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Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt

Instrumentalmusik Von Der Mitte Der World

Growing Bin burst into 2018 with a bang, crash and symbol splash, uniting a premier pair of percussion obsessives for a supernatural mission into the heart of the rhythm.
Dressed in the pitch black of Dusseldorf stands Wolf Mueller, master of the tropical drums and seven time Salon Des Amateur breakdance champion. Repping Cologne and Berlin is Niklas Wandt, Germany’s funkiest drummer and a mixed musical artist as adept in experimental jazz as demented Eurodance. Standing toe to toe in a no holds barred, no drum unstruck groove contest, these two titans will make you swing your pants like a Crash Bandicoot victory dance... so stretch out and step into "Instrumentalmusik von der Mitte der World".
Taking to their task with the joyful abandon of two big kids getting creative with the Kindergarten music tray, Müller & Wandt marry dripping electronics, Froesean pads and rubber-limbed basslines with tribal polyrhythms, C2 claps and Indonesian shakers - and that‘s only on the A1. Comprising of three trance-inducing epics, a handful of medium-sized movers and a couple of freeform interludes, this dynamic double pack could almost pass as a lost Library masterpiece; but our mind guides go Furthur, fusing esoteric funk and free-jazz freak-out a truly transportive experience. Prepare to enter a world of techno totems and neon skulls, shades of Yello and excellent birds. Within these grooves lies a transdimensional pathway between the Temple of Doom, the Twilight Zone and De Palma‘s Paradise, brought to life in a shamanic rite.

Forget the healing frequencies of Growing Bin‘s ambient outings, this time we‘re dancing for mental health.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Growing Bin continue to smash it with this MASSIVE double LP from Dusseldorf disco king Wolf Muller and percussion freak Niklas Wandt. Packed with all manner of tropical drums, kosmische tones and infectious grooves, this is retro-futurist dancefloor exotica like you've never heard it before.

Mainpoint

Alaska Wartet / Frisbee

When the Growing Bin first bloomed from blog and record store to label it was originally intended to be a reissue imprint. If you’ve kept your ear to the ground and head in the Bin, you’ll know that isn’t exactly how it went down. But for this release we are going back to the scheme a young Basso dreamed up in his adolescent years: bring back the rare, unknown and unfindable.

So here is Mainpoint‘s ‘Alaska Wartet’ - a stunning private pressed 7” entirely unknown to the wider world. Its original 1980 press was less than extensive, and the few copies which did appear were sold exclusively at concerts and local record shops – kudos to all twenty five people who got a copy! Mainpoint started out as a Jazz-Rock outfit in 1978 but as the years rolled on, these guys fell for the funk. Finding a 4/4 in a world of syncopation, Mainpoint fell foul of their elbow-patched pals, being labelled Tanz-Jazz since their audiences actually danced (in contrast to the serious silence of their contemporaries’ concerts).
‘Alaska Wartet’ made it from Side 2 on the 1980 press to Side 1.This incredibly tight Boogie jam bounds out the speakers with a synth line from heaven and fusion moves galore – it’s sure to put a smile on dancer‘s faces worldwide. ‘Frisbee’ flies of the flipside, inviting dancers to forget about gravity and go for broke.Soaring skywards from this off , this uplifting masterpiece is perfectly topped by that screwdriver hook sung by Ika Hussmann!

Time for some Tanz-Jazz, folks!

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: After the sweet Balearic sound of the Brenda Und Basso 7" last month (B-B-Booglaoo), the Growing Bin groundsman serves up another small format winner with this fine reissue of a German jazz-funk rarity. Oozing grooves and full of fat synths, this is a proper dance floor destroyer with not an elbow patch in sight. Ace!

