Mar 12, 2017

Sundaze 1711

Hello, well i got my money back for that defective Seagate i mentioned yesterday the girl at the desk wasn't particularly interested in my efforts to revive it, it was within warranty and i had the receipt. I immediately bought a new one at a slightly inflated price, oh joy there's 3 TB more space for data, to think my first pc, 19 years ago had 5 gig, i lived happily with that for years, this internet is getting into our brains demanding evermore space, who knows in 100 years it may have consumed us all and this experiment in materialist living has come to an unsuccesful end....

Today's Artist stands for a 2 decades of experimental electronic, dubtech and consequently pushing dubhouse tracks for intense nights on the floor. In this process the productive artist likes to integrate himself in different artistic constellations with project pseudonyms such as Saafi Brothers and Aural Float into ambient, space and experimental sound scapes… Next to his music projects Gabriel also works with Aural Float on audiovisual concepts: as a team they did the artistic supervision of Spacenight, a prototype of an integral TV-concept, utilizing spectacular film- and documentary footage from outer space with music made on earth. With an open mind and always in a search for fresh musical experiences, our man keeps on exploring electronic music. With Dr. Motte, he started mixing electronic music, focussing on the pure aspects of dance. Still following that path that led them together searching for the soul in the machines, the music lovers are playing with the various settings inside their electronic devices to get the sound and atmosphere they were after for. ....N'Joy

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Gabriel Le Mar is one of the high profile musicproducers and lives and works in Frankfurt/Germany. He is bringing together different musical styles such as Dub, Techno and "electronic leftfield music", which you can hear in his productions. Gabriel was born in Germany, the son of Greek parents, and grew up in Berlin. Around 1984, he gets his first stage experience as a professional club dj and bassman of a band experimenting with electronic sounds. In 1987, Gabriel studied at the HdK, Berlin (University of Fine Arts) and got a diploma in "Society and Economy Communication". Then he worked as an Art-Director in advertising agencies but could never quit producing music and soon he produced soundtrax for commercials still today. 1987, in Berlin he gets in contact with the art "pop project" Bamboo Industry and they released longplayers on a major label plus an extensive tour with appearances at big festivals. Besides "Bamboo Industry", Gabriel is also part of the Berlin based experimental electronic project, "Cosmic Trigger" with Mike V.A.M.P. from the "Märtini Brös".

1992, Gabriel moved to Frankfurt and became founder of the electronic project Saafi Brothers. Together with Frankfurt based producer "Michael Kohlbecker" (Eternal Basement), Gabriel did a remix for the German number one hit "Sie ist weg" by the hip hop group "Die Fantastischen Vier". 1993, inspired by the mix techniques of "Jamaican dub music", Gabriel was also a member of the successful local "dub club concept" Serious Dropout with the producers "Jammin´ Unit" (Air Liquide), "Tricky Cris" and "The Reverend". The unique connection of dub reggae, electronics, ambient and techno sounds featured musicians and producers from Jamaica (like Yah Meek) and the UK (like Rootsman) and they released 3 albums on a major label.

1994, soon, Gabriel followed this concept not only at the monthly dub nights in Frankfurt, but also at other events, including DJs more influenced by techno and electronic sounds. He met Alex Azary, mastermind of the XS-Club, at this time one of the leading venues for ambient and chill out sounds in Europe. Together, they formed the Aural Float project and appeared on the stages of many events all over Europe (Montreux Jazz Festival /CH, Mayday, Rave City, Universe, and Euphoria). In the same year, Aural Float released their first track on a various artists compilation put out by a major label. The producer Pascal FEOS became a member of the project and they delivered a well acclaimed remix for Sven Väth.

1995, the first Aural Float album Introspectives was released on the Elektrolux label.
 Eversince their first "chill out sessions" at Frankfurts legendary XS Club, Aural Float has remained one of the main driving forces for the German electronic-leftfield music scene.
 In order to achieve visionary progress for electronic music, they started the Elektrolux-Label and joined UK designer "Neville Brody" in creating the corporate design of Elektrolux. The project raises public attention and interest for innovation. They also cooperate with diverse artists and cross genres from media to video to movie to photography and graphic design.

