Suol Radio Show 058 – Bamboozle

This month we invited Bamboozle aka. Eli from @soulclap . He is going back to his jungle, drum & bass roots with this solo project.

SUOL RADIO SHOW – 057 – Till Von Sein


Save your next hour for our monthly Radio Show. This month we invited our boy Till Von Sein.

Suol Radio Show – 056 – Jimpster

This months Radio Show with Jimpster.
Taste-maker, label boss, producer, DJ, remixer. Jamie Odell wears many hats and wears them well. Enjoy one hour of finest house.


Hermeto Pascoal – Dança Do Paje (Intro) – Far Out Recordings
The Possé – Happy Accidents – Plastic World
Renato P – Lookin’ 4 Jazz – Must Have Records
Bugsy ft Astroloop – Svegsy – Freerange
Jean-Luc Ponty – Dance Of The Spirits (Peter Croce Re-edit) – Rocksteady Disco
Amazon Club – Guyana – Voodoo Gold Records
Blaire French – Standing Still Is An Illusion – Rocksteady Disco
Dayme Arocena – Como (Esa’s Havana Synth Mix) – Brownswood
Son Of Sound – NY Iz All I Know – Delusions Of Grandeur
Earth Trax & Newborn Jr – Aquamarine – Echovolt Records
Books – Sour Grapes – Omena
Joshua Mooney & Will Silver – All Night – Anti-Bad
Nicholas ft Nikki-O – Ghetto Opera (Loft Mix) – X-Masters

Chopstick & Johnjon “Momentum” EP

SUOL head honchos Chopstick & Johnjon have gone back to basics with their latest offering. The four original tracks on their Momentum EP are the result of some extensive studio jam sessions – getting deep into the grooves, tweaking all the sounds live and later distilling the best bits from the recordings while hardly making any changes. The idea behind this spontaneous approach to the production process was to achieve a rougher, dirtier sound that captures the freshness of a live jam. Featured vocalist CeCe Rogers asks “What Is House Music” on the EP’s opening track.

Out 02.12.17:
Beatport / Traxsource / Spotify / Bandcamp

Suol Radio Show – 055 – Chopstick & Johnjon

This months Radio Show from our Label heads, including a new unreleased track from the boys.


Osunlade – I’m Happy
Iron Curtis – Oh, Come On
Djebali – Seven Blessings
Gopo De Jazz – Search
Atjazz + Oveous – Soldiers (At One Remix)
Rozzo – Kamala
Chopstick & Johnjon feat. CeCe Rogers – What is House Music
Mountain People – 001
Art Of Tones – Koniokola (Fred Everything Re-Dub)
Osunlade – Unspoken (Instrumental)
Rick ‚Poppa’ Howard – Keep Holdin’ On

Suol’s Weekend Warmup on Spotify

“Weekend Warmup” is our new Spotify Playlist. This is what we love – listen to our all time favorite tracks and some new stuff we’re into at the moment. This Playlist will be updated every week.

Suol Radio Show – 054 – Luvless


enjoy one hour of finest house music at this months Radio Show.



  1. Unknown (Velours Records)
  2. Long Island Sound – I Choose You Because (Super Tuff)
  3. Cody Currie – Movin ́ Smoke (Razor ́n Tape)
  4. Unknown (Velours Records)
  5. Jacksonville – Every Single Word (Redeye Records)
  6. Westpark Unit – Forever (Draft Records)
  7. Roman Rauch – Sweet Ears (Dirt Crew Recordings)
  8. Name – Grand Ecart (Beat X Changers)
  9. Demuja – Move (Freerange Records)
  10. LaurenceGuy-SawYouForTheFirstTime(Church)
  11. Unknown(VeloursRecords)
  12. Luvless – Cluster Love (Ourselves Records)
  13. BüchsenöffnerVol.5/Unknown-SIML(Schenkelspreizer)
  14. Ethyéne – Need Somebody (Boussole Records)
  15. Unknown-Sambamanao(ACongaSavedMyLife)

Suol says Hello Monday! Season Closing

Suol says Hello Monday! Season Closing Open Air and Indoor – Free Entry! 

