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  • Artists PhonoKemi, Jacob Phono, Kim Kemi
  • Release Date 2011-07-11
  • Labels Highgrade Records (Germany)
  • Catalog HIGHGRADE099D
  • english version
    In Denmark, there rages a lively and experimental techno scene - and its not only a recent phenomenon. The best proof are Phono and Kemi, two Danish imports to the Berlin record label, Highgrade Records. The two chaps complement each other in a musically virtuoso fashion: Phono, Jacob Thiessen, spent his childhood playing around with sequencers and drum machines: Over the years he has stuck to this passion and as such, has developed a reputation as an experienced house and techno producer. Kim Kemi, by contrast, has been a DJ since the beginning, and since the 90s has been one of the key figures in the Copenhagen club scene. Together they have not only performed regularly at the biggest events in Denmark's capital, but have also ensured through their many releases, ever changing accents and atmospheres on the turntables.

    This wealth of combined musical experience can be heard instantly on their latest outing for Highgrade - Decompression. The three tracks, "Decompression", "Exterminators" and "Last Night" assemble rhythms that come from punk, elegant voices and dizzying loops a multi-layered sound excursion. The result is a perfectly produced EP, but one that has not been ironed smooth. With the "Made in Denmark" seal of quality, Phono and Kemi bring some extra depth to the party attitude.

    german version
    In Dänemark tobt eine lebendige und experimentierfreudige Technoszene und das nicht erst seit gestern. Der beste Beweis sind Phono and Kemi, der dänische Import des Berliner Plattenlabels Highgrade. Die beiden ergänzen sich musikalisch auf virtuose Weise: Jacob Phono Thiessen spielte schon als Kind mit Sequenzern und Drum Machines und blieb dabei. Über die Jahre entwickelte er so einen Ruf als erfahrener House- und Techno-Produzent. Kim Kemi dagegen ist ein DJ der ersten Stunde: Bereits seit den 90er Jahren gehört er zu den Schlüsselfiguren der Kopenhagener Clubszene. Gemeinsam sind sie mit regelmäßigen Events nicht nur feste Größen in Dänemarks Hauptstadt geworden, sondern sorgen mit ihren Releases auch für immer neue Akzente auf den Plattentellern.

    Die geballte musikalische Erfahrung hört man Decompression, ihrem neuesten Highgrade-Streich, sofort an: In den drei Tracks Decompression, Exterminators und Last Night fügen sich Rhythmen, die auf den Punk kommen, elegante Voices und irrwitzige Loops zu einem vielschichtigen Klangbild. Das Ergebnis ist eine perfekt produzierte EP, die aber nicht glatt gebügelt wirkt. Made in Denmark als Qualitätssiegel: Mit Phono and Kemi bekommt die Party-Attitüde Tiefgang.

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