basswerk sessions vol. 2, release October 2003
(2xcd, 5x vinyl as single twelves BW 16,17,18,19,20)
basswerk has been germany's premier drum & bass label for the last 7 years and was just voted so by the german scene on www.future-music.net 2003 awards!!
english speaking reviews in xlr8 magazine, knowledge, athmosphere
basswerk philosophy remains the same: everything is allowed in the jungle as long as the music is good! we hit the point but we are not too focussed - we love the space that d&b offers for producing, as there is also room for punk, jazz, electronic and dub-vibes. the tracks sound epic, hard, organic or minimal, sometimes probably more adult compared to 98, when we released our first basswerk sessions cd. never before has d&b in general been so ravy, yet we still think that the musical side of the tracks can be kept. there's no need for borders between minimal techno and d&b. when the beats get faster, the musical aspect doesn't have to be reduced to vocals, liquid funk or brasil elements.
all the tracks on here have never been out on cd before. most of them will be released on basswerk vinyl, too. some of them will be on combination records (www.combination-rec.de) or the giana brotherz' new label - or are just exclusive on this cd.
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the green man (tgm)
the green man (tgm) is heiner kruse, founder of basswerk records, and appearing as tgm on combination records (www.combination-rec.de) with his debut album "you decide" - listen yourself. tgm puts optimistic and melancholic moods into hard, dubby, musical and surprising tunes and sets, combining his skillz as a dj, engineer and piano player. the new stuff had been sent only to very few people and especially the tunes feb 21st and truth have immediately been picked up by various dj's like aqua sky, future prophecies, lightwood and phoneheads. together with cheetah, he runs the basswerk session club nights and started the junglegrowers parties. www.thegreenman.de
taxidriver are laszlo milasovszky a.k.a. cheetah and michael rieck. as cheetah he is doing the basswerk parties from day one and now also runs the label, too. m. laszlo was responsible for the cover-paintings of basswerk 1-10 and has recently joined with the trained saxophonist and musician michael rieck for the taxidriver project. with over 20 years of dj experience, cheetahs musical background is extremely wide. his stories of ancient involvements in bands like "peniskrem" or "blöd tapir", especially playing drums, are legendary. one recognizable element in his dj and producer works is a quite dubby style of drum & bass. "toytonic" is taxidrivers first track, followed by "give it up", "dub yo" and "baba bass" - and there is a lot of fresh and innovative stuff in the work, as they move from total weirdos to peaceful chillers.
with their debut 12s on basswerk (14 and 15), frank hahn and sascha meola (chicken & s'ola) achieved world wide respect and enthusiasm all over germany, especially with their live sets. before that, they appeared as ssb (standing for: "simple solamente bambini") on pathfinder. later they had one release on square one. their tunes of 2002 brought a very fresh party sound we felt we had to put out. check their website www.giana-brotherz.com . currently they go for their own label, and some very hardcore remixes of "crossed roots" will also be on there (gbr02).
jonathan baker & bassface sascha
knowing each other for years, jonathan became our new resident at the basswerk nights when moving to cologne in 2003, and is more and more teaming up with us. he has been one of the first german dj's ever to play drum and bass in germany and did a lot to build up the scene in mannheim, playing at milk, soho and was involved with the network project. we love his dj and production style, it is quite relaxed, deep, pure, not so heavy, and actually he gets more and more into production, so there is a lot of stuff to expect from him. he made one track with bassface sascha, one of germany's best known and also first drum and bass dj's, when they were living together at his place for a while. "keep goin' on" is totally pleasing the liquid funk heads, while jonathan's "oddity" chills in and out.
young matthias keufen from hamm impresses us with hard and futuristic sounds with a lot of weird ambience and crazy drum skills. that is no wonder, as his musical career started as a long-haired speed-metal drum player in 1990 - and you wouldn't be able to see that today. he sent us a demo, and besides liking the music, tgm realized that this guy is exactly 10 years younger than himself - born on feb 21st. there were more vibes in common and so they started the track, which took tgm ages to finish ("feb 21st"). combination really wanted the track, so finally it comes out on vinyl there. later on, cytech passed his track "collision" to tgm, which was nearly done and just received a few changes and rearranging in the basswerk studio. more work of cytech and tgm is to come.
