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14 Friday, March 14th 2014
Thanks to 10.000 Facebook Fans!
Thanks to all our Facebook Fans: Free Download of Jazzanova - Now There Is We feat. Paul Randolph (Kuniyuki Remix - Sneak Preview). Limited time, only! Happy weekend everyone! xxx SK Crew

[1] Free Download

top of page 07 Friday, February 7th 2014
Jazzanova's new single NOW THERE IS WE
There we are : Two years have passed already again since the last single by Jazzanova,
"I Human".

"Never change a winning team" is the name of the formula for success with the current coup "Now There Is We". Once again Paul Randolph takes care of vocal business and wrote lyrics that are as uplifting as only he can provide. The outcome is a infectious hybrid of vocal house and soulful pop. When Randolph repeats the line "There was me, now there is we, I never go back..." at the climax of the song, you notice that he's not only celebrating a romantic triumph, but also the community spirit of a well-functioning band, well maybe even of a party in sheer harmony.

The trademark of the track though is the ultra deep bass line – along the sophisticated live drum programming – fitting every house-set perfectly. Therefore you get – that's how service orientated Sonar Kollektiv is – the instrumental version on the flipside of this illustrious 10inch of vinyl.

Double awesome!

[1] Now There Is We
[2] Jazzanova 2014 - Shirt
[3] Now There Is We (Shirt)

top of page 30 Thursday, January 30th 2014
Jazzanova T-Shirts
New T-Shirts arrived at our webhop including a 2014 Jazzanova Shirt and a Now There Is We Shirt.

[1] Now There Is We Shirt (red print)
[2] Now There Is We Shirt (blue print)
[3] Jazzanova 2014 Shirt

top of page 31 Tuesday, December 31st 2013
2013 - 2014 In its seventeen-year-old old history the past year was one of the most busiest and at the same time most exciting for Sonar Kollektiv so far.

With the two long-awaited LPs by Alex Barck ("Reunion") and Paskal & Urban Absolutes ("LUX") the Berlin imprint ventures new directions and is establishing itself once again as a quality brand for grown-up club music.

At the start of the year the debuts by Hot Coins ("The Damage Is Done") aka Danny Red Rack'em and Neve Naive ("The Inner Peace Of Cat And Bird") provided for the first spurt of euphoria –
two albums that couldn't be more diverse but reflect the spectrum within which Sonar Kollektiv looks to steadily present new talents and extraordinary projects.
At the 12inch front The White Lamp's "Make It Good" (including a remix by Phon.o) and the different remixes for FETSUM had probably the strongest impact on the dance floor.

Now would actually be the time to wind down and drink a toast to an eventful 2013. Not so at Sonar Kollektiv's. Here everybody's completely occupied with preparations to maintain the supremacy and shape the coming year even more spectacular than the one passing. There are enough arrows in the quiver for this endeavour.
For instance, various, exquisite remixes for Alex Barck and Paskal & Urban Absolutes are ready in the pipeline. And regarding compilations 2014 will be dashing to say the least. Worth mentioning are amongst others the third "Computer Incarnations For World Peace", a second "G.I. Disco", "Secret Love 7" and a special compilation dedicated to the host country of the upcoming Football World Cup in June featuring old and new music from Brazil "Paz E Futebol 2".

The most essential cornerstones for 2014 are the five artist albums that make you sit up and take notice already now. Stee Downes returns after five years with his second solo album, which he recorded exclusively at the new Jazzanova Recording Studio. The label's electronic jazz roots are revived by Arnold Kasar, aka Kasar, with his first full-length release on Sonar Kollektiv. Also releasing for the very first time on SK is none other than living bass legend Jah Wobble - by means of a collaboration with singer extraordinaire PJ Higgins. An outright newcomer is Berlin based ComixXx, who has only put out one 12inch on Konsequenz as a coproduction with Marlow so far. His debut, as well as the one by Marlow, aka Mario Weise, both will be released within the next twelve months and will definitely be pointing the way ahead for future sounds.

Close attention commands the follow-up work by FETSUM, who is by now – after an extensive US tour (including a gig at last year's Oscar's) – one of the top stars of the Sonar Kollektiv family. Which leads us to the absolute highlight of 2014: a new single by Jazzanova ("Now There Is We") has already been recorded and eagerly awaits to get off the starting blocks to find its way to the huge following of the label's founding core outfit. Therefore don't waste any more time and let's just toast to a fantastical 2014 in music and beyond. Happy new year!

