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Permament Vacation 5

    Every other year Permanent Vacation's compilation nerve starts itching and if scratching doesn't do the trick anymore, they start collecting music from shores around the globe for a full screen bag of goodies. In this case the result is the 5th instalment of the Permanent Vacation compilation, which also marks the longest on going series of the label. 12 exclusive tracks from old heroes and new stars that strike the full musical spectrum of Permanent Vacation from blissful percussive balearica, hypnotic house, fun loving disco to dubby affairs, emotion rich electronica and glistening cosmic. Being aware of the past, living in the present and rooted in the future.

    Brand-new track "Reach Out" by Gerd Janson and Philipp Lauer enjoys a Permanent Vacation here and is joined for some fun in the sun by Hot Chip's Joe Goddard. Erol Alkan and Osborne show up half way through the trip and everyone's happy!

    In original form, "Reach Out" is anthemic and very now. A pop-house framework supporting catchy synth riffs and bright chord progression. It's destined for as much radio play as club play and is the perfect backing for Goddard's distinctive vocal delivery which he aptly adds on top.

    Superstar DJ Erol Alkan transforms the track into a gurgling, spitting acid burner that should enjoy extended plays at Homoelectric the next time he's in town while Oborne's interpretation is a decidedly skippier and lighter affair, Joe's vocal taking centre stage as another pop-house aesthetic eventually envelops the track. Full fidelity and hi-def this is a rich and emotive crowd pleasure that's destined for big things right across the world. 

    "He Sings! He Dances! The fabulous new album!!!" says the original sticker on Dmx Krew's "Nu Romantix" LP, and after 20 years the message stays the same for Edward Uptown aka Ed DMX. German club kings Permanent Vacation mark the anniversary of this influential album with a special re-release. The album is available for the first time on a loud and sharp 45rpm double 12" (including the instrumental of "Come To Me" as bonus track). Carefully remastered by Lopazz for maximum pleasure. The music is now as relevant as it was 20 years ago, when the King of electro power ballades sings about the essential things in life and takes you to the place called love, that is more needed than ever before.


    2xLtd LP includes MP3 Download Code.


    But let's look back for a minute, because a lot has happened since Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich dusted off the mirror balls in Munich. Since the 1970s the city always had a reputation for being one of the world's disco capitals and Permanent Vacation took good care of this precious heritage being partly responsible for the new found love of Disco music and its variations such as BALEARIC, COSMIC, KRAUTROCK or PROTOHOUSE.

    Back then Tom, who for several years had been working in the music business, was a regular at Play Records that was run by Benjamin, who had also been busy as a DJ and party promoter. Soon they became friends and discovered their astoundingly similar taste in music. The label name PERMANENT VACATION also reflects the way the label came into existence, since the its main concept was developed during pingpong matches rather than at a conference table.

    Already their first release, a compilation of the same name—“PERMANENT VACATION”—, was celebrated as “razor-sharp, pulsating, pornographic, all fuses opening crazy pop” by one of Germany’s leading daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung.

    Taking off from here Permanent Vacation managed to become one of the flagships of the new movement and had several genre-defining hits with the reissue of Antena’s classic "Camino del Sol" album (even the Pet Shop Boys claimed it as an influence) and the accompanying remixes.

    Next up was the album "Miss Diamond to you" by singer Kathy Diamond, produced by the wild boogie wizard Maurice Fulton. This album was followed by multiple releases worth mentioning, many of which can be called modern day disco classics by now: Tensnake’s “Coma Cat”, which entered the UK top 40, Azari & III “Reckless with your love”, albums by Swedish Italo princess Sally Shapiro and by Vienna heartthrob Wolfram, Jacques Renault’s remix of Midnight Magic’s “Beam Me Up”, 40 Thieves “Don't turn it off”, Todd Terje's “Remaster of the Universe remix collection” as well as regular output by Woolfy vs. Projections, who belong to a loosely associated group of musicians, who moved from Great Britain to California trooping up with the legendary and myth-enshrouded disco guru DJ Harvey.

