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Nomination for 'Donda' as 'Album Of The Year' and 'Best Rap Album' at Grammy Awards 2022

We are very excited for our authors Christoph Bauss, Tim Friedrich and Bastian Voelkel on receiving a Grammy nomination. Their co-written work 'Pure Souls' is part of the tracklist of Kanye West's (now known as Ye) album 'Donda' that has a good chance on becoming 'Album Of The Year' and/or 'Best Rap Album' at the Grammy's 2022. Congratulations!

The Freibank teams fingers are crossed until the 31st of January 2022!

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OUT: 'Coordinates Remain' EP by Lasse Matthiessen

While the world was closed down and the musical landsacape was covered in silence, Lasse Matthiessen went on the only long trip that made sense for an incarnated melancholic.

The route went back in time and down the memory lane: Past his old school in Copenhagen, where he sang in Copenhagen's Boys' Choir, to his home in the middle of the now Copenhagen hipstar paradies 'Nørrebro', where he grew up and beat his first drum set - powered his first guitar. To Germany, Switzerland and Austria, where he, as a frequently touring musician, has built up a large and loyal concert audience over the past years.

And then Lasse Matthiessen arrived. Until the defining moments of his life disguised as an adult. Time and impact points that made the blood pump and the heart gallop - maybe even burst. A rave in Rome, a ballroom in Bordeaux and a break-up in much-loved Berlin, where he has lived and played through days and weeks, months and years.

When Lasse Matthiessen released 'When We Collided' a handful of years ago, he really got knocked through for radio waves and concert organizers. The highly catchy track has been streamed more than 890,000 times, and its folky DNA has since been regarded as his signature sound among bookers, colleagues and newcomers, not to forget.

That is changing now. 'Coordinates Remain' is thus a breakthrough. The EP is his most thoroughly produced and effect-bearing release to date, and it has been created in close collaboration with the Stockholm-based producer Joakim Buddee.
"Joakim has a more commercial and electronic point of view, while with my deep voice and a more complex genre background I contribute with the almost diametrically opposite. In practice, it has taken a lot of time to find exactly the expression that I wanted and could see myself in, but the mission has succeeded. I have allowed myself to listen to myself in some new contexts, what was the ambition for the collaboration."

On 'Rome' the bass and a simple beat plays, while Lasse Matthiessen's power-manipulated mahogany voice digs deep into the soundscape. From there, the intensity rises and ends in a graceful commotion.
And the experiments doens’t stop there. At 'Colors', work has been done with both close microphone and vocal techniques, so that the singing voice almost turns black in a restrained breath, while it is sampled on' Rome and becomes an underlying melody.
"A lot of tools have come into use that I would have found terrible just a few years ago, so Joakim and I have really looked for new ways."

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New Ensemble Du Verre album out soon!

Nora Becker is the vocal star that has risen above Ensemble Du Verre. After two guest contributions on the E.D.V. albums Rooms (2016) and Jet-Black Notebook (2019), the Hamburg singer has become a permanent member of the ensemble and floats through the five songs on the EP 'Lightning Bugs' with her beguiling, soulful voice.

When trying to give the space-exploring songs a style label, the term urban avant-garde perhaps hits it best. Pop and electronica, jazz, R'n'B and classical songwriting merge together, turn off the mainstream road and lead the listener into an area where artists and creatives live and work. There you find both small dark spaces where only fireflies give light and wide, shining plains where people do their mindfulness exercises. Residents and visitors discuss their issues and are in search of inspiration and revelation.

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out soon: new album by Patrick Siegfried Zimmer

Patrick Siegfried Zimmer is a synthesis of art and existence. A dark connaisseur, an enthusiastic autodidact, a never-resting creative mind. As a composer, songwriter, designer, screenwriter, film director, life has always been his muse. With 'Memories XI-XX', the Hamburg native returns to classical soundscapes. Music in its purest form, but in a new disguise. An instrumental album - so intimate and opulent at the same time - setting art to music and drawing contours to life. An invigorating piece of art about the sound of our existence.

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THE OHOHOHS: 'Sturm & Drang'

On stage, two instruments face each other: the grand piano and percussion. Coming from techno, the musicians have gone the path of transferring the "wildest" electronic music in analogue form to their instruments and working out new compositions, sometimes inspired by old masters. Through their mixture of different styles, they appeal to a wide audience. First and foremost is their search for an emotional connection between the different musical styles. Their dynamic grabs with forward driving melodies and rhythms, with crescendi, with breaks. It's a process of constantly re-forming, of seeking out, of surprising enchantment.