You could be forgiven for thinking Basso‘s been hitting the plant food of late. Last time out we took a trip with Trance, and now our esoteric expert nods his head, rolls his shoulders and drops a h-h-h-house record on our unexpecting asses. That‘s right folks, roll up the rug, push the sofa back and enjoy some ‚Personal Growth‘ from James Booth.
Operating a million miles away from the kick and hiss of the trendy lo-fi folks, the Berlin based producer favours subtle rhythms, delicate textures and tender melodies - turning out a string of sophisticated dance floor winners for 100% Silk, Church and No Bad Days. Now he brings his organic house stylings to the Growing Bin with a fresh five-tracker packed with all the warmth of a Tempelhof picnic on a balmy July afternoon.
Emerging from the watery depths of the Drexciyan ocean, opener "Mood" strides calmly through the morning dew, stretching those loose limbs and seeking out Hardcastle‘s rainforest. Drifting freely through immersive, aquatic pads and soft focus melodies, the track takes in a little R&R before snapping electro percussion, cascading synthlines and a rolling rhythm up the intensity. The deepness continues on the A2 as "Dream Precipitation" offers a medicated vision of Debussy doing P-Bar while Lynch rolls the cameras. Syncopated hi-hats, jazzy keys and star-gazing sine waves wrap themselves around your cerebellum, expanding your mind as a steady kick moves your body into the pleasure zone. Booth takes a Derren Brown tip on the flip, imbuing "You" with the kind of mesmeric rhythm that can make the staunchest wallflower pull a Pink Panther on a packed dance floor. The exotic tumble of woody percussion and hissing castanets keep up a fascinating rhythm, driving the titular mantra and snaking synth melody through bursts of slapped bass and subtle 4/4. "Dhoop Stick" stays on board with the boogie hypnotism, weaving its way through celestial melodies, squelching bass and toasty Rhodes before "The Chorus" brings down the curtain with wailing FM vox, military snares and the dreamy synth pop charm of a lost Sheffield classic. Warm, woody and entirely organic, this is the birth of Green House...you heard it here first!

After going beatless around the bush with Wilson Tanner’s stunning ’69’, Growing Bin leave the Swan River behind for their sixth release, heading east from their Hamburg home to sample the coastal calm of Krynica Morska. And who better to show them the sights and sounds of idyllic Poland than Ptaki co-pilot The Phantom a.k.a. Bartosz Kruczyński, flying solo here with a sumptuous score for long sunsets and lapping waves. Taking his cue from well worn IC releases and the Berlin School, Bartosz dedicates the whole of the A-side to ‚Baltic Beat’, twenty stunning minutes of swelling, swirling beauty full of motion and purpose. Chiming guitar pierces the deep like sun-light, leading us out of the oceanic intro and onto the soft sand where shimmering marimba and considered piano lull us into a Tangerine Dream. Before long the clouds roll in and the crashing surf gives way to Metheny guitars, rhythmic keys, minimalist woodwind and the dramatic bassline which carries us downstream into the run out groove. The B-side opens with the rolling waves and overwound watches of ‘Post Tenebras Lux’, a feather- light daydream which builds with West Coast guitar and a crisp snare before fading into the bird-song of ‘Parco Degli Acquedotti’. The stunning offspring of ‘Wicked Game’ and ‘Moments In Love’, this is just about as Balearic as it gets, The Phantom breezing over the frets as the wind works its way through his hair. All that remains is to savour the fading sunset to the sound of ‘Supplement 1‘ and ‘2’, elegant odes to nature which hold delicate piano, cor anglais and guitar in perfect balance. With summer on the way, it’s time to slip your moorings and drift away with Bartosz Kruczyński and Growing Bin, partners in calm.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Ptaki man The Phantom leaves behind the aliases for this stunning long player on the blossoming Growing Bin. Taking cues from well worn IC releases, the A-side is one long voyage from the sea to the shore, while the B-side offers a quartet of hazy, drifting compositions. Another essential release from Growing Bin!

Krakatau

Tharsis Montes / Apogean Tide

After a stateside sojourn with the sumptuous 'Shy Layers‘, Hamburg’s leading horticulturalist heads back to those fertile Australian climes to harvest the first 12” single on his blossoming imprint.

Back in Melbourne once again, Basso promptly pocketed the air miles and made contact with sometime space rockers Krakatau, beaming down a pair of interplanetary transmissions primed for worldwide wax consumption. Operating on their own and free from outside control, the Melbourne trio had gone further than ever before, diving deep into black holes and solar flares to create their own style of sun-kissed funk and moonlit jazz. Clocking in at an expansive ten minutes a-piece, these extra terrestrial expressions were taken back to the Bin and transferred to the only format strong enough to contain them. The A-side of this freshly pressed vinyl belongs to ‘Tharsis Montis’, a particularly potent strain of slowly creeping funk, germinated in the Victoria sunshine and matured under the steady glow of the Hamburg heat lamps. Quickly reeling you in with sexy, squelching sine waves and sweetly syncopated percussion, a stone groove takes full control of your mind and body, gently applying free flowing bass licks and the relaxed beauty of the Fender Rhodes to truly trip you out. Though laid back until fully horizontal, the cut boasts wild bursts of cosmic colour, harnessing the otherworldly explorations of Cortex, Hawkshaw and Leon Lowman whilst still keeping things Kool & The Gang. Smooth and sublime, this smokers’ jam should soundtrack BBQs from St Kilda to Crenshaw, laying everyone low with its hypnotic majesty. It’s time to take a hit my friends….

