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23.06.15
SHOPNONSTOP with Meggy (Photo Album)

While in Barcelona for the Suol showcase at La Terrrazza, Meggy stepped up her sneaker game at Limiteditions and 24 KILATES.

See it here

2.06.15
Suol Snapback now available in our Shop

Get it here

27.05.15
Till von Sein interview for “Das Filter”

Read on here for Tills Interview for “Das Filter”.

And don’t miss to listen to his “Bedroom Magic” Podcast.

22.05.15
OUT NOW – Till von Sein – Precious

Finally it’s here: Till von Seins new LP “Precious”

Get your copy at iTunes!

19.05.15
Till von Sein – Trailer – Precious Part 3/3

Pre-Order Precious at iTunes.

15.05.15
Suol X Fun Time Apparel – Spring / Summer Line 2015

Suol X Fun Time Apparel – Spring / Summer Line 2015
Watch the behind the scene video!

15.05.15
New packaging

Hand packed in Berlin. Ready to be delivered!

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13.05.15
Lookbook

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13.05.15
Lookbook

First look on the new Suol Lookbook.
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13.05.15
Lookbook

First look on the new Suol Lookbook!
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12.05.15
Suol Radio Show – 026 – Tender Games

Listen to our latest Radio Show by Tender Games

5.05.15
Till von Sein – Deep House Amsterdam

Listen to Tills new mix for Deep House Amsterdam

30.04.15
Chopstick & Johnjon – Beatport Charts “Gone Fishing”

Listen to Chopstick & Johnjons favorites!
Including Tracks from Till von Sein, Adam Port, Martin Iveson and more.
Get them here: https://pro.beatport.com/chart/gone-fishing/347490

29.04.15
OUT NOW – Till von Sein – Booty Angel Feat. Kid Enigma

Get it here:

iTunes Single:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/booty-angel-feat.-kid-enigma/id981479028

Beatport Single:
http://pro.beatport.com/release/booty-angel/1501230

Pre Order Tills upcoming Album “Precious” on iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/album/precious/id985549397

23.04.15
It’s there…

“Booty Angel” arrived in our office!
Release day is tomorrow. Whoop Whoop!

16.04.15
Premiere: Till von Sein Feat. Kid Enigma – Booty Angel (Remix)

Listen here to the next premiere of Tills upcoming Single “Booty Angel” remixed by Jimpster.
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Premiere of Johnjohns Remix from Till von TILL VON SEINs upcoming Single “Booty Angel” feat. Enigma on SlothBoogieRelease Date is in less than 10 Days.

Click here to listen to Johnjons Remix:

14.04.15
Suol Showcase at Berlin Festival

Meet our Suol Crew aka. FRITZ KALKBRENNERCHOPSTICK & JOHNJONmeggy and Tender Games from May 29. to 31. at Berlin Festival.

Get more informations here.

 

7.04.15
Suol Radio Show #026 – Till von Sein

Listen to it here !

 

 

2.04.15
Available Now! SUOL Gym Bag

Freshly out of the box. Now Availabe at our  SUOL SHOP!

1.04.15
SUOL X Fun Time

In collaboration with Fun Time our brand new apparel collection ist about to arrive soon.

Watch the trailer for a first view.

1.04.15
Meggy at Kiss.Fm Radio

Meggy played a exclusive Mini-Mix at Kiss.fm Radio.
Listen to it here:
http://www.kissfm.de/content/display/key/big-weekend#/content/display/key/karla-kenya-featuring-meggy

30.03.15
Out Now – Suol 058 – Meggy – “We, Meggy”

“We, Meggy” Out now on Beatport and “Decks”

Including Tracks with: Soulade, Ardalan, Paskal & Urban Absolutes and Erdbeerschnitzel.

 

Get it here:

https://pro.beatport.com/release/we-meggy/1481588

http://www.decks.de/t/meggy-we_meggy/c4y-z0

24.03.15
Till von Sein – “Precious”

Resident Advisor announces Till von Seins Tracklist!

Read on here:

http://www.residentadvisor.net/news.aspx?id=28813

24.03.15
Premiere: Meggy & Soulade – Doin’ Your Thing

And yet we have another premiere of Meggys Upcoming EP:

Meggy & Soulade – Doin’ Your Thing:

 

Listen to it on Pulse Radio:

https://pulseradio.net/articles/2015/03/premiere-meggy-soulade-doin-your-thing-suol

 

 

24.03.15
Premiere: Meggy, Paskal & Urban Absolutes – Baby Love

Full Premiere of Meggy, Paskal & Urban Absolutes Track “Baby Love” from the upcoming EP “We, Meggy”. Out on March 27!

 

Click here for the article on i-D:

https://i-d.vice.com/en_gb/article/premiere-meggy-baby-love

12.03.15
Suol Mates @ Watergate on March 20

Definition of Suol Mate:

A person with whom you have an immediate connection the moment you meet – a connection so strong that you are drawn to them in a way you have never experienced before.
Meet your Suol Mate on March 20 at watergate club:
Jimpster
SESSION VICTIM
CHOPSTICK & JOHNJON
TILL VON SEIN
meggy
Tender Games
Attend here: https://www.facebook.com/events/822565594525821/

11.03.15
Till von Sein Album Teaser

Here is part 1 of Till von Seins video teaser of his upcoming album “Precious”

10.03.15
Suol Radio Show 025 – Yannick Labbé

Suol Radio Show – 025 with Yannick Labbé  is online Now !

 

Support Yannick on the following:

http://yannicklabbe.com/

twitter.com/yannick_tweets

 

5.03.15
Suol Photoshoot

We had a great Photoshoot with all of our Suol Mates today. Vincent made same great work! And here is a behind the scene video:

5.03.15
We Meggy EP on March 27

“We Meggy” EP Including:

Soulade, Ardalan, Erdbeerschnitzel, Paskal & Urban Absolutes will be out on March 27.

 

5.03.15
Trick or Treat by Tender Games

A nice and cosy Podcast  by Tender Games for Trick or Treat.

25.02.15
This is our meggy.

This is her sound of Berlin. That made it #1 at oki-ni.commix series of 2014!

Thanks oki-ni!

http://www.oki-ni.com/daily/2015/02/oki-ni-mix-series-best-of-2014-mixcloud

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Yannick Labbé

What do you do when you have toured the world as a DJ during the past 16 years and produced an internationally acclaimed electronic-music-project for over 10 years? Right – you stop. Just to start over again.

Until the projects’ death in 2014, Yannick Labbé was the producer and one of the two DJs that toured global dance floors as Trickski. Renowned for their unpredictable, extra-danceable DJ-style of mixing Rare Groove with Techno and House, Trickski’s unique productions, fusing musicality with a raw electronic framework made booties shake on a global scale.

Today, after the project has been put to sleep, Yannick picks up the thread where he left it with his first release in 2004: 2015 will see a whole lot of solo-releases, remixes and collaborations.

Tender Games

Tender Games is the brainchild of two German producers; Ulrich Harrison AKA HRRSN, and his more-than-trusty sidekick, Marlon Hoffstadt.
As individuals, both Harrison and Hoffstadt have made quite the names for themselves over the past year. HRRSN is the owner of the fast-emerging Berlin imprint Well Done! (and an impressive musician to boot), while Hoffstadt – both on solo duties and alongside Harrison - has embarked on an emphatic production streak that's seen his talents perk the ears of some of the scene's foremost movers and shakers.
Having bonded in Berlin through a mutual love of music, this eclectic pair are now traversing a path that's all set for the scene's upper echelons. While their inspirations are wide and varied (Harrison credits YouTube with much of his musical education, while Hoffstadt touched on everything from soul to funk to hip-hop during his formative years), it's a reciprocated merging of sounds and styles which pays off in spades. While the pair are neither classically trained musicians or pretentious analogue heads, their rich and nuanced sound very much belies the fact. Indeed, theirs is a potent myriad of sounds that works wonders on the ear, with everything from modern to retro timbres merged into a sumptuous and delectable mix. Precocious, young and with an unrelenting thirst for quality-laden music, there's something refreshingly honest about the work of Tender Games.
Indeed, theirs is a way of working which quickly comes to the fore on their debut LP for the Berlin-based Suol imprint; itself a vehicle for a diverse range of house-tastic gems. Full of charm, zest and dancefloor prowess, the self-titled album is the sort of listen that neatly joins the dots between house, techno and pop – with a unique crossover appeal that'll appease fans of various persuasions. As you'd expect, it's all wrapped up in a most sophisticated manner - and while the album pays homage to the duo's sinewed and textured musical understanding - it also expertly underlines the continuing relevance of Chopstick & Johnjon's A&R skills.
A duo which is undoubtedly indicative of a new generation of Berlin clubbers, Tender Games DIY approach to their craft is just as sensual, touching and captivating as their title alludes to. Sometimes it goes deep and sometimes it kicks like a mule, but regardless of the direction it takes, it's sure to leave you yearning for more. With a string of dates on the horizon and more musical goodness also on the agenda, one gets the feeling that Tender Games are only just getting started. If the next chapter is as intriguing as the first, then we're in for a veritable treat.



