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This Month with music by:

Fazer | City Slang
JASSS | Ostgut Ton
Laura Lee & The Jettes | Duchess Box Records
Nalan | Mansions & Millions
Sissi Rada | Kryptox
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

 

Hope will fly
And they take off
to the past and present skies

Laura Lee & The Jettes "Caterpillar"


Laura Lee & The Jettes Laura Lee & The Jettes | © Suzanne Caroline de Carrasco It is the 15th year for Goethe-Institut Popcast already, and we wish all listeners a happy and also musically excellent New Year. This time, we start with Laura Gertken aka Laura Lee, who at the end of last year has created a small pop masterpiece. Wasteland, the album of one half of the now-disbanded duo GURR, contains 11 short snappy shoegaze pop anthems, of which we present the song Caterpillar. In the interview Laura talks about her career. She will also visit the American continent this year – the slot at SXSW is already booked!
 
 

Sissi Rada is a harpist with Greek roots. On her album Nano Diamond, she goes in search of primitive sounds of old instruments, weaving them with minimal electronics into a beautiful tapestry of sound. The album sports big-name collaborations with, among others, Brian Eno and Andi Toma from Mouse on Mars.
 

I’m in my favorite place on earth
Me, my blanket and my favorite scores
I wrote my own episode
I’m good 4 sure

Nalan "I’m Good"


Nalan Nalan | © Nusa Hernavs
Nalan Karacgil, formerly part of the Gaddafi Gals and known to some as Slimgirl Fat, has produced an album in the first lockdown that uses a wide variety of influences from the last two decades and shines with international level songwriting. On I'm Good. The Crying Tape she reflects on her youth and the changing moods in isolation, as she explains in more detail in the interview.



 
 

Fazer Fazer | © Michael Wong
Fazer
from Munich doesn't want to be considered a jazz band; the influences they mention are too diverse on their third album Plex. Postrock, Afrobeat, experimental pop, dub techno are equally important components of their music for this quintet's music. In their interview, they tell us about their new connection to the renowned Berlin label City Slang.


 


Spanish-born, Berlin-based JASSS JASSS JASSS | © Matt Lambert also wanders between worlds, albeit in electronic realms. Exuberant synth stabs can be found on A World Of Service as well as dark dub experiments and excursions into trip hop, as in the title track presented here.
 

Pleasure
is nowhere to be found
Inside this world of service

JASSS „A World of Service“

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Popcast December 2021

with music by:

Abu Ama | Accidental Meetings
Die Cigaretten | Audiolith
KARL HECTOR presents JOHNNY | Now- Again
ROBERT GÖRL & DAF | Grönland
Vaovao | Staatsakt

Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

Karl Hector presents JOHNNY! Karl Hector presents JOHNNY! | © Now Again Munich-based guitarist and producer Jan Weissenfeldt is one of the most exciting personalities on the German music scene. For many years he has been creating raw, unpolished funk, for example with his Project Poets of Rhythm or the Whitefield Brothers. And now, under the new pseudonym Karl Hector, he presents his new, international Afro-rock project Johnny, based on rock from Zambia. In the interview, he explains how rock and Afro-beat could merge into this fantastic genre.
Vaovao Vaovao | © Anna Jaissle
Also somehow fused and graced with African roots is the project Vaovao of Cologne musicians Hanitra Wagner and Oliver Bersing. Hanitra Wagner is also part of Die Heiterkeit, through which she is certainly already a household name to many. In Vaovao, diverse influences come to the fore, electronic instruments of all kinds prevail and overall the mood remains calm and controlled.


Abu Ama Abu Ama | © Abu Ama The same can be said of the mysterious Abu Ama from Bielefeld, whose analog dub sound radiates such an intense calm that you can literally see the smoke billowing through your living room when you listen to it. In the interview, he explains how his productions can be compared to carpets — if they exist at all. Because if, as it has been claimed, the city of Bielefeld is in fact a deception, perhaps Abu Ama would also be an illusion. That would also fit well with his sound.

