Title: L.A. Düsseldorf
Format: 12" vinyl
Release date: 22 January 2016
Label: ITALIC recordings
Cat. No.: ITA104
Last summer the Düsseldorf duo BAR – consisting of the Stabil Elite musician Lucas Croon and Christina Irrgang – charmed aficionados of timeless modern pop music with their debut album "Welcome To BAR". With casual verve, they propagate a musical style somewhere between New Wave, Balearic, Shoegaze, Dream Pop and Noir Songwriting, the two of them singing their way into a league of their own. Following many concerts in clubs, at festivals, in art contexts or gracing the fashion scene, the duo have now invited musician friends from Düsseldorf and Los Angeles to remix their songs, which originally featured instruments such as the recorder, synthesizers, drums, soundtrack samples, vocal collages and even a pocket piano. This has resulted in four new arrangements, each of which combine the BAR aesthetic with the artistic hallmarks of the remixers. The record thereby combines influences from the music scenes and cities of LA and Dusseldorf, both of which were equally essential in the development of "Welcome To BAR".
BAR's Düsseldorf colleague Jan Schulte aka Wolf Müller, known for his trippy and percussive sound, has reinterpreted the "BAR Theme". Like on his highly acclaimed releases on the label "Themes For Great Cities", he uses especially rhythmic and driving accents. And like his previous remixes for artists such as Toulouse Low Trax, Mariam The Believer or Balearic godfather José Padilla, he gives enough space to the original while refining it with African melodic traditions and tribal grooves that never exceed a limit of 110 bpm.
The Los Angeles band Pharaohs, whose most prominent member Suzanne Kraft recently gained attention with a marvellous Ambient record, surprises us with a quiet version of "Anjali Reverse". It impresses with cool Balearic style, in midst of which a saxophone and guitars glisten in the sun. A key figure in Pharaohs for BAR is Alejandro Cohen, who they met in 2013 during a trip to LA at the Dublab studio, where Croon played a radio concert. There they also came to know and admire Diva Dompé, daughter of Bauhaus drummer Kevin Haskins. The singer, producer and performer has transformed the BAR song "Adios" into a gently culminating Slow-Mo-House sensation that moves the soul with restrained percussion, enchanted singing and gradual Ambient buildup.
The fourth revision stems from BAR's Düsseldorf colleague Orson, who meanwhile turns the bass up loud in Berlin and is internationally celebrated for his releases on his own label "Version". Orson has adorned the piece "Dexy's Alrobe" with rich sine waves, which wind powerfully around the sometimes backwards voice of Lucas Croon and submerges it all in a pillow of bass.
These four remixes from two cities are full of passion for warm nights in a neon shimmer, where souls are reflected and united in a shared enthusiasm for music.