Till Von Sein

“Till Von Sein is the master of arrogance, mostly because he rocks crispy white tee’s with catchy slogans on them for like maybe two or three uses tops and then throws them away. Plus whenever he’s buying sneakers, homeboy always cops two pair. I mean, if that ain’t keeping it really real in Berlin, than we don’t even know.” Soul Clap, Boston, 2010. Till is a typical urban kid; growing up in the nineties with skateboarding and hip hop, he was running his own street wear shop for seven years until he in 2006 decided to focus 100% on his music career. Besides working as the booking agent for a number of infamous German acts, Till is also a heavily acclaimed dj and producer with releases on labels like Supplement Facts, Suol and Dirt Crew Recs, with collaborations with Tigerskin, Aera, Chopstick, Catz‘n‘Dogz etc. and with remixes on Ministry of Sound, Plastic City and many others on the discography. His heart and dedication, however, is to be found in dj‘ing. For the past two years he has been travelling all over the world; South Africa, Japan, US and all over Europe never letting the dancefloor down. A dj set from Till Von Sein is soulful and pop infused, you for sure never know what you are gonna get - only thing certain is, that it will be some wicked stuff. Von Sein released his first solo album for Suol in October 2011. In 2013 we’re awaiting 2nd Mix CD on Suol right after Fritz Kalkbrenner. More to come.

Meggy

The future belongs to Meggy. Not only because she is merely 24 years young! She became one of the most distinct voices in club music due to Collaborations with Pete Tong, Till von Sein, Rampa and Re.You on Cocoon, Defected and Suol. Her features became absolute club hits and made her a name as a singer and DJ on the international scene within the shortest time. With her voice trained in R’n’B and Soul, it wasn’t long before she started recording in a studio. With Suol, she found a label that knows how to bring Deep House, R’n’B and Soul together in a unique way. Her first Maxi by the name of “Hide 4 Love EP” was dropped in 2013 and more releases are scheduled for 2015. Watch this space!

Fritz Kalkbrenner

It’s no secret that Fritz Kalkbrenner is a full-fledged soul boy. But with a voice like his, how could things have turned out any other way? Soul music is the foundation of all his musical endeavours. And like an emotional and aesthetic thread that he weaves through his music, soul, in fact, holds together his diverse musical influences such as hip hop, techno and house.
Growing up in the shadow of real socialist prefab buildings in the Lichtenberg district of Berlin, Fritz Kalkbrenner was a couple of years shy of being able to participate directly in the anarchic techno mayhem that followed right after the fall of the Berlin Wall, when new possibilities and freedoms opened up in East Berlin within a short period of time.
At the beginning of the 1990s his older brother Paul and his best friend Sascha Funke went crazy for techno beats, while hip hop artists such as Eric B. & Rakim, KRS One and Wu-Tang Clan were Fritz’s heroes who could do no wrong. He studied their flow, memorised hundreds of lyrics and learned how to tell stories – all basic research that would later benefit him.
At the end of the 1990s (in 1997, to be exact) he, too, was blown away by techno and turned into a devotee of the clubbing scene as did many others of his generation. Le- gendary clubs in Berlin such as WMF, Tresor and Suicide Circus became his haunts for doing a new kind of research. Partying feverishly, Fritz decided to start making music himself. One thing he knew for sure – his voice would be featured on the tracks.
With the release of Forms & Shapes in 2003, a plaintive piece appearing on Sascha Funke’s debut album Bravo, his very first step as a singer immediately landed him a veritable club hit. Further collaborations followed with artists such as Alexander Kowalski, DJ Zky and Monika Kruse, but he never stopped honing his skills as a producer – on equipment that once belonged to his brother Paul. And soon, Fritz was ready for a live show.
In the autumn of 2008 the song Sky and Sand appeared on the soundtrack to the movie Berlin Calling, the first project Fritz and Paul worked on together. It made the charts, and both Fritz and his voice gained international recognition. Not only was his first solo production practically in the bag, but he also found likeminded individuals in the heads of the Suol music label, Chopstick and Johnjon, hip hop aficionados who im- mediately recognised Fritz’s artistic potential. The three of them quickly agree to start working on a maxi single and then go on to make a first album.
With the 2010 release of his debut album Here Today Gone Tomorrow, Fritz no longer stands in his brother’s shadow, but is celebrated for a soul sound is all his own. Some- thing akin to Balearic guitar riffs meet rave tracks and warm house beats hover over a cinematic and melancholic sound. And rising above it all is Fritz’s voice. Here Today Gone Tomorrow makes the top ten groove charts of the year, is among the top five albums on iTunes and is voted album of the year by Raveline magazine. Fritz is also nominated for the Echo critic’s choice award. Since then, he’s been jetting non-stop from one club and festival to the next.
The tracks of his upcoming mix CD on the Suol label called Suol Mates, which will hit the scene in March 2012, demonstrate that his broad musical range spans from J Dilla, Pete Rock and Roy Ayers to Lawrence, Tom Trago and Robag Wruhme. Once again Fritz proves hip hop, soul and house are not opposites, but rather all planets in the same galaxy. A special highlight on the mix CD is his cover of Bill Wither’s classic song Ruby Lee.
In October 2012 Fritz Kalkbrenner released his second album “Sick Travellin” on Suol.
Produced in the new Suol Studios in Berlin-Kreuzberg, the thirteen album tracks reflect a development towards rather organic and mature music, or, to be specific: more vocals, more Rhodes, Bass and Guitar parts played in by studio musicians, more grainy, ‘breathing’ samples, briefly: more Suol. The album makes it up to number 6 in the German album charts. The following tour, on which he sings live for the first time, takes him all around the whole globe.
Despite his fully packed tour calendar, Fritz always manages to keep working on sketches for new tracks. When he begins to work on his upcoming third album „Ways Over Water“ (Release October 17, 2014), he has raw material for two long players. Together with Suol label heads Chopstick and Johnjon he filters out the best tunes, which then are being fully produced.
The result is an album, which sounds even rounder and more mature than its predecessors.

Daniel Bortz

It was the mid-‘90s, the heyday of techno in Munich-Riem, home to the Optimal and other legendary clubs, when Daniel Bortz stepped into the never-ending, untiring loop of the stoically pumping bass drum. He was born in Berlin in 1981, but for the last 13 years has been forging his deep beats, grooves and tracks for the club world from his base of operations in Augsburg. And it‘s precisely that club world that Bortz has been gracing with his releases, aiming right for its hypecraving g-spot. His sounds include crate digging, house-nostalgia, dancefloor-transfer, sample insanity and a healthy dose of eclecticism. Be it ‚80s new wave, ‚90s West Coast hip hop, disco or dance mania, Daniel Bortz brings things together that aren‘t bound up with realness and street credibility: He fuses his own world of sound for today‘s dance floor, with his refined sense of harmony playing a major role: „I work a lot with tunings. It takes a lot of work to make a few harmonic elements fit perfectly together. I make sure the bass drum and percussion match the tonality of the samples and harmonise with one another“. He stands firmly rooted in two worlds, and is as aware of his special status in the close-knit Bavarian scene as he is of the sceptical gloomand- doom prophecies of Berlin’s music buffs: „While being a music producer in Augsburg has its challenges, I don‘t just want to play for those in the know. I like appealing to a mixed audience that doesn‘t mind if I play Whitney Houston or Phoenix now and then. Daniel does whatever he feels like, a simple and most respectable approach that sets from apart from run-of-the-mill hitmakers, who crank out the next short-lived club hype.