It's helpful at this point that the band with the very Die Cigaretten Die Cigaretten | © Katja Ruge concrete name Die Cigaretten brings us safely back to reality. Like good therapy, their new album Emotional Eater reflects the band’s collective feelings, which, according to them, magically turn into compositions. It will be released on the ingenious Hamburg label Audiolith, which regular Popcast listeners are surely familiar with. In this context, we would like to recommend the captivating portrait Wildes Herz, which is about the band Feine Sahne Fischfilet, labelmates on Audiolith. You can watch it for free in our film series Im Zeichen des Widerstands on Goethe on Demand.
Robert Görl Robert Görl | © Rick Burger
It has become a tradition to present a revived classic as the last Popcast contribution, but this time it’s about the new music of a classic act. Robert Görl, founding member of DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) returns with what is presumably his last work under this name after the passing of his bandmate Gaby Delgado-Lopez. The work consists in large parts of tracks already produced years ago, from which Görl has now made with Nur Noch Einer the swan song to an important chapter of German music history.
 


Popcast November 2021

With music by:

Gewalt | Clouds Hill
Isolation Berlin | Staatsakt
Maria Portugal | Fun in the Church
Niklas Wandt | Bureau B
Sam Shackleton | Woe To The Septic Heart

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon

November's Popcast once again features news from the German music scene, with lots of music and Isolation Berlin Isolation Berlin | © Noel Richter interviews in which music makers have their say. One of the most interesting new releases of the month is the third album of Isolation Berlin, Geheimnis. Singer Tobias Bamborschke goes on an introspective journey as the album deals with personal crises and mental health issues. What sets the album the title track apart from the competition are the clever lyrics, in which imaginary figures represent individual aspects of a person. More about this in the interview.

Ich werd' mich ändern, werd' mich ändern, irgendwann

(I'll change, I'll change, someday)
Tobias Bamborschke, Isolation Berlin


A world apart is also the drummer, percussionist, producer, radio journalist and DJ Niklas Wandt, who is also Niklas Wandt Niklas Wandt | © Harriet Meyer known from his band Stabil Elite. His new album Solar Müsli is an exciting, partly challenging mix of synthesizers, acoustic instruments and various samples. But the basis is always the rhythm, Niklas Wandt's safe place. He explains in an interview how his electronic project and the jazz scene fit together.

Introspective, meditative, and multi-layered — these attributes fit Sam Sam Shackleton Sam Shackleton | © Sam Shackleton Shackelton's psychoactive sound collages ("ritual trance" is what he calls it, which is a quite fitting description). Pleasant memories of the gloomy dub of the 90s come to mind. Definitely music for the after hour.

Not suitable for chilling, however, is the rumbling sound of Gewalt (not to be confused with All Diese Gewalt). The central figure of the Gewalt Gewalt | © Magnus Winter project is Berlin scene veteran, singer and guitarist Patrick Wagner, whose self-confidence is on full display in the interview. Musically, Gewalt are brutal but disciplined. There is not one unnecessary note, everything is well thought out and precise. For several years now Gewalt have already built up a sworn fan base at countless shows, so that with the upcoming debut album Paradies one can speak without exaggeration of a long-awaited release.

Ein Klang, ein Bett und eine Armee

(A sound, a bed and an army)
Patrick Wagner, Gewalt

María Portugal María Portugal | © Kristina Zalesskaya
Finally, we introduce the Brazilian experimental musician Mariá Portugal, who now lives in Germany. She was invited last year to the great Moers Festival, which is surely known to some from ourdossier on music festivalsin Germany. Moers is also the birthplace of her new album Erosão — an exciting, inventive and challenging work that can best be classified under jazz, with much more to discover.
 


Popcast October 2021

With music by:

Glasgow Coma Scale | Tonzonen Records
Gudrun Gut und Mabe Fratti | Umor Rex Records
Keshavara | Papercup Records
Faust | Bureau B
Thala | Duchess Box

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon


Keshavara Keshavara | © Niclas Weber Keshavara, a Cologne duo previously known only to insiders, take it easy. Their Manjula Mantra, featured in our October Popcast, skillfully meanders between cultures, eras and styles. But the best thing about the daring but coherent mix is a certain ever-present funkyness. The lyrics, especially when performed in German, are another factor that draws attention. Is this Dada? A truly fascinating piece of music, which the two musicians explain in more detail in the interview. The current album Kabinett der Phantasie was just released if you would like to hear more.

Unter den Palmen liegt ein Geheimnis

(Under the palms lies a secret)
Keshavara

Music from Germany has never especially been characterized by relaxedness, so it is all the more amazing to have another dreamy piece of music in this Thala Thala | © Celestecall month’s selection. Thala, whose concept album Adolescence is about the process of growing up, reminds in its best moments of Angel Olsen. In the interview she tells the slightly hippiesque story of her artistic development.

