of home made dance music: the brudis ep
fort romeaus debut for ramona and her live at robert johnson audio enterprise couldnt be any better. a london resident and leading member of the current ghostly international family, fort romeaus take on neo dance, post-disco and proto-house is as unmistakable as it is dreamlike. ramona is in love.
massimiliano is back where he belongs. a backbone of live at robert johnson records, pagliaras take on neo-dance, post-disco and proto-house is as unmistakable as it is dreamlike. with this sound palette, a love for hardware and surgical arrangements > magic serials< sees the berlin-based producers on top of his game. while name checking the tools of his work (the serials, got it?), mp unfolds untold stories of love, high spirits and deep meditation that every romantic rave craves for – acid poetry included.
the music of portable is truly unique. habitually perlons in-house singer and also the man that is bodycode, alan abrahams is capable of evoking the spirits of traditional deep house songs - yes, you read right: songs - without getting lost in nostalgia, manufacturing boring carbon copies or a longing for a past that never was. his first visit to ramonas little outlet is all that: haunting, melancholic yet optimistic, as deep as it is driving and most of all mesmerising. >a process< features all his great sound signature moves, comes with an acappella for brave djs and a serious flutramental on top of it all for the faint at heart. creation might be a painful process, but surely a rewarding one for portable. ramona is in love.
roman flügel – third take. hot on the heels of >brian le bon< and the >desperate housemen ep<, the man like roman iv, soylent green and alter egos spectacled half supplies four tracks of heavenly proportions. ramona doesnt even know where to start with her eulogy, but at the start.
the citizens bands second instalment for ramonas favourite label hollows their long lasting love affair. christian beisswengers (cb funk, one half of arto mwambe) is nothing less than dealing with the demise of an empire. >broken rome< is a codeine trip through early nu groove rave tracks as well as an ode to junior vasquez at the helm of the sound factory seen and heard through frosted glass. >densed< on the other hand tips its toes into the current deep house stream with an arto-mwambe-like hook and a thumping bass line. the spaces in-between those rudiments are taken up by the idm finger exercise and jewel that is >into<: ottoman dancing!
ramona still gets plenty of mileage from massimiliano pagliaras wonderful and critically-acclaimed album focus for infinity. thus you will find the second 12 inch of top-quality remix action right here: from acid romantics to reggae house. this time removed from all links to producers from frankfurt, but injected with international rollercoaster sounds.
ramona welcomes hungarian homeboy san laurentino (electric minds, mathematics recordings) for his first outing on live at robert johnson. a self-taught producer and isolated from the hubs of electronic body music in europe and overseas, laurentinos music bears all the qualities that such a recluse has to offer: deviating, different, definite and demonstrative music. four cuts of neo-star trance, ambient wave, erotic illusions and borderline rain-forest house. ramona fell in love with them. forbidden fruits taste best.
ramona is pretty nervous to welcome a new name to her ever-growing happy family. in fact, its actually an old band member. christian beisswenger alias cb funk alias one half of arto mwambe is not exactly one you would call a stranger. for >77 reasons< he debuts as the citizens band with some novel sounds on risky grounds. in love with details, fragile sounds, little tricks and with a fine ear for the action, the band leader tiptoes into deep bleepy house just enough to call >west 42nd< exactly that. >77 reasons< however plays around with a memorable little melody, a skanking lead and some boom sonics. whatever you want to call it, ramona is fine with it. orson and kane would be proud.
the new age sound of frankfurt! hot on the heels of massimiliano pagliaras praised album debut focus for infinity youll find a neat 12inch of top-quality remix action. first up, frankfurts version of a young peter daou aka phillip lauer (arto mwambe, brontosaurus) and running backs gerd janson (who spend a big deal of his youth trying to perfect a weak bobby konders mimicry) team up as tuff city kids. offering two takes, pagliaras >a wrong chance< gets split into a sweet layer cake of bass, synths, strings and for those who are faint at heart, an additional riddim version provides hidden acid fantasies. upside down, oliver hafenbauer and christian beisswenger (arto mwambe fame again) keep on exploring their sharp electro funk under their b.h.v.f moniker. with a playtime that exceeds nine minutes, you get right twists and wicked turns and most of all sounds unheard. modern music with an old-fashioned style of lovin.