Chopstick & Johnjon

Ferris Bueller put it in a nutshell: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” A decade has passed since the masterminds behind the Suol label, Chi-Thien Nguyen and John B. Muder, set out as Chopstick & Johnjon with a clear mission: to blaze a trail through the international House and Techno scene. Those ten years seem to have passed in the twinkling of an eye. But things could have panned out totally differently. If Johnjon hadn’t waited with the patience of a saint before their first studio meeting - when Chopstick, his future studio, DJ and label partner turned up three hours late – he might have taken exception to the comment that his production skills were “amusing”. And if, in turn, Chopstick had not listened very closely as Johnjon took to the turntables, weaving one record after the next into an electrifying, atmospherically dense set. Maybe these lines would never have needed to be written, but despite all the initial adversity and apparent contradictions they both recognized their common ground, how they augmented one another – and the potent energy their symbiosis could unleash, which hasn’t changed, right up to today. Both as joint label managers and as a production team, they’ve come a long, long way since then. Techno, Electro, House, Hip Hop – during their early years in particular the duo set about exploring electronic music like kids in a sweet shop. Fearless and bold, they surrendered themselves to the moment, but with the Suol label they seem to have found their spiritual home for the time being. Suol’s forerunners, Criminal Records and Baalsaal, were important stages in allowing them to hone their profile and gradually acquire the necessary know-how to develop an internationally-successful label. We learn from our mistakes, as the saying goes and all those diverse influences crystallized aesthetically too, as they gradually created a collective sound concept, which is based on their shared experiences – unaffected by the intense maxi single craze, which sometimes strangles the creativity and carefree mindset of the House and Techno scenes. Over time, their collaborative tracks started to become slower and more organic. What is today commonly known as Slow House was for Chopstick & Johnjon a natural outgrowth of their passion for Hip Hop and Groove in particular. House music that kicks ass. The creative pair compliment each other perfectly – both in the studio and behind the decks. Thien, the classically-trained ‘muso’ and John, the former Hip Hop DJ with an ear for tight, compact arrangements. The chemistry is just right: tracks like “Clear Eyes” from their “Friday Night Lights” EP, “Keep On Keepin’ On” with label-mate Fritz Kalkbrenner on the microphone, or their biggest hit to date “Listen” are all proof of that. Behind the decks they form a DJ duo that is always perfectly in sync. Whereas others tend to fire all canons in a single volley, a Chopstick and Johnjon DJ set is like a drawn-out foreplay session, a tease. A good groove doesn’t need a rave signal. They’ve mastered the art of slowly, imperceptibly turning the House thumbscrews tighter and tighter until they have total command of the dance floor. Chopstick and Johnjon are consummate experts at bringing a party to the boil at 116 bpm. With Suol, the successor label to Baalsaal brought to life in 2009, they are in the process of cementing their long-term success as an A&R team. Featuring Trickski, Till von Sein, Fritz Zander, Sven von Thülen, Daniel Bortz, Meggy, Chasing Kurt and Fritz Kalkbrenner, they have put together an illustrious roster of artists within just a short space of time. Their conquest of the world of House continues.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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29.04.15
Suol059 – Till von Sein – Booty Angel Feat. Kid Enigma

Booty Angel Feat. Kid Enigma is the first single from Till von Sein's second solo album Precious. A track that triggers emotions ranging from totally uninhibited hip-swaying to slight blushing, while tipping its hat to perhaps the most important icon in R'n'B: The female buttocks. Sir Mix-a-lot, Destiny’s Child, Eminem, LL Cool J, Big Sean, J-Lo – the list of artists who have sung the praises of the big booty in their work is a very long one indeed.

And Tilly joins the party with his latest pop hymn. It's no surprise that a theme like booty would spawn a diverse range of different remix approaches: Johnjon filtered the original down to its funk core, approaching it from the deep-chilled Techhouse genre, almost inviting latex-clad listeners to dish out a few saucy bum slaps.

In contrast, the lead organ in the Tender Games arrangement conjures up the acoustic background of a quickie in stadium toilets. The track's disco-like groove and bassline are hot on the heels of the original in terms of sex appeal.

This remix collection is topped off by Jimpster's re-working, which goes all satin sheets on us with its sustained notes, rustling percussion and tweaked vocals, teasing out every last drop of depth from the track.

iTunes  Beatport  Amazon  Decks 

26.05.15
SUOLCD012– Till von Sein – Precious

How did the myth surrounding the proverbi- al 'difficult second album' come about? And who first started the rumour that you have
a lifetime to finish the first album, but two years at most for the second? It's likely that all these platitudes simply got churned out of the cliché machine at some stage, but the fact remains: They are out there and they some- times make life tough for musicians.
But not for Till von Sein. He simply ap- proached the dictatorship of the schedule with a shoulder shrug; stress rolled off him like water off a duck's back, and he released
his second album a good three years after
his début work #LTD. But isn't Tilly the guy whose tour schedules barely leave any cor- ner of the earth untouched? That's right. In reality, those three years were compressed into a time frame during which other artists on the scene manage to put out a few EPs and remixes at most. More importantly, von Sein's Precious is not merely a follow-up,
it's not just material for the next few years' worth of tours: von Sein has re-calibrated himself, re-assessed his approach to creating an album cycle. He summed up his approach to recording this release with unambiguous brevity: "I wanted the album to get to the point." While its predecessor could be de- scribed as performing a loyal service to the functional aspects of House, the tracks on this album dance to the ever-changing tune
of their author. Precious effortlessly does its name justice, forming a collection of interpre- tations of all the musical treasures that have left the deepest impression on von Sein as an artist. The album shifts between House, R'n'B and soul-inflected pop, stylishly connecting the most remote bpms and succeeding, where many others have failed, in combining dance- floor compatibility with a touch of songwriter
inspiration and even airplayability.
Following the intro, in which guest artist Lazarus seems touched by the spirit of Gil Scott-Heron, the first song on the album transports the essence of the latest TvS sound directly to your hips. Booty Angel feat. Kid Enigma simply oozes sex appeal, unzip- ping our inhibitions with its almost x-rated tongue-in-cheek swagger, its suggestive claps underscoring the sitting apparatus celebrated on this track, while its piano break paves the way for the musicality that infuses the entire album.
What follows is the disarming disco vibe
of It’s all in the Spirits and No Luxury, a dub-tinged track that continues the organic songwriting approach and opens up sensual reverberating voids that are adequately filled out by the vocal talents of The Black 80s. Young Again is probably the closest the album gets to outright R'n'B, with a call-and- response motif by featured artists Diamond Setter & Maria Leonard that is pure goose- bump material.
Another highlight is the axiomatic The Man- ifest, featuring none other than Mr. V, who vocally kneels at the altar of House, creat-
ing a hymnic monument to the genre for the ages. The track is nothing less than a mani- festation of the groove mantra, embodying a depth of feeling that made House an ageless, rock-solid musical entity over the last thirty years. "Some people say it was a guy called Jack who started this, but I don’t think so. It could’ve been Jack or Jill, that’s up to you." When Mr. V addresses the genre that is his
life's passion, House becomes a goddess, the embodiment of the feminine principle. That's something that needed to be said.
Further tracks include the impassioned jam Like Air, graced by von Sein's 'Suolmate' Meggy, and Electric Love, again featuring Di- amon Setter & Maria Leonard, which seems like a peaceful interlude, easing along at a leisurely 67 bpm.
Every single track is a jewel in its own right – but taken as a whole album, Precious be- comes a treasure trove of the highest order. Has there ever been a German artist capable of creating a comparable sound? I don’t think so. But that's incidental: What counts is that Precious is a timeless gem, proving again that Till von Sein is one of the few DJ/producers with an unmistakeable musical vision – and with the talent to translate that into his work.

iTunes  Beatport  Amazon  Decks 

26.03.15
Suol058 – Meggy – We, Meggy

Berlin DJ, producer and vocalist Meggy starts a new series of split 12”s on SUOL, teaming up with some of her favourite artists to create four new musical gems. The first release features collabs with Sonar Kollektiv's Paskal & Urban Absolutes, Vitalik boss Soulade, DIRTYBIRD’s Ardalan and Delsin associate Erdbeerschnitzel.