The Frankfurt trio Glasgow Coma Scale also Glasgow Coma Scale Glasgow Coma Scale | © GCS doesn't exactly fit into the German music landscape. At the very least, it's certainly the first time instrumental stoner rock has been featured on the Popcast. Their irrepressible energy and the technical perfectionism on display in their track Magik, are, as you will hear, a good reason to take a close listen.
 

I contemplate my life into pieces every day

Thala


Back in more familiar territory, we meet again the genius of Gudrun Gut, co-founder of Malaria!, Mania D and Monika Enterprises, who is back with an exciting collaboration with Gualtemalan experimental musician Mabe Gudrun Gut & Mabe Fratti Gudrun Gut & Mabe Fratti | © Daniel Castrejón Fratti. Together they crafted a multi-layered and brooding album about the climate with Let's Talk About the Weather. Mabe Fratti’s cello meets snippet recordings of (their?) conversations, field recordings, electronic manipulations. An impressionist collage of sounds resulting in an eerie dystopia. It is not without pride that we point out that the two met during a project of the Goethe-Institut. More about this in the interview.
 
And finally, once again a first in the current Popcast: the presentation of a reissue. Faust, the legendary Krautrock-band that never came to stardom in their home country, are releasing their first four albums from the early 1970’s in a luxurious 8 CD (or 7 vinyl) box set including a never released album and countless unissued studio tracks.


Popcast September 2021

With music by:

Breezy | Breezy
Henning Hans | Stargazerrecords
Die Radierer | Blitzkrieg Pop Records
Moritz von Oswald Trio | Modern Recordings
Nene H | Incienso

Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon

Moritz von Oswald Trio Moritz von Oswald Trio | © Charlotte Duale The Moritz von Oswald Trio returns to the Popcast in this Sepetember edition - with the meditative piece Chapter Four from the album Dissent, which this time shows more influences of jazz and dub. Morith von Oswald is supported by American experimental musician Laurel Halo and jazz drummer Heinrich Köbberling, whose tireless work gives the album its direction.
 

Ich will jede Menge Spass
Ich will ins Gute Laune Land

[I want to have a lot of fun / I want to go to Good Mood Land]
Die Radierer

With a lot of soul, but also blues, the Berliner-by-choice Breezy tackles hip hop. Since 2019 she has been Breezy Breezy | © Rhys Anderson living in the German capital, with which, as she explains in the interview, she has a love-hate relationship. Her talent for combining African-American styles has shaped her music, but she is also skilled in collaborations. In 2020, she released the multilingual Savage Rap with Haszcara, Alice Dee, Cupid and others, and is now presenting her album Schwarzfahren, which also features some exciting guests, including Australian slam poet Arielle Cottingham, whose poem The Berlin Poem she set to music and which is presented here.
 
But the Popcast draws even wider geographical circles: Europe too, both Henning Hans Henning Hans | © Henning Hans the continent and the idea are negotiated in the Popcast. The hitherto unknown musician Henning Hans has single-handedly recorded his album Ich hatte mein Handy hätte man mich gebraucht, which also features the Europe song Ode an die Freude, which we present in this edition of the Popcast, so named in ironic reference to Friedrich Schiller's poem. A very interesting discovery.
 
Bone dry bass, hysterical vocals and good humor come from Germany's oldest post punk band Die Radierer. Contemporaries of such illustrious Die Radierer Die Radierer | © Die Radierer colleagues as Fehlfarben or Palais Schaumburg, they've been around in the music scene for over 40 years now, and here they present a song that has been unfinished for 40 years. Sometimes it just takes a little longer, but the wait was worth it. At least they haven't lost any energy.
 

Kann ich bitte endlich gehen

[Can I please go now]
Nene H

Nene H Nene H | © Paul Krause One of the world's most exciting new acts in electronic music is Turkish-born Nene H, who is best known in Germany for her ground breaking performances at CTM Festival and Berlin Atonal and is based in Berlin and Copenhagen. Trained in classical music, the artist draws on her diverse talents and multicultural experiences to create her dark and genre-bending tracks full of atmosphere and emotional density. The German press has been overflowing with praise ever since. Here we present her introspective track Reue from the just released debut album Ali, named after her late father.


