Shame Over – Murena Murena (2016)

Some albums ask for a laidback listening. Some you can listen to casually, put them in cars or in bars, making people fall in love for the length of one song, making them ask “Wow who’s that?”… Some other albums may seem hermetic when you first taste them, because they need to be listened to in one sitting, while doing nothing else. Then, you are able to hear the distant but rapidly approaching siren’s call to dive into them, to drown into them.

Murena Murena’s albums, though, manage to be extremely satisfying in whichever kind of listening you give them. I’ve seen it with my own eyes. From different networks, in different cities and universes, I watched people’s faces light up with that very special glow of getting surprised and transported by music. I’ve watched people fall in love with songs while listening to Murena Murena, the same way I fell in love with Ghoaster Coaster, some time ago. And it’s a boundless love adventure. You can always dig deeper into the Murena Murena sound and always find hidden gems you’ve overlooked before. Just like Ghoaster Coaster, Shame Over is willing to embark the journey of a long-term relationship with you.

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Year in Review – 2015 in Munich again

Here we are, at the end of 2015, a completely incredible year. 2015 is the year where the Munich Underground Scene actually became completely tangible to me. I was here from January 22nd to February 4th, and now I’ve been here since November 4th. I had all the time in the world to completely dive into the networks that I love, to take in the energy that these people can give you, to go with the Munich Flow… There was so, so, so much great music in 2015, you have no idea…

So here you have it, a small and humble and completely subjective recap (in alphabetical order) of all the releases that meant a lot to me, and mentions of some great things to come in 2016… Enjoy!

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Skläsh – LeRoy (2015)

So here we are, at the beginning of Skläsh, at the beginning of Like a Disease, at the beginning of a 39 minutes journey into LeRoy’s creation. To be honest, as I write these words, I’m still in my first love-phase with Skläsh. The /passionate/ phase. The “I wouldn’t think about cheating on you with any other album ever” phase. The “I will never get enough of you” phase. So, for once, unlike any other “review” I ever posted, you get the whole “crazy girl” loot. Enjoy.

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Cpt. Yossarian’s Europa in Dub – LaBrassBanda (2015)

So, while I was away, Europa in Dub was released on all the usual platforms.

So, of course, I have been playing it to all my open-eared commuters aboard the GendronMobile (because yeah, I test Munich’s new stuff on Montrealers all the time – some people even begin to make links between who’s who now ah). Needless to say, it’s as much of a hit as the first dub tape.

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Sarah Gonputh – I’m Still in Love – The Remixes (2015)

If you have followed the Munich Scene Tumblr Action in the last couple of days, you might have noticed that we have all been raving a little about this concept of Munich Scene All Stars. All of a sudden, we just put on a pedestal the usually pretty elusive artists that work in the shadows of badly lit studios. We act as if they are now international celebrities (I might even have made comments about how hot they were, but mostly kept it to myself (but damnnnn)).

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What comes next? – Dizzy Errol (2015)

What comes next when you release such a total joy of a record?

I’ll tell you what comes next. You play that record until your ears bleed and your knees fall under you from too much dancing.

Dizzy Errol is one constant, bright blue moon in your sky. He accompanies your nights and shines so bright that no shadows are left, anywhere. Instead, castles of light form up like ectoplasmic buildings, each one speaking tales of lives and life itself.

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Mars etc. by Aloa Input (2015)

Out on March 6, 2015 on Morr Music

It doesn’t happen often that I listen to an album and just think : this is it. The perfect balance between a soft and a hard core. This album is all soft lips and rough callouses at the same time. In the same songs. There’s nothing simple about it and it defies mathematical thinking. It’s feelings. All-feeling. It’s closed eyes and vibrations in your bones. Beautifully braided threads that create new luminous colours.

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City of O by Pollyester (2015)

I warned you all about this incoming storm.

The new Pollyester album is flying through the atmosphere like a storm of pink and gold glitter. It gets on everything. There’s something properly addictive about this album. It’s shiny. It’s glossy. It’s catchy as hell. It’s stand-alone pieces of perfection that are joined together by The Polly Effect (that wind of wordy melodies that counter-attack strong riffs and rhythms).

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