ramona loves roman. roman loves ramona. the two just cant help it. naturally, the desperate housemen ep is his second 12-inch effort for live at robert johnson and a showcase of his versatility. like a crosspollination of his efforts as solyent green, roman iv or under his original name, you get four distillates of house music, cold wave and frankfurt-style electro-funk. distinctive, sparkling, 4x4 and paying attention to detail, this is like an update of the unpredictability that once made a nu groove record so exciting, fresh and not desperate at all. truly romantic!
atas volume of the >life at robert johnson< mix-cd series wouldnt be complete with out a 12-inch. here you get two of the most extraordinary songs and mysterious corkers of his outstanding compilation. ramonaäs main man picked grauzone with >raum< and zwischenfalls >flucht< for this special plate. as this wouldnt be a treat in itself already, ata extended the pop arrangement of >raum< into an almost 8 minute long powerful ballroom blitz edit for all you new wavers and old romantics. always remember: the future was already yesterday, but the good times are always now
b.h.f.v is the collaborative effort of arto mwambes cb funk and the live at robert johnson label manager oliver hafenbauer. originating from a cross-pollination of graffiti, train stations, red light districts and frankfurts club music roots, et 01 and et 06 are both all that those x-men and egyptian lovers ever wanted. two tracks, one sound. blueeyed electro-funk with sharp snares, jeep-boomin bass and haunting melody lines. retro fascists beware! this aint a historically correct or nerdy carbon copy, but a blast from the futures past. fresh as champagne morning dew. hip hop be bop.
the power of lauer is indisputable. blessed with the uncanny ability to make hooks that would make bone thugs-n-harmony jealous in their heyday, phillip lauer is – pardon us – the melody man. his newest tour de force comes in two parts for our beloved live at robert johnson label. similar sounding to the legendary harmonizer (as if you would care), h.r. boss is new- romantic -italo -not -italowave that puts love on top of love (i.e. the aforementioned melodies). wouldnt sound out of place in sophie marceaus notorious la boum walkman. forbidden fruit is the sweetest. a little less full-bodied, yet as disarming, banned goes straight ahead with its ripply bass line, wheezing strings, a killer arrangement that completely deserves the tracks name plus a groove that wont stop. feels like delta nrgs filthy little brother. delectable! put on your red shoes
who wouldnt want to be kept by a beautiful rich woman? no matter how you look at it, its not the worst way to make a living. in 1982 the german new wave quartet ideal even wrote a song about it. >schoene frau mit geld< is thestory of a young man without any other drive or desire in life than to find such a woman and turn this state of utopia into reality. tough goal! twenty-eight years later, one of germanys finest and merited producers decided to do afresh interpretation of the song. sir losoul of playhouse fame presents two mixes (a dub for the faint of heart) that hone the hook and tag line of the original for maximum dance floor and repeated listening pleasure. and that, ladiesand gentlemen, is sometimes really the only thing you need in the world…
accompanying the miraculous larj edition by arto mwambe, this piece of vinyl features two of the previously unreleased trinkets that were shining through their unconventional narrative of an arto mwambe live set. you get their typical fudge and the duos crush on melodies with duster fc, while one lonely knight can easily be interpreted as a bow to another convincing pair: paris grey and kms wouldnt feel out of place here...
live at robert johnson is proud to present a new record by one of its most revered family members: roman flügel. a long-term companion of ramona and already offering records like on the balcony (solyent green, playhouse 041, 2000) to her praise in a very early stage, roman dedicates novel sound research findings to her young and boisterous label. and what a bass heavy beauty he created!
vinyl addicts and dj robots perk up your ears! live at robert johnson is proud to announce the vinyl extraction of thomas hammann & gerd jansons >live at robert johnson compilation vol.4<: three heavy (un) classics by dntel (remixed by superpitcher), dj duke and dj du jour. re-mastered and re-cut for maximun pressure pleasure. pure party gold!