Popcast August 2021

with music by:

Anika | INVADA Records
Hotel Kali | Antime Records
KMRU | Injazero Records
Peter Muffin Trio | Glitterhouse 
Zouj | City Slang
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon


Variety is the watchword of the August edition of the Popcast. We start with former Anika Anika | © Sven Gutjahr journalist Anika, who became famous through her collaboration with Portishead's Geoff Barrow. She used to be fondly compared to the immortal Nico, and there's no denying the vocal resemblance today, but by now the radical lo-fi aesthetic has given way to a minimal elegance that's just as hypnotic and austere, but much more cohesive than the song sketches on the debut solo album released on Stones Throw Records more than 10 years ago

The pandemic was like a magnifying glass for all the problems.

Anika

Zouj, we'll quote the Berlin-based record label City Slang's info sheet here, is "all about Zouj Zouj | © jamal Cazare finding the soul in synthetic sounds: 'I try to make my machines sound human by emulating mistakes, randomness and tempo fluctuations, while doing my best as a human to sound like a machine.'" This is evidenced on Leipzig-based artist Zouj's short mixtape Tagat, out now and featured here. The track F100te, which can be heard here, is a bass track reduced to the extreme, whose narrow shape is enriched with small melodies from the Arabic cultural area. A very interesting discovery.

Each track reflects an event, a space or a place.

KMRU

KMRU KMRU | © Thukia Hailing from Nairobi, Berlin-based all-round artist KMRU loves the sound of the city. His ambient album Logue, enriched with field recordings from walks in Berlin and Nairobi, is a good example of how complexity can work even in simple structures. Besides the sparse use of a few synthesizers, the percussion arrangements originating from East African culture is particularly striking. A beautiful, haunting work by a multidimensional artist who, despite his young age (he's only 24), can already look back on a remarkably large and wide-ranging body of work

Disco for me, Disco for you, Disco for all!

Hotel Kali

Hotel Kali also have a real multicultural background, but this time it's Berlin-based Hotel Kali Hotel Kali | © Arhan Sett musician and composer Theresa Stroetges (Golden Diskó Ship) who created the project (you can learn the funny story about the origin of the name in the interview) during an artist residency in Calcutta. The resulting Indian Krautrock has such density that one wonders why this cosmic mix wasn't attempted before. Like Stereolab gone mad on Sunday morning.

Is it always like this? Yes, it's always like this!

Peter Muffin Trio

Peter Muffin Trio Peter Muffin Trio | © Marina Buneta Of course, no one of the Peter Muffin Trio is actually named Peter Muffin. The trio, made up of members of Stuttgart's pop bohemia, named its album of gnarly guitar rock hits after the controversial Stuttgart 2021 train station project (which, of course, could not be completed this year as planned). It was released on sympathetic label Glitterhouse Records from the Weser mountain region, organizer of the annual boutique festival Orange Blossom Special, part of our new dossier on music festivals in Germany, which might be of interest to some Popcast listeners.


Popcast July 2021

with music by:

Fehler Kuti | Alien Transistor
Maulgruppe | Major Label
Sophia Kennedy | City Slang
Stimming | Stimming Recordings
Tuvaband | Passions Flames

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon

  Sophia Kennedy Sophia Kennedy | © Benjakon In our July Popcast, we are happy to present Sophia Kennedy from Hamburg, who Fehler Kuti Fehler Kuti | © Andreas Neumeister has delivered a fantastic pop album together with her partner in crime Mense Reents. Some will surely know him from his work with Die Goldenen Zitronen and Egoexpress. On their new album Monsters Sophia Kennedy demonstrates an incredible versatility, which she always puts at the service of the pursuit of the perfect tune. In the interview, she explains how this collaboration came about, and how the division of labor between the two works.

Out of the Notwist universe, and released on their own label Alien Transistor, Fehler Kuti has his say. His playful loops of kraut-ey analog electronics revolve around themes like the importance of getting involved in the discussion about solidarity with minorities and

Ein Fehler kann doch jedem mal passieren.

[Mistakes can happen to anyone]
Fehler Kuti "Professional People"

actively opposing racist structures and identity-political currents.
  Maulgruppe Maulgruppe | © Tamer Fawzy Tuva Hellum Marschhäuser, on the other hand, is all about introspection in her project, the somewhat awkwardly named Tuvaband. She has created her album Growing Pains & Pleasures largely solo in her home studio during the lockdown. The Berlin native with Norwegian roots explores personal themes like the effects of isolation triggered Stimming Stimming | © Randy Rocket by the pandemic in her elfin alternative pop. Her airy sound, carried by gentle keyboards and jangling guitars, is a beautiful companion in lonely hours.
 