Over on the flip Krakatau offer a different kind of dope, catching the moon in its furthest orbit to find spiritual resonance with the dusty fusion of late seventies Impulse releases. Alive with rattling snares and crashing cymbals, ‘Apogeian Tide’ treads a sacred line between ‘In Pursuit Of Blackness’ and ‘Jewels Of Thought’, skipping round The Pyramids on a flying carpet of fluid basslines and cascading Rhodes chords. Nebulous synthesis glistens and glides on the fringes of Floating Points’ galaxy, while a post-bop sax blasts, skronks and sings sweetly as we approach critical mass. A thunderous climax gives way to infinite calm and we’re floating free of space and time, suspended in a web of prepared percussion and strung out bass, drifting off to a pensive duet between saxophone and solar synth.

Exceptional even by their lofty standards, the first Growing Bin single is well worth the wait.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Back in January I hosted Basso at Coastin' and the Growing Bin man had the whole room asking after this simmering serving of jazz-funk. Well now the cat's out the bag and sounding fresh to death. Another heater from the Bin yo!

If you’ve kept a keen ear to the underground, you may have noticed a trance revival creeping into the dance floors and darkrooms of late; a post ironic return to the 64 bar breakdowns and peak time key changes of your serotonin drenched youth.....

So what’s this then? Has Growing Bin gone from groundbreaker to copycat? Dig a little deeper folks, for the Trance is question is Jürgen Petersen, a forgotten cosmic kingpin in tune with true electronic excellence. When Danielle Baldelli wanted to show off his eclectic tastes, which record did he reach for? Petersen’s 1980 LP, ‘Here And Now’ of course. And when John Schaefer put together his essential exploration of New Sounds, who did he describe as Germany’s answer to Eno? Trance, damn right! After blessing the world with a trio of essential electronic LPs between 1979 and 1983, Petersen moved out of the limelight and lived off the grid, collecting his mind expanding music on a series of self-recorded, self-released cassettes, known only to the inner circle of elite European diggers. The sounds found within were unusual, experimental and ecstatic.

Fusing the organic tones of piano, 12 string guitar and sitar with soothing sine waves and hypnotic synthesis, Petersen harnessed the healing frequencies out there in the cosmos and transfixed the listener with pure otherworldly beauty - ambient music for a new age… Unravelling these rare cassettes for music lovers everywhere, Growing Bin treats us to ‘Tapes’, a five track vision quest for the horizontal travellers and fourth world nomads. Sven can keep his cocoon, we’re off in search of the butterflies...

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: My favourite German (sorry Mine), digs his green fingers into his micro-press cassette collection to treat us to the first retrospective of kosmische wizard Trance. Spanning the bucolic and galactic, the majestic music of Jürgen Petersen spans space-time to deliver cosmic clarity one sublime note at a time.

Minds expanded and bodies soothed by Krakatau’s deep spiritual eruptions, Growing Bin take us back to the beginning with three impressionistic jazz landscapes from the magical Merge. Inspired by childhood memories of an Iranian oasis, Jo Lienen let his fingers breeze over the keys like a warm shamal, leading him back through dusty streets and covered markets to his long forgotten Kashan. As the needle nestles into the well pressed groove we gaze through Lienen‘s eyes upon an ancient beauty, the sapphire skies and tan sands which surround the endless domes and lush gardens of his childhood home. Focusing on the bustling market in the morning sun, ‚Part I‘ races down the narrow alleys to a bright bossa rhythm, weaving past the crowds with a swaying bassline and lithe guitar. The soothing air carries the faint heat of spice and the voices of the bazaar, while the delicate piano falls like a warm desert rain. As afternoon prayer leads the crowds to mosque, ‚Part II‘ strolls through the empty streets, following mystical melodies to a moment of trascendent beauty. Hissing snare rolls leap above subtle percussion, carrying the earthy bass and airy piano as emotive guitar drifts through the city like smoke in the wind. A dervish solo erupts with spiritual fervour and the crowds flood back through the streets bringing Kashan back to life once again.
‚Part III‘ finds us at sunset, drinking spiced tea with red dust underfoot. Taking a slower, more sedate pace, this bass led beauty rolls on restrained but rhythmic percussion, flooding the senses with synth harp and dreamy guitar. The music might stop and the mirage may disappear, but thanks to Growing Bin we can visit any time we want.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Basso rounds off a spectacular year of Growing Bin goodness with some brand new material from German jazz troupe Merge. Swapping coastal breeze for the heat of Iran, the desert jazz of 'Kashan' is as warm, refreshing and intoxicating as an afternoon aperitif.