vinyl addicts and dj robots perk up your ears! live at robert johnson is proud to announce the vinyl extraction of ivan smagghes >live at robert johnson compilation vol.4<. the special super-sound-maxi- single from >its a fine line<, the new project of ivan smagghe teamed up with tim paris comes along with a special remix traitment by roman flügel and ata macias also known as >springrolls in firenze<. c etait bon, tres bon!
dies ist der erste release auf live at robert johnson, dem neuen label zum offenbacher club. ata hat niemand geringeren als chloe eingeladen, die erste in diesem monat erscheinende mix cd zu gestalten und dabei kam - quasi als nebenprodukt - ein genialer track mit krikor zustande. deep, dark & sexy - so soll techno in 2009 klingen. die brontosaurus crew steuert noch einen feinen remix bei - fertig ist der lack. ein wahrlich toller lack
diese >live at robert johnson< cd art box ist eine klapphülle in schallplattenformat die platz für 4 cds bietet. neben der beiliegenden chloe mix cd werden auch die folgenden mix compilations von prins thomas, ivan smagghe und einer weiteren person in dieser box ihr zuhause finden. limitiert auf 1000 stück
die lifesafer-naechte im robert johnson bekommen eine compilation mit elf bisher unveroeffentlichten tracks spendiert. mit von der partie sind the citizens band, roman fluegel, chinaski, massimiliano pagliara, lauer, orson wells, san laurentino, benedikt frey, portable und tuff city kids
achte und letzte folge der >live at robert johnson<-mix-cd-serie! die wahl des legendären offenbacher clubs fiel zum abschluss auf den berliner ausnahme-dj dixon, der sich hiermit ebenfalls vom format mix-cd verabschiedet. daran gibts wohl nichts zu rütteln, denn der mann meint bekanntlich, was er sagt. der gründer des kult-labels innervisions zieht hier aber nochmals alle register. fast 30 minuten zögert er das einsetzen der ersten house-kick-drum heraus. was bei anderen djs ein ermüdendes dauer-intro wäre, ist bei dixon mit stücken zwischen ambient, kraut pop und kosmischer musik hochspannend. >live at robert johnson< enthält musik von Âme, hauschka, cologne tape, agoria, mark e, roman flügel, osunlade (im schwer gehypten Âme-remix), tood terje, et
girl, you know its arto mwambe!indeed, its hard not to recognize this fact, even if you are a boy. >live at robert johnson vol. 6< comes straight from arto mwambes mind and out of their mixing desk guts. instead of grabbing a bunch of records and gluing them togetherthe dynamic duo that is melody boy phillip lauer and rhythm doctor christian beisswenger (brontosaurus, frankfurt am main, untouchable robert johnson resident material and ramonas secret love interests) decided to do exactly that what sets them apart from most of their peers: to play live indeed (as in live and not as in pressing the space bar on a laptop). they simulated an hour in front of the clubs audience and went with it.
back once again with a renegade master. starting the next round of robert johnsons extolled mix and limited box set series is none other than alter egos precious roman fluegel. also known as soylent green, eight miles high, roman iv and under a dozen other pseudonyms, flügel has done it all (insert electronic music genre here) – except for a mix cd.
collectors alert, strictly limited edition box set incl all four fantastic mix cds!! Über cool and equipped with individually mixed sessions by chloe, prins thomas, ivan smagghe and and thomas hammann & gerd janson - live at robert johnson
as sophisticated and knowledgeable jacks of many trades thomas and gerd enjoy a reputation for quality. true believers and idealistic activists, they have run robert johnsons renowned liquid night in offenbach for nine years now: they are men of conviction. they are men who know how house truly works, how it sounds best, what house can evoke and most of all what you need to evoke that. they are house, they care for it and they share it
es gibt in der blassen tanzmusikzeit seit dem verschwinden der glorreichen neunziger nur wenig derart behaarte charakterköpfe wie prins thomas der von disco, krautrock und prog-rock-wissenschaftlern genauso weiß, wie von motor city oder den durchschlagenden argumenten einer roland 909. bisher unser heissester anwärter auf den mix des jahres