Jens Rachut will probably not be known to too many people on this side of the Atlantic, yet he is one of the most important figures of German punk. The now almost seventy-year-old veteran of the scene adds another project to his considerable life's work - his bands bear names like Angeschissen, Dackelblut or the unforgotten Blumen am Arsch der Hölle - the Maulgruppe. The piece presented here also

Red flying kites in the sky
What a perfect day for us to spеnd outside
Like a ghost in a suit
I'm floatin' down the boulеvard

Sophia Kennedy „Orange Tic Tac“

features a reunion with the recently deceased Françoise Cactus of Stereo Total. The piece Kakteen verblühen nie tells of how the two met in Burgundy and became lifelong friends.
 
You will remember Hamburg's Stimming for his collaboration with Solomun and a minimal but extremely consistent club sound. Today, on his new album Ludwig he shows his experimental side. He still employs his trademark lovingly collected field recordings, but musically he has turned a corner to a very multi-layered experience that occasionally even ventures into classical realms. Stimming explains in an interview where his closeness to nature comes from and how it became an influence on his music.

Anniversary concert: 150th edition of Popcast

On the occasion of this anniversary, a special live edition would be streamed from the Habibi Kiosk at the Münchner Kammerspiele on Friday, 09.07.2021 – with concerts as well as a talk with Ralf Summer, one of the two faces behind the Popcast voice! Together with the musicians, he looked back on the 13-year history of the Popcast. 

We look forward to the next 150 editions!
Video on YouTube - Anniveräry-Concert 150th Edition POPCAST (07/2021)


Popcast June 2021

with music by:

Der Plan | Bureau B
Fred Red x Maura | Sichtexot
Haiyti | Haiyti Records
Mine | Virgin Music
Skee Mask | Ilian tape

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon



Fanuks auf der Bühne The Fanuks on stage (very rare image!) | © Der Plan/Bureau B The discussion about automated art processes is far-reaching and more often than not touches on the concept of art itself and specifically the question of whether a machine can be creative at all. The electronic anarcho-Dadaists of the Düsseldorf group Der Plan did not ask themselves this question in the mid-1980s when they invented the Fanuks; robots that were supposed to make them immortal. However, the project was not completed by the time the group disbanded. It was only when sifting through old tapes that these recordings came to light again, and so in 2021 we are happy to hear new tracks from Der Plan aka Fanuks. However – it is not clear at this point whether the band itself was involved at all, or whether the robots created in their image have completely replaced them in the meantime. But would that make a difference?

 

Uin Uin Mun Kona Bap Uin

Der Plan "Uin Uin Mun Kona Bap Uin"

Fred Red x Maura Relaxed: Fred Red x Maura | © Matthias Erhardt From a completely different planet come Fred Red x Maura. Here you feel neither fear of transience nor the need for dehumanization - on the contrary, the duo's harshly sampled breakbeat so elegantly circumnavigates the harmonies of their relaxed hip-hop soul that it warms the soul. A strong contrast. 
 

Du magst Scheiße, doch es ist schon okay
Es ist so okay, es tut niemandem weh

Mine "Audiot"

Orange: Mine Orange-ly suddenly: Mine | © Simon Hegenberg Jasmin Stocker, known under her stage name Mine, presents her sixth album. The naturally relaxed singer-songwriter with roots in hip-hop has become an orange-coloured art figure. The extraordinary collaborations and rhymed street lyric remain, but musically the production has clearly landed in the mainstream, which is impressively evident on the Popcast.

 

Mich tröstet der Nieselregen
Was für ein mieses Leben

Haiyti "Mieses Leben"

Gangster? Haiyti! Gangster? Haiyti! | © Tim Bruening The always breathless Hamburg native Haiyti, Germany's queen of trap, released her new album Mieses Leben without any announcement in mid-April, a wicked masterpiece without which this month's Popcast would not be complete.  Thematically, of course, she remains faithful to the gangster genre, but the album also allows moments of self-doubt.

 
Camera-shy Skee Mask, one of Germany's most versatile and exciting Kontaktlinse verloren: Skee Mask Looking for a contact lens: Skee Mask | © Ilian Tape producers, released his album Pool in May. The 18-track work straddling ambient surfaces and wild jungle have earned him the reputation of the 'German Aphex Twin'. On Popcast, he represents the country's electronic underground, which is extremely experimental and still far from striving for commercial compromise.