Once again – and for the last time this season – we are calling out: Hello Monday! Starting 4pm outdoors by the canal and continuing inside the Warehouse later in the night, this is going to be a long party, so save your energy. Of course our season closing party will be free, as all the previous Mondays in the past 3 months have been. So call a friend and come to celebrate the fading summer with us.

outdoor and indoor at the canal from 4pm till late.
Free entrance.

Line up:

• SESSION VICTIM (Delusions Of Grandeur, Retreat)
• Gerd, NL (Clone, Frame Of Mind)
• Atjazz (Atjazz Record Company, Suol)
• Soulphiction (Philpot, Pampa Records)
• Larse (Suol)
• meggy (Suol)
• Carlo (Neovinyl, Suol)
• Snad (Smallville Records, Gandu Records)


Suol Radio Show – 053 – Tender Games

Enjoy this months Radio Show from our beloved Tender Games!


1. The Invisible – Wings (Floating Points Remix)

2. Tender Games – Fuzz & Fight

3. Blood Orange – Desiree

4. Ahmed Fakroun – Nisyan (Edit)

5. Dan Kye – Change

6. Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate (Leon Vynehall Love Rework)

7.KonKoma – Handkerchief (Auntie Flo Remix)

8. MF Doom – Devils Shoestring (Cody Curries Re Jazz)

9. New Look – Janet

10. Wayward – Orissa (Pépe’s Jazz Bar Re-interpretation)

11. Smagghe & Cross feat. Matthew Herbert – In The Morning (Pilooski feat Clément Froissart Smooth, Not Criminal Mix)

12. Zander Vt – Peace Of Mind Feat Chopstick

Suol says hello monday!

Hello Monday,
For too long Mondays have been neglected as a tough and discouraging weekday, that mostly is associated with the slap of reality hitting peoples faces the second they step out of bed.
Well, we at Suol are tired of it and are now taking actions by giving you a reason to look forward to it – HELLO MONDAY !
Over the course of THIS summer, our goal is to bring the underrated weekday back into the minds of music lovers, with free and sunny events at the beautiful outdoor venue Ipse, for all those of you who want to push the weekend a bit further.
Take an extended lunch break in the early afternoon, hang out with your bff by the scenic canal, or dance your socks off later in the evening. We provide the music, the drinks and the food, you just bring a friend and enjoy the summer vibe.
The artists we’ve chosen to work with, range from household names to best-kept secrets of quality soulful house music, which is the signature imprint of the Suol sound. The line-ups are therefore a broad selection of Suol’s family, friends and artists we deeply admire.



Atjazz (Atjazz Record Company, Suol)
Black Loops (Toy Tonics, Pets Recordings, Suol)
Carlo (Neoviny, Suol)
Cinthie (Beste Modus)
Chopstick & Johnjon (Suol)
El_Txef_A (Forbidden Colours, Permanent Vacation)
Elie Eidelman (Jack Off Records, Mensch)
Eluize (Night Tide, Studio Kreuzberg)
Fred Everything (Lazy Days Recordings, Suol)
Ian Pooley (Pooledmusic)
Iron Curtis (Achterbahn D’Amour, Moon)
Jimpster (Freerange, Suol)
Jullian Gomes (Atjazz Record Company)
Kolja Gerstenberg (Smile For A While, Suol)
Larse (Suol)
Laurence Guy (Church)
Lovebirds (Teardrop Recordings, Razor-N-Tape)
Luvless (Rose Records, Suol)
M.ono (Rose Records, Heist Recordings, Suol)
Man Power (Me Me Me, Correspondant)
Matteo Luis (Get Physical, Retrograde)
Meggy (Suol)
Nachtbraker (Quartet Series, Dirt Crew Recordings)
Pablo Fierro (Innervisions, Suol)
Pablo Mateo (Artful Rifle, 777 Recordings)
Paul Grau (House For Homies)
Quarion (Retreat, Drumpoet Community)
Sasse aka Freestyle Man (Moodmusic)
Sloth Boogie
Slow Hands (W+L, K7, Still Recordings)
Snad (Smallville Records, Gandu Records)
Tender Games (Suol)
Till Von Sein (Suol)
Thabo Getsome (DFTD)
Thatmanmonkz (Delusions Of Grandeur, Razor-N-Tape)
The Revenge (Delusions Of Grandeur, Dirt Crew Recordings)
Trus’me (Prime Numbers)
Zepherin Saint (Tribe Records)

