Janis – Forgiveness EP
Janis Guckes is a friendly musician from Frankfurt. His love of music has led him to many a band and project. Socialized in the Robert Johnson Club, where he found his way to club music in the late nineties, he now produces excellent House in his own kitchen. He also runs a label with two friends, “House Is OK”, where he released his first records. Stylewise, he feels at home just in just about any box – and on Mirau 018, he pulls out his heavy, vast coffer of house music. On the “Forgiveness EP”, substantial Detroit numbers shuffle into line on a timeless 12inch. Janisʼ seemingly impulsive way of putting together grooving, tilting tracks hits a nerve; everything falls into place. In honest, brave lines, he sketches out a feeling that we canʼt help but live. The first track, “Forgiveness”, starts out with a warm sample that pumps blood straight to your dancing feet – tangible Deep House. “Greetings from the Netherworld” reaches out and grabs you with a bouncing bass, echoing vocals and hauntlingly beautiful string elements, building up a marching, glittering ensemble. “Illusion of Choice” stoicly stamps and twists from the speakers. The next-door neighbor complains across the freshly trimmed hedge, then breaks down and gives us a tap dance lesson. In “Different from the Rest”, not only he can no longer resist; everyone joins in, because it shuffles so nicely. The swinging bass line carries the tapdancing companions all the way to the end of this enchanting EP.
* OUT NOW …
IRON CURTIS – HORSES REMIXES ***
It’s been almost a year since the release of Iron Curtis’ magical debut „Soft Wide Waist Band“, and now a luscious remix record comes galopping around the corner, riding one of the most beautiful tracks on the album. „Horses“ is taken apart and put back together on this 12″ by the wonderful MOVE D, EDIT PIAFRA &JOHANNES ALBERT,
and THE KDMS…
7 Years of Mirau in a first Compilation available now in digital download stores … an exclusive bonus DJ mix is also included – by none other than Running Back boss Gerd Janson! His personal selection of favourite tracks from the Mirau catalogue are blissfully woven together through a stunning mix he created at the legendary Robert Johnson club. Thank you Gerd!!
Reminiscing over those cold days when the Mirau EP “To An End” warmed our ears like down hood conjures up memories of how Tim Keiling aka Erdbeerschnitzel shook his sample hat, pulled out a ray of canalized, homogeneous heat and pointed it at the dancefloor. Following more such dazzling tracks, brought into circulation via several different platforms, the Erdbeerschnitzel Debut Album is now approaching and will be released on Mirau at the end of the year. The digital single “Through the Night” sets the groove in advance. At its first beats, we are back in the embrace of those fluffy sample breezes and soulful vocal fragments. The bass swings throughout the arrangement, taking a stumble here and there, funking and hiccupping in the pressure of the house beat’s surface. There’s an urge to surrender, toppling and stomping, to the benevolent pump of this music.“Confused” is the second track in this parcel. Along comes a rattling, dense force; from the depths, low-pitched sounds and textures shuffle to the surface, forming a billowing monster of passion that can break hearts. Forgiving sunrays peer through a crack in the club door, venturing out onto the dance floor. We are confused, and happy. It’s daytime again.
After a short break for a few month we are still on the way to release our first album on mirau. We are really looking forward to present you the “Soft Wide Waist Band” from Iron Curtis! It will be a Double Vinyl Pack full of deep warm music.
Iron Curtis – Soft Wide Waist Band(Text: Gerd Janson)
As we all know, there is a first time for everything. In this case, it’s even a debut for both: the Tensnake co-run label Mirau and Iron Curtis.
“Soft Wide Waist Band” is Curtis’ entrance into the world of long players and the first of its kind for the Hamburg imprint that fittingly put the producer on the map with his “Solgerhood EP” in 2009. Three years and a string of releases on Retreat, Kolour, Mule Electronic, remixes for Jacob Korn, Ripperton or Mano Le Tough and a move to Berlin later, Johannes Paluka alias Iron Curtis has matured enough as a producer to take on the heavy burden of a “house music” album – if you want to call it like that at all. Of course, the man has earned his four-to-the-floor stripes navigation between deep house and soulful techno leanings, but he has also managed to steer clear of genre silt. Thus the task of creating a coherent, yet amusing album without blinkers is passed with distinction here.
If you want to peg this boy, you have to do it yourself. Nevertheless, no work of art appears out of thin air. “Soft Wide Waist Band” has it roots firmly planted. It streaks all the places and spaces in the past, present and future: the basic knowledge of engineering skills hones in New York, Chicago and Detroit left its traces here as much as a touch of British freewheeling mixed with the flow and indie poetry of a German country boy who has heard of electronic pop music before (guess who sang all those lovely vocal bits on the album?). While tracks like “Inner Glow” romanticise a road trip on a Midwest interstate and “Horses” offers a ride for DJs like James Holden and Dixon alike, you will meet pieces like the “The Sun” that tickle the soul boy and girl in all of us, wonky slow motion masterpieces (“Planetarium”) or the dreamy pop beat of the album’s eponym. Much like a writer who knows and can recite the entire classical works, but also adores the postmodern tricks, treats and rulebook violations.
Whatever his secret is to wander the narrow path between the norm and its deviation,
Iron Curtis seems to be able to do it blindfolded, wearing nothing but a “Soft Wide Waist Band”.
>> Mirau LP 01 // Releasedate: 21.05.2012