Ali Schwarz's connection to Frankfurt - in the ROBERT JOHNSON case, Offenbach - goes way back. As TIEFSCHWARZ, Ali and his brother Basti were resident DJs at the infamous club and played there many, many times. They also released a fabulous remix on Ata's PLAYHOUSE imprint for Brit-E-Funksters SPEKTRUM back then. So we guess you can imagine how happy we are to have Ali on board the »MS Live At Robert Johnson« with his debut as a proper solo artist.
And yes, we're happy because the first track here is a collaboration with some other former Playhouse artists: Stuttgart's dynamic duo REWORK, consisting of Daniel Varga and Michel Kübler, are featured on »Take Me Out« - a HI-NRG disco smasher par excellence which features crazy synths lines, mighty claps, a heavy bass drum and a beautiful female vocal - all typical Rework ingredients. This tune takes off like a rocket and lifts you up at the drop of a hat. What a way to start!
»Red Dog« is Ali's solo turn again - and Ali really lets the dog out in here right from the start with another mighty bass drum, a captivating synth bass line and a lovely cow bell topping. By the time the haunting dreamy synth melody enters your mind you'll already find yourself shaking your bones. Bow-wow-wow, yippie-yo, yippie-yay!
»Ectasy«'s overall mood is set in a slightly more darker territory. To be precise: A more minimal and technoid territory. It's reminiscent of some of the sounds that once came out of Richie Hawtin's lab: Hard riding and deep grooves to lose yourself. It's quite refreshing to hear a trippy tune like that on our label and we definitely feel it.
So the question is: Can you feel it?