Hamburg's deepest head, Herr Basso gives the people what they want and delivers a limited repress of his first Growing Bin release. A lost album from studio project Merge, "Long Distance" is a wonderfully textured, calm and coastal LP, perfect for long summer days or warm autumn nights. I'll leave it to Basso to give you the details.

"Some years ago I discovered some copies of an unusal jazz fusion album called "Exchange" recorded in 1989 by the studio project Merge - released on the private Dorato Musikverlag. The bunch of copies I had were quickly spread over the globe and when a friend asked me if I still had one for him they were all gone. So I got into contact with Merge's mastermind and producer, Jo Lienen, who magically moved to my hometown Hamburg recently. Fortunately he still had a handful of copies left. (Saved from the distributioner who failed to do his job and finally recycled the remaining copies...) While we were chatting about life and music Jo told me about a second Merge LP that he and his friend Harald Karla recorded within just a few weeks in studio off-time in 1994. An album never released, because both of them were very busy in production / studio jobs and forgot about it a while after... Jo kindly provided me with a CD of the 1994 recordings and when I listened to it I got struck by lightning. This mix of jazz and ambient is EXACTLY what I'm after and I know there's a bunch of you guys out there who feel the same : ) Thanks to Jo and Harald for these wonderful tunes!!"

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: It's fair to say that German digger, dealer and GZA fan Basso knows a thing or two about tunes, and whenever there's a new Growing Bin release the heads out there get very excited. Going back to the start, GBR001 treats us to a previously unreleased nineties Balearic/jazz-fusion opus complete with lush synth washes, tinkling ivories, gentle percussion, bird song and lapping waves... Leave your preconceptions at the door!

Whether you’re floating free to antipodean ambience or toasting the sunset with a Baltic beauty, you can always count on Growing Bin to take you someplace new for a while. Swapping bucolic Poland for the buzz of the Big Apple, the Hamburg imprint reaches a magnificent seven in the company of synth-pop dreamer Shy Layers (JD Walsh to his mum) and his sublime self titled debut.

Over the course of ten emotional pop serenades, the New York musician recalls lost days sofa surfing to the lounge electronica of Air, Mellow and early Phoenix or the swooning lo-fi psychedelia of a pre-MD Simian. Shy Layers welcomes us aboard with the shimmering pads and soothing soft synths of ‘Black & White’, a drifting soundtrack to a John Hughes-directed episode of ‘In The Night Garden’. From there we swerve into the wistful synth-pop of ‘Famous Faces’, locking into the rattling Tears For Fears groove while the West Coast guitar licks and vocoder vocals float off into the distance. ‘You Won’t Find Me’ shuffles through afro-tronic keyboard lines, Beta Band breakbeats and loose funk guitar before the sweltering ‘Stabilized Waves’ dips a toe in the Med, swaying gently to the fluid bass, acoustic strumming and cascading electric guitar. Swapping continents to close the A-side, ‘Too Far Out’ finds Walsh working highlife guitars and fuzzy sanza sequences into a piece of perfect off-kilter pop. The B-side begins in glitchy fashion with the flying hats and seesaw synths of ‘Holding It Back’, before ‘Playing The Game’ offers sprinklers over summer lawns, dub fx, jangling guitars and cooing vocals. The afrobeat influence shines through once again on the rhythmic ‘Bees & Bamboo’ before ‘SEG’ sees Shy Layers don Mario’s Red Wing cap for a chip-set safari through the bright blue sky. Playing us out with the same cinematic splendour with which we began, Walsh conjures a woozy, sun-dappled mood for the sumptuous ‘1977’.


STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Fusing French pop, glistening Americana, 80s AOR and afrobeat into a hazy vision of balmy mornings, long evenings and lazy days, Shy Layers has served up the soundtrack to your summer. Growing Bin is in full bloom right now.

