Alles Neu (EP)
Downbeat - Warner
August 15, 2008
from 5 (excellent) to 1 (poor)|
|Vocals : 5||Backing : 5||Production : 5||Sound quality : 5||Sleeve : 3/4|
After Germany's dancehall caballeros and music
monks Seeed decided after their third album "Next" decided to take
a break from recording and touring, one of their three vocalists Ear a.k.a. Appear
a.k.a. Boundzound was the first one to release a solo single and the album
"Boundzound" following his 2003 debut EP "Boundclub (EP)", now
it's the band's mastermind and most prominent frontman Pierre Baigorry a.k.a.
Enuff a.k.a. Peter Fox making his debut with this
"Alles Neu (EP)" as a solo-artist, taken from his forthcoming album "Hunde, Tauben,
But that isn't exactly the way it was conceived, as Peter Fox wasn't planning a solo album, but had developed the idea to record an album in the producer's seat with another vocalist. In fact, it had already been decided who'd contribute the vocals, Atlanta's former Goodie Mob member Cee-Lo Green, who appeared as guest vocalist on Seeed's "Aufstehn!" and who only had to finish 'a small project' that however turned out to be the chart topping 'odd couple' Gnarls Barkley with his partner Dangermouse. And thus Peter Fox finds himself delivering the vocals.
Over a sound tapestry that does incorporate some of Seeed's dancehall bounce as well but in the end turns out to be dark with lots of real strings over beats that seem a hybrid of Seeed's dancehall and Timbaland's beats, the together with Monk written lyrics are about life and life in Berlin, but with a completely different, much more pessimistic (even in "Alles Neu"'s optimism) and dark vibe than Seeed would ever sound.
Seeed and Lychee Lassi's beatmaster and turntable wizard DJ Illvibe is the third man responsible for the brilliant music backing "Alles Neu", something made extra clear by including the "Alles Neu Instrumental" serving up the rhytmic strings and the beats, that turn up in the "Alles Neu (Video)" as well, that is as absurd, intriguing and funny as Peter Fox' German lyrics are. The second song on this EP has been available as a download on the internet for quite some time now, and is the strong collaboration with Berlin's rappers K.I.Z. a.k.a. Kannibalen In Zivil "Fieber" of which "Sumpf" the (Fieber Instrumental) has also been included. This is a must have EP, that makes me extremely curious about the full length album "Hunde, Tauben, Stadtaffen" that will be released very soon.