Robert Babicz – Shifting Reality

My pick from Cologne producer Robert Babicz new EP on Bedrock Records. This is probably the least techy of the bunch, but I just feel it has the edge in terms of quality. Really like how the track flows and the really well worked sax and piano layers over the subtle bassline. The Soundcloud clip doesn’t really do it justice, as with nearly all of Bedrocks uploads so if you get the chance listen to a less compressed version.

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Robert Babicz is a man on a mission with sounds and emotions. The Cologne based producer stands out as one of only a handful of artists who are not afraid to breathe life into their productions with true emotion. His music displays a level of honesty and soul that sets it apart from so much of today’s disposable mass music production line. The mark of a true musical innovator, here he once again reveals his talent and skill as one of Europe’s most essential techno producers, with three stunning new creations for Bedrock.

Launching with the energetic acidic attitude of the aptly titled “Rave Angel”, this triad of tracks is a musical master-class to behold. You could never get tired of the glorious gut-wobbling bass of “Wonderland” as it opens the door to a twisted rollercoaster ride of a track, while the darkness of “Shifting Reality” morphs amazingly into a truly beautiful heavenly serenade for a finale.

Babicz moved to Germany from his native Poland in 1980 and began making dance music in the early 1990s, when acid house was at its peak of popularity. His career has thus already spanned more than two decades and it is evidently clear from the music that he creates, that he has devoted his life to his craft.

A much-respected connoisseur of sound design and production, his services as a mastering engineer are in demand all over the world. He is also well known as an exciting live performer, utilizing a host of synths and live equipment to enhance the improvisation in every set he plays. But Babicz’s art is comprised of more than just his music. He films everything, later editing the images together as a visual accompaniment to his audio. His short films capture the emotions, colours and feel of his trips and, in turn, these then also have an effect on his music, colouring his emotive, unique take on electronica with a very human feel.

If you like what you hear and want to dig a little deeper into the Bedrock back catalogue to check out Robert Babicz’s previous adventures on the label, you could start with 2010’s “Pink Trees”, his remix of Pete Heller’s “Nu Acid”, the stupendous “Welcome To The 90’s” from Bedrock 12, “Eastside” from Bedrock 14, “Rabbit Clouds” from the Underground Sound Of Miami Series 3.

Keep it Babiczstyle!

Dave Angel – Harlequin – Original Mix

Dave Angel - Harlequin - Original Mix

The first time I put this on I kind of lost track of what I was doing and before I knew it 3 minutes had elapsed and I wasn’t too sure if the track I just heard was any good. I decided to concentrate this time and hit play again. The beginning of the track slowly fades in to a mixture of baseline, deep riffs and vocal samples. Then the beat stops and there’s a wicked build up to a frenzy of melodic techno that takes you somewhere else. John Digweed and his team have picked out a gem here, definitely one for a large club night.

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Dave Angel – regarded by many as the Godfather of the UK’s Techno scene – returns to Bedrock with a stunning new single. “Harlequin” displays his supremely groovy and downright funky side, having evolved and matured stylistically over the years, since his early heart-stopping techno outings more than 3 decades ago now. This is Dave Angel’s first outing on Bedrock since 2011, when his remix of Marco Bailey’s “Rubber Band” (BEDMBDIGI01) was hailed as a pure master-class in techno genius.

The son of a jazz musician, Dave Angel’s first musical instrument (appropriately) was a drum at age of eight, so it’s no surprise that he developed an ear for a good groove. Since entering the consciousness of the techno community in 1990, he has pretty much remained there ever since. Although he’s London born and bred, he has been making records like he’s from Detroit with a distinctive twist of funk and jazz for years. Dave Angel is one of the scene’s true characters, giving off an aura of positivity like no other, a kind of warmth that you cannot fail to feel through his exceptional, uplifting music.
Released by: Bedrock Records
Release/catalogue number: BEDDIGI34
Release date: May 6, 2013