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OUT: Album 'Snake Island' by Mona Mur

Mona Mur returns to her industrial roots, harder and more sinister than ever Marching in merciless beats and tempests of iron guitar, after a life of musical vagabondage, Berlin-based Mona Mur returns to her industrial roots, harder and more sinister than ever.

Welcome to Snake Island. Explaining the origin of the title, the artist states, “I came across a story about a small island off the Brazilian shores, where twenty-thousand snakes dwell — deadly poisonous vipers. They sleep nine months, then awaken only when a certain species of bird stops by to breed. So, the snakes eat them and survive. The snakes are everywhere. They’ve killed three lighthouse keepers so that the lighthouse is abandoned now.”

Mona continues, “I imagined myself living on that island, maybe even as one of the snakes.” Carried away by the total freedom of her imagination, Mona Mur has experienced great liberation on Snake Island, the perfect setting to unite 10 melancholy doomy, romantic and apocalyptic songs –– including two covers –– celebrating the death of late capitalism and sonically defined by harsh guitars, exquisite electronic mazes and bewitching melodies.

With the assistance of friend and collaborator Goldkind, Mona has created an expressive record full of mysticism and what she describes as “the doomiest heaviest dark flowery romantic dystopic music channeled into the world.”

After four decades of producing albums collaboratively, Snake Island succinctly sums up Mona’s work as a solo artist. So, what’s next? “I follow my path, no matter what. This might be my last record, might be not. I don't know and I don’t care.”

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OUT: Single 'Good Vibrations' by Patrice

Patrice: 'Making “Good Vibrations” was random, just me messing around with some ideas in my childhood habitat which is where I lived during parts of the demicpan. We did some heavy lifting carried a 16 Track 2” analog track machine from the 70s amongst many other crazy heavy items into my bedroom, hooked everything up and pressed record. The tapes magnetism lured sounds through vintage mics and cables and cryptic memories were uploaded from our depth to the surface. 'The Super Album' was taking shape. It was a long time coming but here it finally is.

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OUT: Album 'Insomnia' by Kastrierte Philosophen

Insomnia - Kastrierte Philosphen 1986 Insomnia - a way of life rather than a disease The night a free space where anything can happen. Hour of demons and hour of visions, illusion and deception, loneliness, `always in a strange place' and yet connected to a deep knowledge, not visible in daylight (Comin'out of nowhere) Hour of magic and rebellion and unbearable, soothing silence (Callando los siglos) Soundtrack for sleepless nights of those who are always `too busy to stay'. Always in search of love and meaning.

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FREIBANK acts at RBF 2022

DAS NEU

FRI, 23.09.2022 / 20:30 h GRÜNER JÄGER Neuer Pferdemarkt 36, 20359 Hamburg
SAT, 24.09.2022 / 19:40 h HÄKKEN Spielbudenplatz 21-22, 20359 Hamburg

Rosa Anschütz

FRI, 23.09.2022 / 21:45 h GRÜNER JÄGER Neuer Pferdemarkt 36, 20359 Hamburg

Lucky Lo

FRI, 23.09.2022 / 23:00 h GRÜNER JÄGER Neuer Pferdemarkt 36, 20359 Hamburg

Ferdous

THU, 22.09.2022 / 14:30 h MOLOTOW / CLUB Nobistor 14, 22767 Hamburg
THU, 22.09.2022 / 20:50 h On-Site DRAFTHOUSE Hans-Albers-Platz 20, 20359 Hamburg

Jaywood

THU, 22.09.2022 / 14:00 h UWE Spielbudenplatz 21-22, 20359 Hamburg

Freibank & hfn music reception at RBF 2022

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Hamburg’s Freihafen is one of the oldest free-trade zones, established in the 12th century to ease international trade and exchange. Freibank and hfn have teamed up again to create a musical freihfn  - free harbour - for this year’s Reeperbahn Festival.

Reception will run from 19h - 20h, equipped with plenty of duty-free drinks and food - and followed by three acts we are very proud to present: 

DAS NEU with their Zeitgeist sound between Pop and Post-Rock, the transmedia artist and vocalist ROSA ANSCHÜTZ  and LUCKY LO, who's latest album created a stir across Scandinavia and beyond.

 

Reception: 19h - 20h, followed by 

• 20h30: DAS NEU

• 21h45: ROSA ANSCHÜTZ 

• 23h00: LUCKY LO

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OUT: Single 'Soulstorm' by Patrice

Patrice recorded some of his classics up in his room in his Mum‘s house. In a body of work named 'The Super Album'. 'Soulstorm' is the first release from this project. It’s been a real journey back in time for me. He set up an analog studio in his room, invited the band and pressed record. Love

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Mona Mur announces new album 'Snake Island'

“Her weapons are a passionately bloody voice and a gift for multilingual puns she applies to acerbic commentaries.” -NME

Best known for her unique voice and fierce live performance, German-born Mona Mur has been an influencer in our dark corner of the world for decades. Her well-documented artistry stretches far beyond music.

Having kicked-off her distinguishedly rebellious career during the punk explosion of the 80’s, Mona linked with members of Einstürzende Neubauten to release the seminal 12” single “Jeszcze Polska”, which immediately claimed “Single of the Week” status via NME upon release.

Deeply embedded in the DNA of Polish and German arts, throughout the years, Mona has accomplished everything from releasing critically acclaimed albums (employing a select group of notable producers), working with The Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, composing for film, to being cast in plays. Most-recently, Mona has found herself scoring for the game industry.

Among many, many more, a short-list of Mona’s collaborators include F.M. Einheit and Alexander Hacke of Einstürzende Neubauten, Thomas Stern of Crime and the City Solution, Raymond Watts of PIG, Kristof Hahn of Swans and of course, frequent collaborator and close friend En Esch of KMFDM fame.

Mona's next full-length album, SNAKE ISLAND is due soon via GIVE/TAKE.

(Photography: Mikołaj Zacharow)

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New Signing: Apollo Brown

Apollo Brown (*20.06. 1980 as Erik Vincent Stephens in Grand Rapids, Michigan) is an American hip hop producer from Detroit. He is known for his stylistic openness and innovative approach. Apollo Brown is in the tradition of producers such as J Dilla and Madlib, his influences range from soft rock and AOR bands like Seals & Crofts or Journey to hip hop acts of the Golden Age like Gang Starr or the Wu-Tang Clan.

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