1996, Aural Float created the soundtrack for the TV-series Space Night broadcast by "German station BR" every night. As a team they did the "artistic supervision" of SpaceNight, a prototype of an integral tv-concept, utilizing spectacular pictures and visionary soundscapes which became a landmark success on german television and was highly acclaimed on an international level and remains a synonyme for chillout until today. Since then his music can be heard every night as part of the successful "Space Night", showing pictures from planet earth taken from space. Aural Float took over the musical direction for the concept of the tv-series and associated CD/Vinyl compilations series as well.
 Alongside the SpaceNight activities and the ongoing work for the first Saafi Brothers album, he was also busy with live appearances with different acts at the first Cocoon events in Frankfurt, Munich and Copenhagen, and at festivals like Vision (CH) and Roskilde (DK). Gabriel also played in clubs like the Colosseum (London), Fuse (Brussels), Orbit (Leeds), Sensor (Zürich).

 1997 the Saafi Brothers debut "Mystic Cigarettes" came out on the well known british label BlueRoomRel./UK. With the internationally successful and today classic album the project consisting of Frankfurt/Germany based producers Gabriel Le Mar, Michael Kohlbecker, Alex Azary and Groovetitan immediately placed itself among the first row of the international ambient and electronic scene. Tracks from the album have been released on numerous compilations, the extracted 12" ³Internal.Code.Error.930" featured a remix by british techno/dub project Bandulu and became a club hit.

1998, Gabriel and his Saafi Brothers partner, Michael Kohlbecker, put out the techno influenced Def=Lim album from their side project, "Montauk P.", which is also signed to BlueRoomReleased/UK. In London, he was in recording-sessions with "Mike Maguire" (Juno Reactor) and the legendary Band Amampondo (South Africa). On Elektrolux the "Dub Mix Convention" series was released.

1999 Gabriel Le Mar began to record his first solo album "Gab´s Lab", which was released on SpiritZone and represented a journey through Gabriels musical influences from dub and electronics to techno and trance. For the first time, he played in the USA, doing shows in New York and San Francisco. More dates followed in places like Vienna, Copenhagen, Zurich and Tokyo. Also in 1999, Gabriel started new projects with "Dub_Connected" (Liquid Audio Soundz) and "Banned-X" (multiColor), which included different guest artists and combined the whole spectrum of electronic music with "dub and reggae elements".  2000 Gabriel released his second solo album "Gab´s Gift" on SpiritZone, which widened the concept of its predecessor with even more musical components. Gab´s Gift was album of the month in German music mags like Keyboards and Raveline. Also on stage Gabriel performed at festivals like Lovefield, Excalibur, Liberty One, Moonflight and Love Parade, as well as in clubs like Nostru (Helsinki), Gaskessel (Bern) and Matrix (Zurich).  After a long tour with numerous live and dj sets (a.o. TribalGathering/UK, Roskilde/DK) Saafi Brothers returned to the studio and delivered their second longplayer on BlueRoom/UK, "Midnight´s Children". The album represented another perfect demonstration of the Saafi-style made up of the will to experiment and a feeling for the combination of different influences between West and East.

2001 Gabriel entered the studio alongside "Alex Azary" and "Pascal FEOS" to record the long awaited second Aural Float album Freefloat. It features a musical spectrum including ambient, downbeat, and electronic sounds.Together with Tokyo/Japan based producer "Toby Izui", Gabriel started the project Supercruizer. The album, Skydiverz (Superstition Records) combined Techno and electronic sounds with far East vibes. The second "Dub_Connected" album "Electronic Music" appeared on "Liquid Audio Soundz".  2002 Gabriel Le Mar introduced his 3rd solo album "Hear and Now" on SpiritZone Rec. (heavy rotation at Raveline mag). Gabriel Le Mar has remixed artists like "Anne Clark", "Thomas D", "Bob Marley", "Martha + the Muffins", shaping his personal vision of global electronic music and the co-existence of styles.

2003 "Gabriel Le Mar" and "George DIN" released "Studio India", a sampling-CD on bestservice and also produced his 4th solo album "Short Stories" on SpiritZone Records, which became album of the month in "Raveline magazine". On SHORT STORIES the selected tracks form a progressive journey through electro breaks, dance beats and "magnetising instrumental atmospheres".A ten stories soundtrack of self-discovery. In 2003 as well the third album of Saafi Brothers, "Liquid Beach" on Saafi Rec./EFA came out. The album also received good reviews (heavy rotation in Raveline) and became no. 1 at the offical "German Chill Out album charts" DCOC and toured in europe with the live band. Gabriel Le Mar and Saafi Brothers, both play their live-sets with computer, FX and controllers. In accordance to their versatility as producers, their dj sets also cover a wide spectrum of electronic music: both will take us on a trip through a variety of "4-2-the-floor-styles" from "deep and minimal TechHouse" to "energetic soulful Techno" on the decks, merging his own productions into one mix together.