Our SUOL sister Meggy is a revered and creative talent who has lent her gorgeous vocals to tracks from Till von Sein, Rampa and Re.You for Cocoon, Defected and, of course, Suol. As such she's featured on many club hits and saw her own release, Hide 4 Love, also shine back in 2013.

We, Meggy opens opens with Doin' Your Thing, her collab with Vitalik boss and Ibiza based DJ and producer Soulade. A steely cut with a gritty techno groove. Booming claps and hits, a prying bassline and shimmering synths come on like a late afternoon heatwave, on a track that is kinetic and engaging on every level.

Keeping the heat, Meggy teams up with our Persian brother Ardalan on Space Pishi, a bumping, deeply groovy, mid tempo house cut with tight drums and alluring vocal ad libs from the hostess. This seductive, smooth and loose sounding jam is perfect for warming the floor.

Baby Love sees Meggy working with long time collaborators Paskal & Urban Absolutes. Together they deliver a heartbreaking end-of-night vibe with their sombre yet uplifting chords and delicate drums work. It’s an intimate track that brilliantly showcases Meggy’s vocals, delivered in sensitive and rueful fashion.

Closing the release is the Erdbeerschnitzel collab Pressure. A track very much in the refreshing experimental vein of his work on Delsin. His spacious arrangement, crawling drums and swathes of reverb all create a huge chamber in which Meggy’s voice drifts and floats with a romantic sense of Sunday afternoon soul.

16.01.15
Fritz Kalkbrenner – Void

With the release of „Ways Over Water“ Fritz Kalkbrenner brought us his musically rich third studio album in October 2014. For 2015 Fritz Kalkbrenner is not only touring Europe extensively – he has also a brand new single ready for his fans and listeners. “Void“ which will be available on his Berlin homebase label „Suol“ in January 2015 continues where “Back Home“ ended.

The new single with a very strong chorus based on well made lyrics sits perfectly on that almost classic Deephouse Beat. You find all those charismatic, emotional and sometimes melancholic moments in here which are Fritz Kalkbrenner’s well received trademark elements.

“Void“ comes with a strong Remix package covering various musical directions and styles. The Baron Dafoe Remix uses a strong UK sounding piano backing track which makes totally sense with Fritz singing on top of it in fine form.

The brazilian legend Gui Boratto delivers a filteresque House Remix with a stomping beat working perfectly with the song. German Dj/Producer Andre Hommen hailing from Dennis Ferrer’s Objektivity camp creates a great minimal driven atmosphere with his remix leading the vocal to a great big room moment with additional chords and synthpatterns. On top the german newcomer Talul delivers a fine piece of progressive house rework to round up a great bundle of Remixes which also contains various dub mixes.

Beatport 

28.11.14
Suol057 – Tender Games – Lost

After being premiered by Annie Mac, as well as receiving love all around, 'Lost' was bound to become the second single of Tender Games' self-titled debut album. While their debut single 'In A Mess' was more on the experimental side, the duo presents its soulful side on this cut. Starting off with the signature rhodes alongside a soothing first verse, the song transforms into a sexy, highly danceable piece really quick after the first drop.

To top this release, the boys recruited some serious remixers again. The first one is Ben Pearce, who on his remixes showcases his ability to entirely transform a track. He brings Summer back with his playful use of Marimbas and makes the track more clubby by increasing the pace significantly.

The other remix comes from Chopstick & Johnjon. After a busy year with a series of great releases and remixes, the Suol heads show, yet again, their deeper side. Their nterpretation is a real club track, with a deep and drifting bassline, plucky synths and groovy percussions - perfectly fitting to dance off Winter in those long Berlin club nights.

Beatport 

18.10.14
SUOLCD011 – Fritz Kalkbrenner – Ways Over Water

You can rely on Fritz Kalkbrenner. While his fellow producers and DJs wear themselves out with demanding tour schedules that leave them with no energy for the studio, Kalkbrenner unfailingly releases a new album every two years. And instead of resting on his laurels, he refines his sound through every album, takes risks and impresses us again with his vocal and production skills. Hence the excitement about his eagerly awaited new album.

“Ways Over Water” is the name of the new, third studio album, and it shows us once again why Fritz Kalkbrenner is one of Germany's most original electronic music artists. Like it's predecessors, “Ways Over Water” was produced in the Suol-Studios in Kreuzberg and follows the musical direction Fritz Kalkbrenner started with his debut single “Wingman” in 2009. The well made production of “Ways Over Water” sounds even fuller and more at ease with itself than anything that Suol's Soul-Boy Number 1 has produced to date.

The instrumentation has been expanded with great brass elements to that both surprise you or give you goosebumps. Otherwise Fritz Kalkbrenner stays with the formula that made his previous albums so special – dusty, distorted drums, licks on Rhodes piano or guitars, and his very typical melodic bass lines within those strong electronic music tracks. Very present again is his unique voice that turns tracks like “Heart Of The City”, “One Of These Days” and “Void” into anthems, the vocal taking centre space even more than before.

If the step between his 2010 debut album “Here Today Gone Tomorrow” and “Sick Travellin'” was interpreted as a big one, then “Ways Over Water” sounds more like the work of someone who has found his sound and has gone to work on the details, certainly something that makes this album come across as more mature than it's forerunners without sounding boring or uninspired.

Clubby instrumental tracks alternate perfectly with electronic pop songs based on classic songwriting driven by his unique voice like with the two singles “Back Home” and “Void”. After the first two tracks it becomes clear that he has developed his sound into his own sonic universe which doesn't stick to but transcends genres like House, Techno or Pop.

One of the most surprising track on the album is “Front Of The World” with it's afro- beat groove and mellow-soul brass parts, a track that once more proves Fritz Kalkbrenner's versatility. A versatility that through the disco funk of “Pass The Buck”, the hypnotic house ecstasy of “Pitch Perfect” and the radio-friendly catchiness of “The Sun”, makes for a coherent and perfectly infectious album.

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19.09.14
Suol056 – Yannick Labbé & Dominik Marz – Out Of The Other Side EP

Double the trouble and you’ll triple the fun – after the end of Trickski earlier this year, Yannick Labbé decided to make a record together with one of his favourite upcoming producers: Dominik Marz. The result: the 3-tracker „Out Of The Other Side EP“ on Suol.

„Out Of This Cage“ is a prime slice of leftfield house music featuring the quirky vocals of Nils Corssen (which some might know from his collab on Daniel Bortz’ album).

„Other Side“ carries you off to the, erm, well … other side of house music – dreamy, melodic, it’s everything you need for the very early or very late party-moments. The Rampue remix of „Out Of This Cage“ finally injects some techno flavour into the whole package while integrating Corssen’s vocals even more than the original cut – made for the dancefloor, made of melodies.

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29.08.14
Fritz Kalkbrenner – Back Home

First album single out now!

Back Home - the first piece of Fritz`upcoming album "Ways Over Water" (Release Date 17.10.2014) is available in stores now already!

With "Back Home", Fritz delivers the almost perfect pop song. The variety of sounds with wind instruments and guitars show, which development he has taken on the way to his new long player.

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1.08.14
SUOLDAZE002 – Various Artists – Suol Summer Daze 2014

The Berlin based imprint returns with the second installment of its Summer Daze series, bringing a fine array of sun-dappled grooves and melodies.

Carefully curated by label bosses Chopstick & Johnjon, the compilation offers a wide variety of music from across the spectrum, with all but one of the tracks being exclusively released through Suol. It’s designed to soundtrack everything from the warm up pool parties to the peak time club moments - via a beach or two on the way.

Not only have they managed to cram all members of the tightlyknight Suol crew under one roof, but Chopstick & Johnjon have also bucked the label’s usual trend and included music from outside its usual roster, including a hand-picked array of guest producers, close friends of the label and young upcoming talent.