    But to reduce Permanent Vacation to Disco and Balearic wouldn’t do justice to the label’s ever-growing catalog. Bioly and Fröhlich deem Disco a form of mentality anyway, defying all too fixed and earnest paradigms of dance music. This is why the catalog also comprises library music compilations, Krautrock from the GDR, soundtracks of horror flicks, electro from Dmx Krew, vocoder poetry by New Jackson, cheerful party anthems by Lauer, oddball house by Bostro Pesopeo as well as Pional, an ode to the sun by Red Axes, music from Pollyester that subvert any categorization, blissful pop by Róisín Murphy, folky house by The Drifter, electronica from Lake People, cinematic soundscapes by Lord Of The Isles and the music by John Talabot, who celebrated his first release ever on Permanent Vacation in 2009.

    Talabot’s album "Fin" became a massive success in the dance scene as well as in the indie world. He can be considered somewhat of a game changer as he is one of the biggest stars, who emerged out of the electronic dance music in recent years. The other big homemade success story was told through Irishman Mano Le Tough, who landed on planet Permanent Vacation with two widely popular albums, which can loosely be described as tender house. Already the first album boosted Mano into the universe of the world’s leading House DJs and producers. Finally, there is the latest Permanent Vacation adventure – the debut album by German production duo Tuff City Kids, Phillip Lauer and Gerd Janson, who were able to transform their previously more remix-based work into a fun and skilled ride through different electronic music styles without loosing consistence.

    And this brings us back to the present and the year 2017, where Permanent Vacation remains a solid constant in the obscure jungle of modern dance music, testament to which is the compilation you are holding in your hands.

    Benjamin Fröhlich and Tom Bioly were able to gather all the regular vacationers (including themselves) and some special guests such as Joakim or Daniel Bortz, all of whom contributed celebratory exclusives. The result features 16 tracks that are going from loud to quite, from fast to slow, from jungle to desert and thus capture the whole Permanent Vacation sound spectrum. Here we go and cin cin to the coming 100 years.


    Matt says: Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich's iconic German record label Permanent Vacation celebrates 10 years at the top. A decade that's seen John Talabot become a household name, Kathy Diamond a soul staple and Tensnake's "Coma Cat" achieve 'classic' status (!!!). Trend-setting and innovative in equal measure, PermVac show no signs of slowing down.


    4xLP includes MP3 Download Code.

    The third and (for now) final chapter of the big book of the Woolfy vs Projections (aka Simon James and Dan Hastie) saga has begun. "Stations" completes the trilogy which the duo started with 2008's "The Astral Projections Of Starlight" and 2012's "The Return Of Love". The concept of the albums by the California-based band are all loosely based on the adventures of the lost astronaut Captain Starlight, who is the hero in Zazu's notorious Balearic rock classic which also set the bench mark for the group's sound, a deep Balearic twilight vibe combined with a classic west coast sound, dubbed disco, beard rock and a heavy funk bounce. Tracks like "Absynth" (described by Resident Advisor as 'Air covering Steely Dan'), "Neeve" or "Set Me Loose" can all be considered as modern classics of genre.

    "Stations" is perfecting the technique to filter a psychedelic folk album through modern day cosmic disco / Balearic aesthetic. Whether it's spaced out house jams like "Combination" and "Tangiers", or the idyllic vibes of "Walkaway" or "The Bright Light Of The Truth", a hazy mood stretches over 10 tracks, plus a careful reconstruction of "Who" a Balearic classic from Odyssey that brings the listener into a state of bliss. "Stations" is not only the last resort of Captain Starlight but also a graceful end to this space epos.

    Almost four years after the first album Californian duo Simon and Dan aka Woolfy Vs. Projections bring us “The Return Of Love”. The Album continues the story of “Captain Starlight", with the astronaut returning to earth after his odyssey in space, finding his lost love and releasing all that was. With its blend of psychedelic west coast rock, disco, and Balearic, “The Return Of Love” is a source of pure excitement.

    “The Return Of Love” was conceptualized in the Californian Big Bear mountains. 'We packed up a grip of analog keyboards, pre-amps , laptops and fine ales and boarded ourselves up in a log cabin for a couple of days.' The influences on the album oscillate between the likes of Wings, David Crosby, Bryan Ferry and today’s disco leaving the boundaries of electronic music far behind them. In fact, Woolfy Vs. Projections have recorded a sometime modern west coast psychedelic soft-rock album with “The Return of Love“. Packed with proper songwriting, dreamy synth washes, chugging rhythms and a combination of electronic and acoustic instrumentation, this is an essential album for Balearic types.

