The rise of the Pirates. A party based on geekiness, internet freedom and an apparent lack of policy on a chasm of political subjects. A new party, standing in its first city election, gets all 15 of their candidates elected. Those standing for “oh fuck it, why not?” reasons are suddenly members of the Berlin parliament, and have to represent the Berliners that elected them. Apart from orange posters and direct talk on indirect interventions in privacy, few really know what they represent or will be able to contribute. It is, nevertheless, the essence of Berlin to throw open an election in such a way, to deliver a protest vote not to extremes but to people who really can’t do harm because they themselves have little idea of a concrete agenda. And of course I support the vote. One protest vote for a Pirate is one less for a “gas-giving” fascist. And that’s an undeniably good thing.
So Berlin has shed its election hubris, said hello to and shrugged its shoulders at the pope (who, apparently, delivered a keynote speech on natural law…), and is having one last foray into the humid rays of sweaty sunshine. To accompany this - auf dem Balkon - I have three tracks to offer before my hangover forces me into a cold shower and a fresh set of clothes.
EINS: Phon.o - Abaw 723. Unhappy two-step, murmuring in shadows and darkest resonance. Emerges from the undercurrents, sucking in energy through increasingly unnerved synthesizers and a typical but curt accusatory vocal. Once emerged, it blossoms, still in skiffle and still digustingly unhappy, morbid, reclusive, a hater of sunshine, summer and hope. This is one for the winter that you would never listen to in winter; you would mercilessly slip and slide on ice, suspended in close and bitter silence. But even now, it’s absolutely masterful stuff.
PHON.O - ABAW723 preview - 50weapons 015 by PHON.O
ZWEI: Throwing Snow and Py - Wallow (Lapulux edit) Throwing Snow have just released a great two-track single called ‘Shadower’ and ‘Sanctum’, but it is to this that I turn my brief - and then enraptured - attention. I came across Lapulux on XLR8R, for the Gwen Stefani remix, but this takes it to the next level of female-vocal distortion. It’s one of those tracks which continually goes through the gears - up, down, suitably maintained - but retains an inherent sense of cogent narrative. The synthesizers cascade down the funky and jutting and danceable beats, while the voice is carried away by the whisps of sultry noise. Ace.
Throwing Snow & Py - Wallow (Lapalux Remix) by Lapalux
DREI: Blawan - What You Do With What You Have This is one of those tracks which you literally cannot wait to get hold of. This soundtracks everything. Angry cycle rides. Breakfast. The balcony. Discussions about refugees and the extent to which George Dubya Bush was an “idiot” (sure he was a highly dislikeable man with even more dislikeable policies, but an “idiot” who got the top without any cogent thought of his own…hmmm). Lunch. And, quite obviously, the dark fucking bowels of the dancefloor as the bass comes crashing through the concrete and the restless industrial noise murders your sanity. ‘Getting Me Down’ was a nice release, Blawan. A nice Brandy vocal. A funky garage beat. But this is evil, brooding music which - to my ears - is completely innovative. It’s a combination of the jut of contemporary garage with the darkness, textures and speed of techno. Sportwriters (and regularly those on the increasingly sensationalist BBC website) too often write “great is a word that is overused in sport” before going on to describe something as such. Like England’s victory over a weakened Romania team or a footballer who failed to reach his pedigree, but appeared decent because everyone around him was crap. Well I’m going to copy Tom Fordyce, because “great (or a derivative thereof) is often an overused word [in music]” and this music is really Great. I mean, really, really great. It is huge. New. Innovative. Beastly. And terrifically unpleasant. And it’s on, in the sunshine. Schones Wochenende. WC X
Blawan - What You Do With What You Have by ProxyChen