Suol Radio Show – 052 – Carlo

Summer is above us and Carlo welcomes it with this months Suol Radio Show #52. Let his warm and groovy deep house selection make you cloud-floating through your day.


1. 2 Responsible – Write It All Down
2. Jus Tadi – Love Like Glove (Carlo remix)
3. Will Gates – Untitled 2
4. Malouane – Medieval Hoes
5. Jesse Bru – Cookie Jar
6. Nick Holder – Black Jazz #4
7. Retrogott – Funky Beat
8. P Sol – Take It Off
9. Folamour – Jazz Session For No Future People
10. Unknown Artist – K.O Bad (Hansel! edit)
11. OUER – Glendale
12. Flabaire – Alpha 2
13. Long Island Sound – Stupid Sexy Solo
14. Carlo – Teddy Westside
15. Nancy Sinatra – Bang Bang

Suol Radio Show – 051 – Meggy

Meggy is back for this month’s Suol Radio Show to constitute her skills in getting us groovin’ with her laidback house tunes.


El Prevost “Black Music Invasion (Doorly’s Synth-A-Pella DJ Tool)”
Omar S “Desert Eagle”
DJ Nature “Born Lifted”
Terrier District “Techno Disco”
Tim Andresen “Let It Go (BiG AL Remix)”
Eartone “Solaris”
Opolopo & Roy Ananda “Transformation”
Alma Negra “Endless Summer (Soulphiction Remix)”
Black Loops “4 The Lovers”
Squicciarini “Good Feeling”
Black Loops “Cassette 2”

Suol’s May 1st Block Party Review

Summer really got a kickstart with the May 1st Suol Block Party at Prince Charles. If you missed out on it or just want to revisit it, we got you!

“Suol Summer Daze 2017 Pt. 2” EP Out Now!

Suol Summer Daze season is still in full effect!

You heard the chatter on the streets, after some years of the compilation being released in the familiar format of an album with a tight tour de force of tracks, we’ve decided to try with a new form – this issue is a series of 3 compilation EPs. The intention of it being, to give all these strong and independent tracks a sharpened focus.

This second part EP takes off with Fred Everything & Hollis P Monroe’s “Jessie’s Couch”, which brings back a two step groove with this classic Detroit atmosphere that cannot help but pull you in. This future classic’s warm bass and moody pads guarantee the track a long life still to come. Next up we have our very own Larse’s “Haunted” with a deep, dark, sexy and forward drive. This 90’s inspired jam reminds us why we love Larse so much. With a powerful bassline and great female vocal sample this tune will not leave our record case for a while! Then we have TrueSelf’s “Next Chapter” featuring Atjazz. This track is perfect example to the talk of breaks and UK garage infused house music having a comeback – if this tune is anything to go by they are right! TrueSelf even dives back into broken beats to bring us this beauty. Till Von Sein is back doing what he does so well. “Venao Jam” is another deep repetitive beauty. Till’s expertise with percussions and groove makes this track ready for the summer. Black Loops’ “Climax” with its killer bassline drives this track forward, driven by a 90s-hiphopish sample and bright summer chords. We can’t wait to hear this at festivals and open airs around the globe. Jacob Korn’s playful ravish track „On The Move“ is a testament to his unique and diverse styles. It’s a journey into the producers mind.