michael bräuninger from stuttgart comes up with an ultra-dark vibe, but also dark humour in his german speech samples saying: "we are all in hell (hölle)" or "we are all idiots" on another unreleased track. while "hölle" totally hits the point in rave sound to us, "eis" is even harder, but still shows his style of playing with quite minimal theme lines within very well sorted out arrangements.
gál zoltán from hungary kept sending us demos and shows incredible sequencer skillz, doing most of his works within propellerheads reason. he lives on the countryside and hardly makes it to a party, but is the founder and co-editor of the country's well respected online drum & bass - magazine www.impulsecreator.hu. the hungarian d&b scene is huge and zoltán recently had a stunning release on breakbeat science's orgone label. his style is very electronic and joins other young hungarian producers shaping the futuristic sounds of the dsci4 label, while icr is being a little more musical and sometimes mellow. www.drumandbass.hu/icr
basztart & acoustic b
thilo goldschmitz was our first act in addition to our own projects in 1997, a total musical genius with very special skills: he loves jazz and live bass playing, and he is a master in programming old synths and also sampling, usually bringing out a unique ruffness. he is currently involved in live-jazz projects and not really into drum&bass any more, but we still think that basztarts musical statement and approach to our favourite music is extraordinary and needs to be heard.
konrad & coda
we really didn't meet yet, but some how "don't let me.." made its way to us - and now also to dj's like bailey and influx datum. this vocal tune comes with an easy vibe and singer margie brings in a very slight dub touch besides being natural, different from many current vocal tracks with a lot of pretentiousness. it is already a big hit in austria, as konrad and coda rock the floors in vienna and around the country, being linked with the trife life crew, whose aziz brought the track to carl nuttal, kolt siewerts and finally to us. coda is a 21 years old dj from england, while konrad already had some releases on gyration.
is 26 years old henrik wild from cologne. he has sent us his stuff after visiting our parties. henrik studies neuro-informatics, lives in cologne and does also tracks together with his brother a.k.a. n-phect. the syndicate is a solo track from him. henrik also gained band experiences working as composer, producer, guitar player and drum programmer for a band called sunbomb (1998-2001, probably a mixture of korn & prodigy), but he left with nothing as the inspiration of a band performance, experiencing crazyness of the egotistic music business. he is very down to earth - while "the syndicate" makes the crowd fly high. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
BASSWERK SESSIONS Vol. 2 - CD 1/2
1. the green man (tgm) - xxx, vinyl: basswerk 16
2. taxidriver - toytonic, vinyl: basswerk 18
3. the green man (tgm) & cytech - feb 21st, vinyl: core 018
4. konrad & coda - don't let me..., vinyl: basswerk 17
5. misanthrop - eis rmx (edit)
6. basztart & acoustic b - goblinson
7. the green man (tgm) - autobahn, vinyl: basswerk 19
8. giana brotherz - crossed roots, vinyl: basswerk 15
9. icr - wide awake, vinyl: basswerk 19
10. jonathan baker & bassface sascha - keep going on, vinyl: basswerk 18
11. taxidriver - give it up
BASSWERK SESSIONS Vol. 2 - CD 2/2
1. the green man (tgm) - nu wheels, vinyl: core 018
2. misanthrop - hölle, vinyl: giana recs 01
3. the green man (tgm) - truth, vinyl: basswerk 16
4. the green man (tgm) - funk electrick
5. taxidriver - baba bass
6. giana brotherz - giana brotherz, vinyl: basswerk 15
7. the green man (tgm) - collision, vinyl: basswerk 19
8. the green man (tgm) - keep it simple, vinyl: core 018
9. diz:play - the syndicate
10.giana brotherz - wüstensturm
11. taxidriver - dub yo
12.jonathan baker - oddity
a. the green man (tgm) - truth
b. the green man (tgm) - xxx
a. misanthrop - eis rmx
b. konrad & coda - don't let me...
a. taxidriver - toytonic
b1. jonathan baker & bassface sascha - keep going on
b2. taxidriver - dubyo
a. cytech & the green man (tgm) - collision
b1. the green man (tgm) - autobahn
b2. icr - wide awake
BASSWERK 20...still open..but coming with some tracks of the cd.