THE OHOHOHS make the concert hall mutate into a club and the club into a concert

hall. The shamanistic magic of repetitive beats comes to the fore as well as the intimate lyrical play of the grand piano.

Their debut album features 8 of their own compositions, an arrangement of the Prelude No. 2 in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, and an arrangement of all 3 movements of the Moonlight Sonata by Ludwig van Beethoven.

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Reeperbahn Festival 2021: Crunchy Frog x Freibank’s showcase on the 24th of September

We have been working with the Danish label Crunchy Frog for a long time. At this years Reeperbahn Festival we are joining forces to put on one helluva show!

Come join us for a chat, drinks, snacks and, most importantly, great music at Grüner Jäger on Friday the 24th of September.

16:00 Reception (invite only)
17:00 The New Madness
18:45 Lasse Mathiessen
20:30 Spoon and the Forkestra
22:15 The Entrepreneurs

The New Madness
With Danish-born multi-instrumentalist Bjarke Sørensen in front, The New Madness has an international cast from Germany, Canada and France - Simeon Loth, Alex Cummings and Elie Granger. With roots firmly planted in the ground between garage revisionist blues rock, the band’s hard-hitting riffs and rallying melodies are a rebel call to sticking it to The Man, freaking out and embracing non-conformity – a new madness!

Lasse Matthiessen
Melancholic by trade and a songwriter of the non-conformist breed, Lasse Matthiessen leads us into the dark corners of the soul, looking for inspiration and ways forward. Lasse Matthiessen’s sound is the meeting point between the timelessness and honesty of American-influenced folk and indie and the patience and beauty of contemporary Scandinavian music.

Spoon and the Forkestra
German indie-folk duo Spoon and the Forkestra are saturated by a wondrous nostalgia. Timo Zell’s delicate basslines gently dance around the fragile and powerful voice of Emily-Mae Lewis, who seems to be whispering her pictorial stories directly into their listeners’ ears. With Spoon & the Forkestra, folky elements meet psychedelia, and the freedom of punk meets the sensuality of jazz and soul in a musical embrace that feels both beautiful and on edge.

The Entrepreneurs
After touring extensively with their debut EP, Anders Hvass (bass), Mathias Bertelsen (vocals, guitar) and Jonas Wetterslev (drums) earned their persistent reputation as one of the fiercest live bands in Denmark, bringing their aesthetically rich and experimental take on some of rock’s most significant sub-genres like punk, grunge and post-rock to stages around Europe. Their latest album, Wrestler (2021), is cohesive and very human record – one that adds to the conversation of being a modern human being in constant contact with the world around us and in a continual process of looking inward.

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New Signing: Lasse Matthiessen and new single 'Dancing With Air'

Welcome to the Freibank family, Lasse.

Melancholy by trade and a songwriter of the non-conformist kind: Lasse Matthiessen leads us into the dark corners of the soul, stirs up the memories we too often repress and shows us what they’re worth. After all, pain is part of the deal if insights are to indicate a way forward and also be an inspiration.

The Dane, who took his first musical steps with the Copenhagen Boys' Choir, seems to draw on his personal experience. With success. Songs like 'When We Collided' or the deeply touching 'Tonight We Drink To Die' belong to that kind of musical poetry that almost effortlessly gets straight to the heart of things. On albums like 'Stray Dog' (2007) and 'Dead Man Waltz' (2012) Lasse Matthiessen already described that this is exactly where he feels at home.

His new EP 'Coordinates Remain' also follows this tack, but shows an enormous development both vocally and instrumentally, which naturally contributes to the intensity of the pieces.

The first single 'Dancing With Air' is out today.

Stay tuned for his new EP later this year!

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OUT: 'Nothing's Gonna Change' by Shuko, Lee Fields and Nia Wyn

Shuko has not only been releasing co-written works like Kanye West's 'Pure Souls' in the last weeks, but also tracks of his own.

This time he teamed up with US soul singer Lee Fields and UK newcomer Nia Wyn on his newest song 'Nothing's Gonna Change'. Nia Wyn has already worked with Shuko on his song 'I Ain't Finished Yet', that was released last September.

In early times, Fields had been nicknamed 'Little J.B.', since his voice and style resembled the one of James Brown - the godfather of soul. His works have also gained a wide popularity with current hip hop artists such as J. Cole and Travis Scott, who used samples of these works within their own songs.

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