Suol Summer Daze is designed to be your perfect soundtrack to the summer.

Buy: http://bit.ly/2rfI0Fe

Meggy b2b Eluize at Suol Break Room

Meggy b2b Eluize at Suol Break Room. Enjoy 3! Hours of finest music.

Chopstick & Johnjon b2b Sasse and James Flavour at Suol’s Break Room

Chopstick & Johnjon were visited by Sasse & James Flavour in an intense b2b/ping pong session at Suol’s Break Room.

“Suol Summer Daze 2017 Pt. 1” EP Out Now!

It’s Suol Summer Daze season. That one time of year, where we gather artists from the extended Suol family to put together tracks we believe add an extra kick to the positive vibes coming from sunbeams and summer atmosphere. These are gifted producers from different parts of the world sharing one common denominator – soulful deep house music.

After some years of the compilation being released in the familiar format of an album with a tight tour de force of tracks, we’ve decided to try with a new form – this issue will be a series of 3 compilation EPs. The intention of it being, to give all these strong and independent tracks a sharpened focus. Each EP will therefore consist of 6 high-quality, exclusive and previously unreleased tracks from both Suol and the extended family.

This EP takes off with Atjazz’ “Programme Sunlight”, which is a trippy deep summer groove. Next up we have our very own Chopstick & Johnjon’s “Last Night” with a thriller baseline and atmospheric build up – this one is a lesson in drama. Then we have Matthias Vogt’s “Chanterelle” – in this beauty you can hear Matthias’ Jazz background and precise attention to details. M.ono’s “Wanna Give” serves a driving african groove, classic House piano riffs and vocal samples – guaranteed smiles on dance floors across the globe. Carlo’s “Got Ya”, got funk! This Disco Funk infused House tune will get even the biggest sceptics to shake some body parts! In the blend of the crispy House music you’ll also find tracks of a more R&B like sound, with vocals and catchy hooks. As in the sixth and last track (for this part), Meggy & Tigerskin’s “Bygone Eras” shows how Meggy continues to bring her unique groove and vocals to modern age dance music.

Suol Summer Daze is designed to be your perfect soundtrack to the summer.

Buy: http://btprt.dj/2oRyYPu

Suol Radio Show – 050 – M.ono

M.ono is one of the friends that joined the Suol family on “Suol Summer Daze 2017 Pt. 1” with his beautiful track „Wanna Give”. Now he is the friend behind this month’s anniversary Radio Show #50. Let him get you comfortable with this moody, jazzy house mix.


Jon Sable – Grey Paper Moon
Laurence Guy – Lotus
Linda – Waitin’
Folamour – Blues On Monday Morning (M.ono Remix)
Nicolas Meyer – Mille Raggi
Folamour – S0S
Carlo – Got Ya
Leo Wolfel – Freeplay
Mix & Fairbanks – Wish I Didn’t Miss You
Laurence Guy – Thinking Of You
Sisterhood – Tunnels (Bicep Remix)
Hammer – Canna

Suol Radio Show – 049 – Larse

Our man Larse is the one behind April’s Suol Radio Show. Give it a listen and get a feel of this funky and uplifting mix.


J Dilla – Stop
Moodyman – Mahogany Brown
Tom Trago – Lost in The Streets of NY
Amberoom – Rhit
Soulphiction – Hustler’s Ball
Omar S. – Day
Isolee – Pisco
Guy Gerber – Full Circle
Manuel Tur – Ela
Telephones – DTMF (Call Super Remix)
Jamie 3:26 & Masalo – Testify
Larse – Haunted

Suol’s Break Room Special “Reviewed 01” Edition with Chopstick & Johnjon

Chopstick & Johnjon did their “Revieved 01” special session at Suol’s Break Room with a selection from their extensive catalogue.