2004 Gabriel Le Mars 5th solo album "Nightradio" was released on C.O.R.N. rec. and was for several weeks no. 1 at the Deutsche Chill Out Album Charts. Digital studio production and innovative programming trickeries meet acoustic guitar. Nightradio is a synthesis of beautiful listening and some "slow and groovy tracks". Since then Gabriel produced over more than 150 tracks solo and in various formations. 2005 Aural Floats 3rd. album "Beautiful Someday" (with Pascal FEOS and Alex Azary) was released on Elektrolux on CD and comes in 2006 with special video-artworks on DVD. "Kim Sanders" is chanting on 5 tracks of this album. 2005 is also the year, in which the Elektrolux label celebrated its 10th anniversary. The jubilee started with the nighttime "Flowmotion-tv-chillout-special"as well as with furthermore visual music-DVD´s, featuring the sound of Aural Float and Gabriel Le Mar. The videos can be seen at a Flowmotion tv chill out special at German station Hessen TV (HR) via "Astra satellite". With "Flowmotion" Elektrolux hosts another successfull tv-Chill-Out-special that is being broadcasted also every night.

Being a productive and live experienced artist since more than a decade, Gabriel Le Mar seeks to integrate inspiring moments from his travels from India, Nepal and Japan with a visual appearence into his music. Meanwhile Gabriel focussed his live performances also on visuals as well as live sequenced music itself. Combined with a passion for ambientdub and trip hop, the rhythmic roots in his sound are hard to ignore and crosses the definitions between dance and listening music. 2006 Gabriels first DVD Reel Time will be released on Elektrolux. Gabriel Le Mar surprises by sophisticated graphic and cinematic interpretations of his music. Gabriel performs the clips and tunes from his new solo album "Reel Time" live and very electronic...according to the vibes and the special atmosphere of the moment...

2007 Saafi Brothers hit a perfect balance of electrodub with their 4th album "Supernatural". Saafi Brothers put together a unique blend of riddims and synthesis with an emphasis on live sound manipulations, deep basslines and "dub-wise grooves". 2007 Aural Float , release their first DVD Moving Images. The DVD includes selected "Aural Float" tracks as well as comprehensive bonus material. The tracks are interpreted anew in an exciting way by well-known video artists, based on high quality film material from "Corbis Motion" and music from their last album "Beautiful Someday". Aural Float also did deep remixes of Juli`s single "Dieses Leben", Xavier Naidoo`s single "Zeilen aus Gold" and A-ha`s single "cosy prisons". 2008 Gabriel and Alex produced - Subsonic Park - and move on entirely new ground. "Second Skin", the first vinyl release from the album "Inner City Codes", starts with "deep ambient dubhouse", syncopic chords and gently demanding percussive beats. A sensual form of dub allowing memories of the "Basic Channel series"....

The origins of "Subsonic Park" date back about 10 years ago. In the context of Sven Väths regular gigs at the UK cult club Orbit, Leeds, they were DJing on the second floor. "At our gigs, my partner used to be at the turntables and I played with my synthies and samplers in real-time. This way, our shows were always a mixture of DJ performance and live act. Now, this special mix of club music and experimental electronic music also characterizes the productions by Subsonic Park as far as tempo, deepness, syncopic chords and dub sequences are concerned.  2009 is a very productive year for Gabriel. His new album DUBWIZE sounds refreshingly variable and discrete, caused by an uncoerced approach in the studio and conveyed by the input received by the creative exchange processes with his project partners and last but not least, the musical socialization which encompasses rich influences from "King Tubby" to "Andy Scott" is definitely a factor which helps gabriel to stay refreshingly flexible. In this process the productive artist likes to integrate himself in different artistic constellations with project pseudonyms and Co-ops with "Dr. Motte", "Pete Namlook", "Justin Sequence" and "Subsonic Park".

