SAT 22 FEB CEL feat. Felix Kubin & Hubert Zemler (ger/pol) + TG Gondard (b)
sat 22 feb 2020
Publiée le thu 20 feb 2020
SAT 22 FEB CEL feat. Felix Kubin & Hubert Zemler (ger/pol) + TG Gondard (b) AT LES ATELIERS CLAUS
Some will know Felix Kubin as the Janus-faced poltergeist of retro-future electronic dance music. To others, he is an award-winning radio dramatist, an arranger of complex orchestral and big band compositions. Contemporary experimental musicians see him as the personification of pop desire. For producers of pop and club music, meanwhile, he is a tree trunk, spanning the deep gorge between them and high culture. One thing they can all agree on: when Kubin shows up, concrete and plastic melt. Born in 1980, Hubert Zemler enrolled at the Fryderyk Chopin Academy of Music in his hometown of Warsaw in 1999. His classical training encompassed jazz, contemporary music, and improvisation, positioning the drummer, percussionist and composer as a congenial counterweight to Kubin's ludicrous electronica. Their debut album CEL is a laboratory test for rhythmic cadences and electrostatic discharges. Under the expert guidance of Hamburg producer Tobias Levin, they have created seven self-contained instrumentals enriched by vibraphone, xylophone, and African percussion. A sense of concentrated restlessness pervades the album. There is method to the madness, an exercise in systematic excess, unexpected twists lurk in many of the tracks, ensnaring the listener's undivided attention. On the contrary, it's full speed ahead with eyes wide open, deeper and deeper into the affair. Ghostly synths shimmer, punctuated by minimalist drums. No wave skeletons dance to the jagged rhythms and acid monster dedicated to shredding your nerves send shockwaves across the dancefloor, causing bodies and objects to collide. You may ask: "how is such a thing humanly possible? How can something so angular, so intrinsically Teutonic, groove so wildly?" Felix Kubin pushes his sound generators to the outer limits of the frequency spectrum. Hubert Zemler delivers wonderfully forceful, machine-like beats and dark sonic collages. They created an album that sounds as if it has always existed as a source of inspiration to generations of musicians.
Brussels-based French producer TG Gondard (of Colombey and Pizza Noise Mafia fame) specialises in the kind of lo-fi and R’n’B pop songs that’d leave any synth romantic yearning for more.Over the years he has released various records on labels such as Not Not Fun, Lexi Disques or Le Syndicat des Scorpions. More here