Quotes: Most innovative and groundbreaking album of our time, I can hear the future DJ Hell / This is one of the most inspiring albums i’ve heard in a long time. It mixes an old skool sensibility with a futuristic approach to music. In short – I just love it from start to finish. Peter Kruder / The best news of the year! Alexander Barck can sing! His new project with Christian Prommer is an intoxicating journey. Lovely, luscious and soulful! Gilles Peterson
What a journey! Well, these guys have had so many experiences and numerous discoveries - dubstep, electronica, funk, punk, wave, Chicago house, handmade music and soul. Oh, those nights at clubs, the records, the shelves, the dirt in the second-hand record shops, the stacked audio- and studio magazines in their toilets or elsewhere in the house, the hours spent making their own radio- shows, hundreds of hotels checked in and out of, dozens of sound-checks done. Last but not least, the revivals, the subgenres, the fusion – well these peeps have given real influential input into some of these (sub)genres in the past.
If we generally agree with the thesis, that 90 % of these musical genres are boring, mainly crap, commercial, rip-offs or trivial, then all that’s left is 10 % of really good music. This is the kind of music we like. Music which we would take to a lonely island, tunes which can rarely be played in clubs, records we would never sell, music so awe-inspiring it brings you to your knees or has you being afraid to share it as a file. We are talking about tunes, which changed the life and world of Christian Prommer and Alex Barck. Talking about groundbreaking influences. Well, these guys’ are so wide-ranged, that a young foolish nerd could never compete with them.
No doubt, you have to attest: these guys internalised thousands of records, hundreds of thousands of songs, of which only a small part at all belongs to those 10% of inspiring music. Furthermore they, we, you are always discovering something new in those gems that these 10% are. You can call it love for music – someone may interrupt: better call it “love for detail”. But, isn’t it a concentrated passion, which is lying very closely to addiction and meticulousness. It has been influencing daily life, relationships, everything, twenty-four-seven, for 25 years and ongoing. So, besides a lot of fun, it is also hard candid work.
Even negative experiences leave something positive behind. Back then, the passion first matured into a hobby, later on developed into a job and became a whole mission (gained such attributes like ”Professionals” or “Connaisseures”) which brought Christian Prommer and Alex Barck together, finally.
No need to explain too much, the songs on “Alex & The Grizzly” are suspiring the lifelong and concentrated passion, their quest for finer music and the fantastic tiny details of deep tunes. Even if you would sort the tracks into different musical genre/style categories, the conclusion is: they are always made of those fine ingredients of the beloved 10 % batch.
Some of the songs on this album only conceal one or two elements, others include many different components, but you never know where they are coming from. So what is their source? Surprisingly, nothing here is segmenting – it really feels like a homogeneous, modern-sounding and timeless album, with an own perspective, which we call: ‘Earthboogie Dance` or `Deep Kraut Music’. Embosomed elements, capable of performing such, trained and matured audio-engineering, and adding something zeitgeisty, spontaneity, soul, technique, guests, plus a true vision are the main ingredients. Quite a bit, and also quite complex. Analogue and digital are no antagonisms here – on the contrary, it is intended fusion. Sometimes it needs years of different experiences, solo careers with various projects – well, if you sum up all their music productions which are captured on CDs, vinyl, remixes, they both have contributed to a minimum of one and a half million sold records with their music productions – until, by chance, you meet someone again, and then it makes ‚click’ like you are destined to express those feelings, the quest together. This is what has happened here. If you might be thinking this album was produced in 250 days, then you’re wrong. It was made in less than 20 days (!!). This may proof the professionalism and clear vision of these two masterminds.
Subsequently following is their organic LIVE performance and live set-up of this studio project. On stage, the musicianship goes hand in hand with 20 years of DJ experience. There have already been some live shows (e.g. at the Weekend, Berlin).