Rock, pop, hiphop, electro: at the beginning of every month we shine our search beacon into the nation’s studios and clubs from Kiel up north to Weilheim way down south. Together with Zündfunk, Bavarian Radio’s scene magazine, we showcase the latest music by riveting off-the-charts bands. Pop made in Germany can also be downloaded here.
A reunion with old acquaintances opens the Popcast for the month of November: The wonderful Urlaub in Polen, which had announced their dissolution approximately nine years ago, suddenly emerge again on Hamburg’s traditional label Tapete. As influences they name West Coast Pop, Rhenish Techhouse and the chronically underestimated and unjustly horned early Dire Straits (the first three albums). It sounds wilder than it actually is – their album All is a well thought-out late work, composed with maximum effort and lots of wit by two exceptional artists.
On their own label Ilian (Surgeon, Skee Mask), the Zenker Brothers spread their good vibes in a cosmic journey through a dense sound fog, to finally arrive in their typical harsh breakbeat techno (on their site you can read about destructive delirium).
Orphea is the project of actress Lilith Stangenberg and Filipino musician, poet and filmmaker Khavn, who earlier this year celebrated the premiere at the Berlinale of an anarchic remake of the classic story of Orpheus and Eurydice directed by Alexander Kluge. Produced by Brezel Göring (Stereo Total), they recorded a hypnotic album somewhere between Edith Piaf and Liz Phair, which we can only recommend you check out.
Golf, the ultimate pop band of the Staatsakt imprint (Die Türen) call in sick for Angst vor der Liebe (fear of love), but survive because of their happy moods. Funky Pop, Tropicalismo (sounds about right) and Cosmic Disco help the band to get over their grief. Berlin's talented producer Tom Hessler (photos), who paid attention to "club suitability in the mix", has certainly helped.
And finally, last but not least, we bow to Stuttgart's Unbite, whose partly desolate noise rock is a lot of fun, thanks to the outstanding vocals of bassist Daniela Schübel, even for the more gentle souls, and also fits really well into these times, when irony and/or patience have run out. Unbite sound a little bit like Sonic Youth, a little bit like NoMeansNo, and always like the guy who pokes up the street in front of your door at 7 in the morning.
Author: Angie Portmann Speaker (English): David Creedon
Dear friends of Popcast!
the #PopcastLive series goes into the next round in November with Urlaub in Polen! On Sunday, 29 November at 12:00 pm (EST) the duo featuring Jan Philipp Janzen and Georg Brenner will play a 30-minute streaming concert on the Instagram Channel of the Goethe-Institut (@goetheinstitut). They bring Krautrock, Spacerock, Progrock and electronic elements together and are going to create a cosy autumn evening of a special kind. Be a part of it!
In the early 80s, Germany saw the emergence of the “Neue Deutsche Welle” (New German Wave), a local version of the then brand-new post-punk movement. With Dadaist lyrics and little respect for musical rules, West German youth for a time agreed on their preferences. The music of Erregung öffentlicher Erregung, the opener of this month's popcast, is reminiscent of the music from that time. But their recently released album also deals with unusual topics in terms of content – find out more about them and what they’re about in the Popcast. Then there is news from the to some surely already well-known, bustling electronic musicians Acid Pauli (Notwist, Console) and Toulouse Low Trax (Kreidler, Salon des Amateurs), and brand new discoveries are two Berliners-by-choice – the Swedish Jazz musician Otis Sandsjös and the Chinese electro-pop icon-in-the-making Rui Ho.
In September we offer an eclectic program in our monthly Popcast. This month, we learn of Pirx, a Munich quartet named after the pilot from a story by Stanislaw Lem. In their song Hot Cell they deal with the consequences of nuclear power, sluggish and gloomy, like an echo of the series Dark (Netflix). In contrast, Hamburg's Ashraf Sharif Khan and Viktor Marek aka Sufi Dub Brothers invent the "Sufistep". It's hard to describe it - just take a listen. It's great! There is also music from Berlin - the Argentinean Catnapp is a real new discovery and is known to attentive TV viewers for her cameo in the series Unorthodox. The Ukrainian-German trio Tvii Son reminds us of good old Electroclash times and finally there is news from the HipHop veterans Zugezogen Maskulin.