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!

Chymera guestmix on John Digweed Transitions 493 07-02-14

Had this on a couple of times at the weekend and really enjoyed it. The flow from start to finish is really well done with no big hitters just beautiful melodic goodness all the way through.

01. son.sine – Karuna [Delsin Records | XDSR4]
02. The Analog Roland Orchestra – Velvet Green (Rhauder Remix) [Ornaments Music | ORN024]
03. Manoo – Abyss [Deeply Rooted Hose | DRH020]
04. Hector – Hide (Delano Smith Remix) [Tsuba Records | TSUBA070]
05. Elon – Golden Daylight (Mooncaper EP) [ReSolute Label | RES007]
06. Hunter / Game – Distant Storms [My Favourite Robot Records | MFR089]
07. John Tejada – We Can We Pretend (Instrumental Version) [Kompakt | KOM 286]
08. Chymera – Moot Point [Ovum Recordings | OVM-237]
09. Petar Dundov – Canonical Waves [Music Man Records | MM170]
10. Robert Babicz – Venus Transit (Ripperton Remix) [Systematic Recordings | SYSTDIG05]
11. Till Von Sein – Tilly’s Jam (Da Beach Baum EP) [Suol | SUOL052

RA: Do you play guitar on your tracks?

Not really yet. I remember trying about a year ago. I hooked up my guitar and was playing over some tunes but it just didn’t suit the tracks. But I’ve been working on some new tracks where I’m hooking up the pitch of the synth to a knob on a MIDI controller and I’m playing live solos. It’s the same way as playing a guitar solo, just that I’m changing the pitch of the note. Modulating it, etc. A lot of the new stuff that I’m working on is me trying to work in a more spontaneous live musicality to it.
Source: RA