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  • Release Date 2013-03-22
  • Label 17 Records
  • Catalog 17REC017
Hamburg-Altona in the winter of 2012/13. What to do? Back home, pull the blanket over your head, or? However, there is... from a distance... soft music, a melody, a beat. Involuntarily, the ears perk up and listen. Irresistibly it pulls one to the source of the sound. Jaywalking the crossroad, passing a well-known community centre, to a backyard... A special backyard! Various sounds issue from a building with the address »Barnerstrasse 16«. There are a few bars of Funk, here are harmonies which remind of Shoegaze sound, then Electro beats and Rap. After a few seconds they are carried away by the wind and replaced by a noisy sound, which would have been called Indie Pop during the 1980ties. Fascinating! In any case. Now we are entering the House. The barner 16, a labyrinth of rehearsal rooms and studios, old and new instruments, digital and analogue ones. And, as already to be supposed: a creative supernova. By comparison Andy Warhol's Factory must have been a crowd of cabbage. barner 16 call itselves an »inclusive network of professional cultural productions«, featuring bands, theatre, dance productions, authors, video artists, a label and a booking agency. They are performing, mixing, remixing and singing until one drops. Music on every square yards. "They should record an album! ", one imagines. "We have done it, you know!" - out of the darkness, a pale young man rises. Is it Kevin Hamann (ClickClickDecker / Bratze), Alexander Tsitsigias (Station 17/ Das Bierbeben) or Christian Fleck (Station 17)? Definitely it is one of this cool, likable, unpretentious musos of Hamburg's Underground scene. "Here, listen." - pushing the »enter«-key and the reviewer gets the honour of an audition by Kollektiv Barner 16's debut album. A musical universe opens! As if Wire and S.Y.P.H. have done a joined venture with the Go Team! Or like in this video of Run DMC and Aerosmith. But different, as if Fatboy Slim is doing his most crass beats in one rehearsal room and in the other one Neu! is performing... Or maybe like recording an hour from the world best radio station. A musical jamboree bag. The pale young man smiles: "What you are just listening to is the Kollektiv Barner 16 album. A new constellation of more than 30 musicians from all areas of our »Factory«. In the style of a compilation tape done by a crowd of bands! Imagine like this: the barner 16 is a kind of musical diamond mine. We are about 100 different diamond hunters. Young and older, men and women, with and without handicap (i.e. , not at the Golf game). For a year we've dug." The debut album by Kollektiv Barner 16 concentrate the finest diamonds from one year. No rough stones, they are gems. Since a long time I havn't heard such a good Pop album! (Text: Carsten Friedrich) Album Credits: All songs are written, recorded and mixed at barner 16 from August to November 2012, supervised by Alexander Tsitsigias, Christian Fleck and Kevin Hamann. »WALLS FELL DOWN«-mix by Tobias Bade. Mastered by Tom Meyer at Master & Servant. Cover-drawing by Juan Gasparevic, Grafik by Kevin Hamann. Executive Producer: Kai Boysen. Involved musicians: Max Posch, Sandra Schulz, Andreas Lehrke, Sebastian Stuber, Marco Hannecken, Carsten Schnathorst, Siyavash Gharibi, Kevin Hamann, Toto Graf, Sinja Großer, Hoss Becker, Stella Edler, Felix Schnettler, Jan Thibout, Hannah Simonis, Lisa Radziejewski , Parija Masoumi, Christian Fleck, Marc Huntenburg, Philip Riedel, Silvano Kreuz, Lenny Danganan, Jamie Lemke, Christian Hebel, Alexander Tsitsigias, Constantin Beske, Robin Enxing, Marie Thérèse Hoier, Jan Brandt, Wolfgang Kiebach.


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