25-02-2014 | 14.54
The term legend is thrown around a lot but this Thursday it just fits: Moritz von Oswald, Tony Allen and Max Loderbauer are coming to Trouw. All three have had a great deal of influence on today’s music and it should be special to see them joining forces. I selected a few moments from their discography that illustrate their style and the league they are playing in.
Basic Channel & Maurizio
During the 90s, Moritz von Oswald and Mark Ernestus pioneered Dub Techno as Basic Channel and as Maurizio. (Mark Ernestus runs a record store called Hard Wax.) The records they released back then are still fascinating today and listening to them makes you understand where electronic music is coming from. Basic Channel – Phylyps Trak II/II was released in 1994 and Maurizio – M-4 was released in 1995. In both tracks, Oswald and Ernestus achieve what others have tried to mimic countless times: turning a one-bar groove into an endless flight.
Rocket Juice & The Moon
Tony Allen’s drumming was essential for Afrobeat, invented by Fela Kuti in Nigeria in the 70s. There is a great piece over at RBMA where he talks about that time. Since then, Allen has worked with an amazing array of musicians. Rocket Juice & The Moon for example, is a funk group consisting of Tony Allen, Damon Albarn (Blur) and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers). I especially like Manuela (feat. Erykah Badu).
Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer
Max Loderbauer is one of those secret background stars. Not just Moritz von Oswald, also Ricardo Villalobos works with him regularly. Together they have remixed the catalogue of Jazz label ECM and the result is unlike anything else. Watch this interview for some info on the project and some laughs about the different personalities of Loderbauer and Villalobos. Another, more recent release by the two is a 46 minute long remix which you can listen to in full here.
Moritz von Oswald Trio feat. Tony Allen
It’s hard to say what exactly we can expect this Thursday. There are no recordings of the Moritz von Oswald Trio feat. Tony Allen yet. Their first performance was at the CTM Festival in Berlin, only a couple of weeks ago. There is a remix of Tony Allen by Moritz von Oswald, but I think in Trouw, Allen’s drumming will be more prominent. We will find out on thursday, in the meantime there are huge discographies to explore!