after releasing a brilliant and stomping three-tracker on kontra-musik white label last year, ex-durian brother harmonious thelonious returns to the kontra-musik family with an absolute gem of a record. this is everything we want dance music to be: characterful, playful and impossibly funky. harmonious thelonious is a master of crafting organic sounding rhythms but arranging them in a manner that reminds one of a 1970 s car factory. primal pulses running through modern assembly lines, gears and pistons covered in green lianas. the result is a perfect symbiosis between living tissue and mechanical parts - dance music for primitive cyborgs.
stefan schwander aka harmonious thelonious is definitely not a newcomer. he has been around for a long time and has already released lots of amazingly varied music on labels such as emotional response, italic, meakusma and diskant. he’s also an integral part of the infamous duesseldorf / salon des amateurs axis that is an obvious hotbed of talent. he describes his style as -american minimalism vs. african drumming vs. european sequencing-, a heady mixture which is clearly evident on this ep though with a definite middle eastern twist. here at versatile hq we were introduced to this clutch of tracks by one of the members of acid arab and we were totally blown away. stefan has a very unique production style, fusing all of the above elements with a hint of gamelan, a dash of tweaked fm synthesis type sounds with a dose of warm ambience and finally his own singular touch on the mix. we are very happy to present you these 4 tracks to you, an essential ep from one of european music s true originals.
durian brothers album das macht modern, released on kontra-musik in 2014, remains one of the most sought after highlights in our catalogue. the mad scientists of salon des amateurs produced an eccentric masterpiece that can be described in a multitude of ways, straight dance music not being one of them. one of the brothers, stefan schwander, fills this gap with his solo project harmonious thelonious. inspired by american minimalist music and african rhythm patterns, the result is muscular and twangy like an old radboud mens record on steroids. moist and mechanical at the same time.
the new ep by harmonious thelonious called ting tong ep is ready to be released. its the second record on asafa. this time its getting melodious, especially on track one and four. almost a bit like holger czukays genious song called persian love but without the short waves. the track a.o. seems to play in the jungle (its a street jungle in whereever) and profaner tanz starts with a noise pad and ends with repetitive guitars.
four stripped down, hypnotic tribal-cuts by harmonious thelonious aka stefan schwander of antonelli electr. fame. he perfectly describes his style as >american minimalists vs. african drumming vs. european sequencing<.
the world is spinning, and so is harmonious thelonious, the latest project by stefan schwander (aka antonelli). the düsseldorfers 2010 album talking conquered new rhythmic worlds with afro-industrial music fueled by dizzying sequencer patterns, garnering much praise for its global mixture of sound. (featured from international resident advisor magazine and uks bbc music over caribous global dj sets to record of the month in german de:bug magazine) as an electronic musician, schwander has always seen himself as a kind of human filter who gathers his listening experiences into something previously unheard. yet strange new sounds and melodies are not merely used as decorative ornaments, but work as unified elements in a fearless balancing act between the pulse of africa and the electronic groove of europe. on his second album, >listen<, the harsh combination of the reduced pattern structures of american minimalist music with african-inspired rhythms heard on >talking< has now given way to a bright, vivid harmony that seems much more direct, within which sometimes rages the rhythmic fever of south america. musical boundaries are fluid and make way for a new form of danceable world music
american minimalism vs. african drumming vs. european sequencing harmonious thelonious, the new electronic project by stefan schwander (aka antonelli), combines the reduced serial structures of american minimalist music with african rhythms and european sequencing. without any ideological agenda, the d³sseldorf-based musician blends gripping harmonic and rhythmic patterns to create an entirely new kind of club music. he conjures up hypnotic voodoo atmospheres - danceable, challenging, and melodically playful.
5 years since midnight shift’s first release in 2012, the label assembles a collective of artists, most of them are in advance of their full eps releasing later. representing the sounds of the label is this manual of secret moves, up in the sleeves. the mystic motley crew also comprises the alternate sides of familiar faces — amato (the hacker), terry lamborgini (marco bernardi), innyster (seixlack), hodge in a new formation with gramrcy, and an electro moniker from an undisclosed artist: thermocline. from abstract acrobatics to the abrasive and the ultimate gob smack to the floor — the midnight manual.
brain machines peaks lp was a highlight of the emotional response catalogue last year, and its only right that the album gets a high-class set of remixes to accompany it. the label have pulled out the stops here with an all-star cast, leading in with salon des amateurs dreamweaver toulouse low trax who drops a pinging, plucking version of light space. then gigi masin steps up with an illustrious revision of crystal clouds, while harmonious thelonious brings a heavy yet measured, techno-minded presence to traces. ronny & renzo round the package out with playful synth splashes on their version of eclipse predictions.
the inaugural blank mind — a jab jab carnival banger from grenada — revisited by shake shakir, harmonious thelonious and alan johnson. adrian lenz cover me (shake shakir remix), adrian lenz cover me (shake shakir instrumental), sandman no prisoners (alan johnson remix) sandman no prisoners (harmonious thelonious remix)
am kinem vereint house, hip hop, techno und electronica in dieser auswahl auf eine eigene art und weise. vereinzelt aufgenommen im studio h1-3, welches teil der größten ddr radioanstalt ist, wird -mavi soul- durch eine reihe von remixkuenstlern, mit verschiedensten hintergruenden aus hip hop, house, techno erweitert.
2017 re-issuejohn talabot reiht sich in den erlesenen kreis der dj kicks compilations ein. sein dj kicks mix wird im oktober auf !k7 veroeffentlicht. oriol riverola aka john talabot gehoert aktuell zu den gefeiertsten djs und produzenten