Suol Break Room with Meggy & Ari

This session of Suol Break Room was in many ways a throwback to a time when originals like Aaliyah and Timbaland ruled the primetime of MTV and radio stations worldwide. Meggy took our label manager, Ari, on a nostalgic b2b session, which made us all want to pull our pants down to baggy-fit and kickback in the Break Room.

Chopstick & Johnjon “Reviewed 01” out now!

Our first “Reviewed” format:
A compilation series, which will focus on one artist for every release and highlight some sweet spots in the respective artist’s catalogue. Each release will also consist of some unreleased tracks from the artists.

Get it here.


Suol Radio Show – 048 – Black Loops

Our friends Black Loops are the men to serve you with this month’s smooth mix of warm and pumpy house tunes. Enjoy!


Coeo – Mydonna
Black Loops – 4 The Lovers
Carlo – Scherbatsky
Black Loops – Climax
Sweely – All The Reasons
Black Loops – Sex pt. 2
Dj Stew – Get Down (Dub Mix)
Black Loops – Le Mirage
Black Loops – Blomst
Floating Points – Myrtle Avenue

Suol’s Break Room with Till Von Sein b2b D.Y.A

Till Von Sein took the stand with D.Y.A back in January in a housey b2b Suol Break Room session.
Watch the whole Livestream on Facebook and listen to the 3h long mix on Soundcloud.

Free Download: Nils Penner & HRRSN “Drifter” (Johnjon Remix)

Now that summer is just a distant memory, drowned out by the sound of our chattering teeth, we think it’s time to serve up the perfect remedy for that winter blues.
Released on the Suol Summer Daze compilation, the original version of “Drifter” by Nils Penner & HRRSN was the type of track we really love here at Suol, where great songwriting goes hand in hand with a stomping club beat and lush electronic sounds. “Drifter” excelled at this, making it one of the highlights of the release.
Johnjon aka John Muder (who runs Suol alongside Chi-Thien Nguyen aka Chopstick) certainly thought so. After instantly falling in love with the song he had his mind firmly set on remixing it. Here is the result, and what a remix it turned out to be.
It only took sending over a couple of rough versions to the original artists and they were sold. HRRSN even dropped in to re-record the vocals exactly how Johnjon pictured them for his remix.
Johnjon’s approach was to turn “Drifter” into a deep house anthem, opting for an 808 style drum track, replacing the super straight stompiness of the original’s beat with shuffling hi-hats and seriously housing things up with some nifty percussion programming. Along with the deepest of subs, hypnotically looping chords and mind-altering effect journeys throughout the track, here is a record that will have the clubbers drifting towards the centre of the dance floor. Test runs on the Chopstick & Johnjon radio show and in the clubs are already attracting track ID trainspotters in numbers.

Our friends at Deep House Amsterdam give away this beauty for free, so don’t miss the opportunity and download the goodie.

Suol Radio Show – 047 – Till Von Sein

Our man Till Von Sein released his “Forever” EP a few days ago and today Till delivers us a great mix for Suol Radio Show.

Till Von Sein – Puntarenas
Viken Arman – Feels like winter
Chasing Kurt – Loosing Hope (nandu remix)
Moon Rocket – Find Your way
Voyeur – Nina
Saliva  Commandos – Plena´tech
Till Von Sein – Tilly´s Tool
Adam Port & Stereo MC´s – Changes ( Adam Port Remix)
Djeff Afrozila, Helen Ting – Awakening (Instrumental)
Mr. G – One for the Headz
Felix Leifur – Eyelids
Till Von Sein – Forever

Suol’s Break Room with Meggy b2b Magit Cacoon

Back in October, Magit Cacoon joined our girl Meggy at Suol’s Break Room for a houseful b2b session.
Watch the whole Livestream on Facebook and listen to the 2h long mix on Soundcloud.