Spring might not yet have sprung, but the Growing Bin is always in bloom. After brightening our days with the opiate beauty of Barthel, Bohm and Bauer and the dusky grafts of Moon B last year, Basso’s well tended imprint begins 2016 with an antipodean gem. The green fingered, or thumbed, among you might recognise A.R.T. Wilson from his time in the Growing Bin a while back, when he soothed our cares with the drifting dreamscape of ‘Overworld’. Australian duo Andras Fox and Eleventeen Eston dropped out last summer, spending a few carefree weeks enjoying good food and good weather in Eston’s native Perth. Naturally the music began to flow, and al fresco jam sessions soon gave birth to the ambient beauty of ’69’. Breezy clarinet wends its way around calming piano chords and lush synth textures, offering an impressionist’s vision of the natural world. Drop the needle and drift away on the distant ocean of “Pilot”, freefall into the soothing ambience of ‘Further Than Your Headlights’, and let “Sun Room” guide you gently back to terra firma. The dream team of Australian musicians (not to mention a very talented crustacean), come together on one vinyl – and it’s better than you could possibly imagine.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: A great man once said, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” Ferris was right, and this gorgeous collaboration from Australian dream team Andras Fox (Wilson) and Eleventeen Eston (Tanner) is a calming journey into the heart of the horizontal. Enjoying a southern hemisphere summer of good food and good weather in Tanner’s native Perth, the friends soon settled into the carefree jam sessions which gave birth to the ambient beauty of ‘69’. Setting up camp where the Swan River meets the Indian Ocean, Wilson and Tanner tuned into nature, translating the warm sun, sea air and blue sky into a true postcard from paradise. Lithe clarinet dances around tranquil piano, relaxed guitar decorates velveteen synth textures and unhurried percussion makes an occasional appearance, as if to remind us that time’s still passing. Employing an innovative alfresco recording technique, Andy and John invited members of the local animal community to join the party, saving a blue swimmer crab from the flames of the barbecue and encouraging him to claw the ivories whenever the feeling took him. Organic, considered but still sounding completely natural, ‘69’ is a true ambient masterpiece, alive with emotion, in touch with its feelings but never overwhelmed. The undeniable highpoint in the new age of New Age and a stunning addition to the already essential Growing Bin catalogue, ‘69’ truly is a gift to us all. Perfection sounds like this.

After lighting up our lives with the superb Barthel, Bohm & Bauer retrospective last time round, Basso hooks the tape deck up to the Growing Bin lathe and delivers a vinyl edition of Moon B's "Lifeworld", previously only available on cassette via Vancouver's 1080p. Where the Atlanta producer's previous releases on PPU delivered the saturated boogie and grainy house synonymous with the label, strolling casually in step with Mood Hut or the more stoned end of the Beautiful Swimmers catalogue, "Lifeworld" sees Wes Gray don a safari suit for an exploration of the tropical undergrowth. Operating in much the same way as a hip hop mixtape, the LP sees the producer cycle through a well segued selection of sketches, motifs and moods, exploring tranquilised g-funk, subcontinental film themes and tropical interludes without letting any track outstay its welcome. The result is an intoxicating listening experience which pulls you into its distinct universe from start to finish, while sounding like a slightly heat-warped tape discovered on a Jamaican beach. Joining the dots between the psychedelia of Baldelli's cosmic scene and the dranked out slank of his hometown's chopped & screwed scene, Moon B's delivered one of the freshest albums of recent memory, typified by the horizontal oddness of bonus cut "Moments In Slank". Clear a space next to your turntable because you'll have this one on heavy rotation.


Welcome to the new age of new age and enter the 'Overworld' by A.r.t. Wilson aka Andras Fox.

Originally recorded for the contemporary dance work 'Overworld' by Sarah Aiken and Rebecca Jensen it was released on tape in very limited quantities this April. Now it‘s available in "pink lake“ vinyl from Growing Bin Records.

Peel back the leaves and discover Andras Fox, a Melbourne producer making tactile and imperfect electronic music. Inspired by primitive percussion, simple melodies and home recording, Andras combines elements of house music and ethno-groove in a distinctly antipodean way. Based around drum machine rhythms and new age synths, his original tape recordings are simultaneously contemporary in sound and difficult to carbon date, slipping comfortably between 80s library music, Chicago house and G-funk.

After sold-out solo releases, Andras teamed up with vocalist Oscar Key Sung for a collaborative LP that went back to the roots of disco and house. Receiving support and plays from the likes of Dam-Funk, it was an earnest catalogue of cassette demos recorded in the industrial district of West Melbourne. His follow up EP 'Erskine Falls' was popular with the ladies - compact tropical-synth instrumentals that felt just right.

Presenting the weekly radio show Strange Holiday on 3RRR FM in Melbourne has given him a chance to greatly expand his record collection, which currently occupies the broad territory between disco, World, library and Balearic sounds. This depth of knowledge about music‘s past informs his productions, which all give a nod and a wink to the past. Andras has supported artists including James Pants, Andres and DJ Sprinkles, as well as recently returning from an extended EU tour. In a digital, cool world full of hectic pace, Andras Fox brings warmth, relaxation and gentle grooves to your ears.

His latest work 'Overworld', recorded for dance theatre, is released under the alias that reclaims his birth name Andrew Richard Wilson (T stands for Trouble). A.r.t. Wilson is a slight detour from dance music land into the world of new-age and ambient music. It‘s a trip to the forest or the ocean after a big night out, it‘s an open window in the recording studio.


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