Tag Archives: Germany

La Boom

4 May



26 May

Germany was one of the first countries next to France to really introduce electronic music to the masses. Yet at the time of its birth the electronic music was nothing compared to what we hear today – Simple Sine-Cosine oscillations combined to create a new and interesting synthetic sound.

Now we are confronted with an entire range of new species of music brought to life by these simple technological advancements.
The music world in Europe has taken up quite the leading role world wide, setting new standards and trends within this genre. Germany and France have both brought forth extremely good Minimal artist such as Fritz Kalkbrenner and Worakls as well as Denmark with Trentemøller. Although this seems to be the momentary trend European countries are not confined to a certain genre as France is leading in Hardcore and even has its own genre, Frenchcore with bands including Le Bask and JT Labo 14 and Denmark also has fantastic Goa/Prog.Trance produced by Morten Granau.

Nevertheless it all has its beginning in the older, more simplistic groups such as Kraftwerk and well known Djs of the 80’s Techno scene such as DJ Kotze, Dr. Motte, Sven Väth and many others. Der Dritte Raum is one of the many great talents that this music has brought forth.

Public Enemy/

7 Dec

True Hip-Hop has it’s roots in Blues, Jazz, Soul, Funk and other parts of the Afrocentric culture. In particular the cradle of birth is set around the United States although many other countries have a rich history of outstanding artists as well.
This music genre and subculture always had its focus set on revolution, equality and freedom, as did its predecessors.

Today we see much more diversification. The classic Hip-Hop has mostly been consumed by Rap, and it is becoming more difficult to find modern original Hip-Hop artists. In Germany the former Classics such as Eins Zwo, Dynamite Deluxe with Samy Deluxe or the Absolute Beginners have been outdated by newcomers like Cro, The Orsons or Marsimoto. Whether these are even comparable, set aside even sharing the same playground is highly debatable. The upcoming and young are mostly Students with entirely different approaches to life and life’s lessons than its older companions. Therefor the ideals and messages promoted through the music are often divergent. The new era of Hip-Hop has to some degree lost its momentum and has merely become a nice past-time activity for people who think they have something interesting to say.Of course the course of time changes the music as well as it’s listeners. So it can be argued that this development is completely normal. However to some degree the old-school has been lost and surely could use reviving.

Not only has Hip-Hop brought up outstanding musical talent. The aspect of poetry can’t be overheard when listening to tracks from old-school virtuoso Jedi Mind Trick or Cunninlynguists.
Behind every good track lies a message which is spread through true and pure rhyme. In some cases this can be compared to people who actually call themselves Poets. The distinction between acceptable information and mere shit-spitting should of course be done by the audience although deeply entangled in virtual media and social network it is hard to determine whether the listeners are still capable of making this decision.