2010 African funk and "african musical traditions" and culture influenced Gabriel in many ways.
 On his new album JUMP CUTS Gabriel Le Mar co-opted again with singers and songwriters from South-Africa like "Busi Mhlongo", "Lungiswa Plaatjies", "Madala Kunene" and "Mantombe Matotiyani" from Amampondo, one of Nelson Mandela`s favourite bands. Fusing techhouse and dub influences with the local style of south african music like Kwaito, Maskanda and traditional Zulu music into modern club sound. The result is a fusion of ideas that became evident through the characteristic expression of these artists, whose vocal performances oscillate between traditional to contemporary, and that are merged in the techhouse mix with a soul and dub feel. "It`s about combining these styles, the physical energy of "digital club and dancefloor sounds" with hypnotic afro-rhythms and the vocal-power. It`s about to push the musical styles and to find ways to intensifying our tracks both emotionally and meaningwise"

2011 Gabriel Le Mar nices up with his album Level, it features Gabriel´s affinity to Techno, TechHouse and Detroit influences, while Dub sound is what connects the tunes in all the variations. All tracks are made for the floor but also work in pure listening fun if you like music that can tell stories. Moody floating sounds, bassy grooves and atmospheric filterworks as well as danceable deepness are the carrying elements of Level. Gabriel was looking to find the right balance of emotion in "sound and groove" and to give space for floating lyricism on the music. Level features vocal performances with lyrics by his friends Ingo Ito and George DIN, who are both excellent musicians and writers. On Level, Gabriel Le Mar exposed himself on different levels and put the focus more and more on the groovy DubTechno beat and refer more to "atmospheric Detroit Techno". This special mix of club music and "experimental deepness", syncopic chords and dub sequences characterizes his productions.

2012 With his new vinyl label Dub2Dust Records, Gabriel steps on a new ground, releasing electronic dance music with a special focus on the various colours of deep DubTechno and "Dub inspired TechHouse". The dub-feeling is clearly the inspiration behind the general flavor of the dub2dust sound and will demonstrate innovative efforts to offer interesting hybrids of techno/house music. Dub2Dust is operated by Gabriel Le Mar and Carsten Schorr. the sound: from Electro-Ambient to Dub-inspiered Minimal-Tech-House....2012 Lifes filled with music Dr. Motte and Gabriel Le Mar still following the path that they have led them together, searching for the soul in the machines. On different sessions the two tracks The Breeze and Puttin` On The Green Hat were recorded at Gab`s lab in Frankfurt, playing with the various settings inside their electronic devices to get the sound and atmosphere they were after for. The two EP`s draw its energy from the deep and dubby tension to put the listener in a trance-like state and were release on Motte`s imprint Praxxiz.

Saafi Brothers latest album Live on the Roadblog was released on iboga records in Febr 2014. Music and ideas and the interaction process will always go on, the Saafi Brothers tell us a lot of stories. With “Live on the Roadblog” they walk a deep line between ambientdub orientation and blissed out beats. Luca Anzilotti, George DIN and Rikta join Gabriel Le Mar, Michael Kohlbecker and Groovetitan for the production. Sleepless-faced on music Saafi Brothers digged deep into a series of "live recording sessions", rediscovering the emotional depth of "real-time created music" after a couple of live shows that fueled the idea of creating an entirely live recorded album. In a jammin´ good time it becomes more and more developing into something more meaningful, working with lyrics and create moments. The result is the organic flow and deepness in "Live on the Roadblog", linking the message like secret friends on the road.

2014 launches the first free download track "Moving Crossraods" from Saafi Brothers, their podcast and in February their new album "Live on the Roadblog" on Iboga Records. With Live on the Roadblog Saafi Brothers walks a deep line between ambientdub orientation and blissed out beats. Luca Anzilotti joins Gabriel Le Mar, Michael Kohlbecker and Groovetitan for the production.

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"Hear And Now" from Gabriel Le Mar is an incredibly fresh-sounding techno-trance-experimental hybrid, drawing in influences from world music, electro, ambient and all with a heavy dose of live instruments. "Experience The Lightness" is a wonderfully restrained opener, while "In Some Other´s Life" picks up the pace with a housey, dance-all-night vibe. "Machine Karma", as its name suggests, is a tricky fusion between old and new, featuring live didgeridoo over staccato techno rhythms, and "Right From The Heart" is a catchy leftfield/electro number featuring German singer and producer "George DIN". Le Mar´s more reflective, experimental and spiritual side is prevalent on "Find A Passage To India", and on two sublime tracks featuring a host of Indian musicians, "Journey To Eurasia" and "Hear And Now". The dubby worldstomper vibe of "Travelogue" is a delight, and with the semi-chilled, semi-breakbeat bliss of "Into Deep", this is an album of depth and intricacy which is geared less to the dancefloor and more to your lounge, beach spaceship or hammock.

