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Synths, sequencers and shit...
Here's a collection of released tracks, remixes, unreleased/unloved/unused tracks, live sets, demos, sketches, ideas, noodles, fuck load of mistakes, and in some cases, just badly produced shite. ;-)
OK, now for some accompanying self-aggrandizing BS to embellish this bollocks...
Emile Strunz was born in a bedroom in Burleigh Street, on the dancefloors of Ibiza, Spain and Germany and amidst the fire and fury, dry ice, and strobes at many a Front 242 and Nitzer Ebb gig. Exposure to the UK's club scene over an 18 year period also saw Emile contribute to Mixmag and write press releases for the Cream empire whilst interviewing Moby, Richie Hawtin, and Depeche Mode's former sonic architect, Alan Wilder, for his Clubs column whilst at university.
His debut single, Shields, released on Andy Blake and Joe Hart's World Unknown label was a first introduction to his hard, heavy and hypnotic electronic sound, and was number 1 on Juno Records' Electro House Chart and was Record of the Week on Piccadilly Records' House Chart.
"Shields" sounds like that exact point when EBM and nu-beat was on the verge of becoming house music... Or perhaps when Paul Oakenfold decided that sluggish acid house was what the world needed (think of his Happy Mondays "Wrote For Luck refix") - Piccadilly Records
"Take a glance at the biography and Soundcloud of Emile Strunz and it's apparent the producer has been fine tuning a well chosen approach to his craft over some time, culminating in the quite excellent "Shields." A solid mid tempo jacker of a track driven by a liquefied arpeggio, the unhinged vocal chanting that sits deep within adds the requisite idiosyncratic touch we've come to expect from the label run by Blake and Hart." - Juno Records.
"Food for the Italo disco and EBM fans", Clone Records
"Uncompromising...unlike anything else out there at the moment", Narc
"Amazing..." , Erol Alkan, BBC Radio 6 Music
"Incredible", Heidi, BBC Radio 1
Elan Vital from the North Sea Body Music EP was picked up by the legendary Andy Weatherall and included on his mix for the French Inter Radio Station
The Voyetra Technique EP was released on People Get Real's Join our Club label in November 2013. People who you know (who can't say no), a 10-minute body beat epic was released on Ali Renault's Vivod label in January 2014 - and was broadcast on Erol Alkan's Friday night BBC Radio 6 Music show.
Emile made his live debut in Rotterdam in 2013, alongside Das Ding, and he then took his hardware-driven live set to Newcastle, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. In early 2014, he toured Russia, playing packed venues in Moscow and St Petersburg, played alongside Scott Fraser and Timothy J Fairplay at Hackney's Oslo venue, played the (Still) the enemy within event in East London alongside Test Department, and his live show followed The Hacker's DJ set at Berlin's Magic Waves Festival.
He also contributed the New Order-esque 'A Fine Balance' to the soundtrack of the critically acclaimed documentary Still the Enemy Within - a logical contribution given Emile's experiences of the miners strike in his home town of South Shields.
Subsequent gigs in Glasgow and Amsterdam saw Emile round off 2014 nicely. Battered and bruised (literally)
January 2016 saw Emile make his debut in Spain playing Femur in Madrid, and two more remixes on NEIN Records followed that year.
More sporadic gigs followed, playing Czech Republic and Holland in 2018 and 2019.
2019 ends with a propulsive re-rub of "Elan Vital' turning the sleek New Beat of the original into a peak-time 115bpm EBM banger on New York's Wonder Stories label.
Emile Strunz’s tracks