Sunday, 28 September 2014

KLANGKARUSSELL - ALBUM REVIEW

Klangkarussell - Netzwerk 
Klangkarussell - Netzwork

It must be one of those quirky twists of fate that two of my favourite albums of the year are dance albums that have come out of Austria. Parov Stelar's 'The Art Of Sampling' is still an ever present in my car stereo and has recently been joined by Klangkarussell's new long player 'Netzwerk'. The Salzburg duo kick things off with 'Eistee' and immediately you're transported to a trancey, dubby, blissed out dance tent somewhere at a festival around sunset as the instrumentals and bird noises mingle in the air waves. 'Netzwerk (Fall Like Rain)' is more of an uplifting, arms in the air dance tune with some gorgeous tribal vocals and chord changes that make you want to rip your shirt off and dance in the rain. The vibe on 'Berlin' is slightly more subdued but again the melodies kick in and you realise we're dealing with slick, professional dance heavyweights. It is on 'We Want Your Soul', however, that the deal is sealed as the Baz Luhrmann-esque electronic vocals drill in to your brain and convert you to an alternative religion. A religion called dance.

'Sonnentanz (Sun Don't Shine) [Feat. Will Heard]' is, quite frankly, a Faithless sized dancefloor filler while 'Symmetry' has a rhythm that is impossible to resist and a synth chord melody with enough edge to make the silky smooth vocals sound slightly sinister. The track that probably sums Klangkarussell up best is 'Celebrate' with its blend of dirty grooves, good clean melodies, soulful vocals and an uplifting vibe that you just can't help but get swept up in. 'Sternenkinder' is up next with a return to the tribal style vocal melodies and then 'Moments' goes and gets all funky on our asses. As the album approaches the climax we are treated to 'All Eyes On You', a tune which takes us down a road of dark, Trainspotting style electro melodies that soundtrack the comedown like nothing before. The bonus track at the very end, 'Sonnentanz', is a six minute instrumental remix of the earlier track with the same name that, unusually, actually has some worth on the album. As I said, this is not only one of the best dance albums of the year or one of the best Austrian albums of the year, this is probably going to be in my top 10 by the end of the year. Simply superb.

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Live Dates:

3rd October - Fabric, London
4th October - Warehouse Project, Manchester
10th October - Loft, Barcelona
7th November - Iceland Airwaves, Reykjavik
10th November - Docks, Hamburg
11th November - Gibson, Frankfurt
12th November - Muffathalle, Munich
14th November - Volkshaus, Basel
15th November - Bierhuebeli, Bern
16th November - LKA-Longhorn, Stuttgart
17th November - Arena, Bezrik Landstrasse
19th November - Live Music Hall, Cologne

21st November - Astra Kulturhaus, Berlin

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