Gabriel Le Mar - Hear And Now  (flac 522mb)

01 Experience The Lightness 6:36
02 Sunrise To Sunset 8:04
03 In Some Other's Life 6:08
04 140 Degrees 6:55
05 Machine Karma 8:27
06 Right From The Heart - Feat. George Din (Dub-Mix) 5:23
07 Find A Passage To India 7:40
08 Travelogue 5:40
09 Into Deep 5:41
10 Journey To Eurasia 8:23
11 Here And Now 6:09

Gabriel Le Mar - Hear And Now   (ogg 210mb)

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Gabriel Le Mar is out with his fifth album. He is also known for other projects, such as Saafi Brothers Aural Float etc. He has mostly released music on Spirit Zone Records, but this time he releases on C.O.R.N. Records, which is the same label as Entheogenic released their wonderful second album. This time, he has also collaborated with another artist called Cylancer. Gabriel Le Mar delivers quality as always. This time we get a little bit more organic sound than usual, more chilled tracks and great variation.

Gabriel Le Mar vs. Cylancer - Nightradio (flac  484mb)

01 Water And Electricity 7:20
02 Mello Bits 6:38
03 Welcome To Dreamland 4:08
04 Flight 108 5:15
05 No. 1 Mantra 7:20
06 111 FM 5:57
07 Interlude 1:00
08 Ambient Jam 5:28
09 Nightradio 6:00
10 Filtered Reality 6:56
11 Nightbus 116 (Marble King Mix) 6:53
12 Walking On A Jetwing 6:55

Gabriel Le Mar vs. Cylancer - Nightradio  (ogg 169mb)

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Gabriel Le Mar is well-known beyond the national borders. His releases on labels such as Spirit Zone, BlueRoom and multiColor are countless. Additionally, he did some legendary remixes, e.g. for Bob Marley and Air Liquide. On Reel Time, opulent stringslayer in early nineties tradition (“Firefly”), percussively enriched progressive House with a pinch of Acid (“Stick Dance”) or orientally inspired Dubfunk (zero db) can be found - a real cornucopia of style-determining factors from Le Mar's broad musical socialisation between Ambienttrance, Downbeat, Chillout, Electro and, of course, lots of Dub. Thus, Reel Time kind of takes a stock of the Elektrolux sound from somebody with a deep understanding, bringing this mix of elements together to a synthesis in best “reel time” - just in the middle of the magic interface between past, present and future of electronic music! It is quite a mystery why the mastermind of Ambient Dub and co-founder of the Spacenight compilations waited to relase his solo debut until the eleventh year of the label history. Only when listening very carefully, the solution becomes obvious: Reel Time adds a new, powerful feeling to the Elektrolux sound - a brilliant intersection which had just been missing in the perfectly arranged world of electro. Gabriel Le Mar at the right time - enjoy Reel Time in sound and vision.

Gabriel Le Mar - Reel Time (flac 476mb)

01 Ta2ed (Liquid Dubmix) 7:12
02 Reels Of Steel 6:08
03 Tokyodrive 6:46
04 Firefly 8:14
05 Stickdance 6:29
06 The Gathering 7:14
07 Jazzy Mid-On 6:08
08 Zero DB 5:42
09 Travellight 7:58
10 Without A Warning 4:31
11 Seaside (X-Tended Album Mix) 6:48

Gabriel Le Mar - Reel Time  (ogg 181mb)

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8 new tracks which are tailored for the "dub inspired clubber", combining different playful approaches of Dub with the functionality and stringency of techhouse music, without sounding like another "Basic Channel" epigone, but rather to focus on an own approach with different methods and results. Precisely this means that the length of an album context is used to tell a story: agile tracks like the opening "Dubster" mixes and the more minimal pounding "Love Dub" alternate with "spheric minimal groovers" like "Seasonal Dub" and "Time For Everything". Bridges are built by more minimal functional grooves like "Minitex" or "Nova Bluez" which give an opportunity to exhale. A perfect on-the-point production, Dubwize sounds refreshingly variable and deep.

Gabriel Le Mar - Dubwize (flac 314mb)

01 Dubster 7:36
02 Nova Bluez 7:14
03 Seasonal Dub 7:56
04 Funkstern 7:52
05 Love Dub 8:13
06 Minitex 7:08
07 Time For Everything 8:33
08 Motorace (Dub Mix) 7:03

Gabriel Le Mar - Dubwize  (ogg 140mb)

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1 comment:

C said...

Nice post & ogg is always appreciated - thank you