    Simon James aka Woolfy emigrated from the rainy shores of the UK to sunny California around the same time the biggest beard of all disco beards, DJ Harvey, headed to the Golden State. Both share a particular passion for dirty disco 12”s from 73 - 84, a bit of English punk, pub funk and booze and therefore it was only logical that the two began to cooperate in some fields: whether Harvey was playing in Woolfy’s bar or Simon was helping Harvey out in the studio for some of his remixes. Then Simon met his partner in crime, Dan Hastie, over ten years ago in a bar (where else) in Los Angeles and this is how they got acquainted: A pint? Ay, a pint will do fine … You make music, I make music, let’s make music!

    Their first release, back then under the name Projections on Chicago’s Guidance Recordings was “Kingsburg”, a track that appeared on many compilations, including the one by house legend Tony Humphries at Fabric. From there, the full-length “Between Here & Now” was released. It made serious waves in the electronic scene and definitely put Projections on the map. After that Dan became heavily involved in many projects such as the funk outfit Orgone, Connie Price, The Keystone and The Lions just to name a few. Simon on the other hand, focused on a solo project under the name Woolfy, which was followed by a Woolfy / Projections split single on DJ Spun’s Rong Music and by an album on DFA records. In 2008, Simon and Dan joined forces again to release their first LP as Woolfy vs. Projections “The Astral Projections Of Starlight “ on Permanent Vacation. It was a concept album based on the adventures of the lost astronaut Captain Starlight, who is the hero in a Zazu track, a notorious Balearic rock classic, which also set the bench mark for the sound of Woolfy vs. Projections: A deep Balearic twilight vibe combined with spaced out house, dubbed disco, beard rock and a heavy funk bounce. The three singles from the album “Abysnth” (described by Resident Advisor as “Air covering Steely Dan“) , “The Return Of Starlight “ and “Neeve“ became modern classics of the genre.


    Vinyl comes with CD version of the album enclosed.

    The concept of the compilation is very simple: Permanent Vacation asked their favorite producers if they could each contribute with an exclusive track for the compilation. All of these artists seem to work from very different angles at first glance. But from our point of view, they are all unified through a certain down to earth and back to the roots vision of house music that is more inspired by the time when disc jockeys cut the rhythm sections of the records one after another to create a steamy and sweaty atmosphere through the whole night than the streamlined excrescence of house music that got popular in the era of the super clubs.

    Lluckily, almost everyone they asked was up for it, and if that wasn't enough they even got two new pairings of artists who gave their debut on our compilation: Soul Clap and Trickski teamed up for a slow house bomb, while Jacob Korn and Cuthead from the Uncanny Valley family also got creative. Together they morphed to the double-headed mythical creature Kornhead who can kill you with a single groove. We also get ace cuts from John Talabot and Pional, who both individually gave PV back their faith in new house music that doesn't sound like clones of the old masters. Talabot created "Leave Me" one of his most dance floorfriendly productions to date. Beautiful Swimmers drop their first release outside of their Future Times homebase and Slow Hands, after the success of his track "Rough Patch" on the Wolf + Lamb vs. Soul Clap DJ Kicks, brings us "Kreuzberg Blues". Which leads us directly to the big Berlin resident crew consisting of Hunee, Mano Le Tough and Session Victim. All three tracks are crackers. The same is true for Good Guy Mikesh & Filburt, who bewitched us with "Roamer". This time the Permanent Vacation producers also seized the chance to participate in the compilation with "Hendiadyoin" and an edit for the epic "Sightless Brightness" by the ever innovative Contra Communem Opinionem.

    Founded in West Berlin in late 1967 by German artists, The Zodiak Free Arts Lab, also known as the Zodiak Club, was a short-lived but highly influential experimental live music venue. It was a musicians' paradise since The Zodiac Free Arts Lab was filled with all kinds of instruments, amps and speakers free for everyone to play and experiment with.