Popcast May 2021

with music by:

Die P | 365xx
Irakli | Dial Records
Ja, Panik | Bureau B
Messer & Toto Belmont | Turnland
Servicio Al Cliente | Imara
Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon



The May Popcast begins on an optimistic note with Juliana Martinez' Servicio Al Cliente. Her gentle electro-pop, now released on a sublabel of the Cologne-based Kompakt empire, was created in Berlin, the Ja, Panik Ja, Panik | © Max Zerrahn Colombian's new home. Kindness is the irrefutable first impression of this minimalist electro distillate of Latin American cool.

Ja, Panik have called their new album Die Gruppe (the group), on which they impress with an elegant mixture Toto Belmont Toto Belmont | © Iiri Poteri of German and English and sprawling, polished pop. Panic however is the last thing that comes to mind; according to the interview, the pieces produced in the transformed pigsty of one of the band’s members mother seem mature and detached. This is probably also due to the long creative hiatus, in which the band was able to mature. But listen to learn more about their development as a, well, group.
Irakli Irakli | © Robert Kulisek
The Hamburg label Dial brings us the debut album of a veteran of the Berlin techno scene. Irakli Kiziria leaves space between sounds and tracks, his multi-layered album, and also the track Surface presented here, is perfectly staged listening, just like you are used to from Dial and its regular artists like Lawrence and Efdemin.

But as Irakli also points out, it's important to engage with the unplanned as well, which leads directly to the Messer Messer | © Moritz Hagedorn band Messer. One of Germany's best post-post-punk bands has teamed up with Finnish artist Toto Belmont to release an entire dub album. A certain reggae affinity could always be heard in the quartet, but this takes it to another level completely! And so No Future Days, which was released last year, became No Future Dubs without further ado, of which Popcast presents their favorite song Versiegelter Dub II. In the interview they explain how it all came about.

We are especially happy to introduce Die P. The musician from tiny Bonn, the former capital city, has finally released her debut album six years after the release of her first track. A raw, multi-layered and thoroughly Die P Die P | © Tristan Barkowski honest hip-hop masterpiece that will finally establish Die P in the German music scene. Also interesting is her new label, which exclusively signs female musicians. Read more in the interview on Popcast!

The April Popcast of the Goethe-Institut is a pleasant thing. After a year of pandemic, music listening, but also Modeselektor Modeselektor in the forest | © Birgit Kaulfuss music making, has changed, adapted. Apart from dubious attempts to simulate club nights via Zoom, one of the most annoying (and shortest) hypes of the 80s - cocooning - is now reality. Traveling is now a virtual affair and the past before the pandemic has become a distant memory. Stories, like the one Sofia Kourtesis tells in her beguiling track La Perla, in which she encourages her dying father, become our own experiences in an environment so barren of external stimuli. One just hasn't quite gotten accustomed to social isolation yet.
 

With music by:

Anna Erhard | Radicalis
Driftmachine | Umor Rex Records
Modeselektor feat. Paul St. Hilaire | Monkeytown Records
Sofia Kourtesis | Technicolour/Ninjatune
Triorität x Lukas Lehmann | Kryptox

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon


The lucky ones among the confined, in this case electro-celebrities Modeselektor, had the chance Triorität Triorität discover photography | © Triorität to look back and forward together. In times of unlimited horizons, the duo found the necessary peace to reach far for a new mixtape. The track presented in our Popcast features dub legend Paul St. Hilaire aka Tikiman, known for many years as one of the voices of Berlin's Rhythm & Sound. A galaxy away, also somehow a long time ago, Mathias Modica's imprint Gomma has dedicated itself to modern jazz. He has stayed the course, as the collection Kraut Jazz Futurism, now already Vol. 2 can prove. It is musically represented by Triorität x Lukas Lehmann. But of course, the maestro himself has his say as well in the interview.


Anna Erhard Trespassing: Anna Erhard | © Greta Attinger Pleasant is also the world of Anna Erhard, who some years ago followed friends to Berlin to devote herself to the arts. Listening to her beautiful escapist anthem Trick Myself, the preference to listen in solitude becomes clear. After all, that's what it's about. And finally, there is a great joy in discovering Driftmachine, whose new work Spume & Recollection reminds of the aforementioned Rhythm & Sound. A hypnotic, introverted, loveable gem that the term 'dubtechno' only inadequately describes. I wonder if Amazon has it. If not, maybe it was just a long, quiet dream.

