Melbourne based distribution, marketing and record company Balance Music presents their latest stunning mix-compilation by Copenhagen-born artist Kölsch. After several releases on Kompakt, including his debut album “1977” and other labels he mixed some of his recent favours which coincide with some of my personal loved songs.
“It took me a while to find the perfect tracks for the mix, as I was looking for the perfect balance of very musical records with vocals, and the more energetic tracks. I’m very happy with the outcome. I tested out the mix a few times, and for me the best way to listen to it is while traveling. In the plane or car, it really makes sense.” – Kölsch about the mix.
2. Pional – It’s All Over (John Talabot’s Stripped Remix)
3. Danny Daze – Freeze (Frozen mix)
4. Patrice Bäumel – Mile High Gang
5. Henrik Schwarz – Lockstep
6. Minilogue – Endlessness
7. Radiohead – Videotape
8. Dhumen – No More
9. Kölsch – Punchbuggy *
10. Adrian Hour – Chordgresion
11. Odd Parents – Learn To Fly (Maceo Plex Flight Home Remix)
12. Stephan Hinz & Phillipp Ruhmhardt – Panther
13. Kölsch feat Waa Industry – Papageno
14. Kenny Larkin – Plankton
15. Caribou – Can’t Do Without You (Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough Remix)
16. Karl Friedrich – Bodies
17. John Norman & Dantiez Saunderson – Stuck In My Mind (Soukervalli Remix)
18. Coldplay – A Sky Full Of Stars (Kölsch Remix) *
19. Audion feat. Troels Abrahamsen – Dem Howl (Joris Voorn Mix)
* Denotes exclusive track
According to his distinctive melodic and colourful style, he picked nineteen tracks that perfect fits his standards of techno. Starting with the 1993 released classic track Journey Of The Dragons from Galaxy 2 Galaxy, his journey into the atmospheric netherworlds of electronic music beginns – “It changed my view on what electronic music could be completely, and it’s still as beautiful as when I heard it the first time 21 years ago“. Danny Daze‘s immense Freeze track is the first step into a darker, rougher side.But not to long, he’s clearly looking for the beautiful, melodic sound and he found the perfect mix between Henrik Schwarz‘s Lockstep and Thom Yorke‘s unique voice from Radiohead‘s song Videotape. “I’m over the moon that we managed to license it as it’s been a huge dream of mine to include it on my mix” he says. With a catchy and rhythmically No More by Dhumen‘s, he introduces the first own production called Punchbuggy, which is one of the first exclusives on the mix – “Drawing on influences from early years, as a contrast it only seemed fitting to bring something completely new to the table. This won’t be out until my next album drops, and is a throwback to my cosmic travels through Europe in the back seat of my parents car.”
Maceo Plex’s remix of Odd Parents takes the mix to a blissful high, before Stephan Hinz & Phillipp Ruhmhardt‘s Panther teases with its grinding riffs morphing in and out of focus. Kölsch’s Papageno shows his production variety at its mind-bending finest. Kenny Larkin‘s groaning and even quite brilliant jazzy Plankton with a twist of acid is one of the many highs. Unfortunately followed by Tale Of Us & Mano Le Tough‘s Can’t Do Without You remix from Caribou – imho one of the songs which doesn’t need a remix. Anyway with his own remix for Coldplay‘s A Sky Full Of Stars, which was “an honor to remix them, and an honor to include the result in the mix” and Joris Voorn‘s haunting remix of Audion and Kölsch’s collaborator of old Troels Abrahamsen‘s Dem Howl, he found an adequate and graceful end.