Overview
Mathias Kaden
Energetic
FATCD/LP 013


PHYSICAL RELEASE: 12.06.2015

DISTRIBUTED BY KOMPAKT

DIGITAL RELEASE: 12.06.2015

DISTRIBUTED BY FINETUNES

01. Intro
02. Get Phunky feat. Aquarius Heaven
03. Soulmakers feat. Zoe Xenia
04. Korokana
05. Acatalepsy Of Rhythm feat. Foremost Poets
06. Tangerine
07. Rawtone
08. Clarity feat. Sophie Taylor
09. Wisdoms
10. Energie feat. Rocko Schamoni
MUSIKINFO

If there had to be one word to describe Mathias Kaden in all his creative phases as a DJ and producer, „energetic“ would be on top of the list. It's only consistent then that his new album bears exactly this name. The artist, who is closely affiliated with the record label Freude am Tanzen from Jena city, has been on an energetic musical route right from the start of his career. In his preferences he has never stuck to just one sound. From filigree Micro-House and percussive Minimalism to the tracks produced together with Marek Hemmann and the Leipzig band Marbert Rocel (under the name Karocel), Mathias Kaden has kept on revealing new facets throughout the past ten years.
Six years after the widely acclaimed and rather club-distant debut album „Studio 10“ Mathias Kaden now refers to both his musical roots as well as his current experiences as an internationally travelling DJ. With the ten new tracks he wants to give something back to the dancefloor, namely a positive and timeless vibe deeply rooted in Funk and the diginity of the early House years. For Kaden like for many others, this early House ethos forms the foundation for a classic club sound. His new warmth had already started to loom through on his ”Tentakle EP“ on Desolat and on ”Fin“, an exclusive track for the Watergate mix compilation of the same name.
Between autumn 2014 and spring 2015 Mathias Kaden took some time to produce „Energetic“. He invited the open-minded solo pianist and Karocel-partner Martin Kohlstedt to sessions with him in the studio. The results are most clearly to hear on the hymn-like and up-rising „Wisdoms“. Also on this track, there are live drums played by Mathias Kaden's longtime school friend Herby, who is a gifted drummer with his own studio in the city of Gera. The bassline from ”Get Phunky“ is another live recording – contributed by Dave Daniel, the bass player of Lilabungalow, a band from Erfurt city.
Last but not least, Mathias Kaden re-discovered his analog synthesizers. Juno 106, Moog Litte Phatty und Moog Minitaur are shaping the original sound of „Energetic“ as much as the spoken-word elements of a number of vocalists. The most prominent vocalist on „Energetic“ is probably the US legend Foremost Poets, whose ”Moon-Raker“ from 1998 is one of Mathias Kaden's all-time favourite records. And with Aquarius Heaven we can hear an exceptional performer who is usually only working on HipHop and Dancehall records. The warmly permeating voices of Zoe Xenia and Sophie Taylor on „Soulmakers“ and „Clarity“ ensure timeless deepness – a quality that characterizes all ten tracks on „Energetic“. Rocko Schamoni, star of German underground pop entertainment, closes the album with a half-spiritual, half-laconic speech about the effectiveness of energy. The tonal finishing for all tracks was done in Weimar by Mario „Marlow“ Weise, also know for his work with the Sonar Collective.
”Energetic“ captures the manifold emotional billows of a club night. It concentrates on the essentials – few elements, full of energy; more soul and history than quick dancefloor effects. It is an album that is very close to Mathias Kaden as a person – which also shows in his track-by-track notes.




TRACK INFORMATIONEN

01. Intro
„Energy is always and everywhere, worldwide. Therefore I have managed to let almost all countries speak the word „energy“ into my voice recorder.“

02. Get Phunky feat. Aquarius Heaven
„Opposites attract – Aquarius' and my music are so different that I absolutely had to hear his voice over a danceable beat of mine.“
 
03. Soulmakers feat. Zoe Xenia
”My definite roots. I'm well into strings, modulated basslines and only a few elements in a song. Add to that a message by Zoe, which just gets to the heart of it: The soul sold out, we used to love music, even strangers were friends on the dancefloor, its all about the music.“
 
04. Korokana
”The slowest track on the album. I built the main beat after a long night at the Womb in Tokyo. The contrast with the cow bells and the poet's screams is supposed to aeriate or deviate it all a bit.“

05. Acatalepsy Of Rhythm feat. Foremost Poets
”My biggest dream was to make a song with Johnny Dangerous aka Foremost Poets. This endless beat that never stops together with his poems – this simply makes me happy.“

06. Tangerine
”Power only, a few elements, synths that give everything and yet give nothing away. Strong and mystical at the same time, which is not so typical for me but shows the way into the future. ;-)“

07. Rawtone
”A bit rough and cheeky, slightly broken beats and a lot of power – this is what my DJ sets are about. It's a tool track, fitting perfectly between all the songs.“
 
08. Clarity feat. Sophie Taylor
”Very lovely and a bit thoughtful at the beginning, maybe also melancholic. Then in the middle this uneasy ease collapses and moves everyone still standing on the dancefloor – further and higher, until at the end the song returns to it's ease.“
 
09. Wisdoms
„Not everyone posesses wisdom, but to me Martin Kohlstedt and Marcel ‚Herby’ Kempe do. And they played a big part in the creation of these songs. Live drums and a mad piano solo – this is the finale.“
 
10. Energie feat. Rocko Schamoni
„The finale after the finale. What is energy? Why German? Because there is only one who can speak like this – the one and only Rocko S.“