“Suol always felt like summer to us,” said Chopstick & Johnjon, “so we decided to inspire our friends and family to produce exclusive tracks just for the sunny season. And there we had it, Suol Summer Daze was born!”

This compilation comes in both mixed and unmixed formats.

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18.07.14
SuolCD010 – Tender Games – Tender Games

Tender Games is the brand new project between BBC Radio 1 Future Star Marlon Hoffstadt and HRRSN, head of the Berlin-based Well Done! imprint. Both established producers in their own right, they’ve shifted their sonic-palette away from house-based sounds to create an LP that has all the makings of a future soul classic.

Oozing with rich harmonies and warm grooves, the Tender Games sound is much more indebted to the UK club scene than to the darker, heavier timbres their hometown Berlin is associated with. By deliberately going against the city’s status-quo of technoid bleeps-and-squeaks, this album represents not just an artistic expression but a mission statement of sorts.

The duo’s disparate influences have come together to create a distinctive new sound; the 20 yearold Hoffstadt’s house leanings are prominent, whilst HRRSN has drawn from garage, blues and even folk. The album came together over the space of a year or so in the enviably decked-out studio of fellow Suolmates Chopstick & Johnjon, and features a wealth of guest vocalists and live instrumentation courtesy of HRRSN. The finished result is one which sounds lush, organic, and most of all, fresh.

Your Perception’ makes album’s cultural alignments quite clear, kicking things off with a classic British 2-step garage beat, vocal chops and a searing synth lead which sets the tone for the rest of the LP. In ‘Lost’, the listener is eased in with a delicate Rhodes motifs, before breaking into HRRSN’s soulful croon in its majestic glory for the first time.

‘Make Believe’ ups the tempo with inspiring vocal performances from Yvy Coe and Stee Downes, the latter of which is better known as the voice behind Lovebirds’ now seminal underground classic ‘Want You In My Soul’. ‘Want It All’s bumping house beat takes things out of the lounge and firmly into dancefloor territory, with New Jersey chord stabs and swung garage drums. After reaching a steadily controlled crescendo, ‘In Her Bed’ slams on the brakes for an unexpected, all-out blues ballad, complete with a delicately smoky vocal performance from Miss NatNat.

The stripped-back bedtime lull of the album’s opening single ‘In A Mess’ again features HRRSN’s haunting vocal performance, along with twinkling, lustrous Rhodes piano chords and warm bassline.

‘City Lights’ carries itself with a spacious lope and hot-blooded sensual swagger, with impassioned lyrical content which makes for heady listening. The album is rounded off by the whomping bass of ‘Freak In The Sheets’, underpinned by the vocal talents of Forrest who is known for his previous excursions on Visionquest, 2020Visions and Mobilee.

All in all, whilst comparisons to the likes of Disclosure and their ilk may be expected, the myriad of different styles touched upon in Distinctions demonstrate a versatility that gives Tender Games a sound all of their own. And when the music is this good, who could help but excited?

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11.07.14
Suol055 – Chopstick & Johnjon – Run Slowly

Suol label bosses Chopstick & Johnjon return with the second single from their recent LP “Twelve”. The album’s opener, “Run Slowly” is an intensely soulful track which bridges the gap between electronic and acoustic instrumentation. Densely layered guitar and string harmonics dovetail alongside Chris James’ mournful vocals to create a rich emotional listening experience, but without sacrificing dancefloor potential.

André Lodemann’s less-is-more interpretation retains the melodic elements but injects it with space by weaving it out across nine minutes into a carefully controlled crescendo of muted harmonies.

Few Nolder’s slightly harder interpretation has a tougher bassline and brittle synth stabs, but melts away into a delicately beautiful breakdown, retaining the bittersweet strings and vocals of the original.

Rounding off the EP is Quarion’s remix, a late night excursion which comprises primarily of an ominous arpeggiated synth and muffled chords. Leaving the vocals fully intact, it makes for heady and intoxicating listening.

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23.05.14
Suol054 – Tender Games – In A Mess

After announcing themselves to the world in late 2013 with the ‘Plastic Surgery’ EP, the secretive Berliner duo return to Suol for their second outing. Once again showcasing their deep, harmonious yet accessible sound, this release is the first to be taken from their debut LP dropping later in the summer.

Those who enjoyed ‘Plastic Surgery’ will feel right at home here, with its familiarly haunting vocal performance and twinkling, lustrous chords. The song progresses with a subtle, warm bassline and Rhodes piano, whilst halfstep drum patterns which give the tune a pleasant spacious lope, allowing plenty of room to let the harmonies shine through.

Kasper Bjorke’s propulsive rework wisely leaves the song structure largely untouched, opting instead to knead it out to twice its original length and underpin it with a buoyant 4x4 drum pattern. Dale Howard takes the exact opposite route, stripping the track of any melodic glossiness, and replacing it with one of his trademark thunderous basslines and raw drums that’ll go down a storm on the dancefloor.

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25.04.14
Suol053 – Daniel Bortz – Patchwork Memories Remixes

Daniel Bortz isn't a big fan of reckless experiments. A fact that makes this new release even more remarkable: he's breaking his own rule of not having his own tracks remixed.

Needless to say, he didn't just pick anyone to get this job done. His choice fell on some highly esteemed friends and colleagues, resulting in a quite remarkable package.

On A1 Acid Pauli and Nu give us their interpretation of “The Misery”, using Nils Corßen’s voice as a hook lead element, never losing the melancholy vibe of the original and still putting it into a rather dancefloor-compatible context.

On A2, Gerd Janson and Phillip Lauer team up, delivering a driving Tuff City Kids version of “Pictures”.

For the flip Daniel put his own hands on “Monkey Biznizz” again for a 12”-Club Version, while Bostro Pesopeo from Permanent Vacation showcases his rework on the album’s bonus track “Too Late”.

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4.04.14
SuolCD009 – Chopstick & Johnjon – Twelve

Good things take time. For listeners out there who still need convincing, quality time with Chopstick & Johnjon‘s debut album, “TWELVE” is in order. That‘s right. An entire album!

Despite being busy these last few years tackling market demands with EPs and remixes, they‘ve finally managed to put out a full-length opus. And what an album it is! This is an album that lets the ever-changing winds of House music blow right on by, and, through what felt like years in the making, has developed a vibrant tonal language that will continue to tell new stories after stories for years to come.

During the final Berlin studio sessions last winter, and it was the only way to get through winter, these arrangements fanned the embers of our “suols” into a healthy glow, helping us survive the cold and grey outside. It‘s an album that focuses on song over track, skillfully pleasing listeners without simply fixating on maximum floor effect. Besides its ample fruition time, the album‘s second most important ingredient is the voice of Chris James, a London-based singer and musician, who often releases music with his band Stateless on !K7 and Ninja Tune.

Rumour has it that a list of preferred candidates for vocal features circulated through the studio when recording began. That list was quickly crumpled up and thrown into the studio‘s trash bin the second James‘ soothing vocals took flight. Ultimately, the studio recording session proved so intuitive and natural that James‘s heart-warming vocal lines and harmonies are featured on eleven of the twelve album tracks.

The magic blooms on the album‘s opener, “Run Slowly”, a dance composed of key riffs and guitar harmonies suspended beneath a canopy of reverb. The moment it starts, the song establishes an organic pulse that beats through every track. “Comets”, a song driven by repeating notes, makes an unmistakable statement when it comes to catchiness. On “Twisted”, a Rhodes-infused slow-jam co-produced by Tanner Ross, James‘s voice seems to take on the character of a lusciously soft blanket. (Ross also grabbed a seat at the control board for “Nothing Yet”.)

“Pining Moon” is a born hit whose strains of softly plucked acoustic guitars and a prayerful cello, making it perfectly for moon gazing. “Dissolving Spaces” is a small wonder of strumming bass and cello, a range of filters and a crisp beat framework. And then there‘s “Roots”, which many listeners are already familiar with from a previously released EP.

This is one of those albums that takes you to the cleaners - and you love it: No matter how often you find a favourite song, there‘s another track you can‘t stop humming to waiting to take its place. This is the mother load we‘ve all been waiting for - an entire universe of sound for the existing Chopstick & Johnjon discography. A universe whose gravitational pull is impossible to escape or ignore.