P.S. and yes we know our website is outdated but we're working hard on a new for 2014!

Promise! ;)

top of page 21 Thursday, November 21st 2013
Paskal & Urban Absolutes - LUX
The next time you have some friends over for dinner and they’re asking: “Hey, what’s this great sound playing? Let’s go out and party!”, in many places the answer probably is: “That’s the new one by Paskal & Urban Absolutes”.

The blank faces of your circle of friends can be encountered best with: “It’s those two guys that were signed by Alex Barck for Sonar Kollektiv about two years ago. They are resident DJs at their label nights by now. And even though one of them, Alexander, lives in Berlin and the other one, Adrian lives in Dusseldorf both make music together. They fly and drive back and forth and that’s how this fabulous album came into being.” Then you may want to rewind the record to it’s beginning and play it from scratch.

The opening track “Take The Fall” indicates nicely which direction the journey with Paskal & Urban Absolutes will take: The sugar sweet, soothing voice of Pete Josef from Bristol (one half of The White Lamp) bids you welcome in a very charming way and the production implies lasciviously that we're standing on the stairway to clubland. Already with the next track “Here Again” we are in the middle of the eye of the storm. Paul Randolph (the official singer of theJazzanova live band) purifies a true dancefloor banger, that – and this is the big stunt – also works just as well at home.

For “White Walls” and “Flieg Los” Alexa Voss of Neve Naive wrote some super catchy lyrics and lends her vocals to the two poppiest songs of the whole album. An album which is rich in pop appeal but never concealing its strong affinity for dance music – as in house, techno and even boogie.

Take for instance “Hold Your Head Up” (featuring Kasar), a mysterious hybrid best described imagining the Pet Shop Boys doing deep house together with Hot Chip. Or “The Way”, where we are delighted by the tonsils of Desney Baileyand an arrangement so eager for the bassline that it evokes nothing but smiling faces and the urge to shake your body. Catchiness, positivism and euphoria (the name of one track by the way) – these are the catchphrases that come to mind when listening to this truly mesmerizing debut by one of the most promising new acts in a scene not to be defined by any genre.

When second-last track, “Melancholia”, kicks in it's like the end of the best holidays of your life. A perfect Balearic bliss with memories of sitting at the sea, listening to a distant guitar and waving goodbye to a setting golden sun. So long, my friends. This album will impress you and your future guests with awe for months to come. Rest assured.

LUX out november 22nd.

[1] LUX - Album Snippets

top of page 13 Wednesday, November 13rd 2013
Doubter (Official Video)
One month ago Alex Barck has released his debut solo album "Reunion" on Sonar Kollektiv.

Now the track "Doubter" featuring the amazing vocals by Jonatan Bäckelie has been adapted for a music video showing that there is hope for everyone , even for doubters...

[1] Official Video
[2] Reunion

top of page 08 Tuesday, October 8th 2013
Now, it’s official: Alex Barck is back in his home town Berlin.
For a whole year he lived together with his family on the small, remote island La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. To recover from his turbulent life as a DJ, as member of Jazzanova, as A&R manager of Sonar Kolletiv, as one half of Prommer & Barck and as a busy record digger? Far from it! Now with his debut solo album in the luggage he returns back to the party capital of the world.

The island, the ocean, the African influences, the detachment from the hectic club scene must have done Barck especially good. “Reunion“ is a mature club album with harsh pop appeal, lots of soul, a deepness as abyssal as the Sunda Trench and a very unique, characteristic thumbprint.