Suol Break Room with Larse b2b Kyodai

Back in December, Kyodai joined our man Larse at Suol Break Room for a relaxed b2b session.
Watch the whole Livestream on Facebook and listen to the 2,5h long mix on Soundcloud.

Till Von Sein “Forever” EP out now!

Listening to “Forever” through from start to finish is a rich rewarding experience, something that was Till Von Sein’s stated intention from the beginning. ‘I’ve been working on this EP since summer and to me it has a solid throwback vibe, back to when there were records with four dope tracks on’ Till says. ‘I always loved buying a diverse 12 inch with more than just that typical A side banger, so this was my goal behind this EP. I’m really happy with the way it turned out.’

Traxsource: Get “Forever” here

Listen here:

Suol Radio Show – 46 – Good Guy Mikesh

For this months Suol Radio Show we finally got Good Guy Mikesh. Save your next hour for some nice tunes.

Suol’s Break Room with Chopstick & Johnjon b2b Lovebirds

Watch and listen to Chopstick & Johnjon playing b2b with our dear friend Lovebirds at the first Break Room Livestream (29.09.2016).

Suol Break Room with Till Von Sein b2b Black Loops b2b Carlo

“Suol Break Room” is our live format, which takes place in the Suol head quarters in Kreuzberg, Berlin. The Break Room is where the Suol artists take breaks during studio sessions.
Till Von Sein, Black Loops and Carlo had lot’s of fun at their b2b session on Facebook Live, back in October last year. If you don’t remember, here’s the recording of the set:

artists booking


Starting his career spinning records in the nineties, Larse very quickly made a name for himself in Germany. Bagging a residency with his very first DJ gig at the Tanzcafé in his hometown of Dortmund, his skills on the decks caught the attention of 1LIVE Radio (Europe’s biggest youth radio station and Germany’s equivalent to BBC Radio One) who gave him his own show. Larse hosted 1LIVE “Klubbing” alongside Mike Litt for over 15 years, earning him a nomination for the German Dance Award, many loyal followers as well as national and international bookings along the way
But it was Larse’s move into producing that really kicked things off. His 2011 release “The More I Want” was picked up by big names such as Jamie Jones and Tale Of Us and became a huge hit with Ibiza clubbers. His first EP “Nightshift” on Noir Music followed shortly afterwards and within a few months Larse reached the coveted number one spot of the all-important Beatport Deep House Top 100 for the first time with “So Long”, also released on Noir.
Intensive touring ensued with gigs at the world’s top clubs including Fabric/London, Sankeys/Manchester and Polar Lounge/New York to name only a few. More Beatport chart entries followed and Larse became a sought-after remixer. Among the music that was reworked in his smooth yet danceable style were tracks by Hollis P. Monroe, Noir & Westboy, Feed Me & Crystal Fighters as well as Candi Staton’s “Hallelujah Anyway” on Defected, which not only got him yet another Deep House number one on Beatport but was also picked as Pete Tong’s “Essential Tune” and even made it into the Top Twenty of the official Belgian charts, reaching gold status.
Now Larse is by no means resting on his laurels. He has already followed up with some high profile remixes on Exploited, Peppermint Jam, Defected, Dikso, Eskimo Recordings and D:Vision. Remixes for Lovebirds and Moonbootica and a Larse EP on his new home label Suol are scheduled for release in 2016.

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.


