Artist Name | Robosonic
Title | Sturm und Drang
Label | Diskomafia
Catalogue | UCD-06
Release Date | 2007-08-22
Street Date | 2007-10-22
Tracks | 12
Genre | Electronic
Homepage | http://www.robosonic.cc
MySpace | http://myspace.com/robosonic
Source | Retail-Promo
Encode Bit rate | 192kbps/44.1Khz
Mode | Stereo
Encoder | LAME 3.97
| Tracklist |
# | Title | Time
01 | Die Kinder vom Kotti | 07:42
02 | Die Blechtrommel | 05:39
03 | Yasmin | 03:43
04 | Der Ritt | 07:17
05 | Kaputt in Hollywood | 04:03
06 | Sprachfehler | 05:05
07 | Die kleine Prinzessin | 03:58
08 | 1984 | 03:49
09 | Die unertraegliche Leichtigkeit des Seins | 04:10
10 | Kabale und Liebe | 05:02
11 | Traumnovelle | 05:41
12 | Die Verwandlung | 08:23
Total | 88.9 MB | 62:32 min |
| About the Album |
The title of their debut album 'Sturm und Drang' (translated literally it means
"Storm and Stress") takes its name from the turbulent German literary period of
the same name which championed the emphatic struggles of the volatile emotional
Sturm und Drang captures the current feelings and attitudes of young
freethinking musicians Sacha Robotti and Cord Henning Labuhn. Although, while it
draws on literary influences, it isn't an attempt at setting a soundtrack to
these famous Germanic literary works. The album is born out of and inspired by
the nocturnal lives and the creative surroundings of the duo, who currently
reside in Berlin and Buenos Aires.
Robosonic deliver intelligent and multidimensional dance music that is at home
in clubs, decadent penthouse parties, alternative festivals and demonstrations,
posh discotheques, illegal raves, fashion shows and obscure private soir??es from
Berlin and Milan to New York and Buenos Aires, but also on your walkman and the
ghettoblaster in your kitchen.
The framework of the album is a humorous, cynical exposure of bourgeois German
culture and language. It can be interpreted as a critical discourse in the
constant struggle to describe music through words, while the music follows its
own dramaturgy and aesthetics.
The design of the cover is a tongue in cheek reference to the famous publisher
'Reclam' and its reknown small yellow books every German pupil had to labour
over in high school. In the CD booklet you will find "Interpretationen zu Sturm
und Drang", acting as the "literary" part of the album project, taking the
concept of the successful club vinyl maxis "Yasmin" (inkl. KOLETZKI & MEINDL und
THE COCONUT WIRELESS Remixes) and "Die Verwandlung" (inkl. JESSE ROSE und
CHRISTOPHER JUST Remixes) one step further.
In the same way that their public do not hail from a homogenous scene, Robotti
and Labuhn come from different musical and social backgrounds, but form an
intact and energy charged team that manages to find solidarity and consensus in
the studio, during performances and on the road.
Productions and remixes (not to mention bootlegs) by Robosonic can already be
found in thousands of DJ's record cases and hard drives long before the release
of this debut album.
Parts of the album evolved over a period of 1-2 years but with the nearing
move/split of Robosonic (Buenos Aires -- Berlin), Sturm und Drang is the fruit
of an intensive three month production period where previous trans-atlantic
ideas solidifed and where not only artistic visions were shared but also a home,
money and sustenance.
The two multi-instrumentalists, DJs and labelrunners were supported by a host of
other musicians who supplied classical and electronic instrumentation.
Saxophone contributions by Sir Speck Wildhorse were chopped up, distorted and
twisted and used in the track "Sprachfehler" which was originally used in the
remix of Le Hammond Inferno (Speech Defects).
Vocals on "Die kleine Prinzessin" are provided by the fantastic jazz singer
Joanna Dong from Singapore, accompanied by Jonas Hauer on the Wurlitzer-piano
and the Theremin as well as Gergely Mohl on cello.
The otherworldliness of "1984" is built up using strings and reverberated layers
of deepness and flows into "Die unertr?ñgliche Leichtigkeit des Seins", a
rippling reminiscence of nostalgic moments.
Jo Kaa's soulful voice in the theatrically poppy "Kabale und Liebe" was reworked
a little with the aid of modern technology. The lyrically plaintive nature of
his words is betrayed by the surprising end in which a female voice pleads for
something more down-to-earth. A Warcraft machinima music video, produced by
Pusteblume and Kim K??ster, adds to the poppy weirdness of the song.
Robosonic is surrounded by an international creative network that communicates
an artistic vision through artwork, painting, design and video.
Field recordings from daily life above and below ground in Berlin and
experimental sound design are craftily assembled with quotes and musical
open-mindedness to form a determined and original style. Tools included
re-soldered video games and guitars dragged through analog synthesisers.
"Kaputt in Hollywood" (named after a book by Charles Bukowski) shows the
humorous and undogmatic side of Robosonic and makes unashamed references to
their activities in the mash-up and bootleg world.
"Yasmin", a bleepy feel-good hymn, is the first single of the album, released on
vinyl on their own label Diskomafia / Undercoverart. "Traumnovelle" uncovers the
suffering of unrequited love, capturing it in a twisted groove.
Influences from hip-hop culture such as scratching techniques are strikingly
obvious in "Die Blechtrommel". Technoid minimalism and life in the metropolis
characterise "Die Kinder vom Kotti", a trip into the hearts of junkies and
joggers and also an ode to Berlin's Kreuzberg Zentrum. With the similarly subtle
album closer "Die Verwandlung" the listener is tempted into a contemplative
after-hours mindstate assisted by the soundscapes of Jo B??nemann.
Despite widely diverging influences and their daring iconoclastic style, "Sturm
und Drang" has one main line: Freedom, initiative and emotion in a driving 4/4
| About the authors |
Robosonic are Schall & Robotti, Robotti & Schall.
Cord Henning Labuhn, born 1984 in L??denscheid, has produced and released hip-hop
and breakbeat records since 2003 mostly on his own label Undercoverart under the
pseudonym Schall. In Berlin he founded the imprint 'BrokenBootlegs' with Gaucho
(and later also with DJ Shir Khan on board) whose releases sold around the
Years of DJ existence, studies in politics and sociology in Berlin have now led
to the pursuit of wisdom and love in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Sacha Robotti, born 1980 in Brussels, has produced and released electronic dance
music since 2004 on his own imprint Diskomafia which is now a
symbiotic-autonomous part of the label Undercoverart. The Italian / German
polyglot studied and worked in Belgium, Scotland, Italy, Australia, the USA and
Afghanistan before settling down in Berlin where he is now committing himself
100% to sound.
After years of DJ existence, classical cello education, studies in architecture
and a Masters degree in Sound Studies at the Berlin University of the Arts he is
now in search of "The Hit" in Berlin.
Props to UPE Crew for the fast release! This one is not meant as a battle and
purposely not labeled as a PROPER, since yours is just fine.
This one though is the official rip with seperate properly ID3-tagged files like
in retail, the booklet, added artwork and background information.