For nine of the total of twelve album tracks Barck invited guests over the ocean. No less than three songs feature the Swedish voice extraordinaire of Jonatan “Ernesto” Bäckelie. “We Get High” and “Don’t Hold Back” came already out on two of the three pre-release 12inches. With “Doubter” the LP has its dignified opener which sets one in the right mood for what kinda brilliant songs, club anthems and infinitely optimistic pop Barck has in store. Pete Josef from Bristol (one half of The White Lamp) is another voice like tailor-made for Barck’s productions. That’s why it’s almost a bit of a bummer that we get only two of these fruitful collaborations (the club monster “Re-set” and the boogie-esque “Spinning Around”). However the pleasure is much bigger to hear the La Reunion native Christine Salem on “Oh Africa” and that the old companion, Stee Downes breathes life and soul into the bass-heavy “Like A Drug”. Another artists of the Sonar Kollektiv roster presents himself on “Why & How” in a surprisingly new way. FETSUM elevates the already super euphoric song into staggering heights. You suddenly feel like you’re at a high-spirited beach party at peak time. Without degrading the brilliancy of all the other titles, one almost has to say that “Atmosphere” is probably the best track Barck has ever produced during his adventerous career. A masterstroke of club music with a bass line you will feel almost for days in you guts. With “Move Slowly” Barck (together with singer Bea Anubis) throttles the tempo slightly and reminds us in patches of his teamwork with Christian Prommer on “Alex And The Grizzly”. The thundering final blow comes with “Reunion” and is so enchanting that you start to think about spending yourself a year on a little island somewhere in the far Indian Ocean.

In short, this is an album full of songs that have slumbring within Alex Barck for an eternity. But they all needed the time to mature and are now laying in all their full glory and matchingly in front of us. All of them children of the reunion. Also in a musical sense.

[1] Alex Barck - Reunion
[2] iTunes

top of page 17 Tuesday, September 17th 2013
Sonar Kollektiv Festival '13 - Reunion
Precisely one year ago SONAR KOLLEKTIV celebrated at the same exact place, the Volksbuehne Berlin, its 15th anniversary on a grand scale.

Now, in 2013, the ante is raised with the first SONAR KOLLEKTIV FESTIVAL – to herald the start of the next 15 years. Since the Berlin quality imprint shines with a new livery. The logo has been revised as well as the website has been transformed to technological state-of-the-art. And how vigorous SONAR KOLLEKTIV's stable is set up musically can be marveled at the REUNION festival impressively. In its 16th year the label still or even more than ever guarantees for an unparalleled range of good music across all genres and audiences.
The newest project of the Jazzanova live band, "Red Desert" will be presented in Berlin for the first time. The band add its distinctive electronically infused Jazz sound to the masterpiece "Il Deserto Rosso" by Michelangelo Antonioni (Zabriskie Point, Blowup). In his first colored movie Antonioni shows a visually stunning, dark, industrial world in an abyss of despair (with the astonishing Monica Vitta as the leading part). Jazzanova now brings this apocalyptic vision from 1964 as an audio-visual adventure into the here and now.

Jah Wobble probably needs no further introduction. The founding member of Public Image Limited (PiL) is one of the most venturous and influential musicians of the last 35 years. And now this living legend releases together with singer PJ Higgins his newest (and 34th) album on SONAR KOLLEKTIV! The English bass paler, singer, poet and composer and the credo of the label totally match for their lack of reserve towards everything new. His gig at Volksbühne is the concelebration of this new liaison.
A true show-stopper at last years 15th jubilee was the concert of FETSUM. The sublime Soul voice of SONAR KOLLEKTIV just recorded his sophomore album in Barcelona and now returns to Germany with new material in his luggage. He will perform some of these new songs at the festival for the very first time.
REUNION, the name of the festival, not only derives from the fact that the SONAR KOLLEKTIV family presents itself to a bigger audience assembled and united once again. It's also a reference to the homecoming of Jazzanova member and A&R manager Alex Barck after a year spending on the island La Reunion in the Indian Ocean. On the occasion of the festival he will also present his debut solo album "Reunion". And with Jérémy Labelle he even brings a guest along from the island. A man who will bewitch us with a fascinating mixture of African tinted folk and electronic world music from a place far far away.
The DJs in the Roten Salon will make sure the right dance music will be on: The Jazzanova DJs (Alex Barck, Claas Brieler and Juergen von Knoblauch) as well as Paskal & Urban Absolutes will play all night long the typical SONAR KOLLEKTIV sound. In other words, music that delights, no matter which region of the world, crate, genre or year it comes from. The next 15 years of SONAR KOLLEKTIV have begun by now.

Whoever wants to fetch the new SONAR KOLLEKTIV logo and some new music home will get the exclusive "Sonar Kollekting" compilation to take along. There are some surprises, unreleased tracks and future releases collected. The special festival edition is available in a limited edition on site.

[1] Tickets
[2] Facebook

top of page 09 Monday, September 9th 2013
Eva Be Remixes - out today

[1] iTunes

top of page 16 Friday, August 16th 2013
Thanks to 8000 Facebook fans!

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