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“Its Gonna Be A Long Walk” by Apparat
Jesus, sometimes when I’ve been listening to a lot of different kinds of music for a while, some new techno music comes along and grabs my attention like nothing else can.
In this particular case it is some truly beautiful organics-meets-electronics work by Germany’s Apparat, aka Sascha Ring. Sascha has been playing music since he was 7 years old, starting with the drums. He moved to Berlin in the late-90s shortly after he’d gotten into electronic music production, and has since released work on the Berlin-based BPitch Control and Shitkatapult labels. In Berlin, c. 2000, Sascha connected with Marco Haas, aka T.Raumschmiere, and has been helping him run Shitkatapult ever since.
Sascha was apparently a huge fan of John Peel and the Peel Sessions, and he actually appeared on the show in May of 2004. Unfortunately, as many reported (including myself, here), Peel passed away a few months later while on holiday in Peru. The new EP, Silizium, is Apparat’s dedication to the huge mentor that Peel was for him and other Shitkatapult folks. This song comes off the new EP, available here – its loaded with five beautiful new songs and four remixes, courtesey of Bus, Rechenzentrum, Telefon Tel Aviv, and an Apparat-rework. The strings, the violin and cello of Kathrin Pfänder and Lisa Stepf, aka Complexácord, plus the vocals of Raz Ohara, and the clarinet/sax of Hormel Eastwood, all meld perfectly with the buzzing bass and crunching beats throughout, producing techno music that’s just loaded with this beautiful, heavy emotional content – it is really quite outstanding as a kind of techno-pop eulogy.
I like this very much, and hopefully you folks will too.