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.
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’ 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 he, too, was blown away by Techno and turned into a devotee of the clubbing scene as did many others of his generation. Legendary 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.
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 & Johnjon, Hip Hop aficionados who immediately 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.
Over time Fritz Kalkbrenner’s sound has moved on from the techno and house genres. His biggest hits like “Get A Life”, “Facing The Sun” or “Back Home” - the latter even reaching gold status in Germany and Switzerland – were based on soft, Soul-infused House-beats with guitar and vocals. As a teenager Kalkbrenner discovered his love for Hip Hop and House music and started to pick out samples in the musical collages. He loved the groove, but also the musical craftsmanship, the endless search for perfection by Soul musicians in the late sixties and early seventies. Nowadays two hearts beat in Fritz Kalkbrenner’s chest – that of a producer and songwriter, but also that of a singer and lyricist.
With the first single of his coming Album „Grand Départ“ - „In This Game“, he seamlessly continues with the success of his single „Back Home“. It shows a modern, fresh and above all high-quality type of electronic music with a pinch of Pop. Again it’s Fritz` trademark voice and his lyrical talent that captivates audiences ears.

Watch out for the release of Fritz Kalkbrenner’s fourth solo-album „Grand Départ“ on October 14th.

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.

Suol063 – Chopstick & Johnjon – Closer EP

After collecting heaps of praise for their album ‘Twelve’, released last year, Suol’s head  hon­chos Chopstick & Johnjon are back with a brand new EP. Many listeners were especially fond of the way the duo were able to combine great songs with club appeal on their LP, and this rare ability is certainly in full effect once more here in the form of four fresh original tracks.
Oh Mama’ is definitely sure-fire club material. Instrumental, except for an echoing looped vocal sample, the track builds and builds, capturing the energy of a Minimoog jam and channelling it into pure dance floor bliss as sweet harmonies and lofty hi-hats float over a monster of a groove.
With New York City’s Ryan Cavanagh aka Slow Hands providing the vocals, ‘Catamount’ is another great example of how these two seemingly effortlessly manage to incorporate classy songwriting into a club track. This eight-minute journey transports the hypnotic elation of some of the pioneering house anthems of the late eighties and early nineties straight into the sound of today.
Quickly after first working with Chris James, Chopstick & Johnjon scrapped their original idea of working with a long list of guest vocalists on ‘Twelve’ and instead featured the British sin­ger not only on the single ‘Pining Moon‘, but on all of the album tracks but one. In ‘Skin’, Chris’ vocals again flow perfectly between C&J’s trademark harmonic synth stabs, accompanied by acoustic guitars and an electric bass, all expertly held together by a light but delight­fully bouncy house beat. Regular listeners will know that Chopstick & Johnjon always like to show another side of their sound with the last track on their EPs. And this time it is a little gem called ‘Track Of Time’ featuring Larissa Kapp, whose lush vocals sit beautifully on what is almost a ballad – a ballad with a huge 808 that is.

Chopstick & Johnjon call it ‘Harmony Rave’, what do you call it?


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Suol062 – Till von Sein – Precious Remixes

Released on Suol in May of this year, Till von Sein’s second album “Precious”, was an instant hit with his fans and peers. So when it came to finding some top-flight producers to do the business on this remix EP, things were surprisingly easy. In fact, Till told us that some of his favourite artists had already enquired about remixing as soon as they heard the tracks.

With an album full of amazing tracks, covering the essence of House Music, true love on the dance floor and of course, big booties, all performed by vocalists of the highest calibre – Mr V, Meggy, Lazarusman, Russoul, Kid Enigma – there is definitely some great material to work with. So we set them to work and boy have they delivered some magic.

Pablo Fierro kicking things off with an anthemic pad over the whispered “I’ll House You” nod to the Jungle Brothers in “Manifest” before dropping a huge percussion-happy groove underneath Mr V’s classic spoken word vocal. Vienna’s Joyce Muniz turns “Like Air” into a peak time number with tough beats and a growling bassline, whilst Meggy’s sweet vocals make everything ooook.

“One” gets the full-on shuffled snare treatment from Luke Solomon. Funky stabs, modulating bass, wild claps and Lazarusman’s inimitable narrative seem to compete for your attention only to form a unified, body-moving army of sound from which you cannot escape. Tanner Ross breaks up the beats whilst keeping groove aimed squarely at the dance floor in his dreamy remix for “It’s All In The Spirit”, with Russoul’s vocals making your head float into the clouds while your booty bounces from side to side.