Our March Popcast is the best testament to the diversity of the German music landscape. This edition begins Masha Qrella Masha Qrella | © Diana Naecke with Masha Qrella, who usually sings in English and musically oscillates between pop and electronic. She is now releasing her first German-language album, "Woanders." In our interview, the East Berlin native explains the reasons for this change of heart and where the lyrics come from.

20 years ago, a strange song appeared on German radio stations. The singer was gone, he was on the "Sonnendeck” (Sun deck). The artist, a young man named Meinrad Jungblut, began a charmingly modest career with it under the name PeterLicht, who has given the German pop Mouse On Mars Mouse On Mars | © Valentin Paster landscape quite a few fantastic albums filled with clever poetry.  We present the new album "Beton und Ibuprofen".

Also around for a while, but blessed with an incomparably greater international profile, are the fantastic Mouse On Mars, whose new album AAI is about artificial intelligence - and not only about it, but was also created using it. Learn more in the interview.

with music by:

Deadbeat meets the Mole | BLKRTZ 
Emeka Ogboh | Ostgut
Masha Qrella | Staatsakt
Mouse on Mars | Thrill Jockey
PeterLicht | Tapete Records

Author: Ralf Summer
Speaker (English): David Creedon


Deadbeat and The Mole Deadbeat and The Mole | © Cherie The Montreal-Berlin circle closes with the presentation of two musicians who are well known here - Deadbeat and The Mole, who have both emigrated to Berlin years ago and have meanwhile started families there. Their joint album "Deadbeat meets the Mole" is not their first collaboration - but their first recording together. In the interview they tell us more about their new life, the Panorama Bar, playgrounds and Neukölln.

And finally we get to know the fascinating universe of Nigerian sound Emeka Ogboh Emeka Ogboh | © Marco Krüger artist Emeka Ogboh, who releases his exciting sound collage based on field samples from his hometown Lagos, on the sublabel A-Ton of the famous Berghain label Ostgut Tonträger.


Popcast February 2021

With music by:

Albertine Sarges | Moshi Moshi Music
Grandbrothers | City Slang
Invisible Temple | Permanent Vacation
The Notwist | Morr Music
The Waves| Yoyaku Agancy

Author: Angie Portmann
Speaker (English): David Creedon
 

Yes, you're free today!
And you don't shake hands
With the people that you don't like

Albertine Sarges

The February Popcast starts with the presentation of one of the (probable) highlights of the year - the new album by Weilheim superstars The Notwist. Now without keyboardist Martin Gretschmann aka Console aka Acid Pauli, brothers Markus and Micha Acher and Cico Beck have invited a number of guests. In the interview they explain why their new album sounds so warm and inviting. But the best testimony to that is the song featured here, "Al Sur," which they recorded with the wonderful Juana Molina.

A wonderful new discovery is the debut album by Berlin-based Albertine Sargas, just released on British superlabel Moshi Moshi (Hot Chip, Au Revoir Simone). Presented here is her good-humored manifesto for greater personal freedom "Free Today," a delightful blend of gospel and new wave: she also has her say in the interview, talking about her counter-strategies in an unstable world where madness increasingly seems to reign. The axis of the good, Zurich-Wuppertal-Berlin-Bochum, is the life path of the duo Grandbrothers, who present an excellent third album with "All The Unknown" on City Slang. They talk about their exciting technique of making a grand piano the central instrument for more than just piano sounds, and how the pandemic has changed their approach to production.

For "Maya," the new album of Berlin-based DJ Maayan Nidam, she not only took her old stage name The Waves out of mothballs, but she also even founded a label specifically for its release. She can't quite turn her back on club music as her musical home, but the tracks on the album are more in the realm of dark pop, as can be clearly seen in "I'm Still Here" which is presented here.

Who still remembers the great Munich label Permanent Vacation, named after a summer dream that unfortunately became truth last year. But Invisible Temple don't despair - label founder Benjamin Fröhlich his partner-in-crime Florian Peter aka Bostro Pesopeo dare to travel back in time to the 90s and hypnotize themselves and their fans with dubby electronics from the Digidub era, generously quoting from King Tubby and Adrian Sherwood.

#PopcastLive - 27 February 2021: Concert with Albertine Sarges and Band
Highlights-Video on Instagram (02/2021)


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