Tennerz: Kölsch feat. Gregor Schwellenbach – Talbot (Kompakt)
Could this be that we’ve got into cars here on IDMW? Well, not really, as a matter of fact. Besides, chances are great that many of us haven’t seen a Talbot in the streets for ages. To the exception of Britain maybe where the Talbot were manufactured. Or eventually France where Peugeot S.A. revived use of the name between 1978 and 1994.
The Talbot we’re talkin’ about now isn’t a car, as you might have guessed. But the title of a beautiful gem that sees up and coming Danish Techno producer Kölsch teaming up with Cologne-based classically trained composer Greg Schwellenbach.
Here we go for a nostalgic trip, out of what stands as a collection of postcards from Kölsch‘s youth days when he was travelling to Europe, seating at the back of his parents’ car. With chances being great this happened to be a Talbot.
An outstanding sonic journey; the man describing his music as Romantic Techno. With strings arrangements and harmonies somehow reminding of Faze Action‘s classic ‘Moving Cities’. Don’t you think???
Annie Mac describing it as one of the essential releases of the year… Something which we fully subscribe to!
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Not to be missed with the German beer of the name, Kölsch is the shortname of Danish Techno producer Rune Reilly Kölsch. A native of Copenhagen, he has spent his childhood in a Hippie environment full of creativity. with thanks to his parents who were both artists as well.
Finding his influences in Hip-Hop and Pop, but most likely in the legacy of Jeff Mills and Derrick May, Rune started producing in 1995. Therefore embarking on a string of success stories. In 2003 he released the multi-million selling saxophone-infused ‘Calabria’. A pivotal track that led to collaboration requests pouring in from various artists. From Nicki Minaj to Shakira and Flo Rida. Not to mention GusGus, Coldplay and Sven Väth. He soon after set up Tattoorecs. Meanwhile releasing pioneering underground tracks with no titles but just tattoos for artwork. As many efforts which most likely garnered critical acclaim and support from Minimal and Techno trailblazers. Beginning with Sven Väth. But also Richie Hawtin, Magda, Tiefschwarz and Ricardo Villalobos.
This appreciation of the complete musical spectrum has gifted Rune with a devotion to groove and melodics. And with this the dexterity to input real creative change to the genres he reveres, not least his beloved techno. “2010 was the year of the ketamine house wave, where the music was 118 bpm and everything was extremely boring”, he said. “I wanted some melodic techno, some energy back in this scene. People needed the energy to express themselves and go crazy for a bit.”
This notion faced opposition, even from within Rune’s close circles. But it was Kompakt founder Michael Mayer who had the insight to see what the man was trying to achieve. This givin’ birth to a collaboration which has never ceased since then. Kölsch releasing 2 albums so far, by the likes of ‘1977’ and ‘1983’, respectively in 2013 and 2015. And a third one – ‘1989’ – awaited for release on Sept. 22, 2017.
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