In 2006, St. Plomb and his buddy Crowdpleaser put out their album «2006». A Swiss dancefloor classic, arguably the most refined house album ever released in this country that sadly never got the recognition it deserved. A Neo-Chicago masterpiece that prompted techno scribe Philip Sherburne to conclude: «A nose for the long groove and an eye on the mirror-bending horizon. Jawdropping stuff, really.». But five years is a long time, and St. Plomb has re-invented himself again and again, shaping his tracks extraordinaire for labels such as Perspectiv, Contentismissing, Nice Try and Third Ear. For Roof.fm, Mr. Vincent Kolb has mixed up a funky disco-techno hybrid. Sophisticated stuff. We didn’t expect less, of course. As the Germans say: Heiligs Blechle! Pun fully intended.
Nr. 49: St. Plomb (Perspectiv, Nice Try)
Nr. 48: Roman Flügel (Dial, Live at Robert Johnson)
We don’t know Roman Flügel in person, but we have come to believe through many mail exchanges that he must be a one hell of a gentleman. Generous, intelligent, upbeat. Add the words ‘classy’ and ‘elegant’ to this and it might very well sum up of how his music sounds. Yes, to us, the many soundscapes of Roman Flügel are the embodiment of downright dancefloor finesse (and by extension this distinction would even apply to his Alter Ego productions, which, quite frankly, we aren’t too terribly fond of.). Take for instance his 2006 album he did with the vibraphone virtuoso Christopher Dell. Sublime. As Gilles Peterson said at the time: “That’s just my kind of minimal.”. Well, you could literally take any Roman Flügel production: we just listened to the fine Deep Mix he did for Ethyl & Huxley on the soon-to-be launched label Saints & Sonnets. Or you could dive – and we very much expect you to do so – into this fabulous, fabulous mix.
Nr. 48: Roman Flügel (Dial, Live at Robert Johnson) by ROOF.FM
Nr. 47: Aera (Aleph)
We knew this guy before we knew we knew him. Ralf Schmidt AKA Aera used to work at Wordandsound, where we encountered him a couple of years ago as a very charming writer of mails. Also, he presented us with some of the freshest takes on house music last year. Aera was very enthusiastic about our idea to record a live set of his; so that’s what he did, at the Aleph label night at Hrst Krzberg this spring, full with livelive-atmo. Currently, Aera is dwelling in the Andes and given his enthusiasm for South-America it’s probably no surprise then that he lifted the name of his label from a Borges novel. And hey, Mr. Schmidt even fused the visual world of Aleph with the Roof.fm design. Thank you, Aera! Reading the interview is a must, this guy is never shy for a lively answer.
Nr. 46: Chicago Damn (MERC, Wolf Music)
The lushness and the weirdness. When Mark E’s imprint MERC released the Chicago Damn EP “Hold on/Be Your Man” last autumn, we liked that. Very much so. It comes as no surprise then that 33-year old Gavin McClary from Sunderland has put together a superbly delightful mix for Roof.fm. Don’t miss out on the interview if you want to learn more about this promising newcomer. And yeah, that last track on the mix is a new one by his funkyness.
Nr. 46: Chicago Damn (MERC, Wolf Music) by ROOF.FM
Nr. 45: Neville Watson (Hour House is Your Rush)
You should have been there. When Kink & Neville Watson performed a liveset of their jack sounds in March at the Zukunft in Zürich, we were floored. The best liveact we’ve seen in ages, no doubt about it. As for this fine mix, it’s of the deejaying kind, which Neville did for us back in January. Not surprisingly, the man has lived through the rave explosion back in 89, and actually compiled an excellent documentation of these hey-days. But don’t call him an old-school producer: this man is firmly rooted in the here and now. And still has way to go.
Nr. 44: Tevo Howard (Tevo Howard Recordings)
Do we like to repeat ourselves? In this case: Indeed. Yes, Mr. Tevo Howard did another mix for us. Or should we say a Tevo Howard showcase including some unreleased stuff? Anyway, it’s a mix that suggests that Tevo Howard tracks are to be best consumed in a sequence of Tevo Howard tracks. Listening to it can induce that quite rare wonder of a trance-like state; it truly heightens the Tevo Howard experience. And for those of you wondering who is the mysterious Tyrez, this one here is the answer to your question…
Marco Passarani (Final Frontier, Running Back)
“Colliding Stars Pt. 1” is not easygoing dancefloor fare. And somewhat challenging to incorporate into your everynight dj set. Nonetheless, it’s half rumbling, half stumbling bass excellence is as dazzling a disco spectacle as it gets. Bassarani in your face, as we like to borrow from Running Back captain Gerd Janson. Some of you may very well remember Marco’s version of “I’ll House You” or his Detroit epic “Statostasi”. His mix for Roof.fm is a strong contender for the first place in the category “Straightforward, rolling disco funkyness”. If Rome is a club, let Passarani be our DJ.
Nr. 42: Sven VT (Suol, BPitch Control)
At the old WMF club in Berlin, Sven von Thülen AKA Sven VT once overheard someone saying “I’ve heard Sven Väth is playing tonight under an alias.”. But the Berlin producer, DJ and de:bug journalist stuck to his moniker, thinking he would probably never be known outside of Berlin. Wrong thinking. As one half of Zander VT, he first impressed us with his Detroit epic „Far from Jaded“, later made us shake our asses off to the infectious house of „Get Down“ and now he charmed us again with his first solo EP on his new homebase Suol. And, of course, this great house mix.
Nr. 41: Andy Blake (Cave Paintings)
Whether he likes it or not, Andy Blake exudes an aura of the cultish. His Dissident label has harboured many treasures of leftfield disco, old-school acid and electro and earned him a devout following. Grab them here or find them here. While Blake now releases his one-take, analogue cuts on his new label Cave Paintings, his monthly World Unknown parties in London thrive on his taste-makers qualities. We’re proud to have him on board, as this is a mix that is as good as it gets. It sets off with a live recording from a Rare Earth concert; a promoter warns of electric cables near the water. But you’re hardly electrified here, since this is an open-minded, psychedelic groove zone. No tracklist available, but Andy warmly welcomes your exploring efforts. Let’s take a “little walk in music”.
Nr. 40: Demetrio Giannice (Enterbt, Balance Alliance)
When it comes to deep house, Demetrio Giannice is surely one of Switzerland’s most dedicated proponents of the scene: The Zurich artist has immersed himself knee-deep in the disco-heritage from NYC and Chicago. 2009 saw the advent of a wickedly warbled stunner by the name of «Talk», while his creative mingling with Chez Damier manifested itself both on his vinyl-only imprint Enterbt Records and on Anthony Pearson’s Balance Alliance. This will surely be getting bodies twitching: Demetrio moulds tracks by Kenlou, Prince, Joe Clausell and DJ Duke into a soulful and raw mix.