    Four decades later Argy had the idea to revive the club's concept. After a short period of time he opened his own private space in Berlin to jam with colleagues and friends. Guests were personally invited to join in with the variety of happenings such as live music sessions, conversations and other bizarre or eccentric experiences. Argy's collaboration with Manuel Göttsching on "Sunrain" released on White Days Records in 2010 also tipped him in the direction of this new musical journey. So here he brings us the debut Zodiac Free Arts Club set, an LSD-dipped album that pays homage to the krautrock / kosmische musik innovators he admires most such as Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze, Vangelis, Neu!, Popol Vuh and others.

    Bostro's back! Almost two years after his debut single for Permanent Vacation, he's finally recorded some new music. It's hard to describe a Bostro Pesopeo track, just when you think you can pin it to the wall the track slips away... Being a real musician, Florian likes things deep and can put more soul and emotion into one key than others put into whole albums. The "Anantes EP" features four melodic, melancholic and highly emotive house tracks to instantly fall in love with: "Basic" opens the EP in a slowly building house style, teasing the emotion from the track as it progresses. There's also a vocal version featuring Hard Ton for added soul. Title track "Anantes" is next - definitely one for those of you who like minimal Chicago-influenced grooves. "0000" is the EP closer - a simple descending piano scale motif merges with an even more simple 4/4 rhythm for a track that sits somewhere between house and Balearic. Dreamy.

    Woolfy Vs Projections

    Neeve - Inc. The Time And Space Machine / Permanent Vacation Remixes

    So here comes the final chapter of Woolfy Vs Projections album "The Astral Projections Of Starlight". "Neeve" is for many people the stand out track from this album and finally gets the single release it deserves. Alongside the original album version comes a pair of fresh remixes. The first one is provided by The Time & Space Machine aka Richard Norris, Erol Alkan's partner in crime in Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve. He stretches the original into an extended tripped-out cosmic version. Also included is a remix from the brand new Permanent Vacation production outfit formed by label heads Tom Bioly and Benjamin Fröhlich. The boys' 'Tropical Heat' remix turns "Neeve" into a percussive and hypnotic voodoo disco / house groover. Also featured here is exclusive bonus track, "Isabella".

    Woolfy Vs Projections

    The Astral Projections Of Twilight

    Woolfy Vs Projections is Simon James and Dan Hastie, and this is "The Astral Projections Of Starlight", their fantastic debut album of dubbed-out disco and bearded Balearic grooves. Dan and Simon meet in a run down bar in downtown LA and embarked on what's become a nine year adventure. Their first outings together were put out on Chicago's Guidance imprint, while more recently both are to be found in the ranks of Cali-funk outfit and Ubiquity favourites Orgone. Obviously all that time spent playing instruments and messing around in studios has paid off, because this album features a collection of quality tracks that combine live instrumentation, real vocals and plenty of studio trickery. Dreamy, lush, tripped-out and gorgeous, this is a cosmic-Balearic delight.

    With Dolle Jolle, Permanent Vacation present a new artist from the blooming Oslo disco scene. His first release is a Balearic beauty – a "Balearic Incarnation" in fact - the perfect anthem for the late-summer beach party (not on the UK this summer though, unless you want to listen to it under an umbrella). Dolle Jolle's original version is another delicious piece of Balearica (mid-tempo rhythm, spiralling guitar motif, atmospheric sounds, lush washes etc), and we also get a seashore sounds extra bonus track not listed of the sleeve. Also featured, and undoubtedly causing much forum talk, is the club remix by Dolle Jolle's friend Todd Terje. TT keeps the tempo the same, but does away with much of the beach sound efx, fattening up the beats in a disco-house style and adding some nice arpeggiated (almost acidic) key lines. Don't miss this!

    The second compilation CD on Munich's formidable Permanent Vacation label shines with a blend of Kraut disco, cosmic rock, modern day house music and electronic dance pop, again mixed and handpicked by label head honchos Tom Bioly and Benji Frohlich. Includes tracks by Junior Boys, Findlay Brown, Home Video, Stephen Malkmus, Woolfy vs Projections, Lexx, Tomboy etc, and remixes from Hot Chip, Tim Goldsworthy's Loving Hand, Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve and Holy Ghost!

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