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Axel Bartsch - Experiment Musik

Dj and producer Axel Bartsch has released some days ago his sophomore album, “Experiment musik” on his berlin-based label Sportclub on October 18, 2011. Bitten by the techno bug relatively early, Axel Bartsch had already spent the better part of his youth listening to the sounds of Soft Cell, Parliament Funkadelic and Depeche Mode when he started organizing some of the biggest raves in northern Germany in the mid 90s, introducing the sounds of Dave Clarke, Dj Hell and Monika Kruse to thousands in eccentric venues like abandoned theatres and horse-racing tracks.


After setting up his first record label with good friend Asem Shama, they formed the techno duo Vanguard and their releases on Frisbee Tracks or Spielzeug Schallplatten are considered monuments in European techno. Having experienced huge success with Vanguard, reaching the top of the single charts in Germany and the UK (thanks to a successful bootleg signed to Virgin Records) and innumerable live performances everywhere from Wire Festival Japan to Mayday in Germany, Axel Bartsch went solo in 2005 after finishing his law studies. From his stunning Kompakt catalogue or newer releases on Sportclub and Get Physical, it's always melody which gives Axel's music a special warmth and distances his tracks from the usual DJ tools.

On his second solo album Axel abstains from omnipresent bongo loops, native singing and white noise attacks and returns to the classic simplicity of drum machine and melody! Emotion! The album kicks off with a title track of the same name, a classic analogue hookline gets coupled with an experimental harp performance framed by a 4/4 beat at 105 bpm.

Next, truly one of the highlights of the album is "Prophetic Dreams", rich and swelling deep house that sounds as if Move D had something to do with it! Axel's wife Lauren, manager of our lovely Carousel PR, contributes the vocals on "Sparkling Energy", an ode to the power of music and love, characterized by a Nord synth and cosmic whooshes of icy sound. Concerning "Keep That Feeling", another track we loved, Axel borrows Thomas Schumacher's voice and loops it into a spirited dancefloor mantra.

On “Experiment Musik”, Axel sticks to his path and disregards the release insanity of the MP3 portals whom he is subject to every week in his search for good music as a DJ. In a refreshing way, Axel has always created his own freedom, which he is always happy to share in his DJ sets, and finally to the whole world on this refreshing new long player!


Written by Dj Aroy
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