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7.03.14
Suol050 – Chopstick & Johnjon – Pining Moon EP

German:

Was Chopstick & Johnjon hier in Zusammenarbeit mit Chris James (u.a. Stateless) in “Pining Moon“ zusammen fließen lassen, darf man wohl ihre bislang konzentrierteste Fassung eines Popsongs nennen. Gefühlstiefe Arrangements, angeschoben von einer bauchigen Kick, zum Moongazen geradezu einladende Akustikgitarren- und Cello-Einschübe und James Vocals, ohne die von jetzt an keine Nachtromanze mehr vorstellbar ist. Es ist einer der herausstrahlenden Songs auf Chopstick & Johnjons neuem Album “Twelve“ (Veröffentlichung 04.04.2014) und völlig verständlich dessen erste Single.

Jay Shepheard liefert gleich zwei Umdeutungen des Stückes – eine etwas entsättigte Variante mit Synthmotiv, die die Gesangsharmonie einfach auf den Kopf stellt und den Falsett-Anteil in den Vordergrund schiebt und eine Fassung, die zwischen Floorgroove und melancholischem Gitarrenseufzen die genaue Mitte sucht. Ein ähnlicher Ansatz ist auch im Death on the Balcony-Edit zu beobachten, der die zarten Arrangements des Originals aufgreift und sich unter Beihilfe eines treibenden Bass-Grooves etwas entschiedener in Richtung Floor ausrichtet.

English:

What Chopstick & Johnjon have created in "Pining Moon" is arguably their most intently focused pop song to date. Recorded in collaboration with Chris James, whose projects include the band Stateless, the song features deeply emotional arrangements driven by a punchy kick drum and cleverly interwoven with enticing, dreamy acoustic guitar and cello cameos. It’s all topped by vocals from James that redefine the concept of nocturnal romance. This is one of the most poignant and striking songs on Chopstick & Johnjon’s “TWELVE” (release 04.04.2014), making it a perfect choice for the album's first single.

Jay Shepheard delivers two different interpretations of the song. The first is airier, with a synth pattern that turns the song's vocal harmony on its head and shines the spotlight on falsetto. The second is the absolute synthesis of dance floor groove and melancholic, sighing guitar. The Death on the Balcony Remix takes a similar approach, where the gentle arrangements of the original are capped with a pulsating bass groove, which takes the song decisively in the direction of the dance floor.

 

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17.01.14
Suol052 – Till von Sein – Da Beach Bum EP

On his most recent release, Till von Sein lays down pure, vintage tracks to stun the dance floor, unburdened by the Zeitgeist's gentle waft.

The album hits the ground running with the A1 track. "Abaco" is this line-­‐up's unmistakable groove machine. While a compelling bass line weakens the knees, the sound massages every inch of the stereo, building suspense until a sophisticated synth cord enters the scene and snare drums psych the song up to the height of ecstasy.

"Don't U Eva" works with an equally robust beat structure. Its steady framework, the one-­‐two-­‐three-­‐four of the beat, offers a contrast to steady synth layers and Meggy’s soothing vocals, which tenderly caress the song. On this track, Meggy is in top form once again, elevating the age-­‐old theme of impossible love to a state of visceral fidelity that joins the ranks of addictive hook-­‐harmonies. Danger: an anthem lurks!

"Tilly's Jam" caps off the album deep house style. The beat pulses through a discreet white-­‐noise haze, as a Rhodes figure sweetly eases worries away. At first, the song shyly staggers out from the cover of the tree line, but when it kicks up to full gear, there's no holding back. A lovely, dipping synth layer pushes relentlessly forward, no break in sight. A dream without end.

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6.12.13
Suol051 – Tender Games – Plastic Surgery EP

Little is known about the mysterious producer/DJ duo known as Tender Games. Seemingly emerging from nowhere, these Berlin-based producers are rumoured to have previously achieved individual success in their own right but are now joining forces for their Suol Debut. Citing influences as the likes of SBTRKT, Dusky and Bondax, their unique sound is shaped by house and r’n’b in equal measures to produce a stunningly emotive yet danceable sound.

The stark opening chords of ‘Your Body’ set the tone for the EP, presenting the listener with an overwhelming juxtaposition of melancholic euphoria. Rich harmonies majestically soar over a lamenting male vocal performance, to create an electronic ballad of yearning, lust and love.

‘Thinking About It’ is a soul-drenched groover, with its warm chords and atmospherics straddling a subtly clipped garage shuffle. The lyrics evoke the spirit of R. Kelly and Boyz II Men to create an intimate atmosphere which would be just as effective in one’s headphones as it would be on the dancefloor.

The tempo may go down but the temperature most definitely goes up on ‘Liar’. This shamelessly unadulterated love song progresses from a woozy down-tempo number into a climatic explosion of sexual passion. Saucy stuff! The bouncy house beats of ‘Struck’ round off the EP, taking the vibe out of the bedroom and pushing it firmly back into club territory.

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18.10.13
SuolCD008 – Daniel Bortz – Patchwork Memories

Daniel Bortz is no friend of excess. Anyone familiar with his previous work is aware of the clear contours that permeate and define his tracks. Overkill, in any case, is not in his repertoire. What Daniel Bortz does instead is pack compatible sounds together from all the drawers in the ‘beat’ cabinet and arrange them into a system bearing his own inimitable signature. And that’s how this album works.

Its doors are open, and they in turn open up a stylistic spectrum that effortlessly expands the borders drawn by his previous discography. But it simultaneously comes together as a single unit far more substantial than the mere sum of its parts. Here the individual elements transform to serve a mood, a feeling. That in itself is already exciting. Bortz is unmatched in how he crafts his sounds, how he modulates reverb depths, how he opens spaces and inserts details between the tracks with the precision of a Swiss watchmaker. His nonchalance in turning apparently cool vibes into a fiery inferno is the definition of informed understatement.

‘Patchwork Memories’ becomes tangible as an experience through the depth of these moods, through the immediacy he applies in portraying his memories. These are memories Daniel has scribbled down in sketches and arrangements over time. For the album he returned to them, carefully picking those to resuscitate. He’s somehow managed to accomplish this audio self-revelation without stumbling into self-immolation and, most importantly, without losing sight of the laws of the dance floor. Those suspicious that LP productions are for the head(phones) and not for the feet will be astonished at how ‘Patchwork Memories’ brings both to life.

It all starts with ‘Alone at Home’, featuring an ocean-depths down tempo vibe that rivals the track’s title in telling the song’s story. The deep minor piano appears right away as Daniel Bortz’s unmistakable trademark. Other gems include ‘Spend the Night’, bearing an instantly irresistible vocal loop as an endless hook joined by Daniel’s bassy voice, which appears intermittently throughout the album. ‘First Love’ features singer Eva Gold and a Goldfrapp-meets-Moloko-under-a-mirrorball, kick-drum driven disco vibe that makes the track the album’s pop highlight.

The memories continue, journeying through the laid-back stomper “Satisfaction” and its buckets of club coolness, ‘The Misery Feat. Nils Corßen’ looking back on a love thought won but ultimately lost, and ‘Pictures’, a teardrop cradled in discreetly rolling drums and delicate harp strings. The album closes, as all things should, with ‘Friends’, a thank you to all the anonymous people who indirectly contributed to its creation; to those who trigger memories, those who surround us and those who stay with us.

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4.10.13
Suol049 – Daniel Bortz – Maxi Cosy EP

With a whole new album up on his sleeve and slated to be released on Suol, Daniel Bortz is serving a range of appetizers coming in shape of a 3-tracker, giving an outlook on what’s to come, setting the vibe right for the follow-up in full length.

Deriving from the same body of work, this EP steps out of the sometimes enclosed and rather introspective routes, the album is taking, aiming for a more floor-approved agenda.

All three tracks have Bortz-trademarks all over. The detailed, synth-melody ridden, somewhat spaced out and significantly titled opener “Cosy”. The dry and pumping “Low”, introducing Nils Corßen, who will have another feature-appearance on the upcoming album. And the filtered and loopy affair “Half Edit”, not doing things by halves at all. Three tracks equally strong to let this thing run under ‘triple A-side’.