And speaking of which… we’ve got one more for all you beautiful people out there in the form of the Alex Barck and ComixXx remix of “Booty Angel” featuring the vocal talent of Kid Enigma. These two manage to sandwich a half-time R&B style middle section between two chunks of sure-fire grooviness that might just make you cry tears of joy. Precious!

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Suol061 – Tender Games – Notion EP

Chopstick & Johnjon’s Berlin based Suol label follow up their balmy Summer Daze collection with an equally warming EP from label stalwarts Ulrich Harrison and Marlon Hoffstadt a.k.a Tender Games. Having had a busy summer including live shows at a slew of international festivals the artful pair offer up their ‘Notion’ EP: a 4 track collection of gently ambling rhythms and heart-rending melodicism.

Relating to themes of love, selfishness and disconnection – the title track kicks things off. A cyclical guitar motif paves the way for a buoyant thud and syncopated shuffles before a gently flexing synth pattern emerges. Swooning and snaring vocals are spread and reverberated before ‘Walking On’ is formed upon a theme of altruism. Purring organ tones and patterning tambourines interweave ahead of an arresting Rhodes motif before urgency is added through the injection of layered synths and additive percussion.

‘Collided’ – Tender Games’ collaboration with vocalist Mulay then sets grooving, scuzzy drums under a rich and sultry croon. Warped synth lines and skipping, off-grid hat patterns push progress forwards in a song about instant and impulsive connection. ‘Nimbus’ then blooms gradually behind stuttering synth tones and soft, allaying chord changes. A darting and purposeful groove drives in from underneath before flickering melodies dart in to cap off another fine addition to Suol’s ever-evolving catalogue.

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Suol060 – Fritz Kalkbrenner – One Of These Days

“One Of These Days” is the 3rd single from Fritz Kalkbrenner’s latest Album “Ways Over Water”, released in October 2014 on the Berlin Electronic Music Label SUOL.

Permeated by his ever-present charisma, the track is an immediately arresting soulful groove laced with his unmistakable vocal style. It provides the perfect foil for the atmospheric and visually striking video, shot in a SouthAfrican town.

Viral phenomenon LCAW- from the GOMMA camp and named “Best upcoming DJ” by Musikexpress- has remixed the track to predictably thrilling effect with other remixes from the quickly rising Swiss duo Fat Sushi and an outstanding progressive techno interpretation from Berlin based newcomer Franz Alice Stern. 

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Berlin based imprint Suol follow up a slew of releases from Till Von Sein, Fritz Kalkbrenner and Meggy with the third installment in their annual Summer Daze series.
In keeping with the first two installments, number 3 is a bountiful collection of shimmering melodies, lucent pads and sunlight grooves primed for the changing of the seasons.
Curated by label heads Chopstick & Johnjon, Summer Daze 2015 is a compilation of 17 exclusive and previously unreleased tracks from Suol cohort members Larse, Jimpster, PBR Streetgang, Smash TV, Tender Games, Fritz Kalkbrenner, Chopstick & Johnjon, Meggy and many more.
Spanning from the infectious organ stabs of Tuff City Kids’ ‘Murphy’s Lawyer’ to the grand, interweaving pads of Paskal & Urban Absoloutes’ ‘June’ ­ and from the sultry, percolating synths of Johnjon’s ‘Just Fine’ to the tight, no­nonsense groove of Till Von Sein’s ‘Da House Jam’ ­ this comes together as a rich and varied package that is set to soundtrack those indelible summer memories spent by the pool, on the beach and in the club.

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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.

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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.

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.


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.


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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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.


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.


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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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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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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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 4×4 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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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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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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Suol050 – Chopstick & Johnjon – Pining Moon EP


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.


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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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.


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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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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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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