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13.09.13
SuolCD007 – Suol Mates Till von Sein

Suol Mates II – Since the release of the Suol Mates debut edition with Fritz Kalkbrenner at the controls, we’ve known for certain that this series has more to say than your plain vanilla DJ mix. It’s obvious that here the overall storytelling and even the tiniest of emotion-laden brushstrokes are at least as important as the basics of each mixed track.
So who better to man the helm for the Suol Mates method than Till von Sein? You know the guy...the one who treats genre parameters like poorly guarded borders and laughs at the “speed police” sheep keeping a watchful eye out underneath the 115 bpm zone. He’s the same guy whose DJ sets virtually embody what’s happening on this CD. Till is that rare breed that can build things up by committing the cardinal sin of ignoring matching tempos and stylistic conformity, instead focusing on the emotion (read: “Soul”) and colour of a track over its alleged functionality. “Colour”, you say? Well, with Till it usually changes from a lush orange to a glowing red.
Till von Sein, who always celebrates the fringes of House music in his productions and sets anyway, has almost completely abolished the accustomed four-to-thefloor dictate on this compilation. In its place, he has created a kind of fascinating song-stream limbo from which intoxicating dance floor moments emerge from time to time, but where he ultimately has the bigger picture in view; certainly bigger than any dance floor could ever be.
We’re into ethereal heights of mixing expertise when a compilation of tracks predominately from other artists bears an inimitable signature. And that’s precisely what we have here. First, start with the Field Recording-based meditative waves from Noyce and throw in ingredients like Ayala’s smooth D’n’B, Ripperton’s feelgood after-hours vibrations and jazzed up Latin space disco from Ackin’. Add the slow melancholy of El_Txef_A and the chillwave “grandeza” of Toro Y Moi and Blood Orange, then exhale slowly in an easy-going Sebastien Tellier jam. Finish up by mixing it all into a sunset synth-flooded, instantaneously relaxing and altogether cohesive vibe. All that’s left is to sign your name: Suolmate Till von Sein.

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2.08.13
SUOLDAZE001 – Various Artists – Suol Summer Daze 2013

You are sitting on a terrace, looking out over beautiful rolling green hills that run down to white beaches and then on to bright aquamarine seas. There is not a cloud in the bright azure sky.

You grab your Vodka Tonic, lean back into your deck chair and relax, letting this moment be the only moment there ever was. The music you are listening to !ts perfectly to the situation and your current mood. It‘s so summery, so chill, so warm so deep, and yet it still gets you kind of excited about going on later that night.

You arise from your reverie for a moment just long enough to ask your friend who owns the hacienda what‘s playing. “It‘s Suol‘s new summer compilation. It‘s all the Suol artists and some of their friends. Great, isn‘t it?” Yes, you think, as you sink back into your puddle of funky bliss, yes it is...

Suol‘s new bi-annual compilation series kicks off with Summer Daze 2013 and features 13 exclusive and previously unreleased tracks by not only the entire label family, but also five fantastic guest artists, namely the Jazz- and burger-loving Saalmen, Dominik Marz from Pastamusik, the young aspiring duo Marlon Hoffstadt & HRRSN, Nils Penner and AWOL – short for: Absent without official leave.

Enjoy this Summer soundtrack and be sure Suol is already preparing some warming highlight tunes for Winter Daze 2013/2014.

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12.07.13
Suol048 – Chopstick & Johnjon feat. Signaljacker – Roots EP

After one whole year without a full release, Chopstick & Johnjon are now back on track, sending out the first vanguard of their upcoming debut album.

For ‚Roots’ they team up with Signaljacker a.k.a. Chris James of the infamous UK-Band Stateless (Ninja Tune, !K7). The title track comes in two different moods - the dreamy, almost melancholic Original Mix plus the rather bright Alternative Mix, spreading a whiff of Summer, still never undermining the intensity and genuineness of James´ vocals.

‚Still Breathing’ eventually takes the beat even further down than the ‚Roots’ Original, bringing forth a never heard side of Chopstick & Johnjon that no one should be missing. Chris James’ contribution for ‚Roots’ is not their last liason on Suol, as his feature on Chopstick & Johnjon’s long player is already cut and dried.

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24.10.13
Global Player – Soundtrack / Global01

“Global Player - Wo wir sind isch vorne” (In Cinemas October 3rd 2013) is already the fourth collaboration between Florian Appl and screenwriter / director Hannes Stoehr (“Berlin Is In Germany” (2001), Tatort “Odins Rache” (2003) und “One Day In Europe” (2005)).

For his contribution to the movie “Berlin Is In Germany” Florian Appl even won the Rolf-Hans- Mueller Award for the best movie score. Paul Kalkbrenner and Hannes Stoehr aren´t strangers to each other since a long time as well. In 2008 Kalkbrenner starred in Stoehr´s Movie “Berlin Calling” and wrote the soundtrack of the same name, which won Platinum status in 2012.

Fritz Kalkbrenner, who is currently on the road for his worldwide Sick Travellin‘ album tour, sings the title track for the movie once again with “Willing” (just like he did in the track “Sky & Sand” for “Berlin Calling”) For “Global Player - Wo wir sind isch vorne” Hannes Stöhr took the opportunity of a collaboration between Florian Appl and the Kalkbrenner brothers Paul and Fritz.

Out came a soundtrack which impressively and elegantly compounds classical music, melancholia and dance floor, hence between young and old. On this soundtrack you will find already well-known compositions by Fritz and Paul - newly interpreted with assistance of the Babelsberg Film Orchestra - as well as parts of the movie score with remixes by the two brothers.

All things considered just imagine Paul and Fritz Kalbrenner and Florian Appl playing music with the Babelsberg Film Orchestra to living pictures by Hannes Stoehr.

More info about the film: www.globalplayerfilm.com

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29.03.13
Suol046 – Sven von Thuelen – Beginnings EP

After his solo debut 'Mehlspeicher EP', House-jack-of-all-trades Sven von Thülen delivers his second EP 'Beginnings' on Suol. And, well, what can you expect from Sven? Nothing less than 4 pieces of finest Old School House, wrapped up in a contemporary garment.

Listening to 'Liquid Light’, one could think that Sven has written this track on a Sunday afternoon in Panorama Bar.
A dark, sexy and hypnotizing voice, smashing claps and these haunting chords that make you want someone to open the window shutters to let the sun shine in for just a few seconds.

'Those Days And Nights’ uses a slightly softer approach. Carried by a dreamy layer, this track is made to ease minds after – well, those days and nights...

'Illuminate’ raises the throttle again and turns the dancefloor lights back on. If not being a peaktime bomb like 'Liquid Light’, it will work perfectly for every DJ to pave the way into whatever is set to come.

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8.02.13
Suol045 – Fritz Kalkbrenner – Little By Little

Fritz Kalkbrenners second studio album "Sick Travellin'" has left its mark, that's for sure. Entering the german album charts at #6 and peaking the german itunes hitlist at #1, this can be labeled as a huge success!

The second album always seems to be the hardest to accomplish for any artist - but after his amazing debut in 2010, Fritz easily takes on the challenge with the new long player, once again showcasing his songwriting skills and his musical talent with an even more mature and organic sound.

"Little by Little" is the the second single taken from this longplayer and it comes alongside two great remixes.

The first interpretation comes from french legend Agoria presenting his new project Sunlune (in collaboration Everydayz), giving "Little by Little" a trippy and deep club feel. On the flipside we have the young, very promising newcomer and Get Physical artist Jonas Woehl from Weimar/ Germany. His remix picks up the dreamy vibe of the vocals and turns it into a bass heavy emotional ride.

Video Link:

https://itunes.apple.com/de/podcast/little-by-little-official/id599575247?i=132123598&mt=2

 

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29.01.13
Suol044 – Meggy – Hide 4 Love EP

Suol is proudly introducing: Meggy!

Having this girl become part of our Suol family is a huge deal for us. If you haven't heard of her until now, you must have been living under a rock on the far side of the moon. And if you have heard of her - and especially heard her sing, you must be as excited as we are by now. We're on the edge of our seats.

Meggy has teamed up with Chopstick & Johnjon to produce some absolute beauties for her "Hide 4 Love" EP on Suol. Her amazing, distinctive voice finally gets the stage it deserves.

"Anything You Can" has already been tried and tested on the dancefloors of the world and came back with the predicates "highly valuable", "precious" and "dancefloor bombing".

The title track of the EP, "Hide 4 Love" is more of a slow jam - an emotional showcase of Meggy's talent to connect with the listener on an intimate level.

The B1 features Chopstick & Johnjon, and the three of them are one hell of a team! "Curious" is a late night groover - clicking percussion, a brooding, pushing bassline and ecstatic piano chords, all accompanying Meggy's vocals perfectly.

But that's not all, folks: Fritz Kalkbrenner joined Meggy in the studio between releasing his album and starting his tour. A combination that instantly works. "Better" is the knot that ties all the strings of this release together. A wonderful slow Hip-Hop jam. Fritz's love for Soul and Hip Hop is an excellent match for Meggy's groovier side that she already brought to effect on her feature with Till Von Sein, "Get Over Yourself". The tune to round off the "Hide 4 Love" EP is one that you will find yourself coming back to again and again.

And still this release is just "the tip of the iceberg" that sounds so promising already. These tracks are surely the best way to spend your time until Meggy's full debut drops on Suol.

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30.12.12
Suol043 – Trickski – A Billion People EP

What do you get when you lock Trickski, Hollis P. Monroe and Overnite into a studio for a few days?
An incredible, trippy fusion of the raw, punching Trickski sound, Trademark - Monroe House grooves and the distinctive, chilling vocals of Overnite: the "A Billion People EP"! The title track "A Billion People" is one hell of a dancefloor destroyer. A long, synth-laden build up, Overnite's stream of consciousness vocal and a billion people with their hands in the air! "The Black 80's" aka Hollis P. Monroe and Overnite rework the title track to make it a brooding, eerie piece of house music. Perfect for the early hours of the morning. Trickski take the wheel again for their "Voyage D` Amour" - a whirlwind of synths, bass and marimbas. Melodies ducking away and reappearing where you don't expect them, analogue all the way.

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2.01.13
SuolCD005 – Fritz Kalkbrenner – Sick Travellin’

Two years after his stunning debut „Here Today Gone Tomorrow“, Fritz Kalkbrenner takes the next huge step in his career with his second album „Sick Travellin“. Coming hot on the heels of his „Suol Mates“ compilation in March, a mixtape infused with an eclectic variety of genres – from Soul to Funk, from Hip Hop to House, Fritz now takes all these influences and ideas, fusing them together to a sound that is ever so powerful and distinctively his own.

The thirteen tracks on the new LP, produced in the only recently finished Suol-Studios in Berlin-Kreuzberg, have a more organic, mature sound than those on the debut. More vocals, more live instruments like Rhodes, Bass and Guitar, recorded by some of the best studio musicians around, and Fritz‘s trademark grainy, „breathing“ samples. Basically, a whole lot of Suol! Pardon me: Soul.

„Sick Travellin“ playfully guides the listener from bittersweet melancholy and classical songwriting to loose, dreamy dancefloor moments. Vocal tracks like „Get A Life“, „Little By Little“, „No Peace Of Mind“ and last but definitely not least, his cover version of Gil Scott-Heron‘s „Willing“ (recorded in the same session as Fritz‘s Bill Withers-Cover „Ruby Lee“ for the Suol Mates compilation) once again showcase Fritz Kalkbrenner‘s extraordinary talent as a vocalist and his incredible gift for embedding Pop songs into beautifully crafted House music frames. But that‘s not all: the albums more forward tunes like „Square Heart“, „Monte Rosa“ or the club anthem „Hummin‘ Hills“ will trigger waves of euphoria on the dancefloors all around the globe.

But „Sick Travellin‘“ is not only the next chapter of Fritz Kalkbrenner‘s impressive career, it also reaffirms his position among the most important German artists and voices fusing club and pop music.

And that this is very far from the last step of his journey will become clear on his album tour, where you will be able to experience a new, impressive live show where Fritz combines the first and second album with beautiful visuals prepared especially for his performance. But up until then, there is enough time to dive into his newest album – and let yourself be enchanted by it.

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29.01.13
Suol042 – Fritz Kalkbrenner – Get A Life (Original Mix)

"Get A Life" is the first single of Fritz Kalkbrenner's long awaited second album "Sick Travellin".  The second album always seems to be the hardest to accomplish for any artist - but after his amazing debut in 2010, Fritz easily takes on the challenge with the new long player, once again showcasing his songwriting skills and his musical talent with an even more mature and organic sound.

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3.01.13
Suol041 – Till Von Sein – Le 61 Wurx EP

Prepare yourself for "Le 61 Wurx"! Till von Sein returns with a 5 track EP that shouldn't be amiss in anyone's collection. No, literally, prepare yourself. This is a full on TVS - House/R&B blast! We know you got SUOL!

First we find the "Hammock Jam" that fits its name - sometimes. Sure you can always chill in the sun to Tills tunes, but this one is also for the dance floor. A typical von Sein groove and a wonderful rhodes break make this a late
summer jam.

"D.Welle" is a very playful tune. Arpeggiators and pads take you on a trip to wonderland. It doesn't start, it doesn't stop and somewhere in between there is this moment to let yourself go.

"Corniche": A deep groover for the mellow moments in life. A smooth percussive track with some beautiful weirdness.

„Get Over Yourself“ feat. Meggy is already the on-repeat-track for this late summer at the Suol HQ. This track shows Tills R&B influences and his love for the slow jams. Amazing vocals by "One-Take-Meggy" and the smooth playback make you wanna go back to the late 90's at the LBC.

Another R&B wonder is "Heart Of Stone" feat. Wenawedwa from Johannesburg. Even if we rarely heard this style from Till before, it feels like he never produced anything different ... right on point!

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29.01.13
Suol040 – Trickski – Unreality Remixed EP

It's been a while now since Trickski released their first longplayer "Unreality" on Suol, but the love is still there ... that's why we bring you this last edition of remixes.

On this one we have an uptempo version of "Can't Get Through" by the Maestros themselves, besides remixes by Mark E, Fritz Zander, Cocolores and Aliwal North.

First we have Trickski reliving "Can't Get Through" ... taking the amazing vibe from the album version transferring it into a dancefloor killer.

On number 2 Fritz Zander is back in the Suol game remixing "Love's A Beat". Steady drive mixed up with the vocals make this just a wonderful summertimer.

Can we please have more cowbell on number 3!? Cocolores freshen up "Beginning" with not only what seams to be their favourite percussion, but lots more.

Mark E is next in line and he turns on the ferris wheel on his remix for "Beginning". Round and round, up and down we go ... a sweet rave.

Aliwal North is the last one to deliver his interpretation of "Beginning". Another groover from start to finish.

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29.01.13
Suol039 – Till von Sein – Reworks 2

We are tremendously proud to present to you the second issue of Till von Sein's 'Reworks'! And this time around you're in for something special: Some absolute legends have remixed Till's tracks for our 39th release!

First off, we have Chicago lead men Boo Williams and SJU remixing Till's 'Non Existent Love feat. Tigerskin, Lazarus & Meggy', turning the Original into an Oldschool - House Jam, complete with echoing chords, subtle pads and squelching Acid bassline. If sunny beaches and cold drinks were a DJ-Team, this track would be their weapon of choice!

Next up, House & Techno forefather Chez Damier teams up with Bosco to bring you not one, not two but THREE versions of Till von Sein's 'Out Of Love feat. Jon Hester'!

The "Main Tech Remix" builds up slowly with rising string pads and rattling percussions, until, halfway through, it just suddenly drops like slap to the back of your head, smashing the dancefloor with one hell of an Acid baseline!

The "Short Dub Mix" and the "Tech Mix" are both aimed at the floor with two different approaches.

While the "Tech Mix" sets foot on it's analog technoid drumpatterns and more than a drop of Acid, the "Short Dub Mix" is a sunnier, more melodic version with warm synth lines and a dreamy feel about it, but never losing it's focus on the floor.

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