German DJ/producer Jan Blomqvist has been dubbed as one of the most interesting and promising young artist in Berlin at the moment. He describes his music as a mixture of Radiohead, Muse, Bodi Bill, Stephan Bodzin and James Holden – a beautiful balancing act between melancholic, melodic electro-pop and euphoric minimal techno.
For over 7 years he was the singer, bassist and songwriter of a band who rocked North Germany with a dark melodic grunge-rock sound. After moving to Berlin, Jan discovered a real passion for electronic music and he soon decided to quit the band in order to explore new sounds and influences. He traded his guitar for a synth and never looked back! As a solo artist he has released countless singles and EPs with labels such as Stil vor Talent, Dantze, Hive-Audio or Miteinandermusik.
More info on Blomqvist’s Facebook. Buy the music on
When asked to describe his music, German beatmaker Christian Löffler explains that it’s a subtle mix of melancholy and euphoria, “connected by a gloomy spirit, which is minted by a warm sincerity”. Löffler recorded his debut album, A Forest, while living in a small house in the woods near Usedom, in Northern Germany, and you can really feel the closeness to nature. Sounds of leaves and breaking waves surface through layers of polished beats, creating an intimate and mysterious atmosphere.
A very new aspect in Christian’s work on this album is the use of vocals. In the track “Feelharmonia” Christian collaborates with the Danish musician Gry Bagøien and creates a hypnotic track in which the vocals slowly develop into really sung words.
On “Eleven” he works with Mohna, singer of Hamburg based band Me Succeeds, and uses her fragile voice throughout a whole track.
Follow Christian Löffler on Facebook or go to his official site. Buy A Forest on
Moderat is a collaboration between Apparat (Sascha Ring) and Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary), both major figures in Berlin’s vibrant electronic scene. On their 2008 self-titled debut album, they defined the Moderat sound: throbbing bass and electrifying beats, enhanced by Apparat’s delicate vocals. Five years later, they return with a new single, “Bad Kingdom” and a beautiful album, Moderat II, released August 5 via Monkeytown Records.
An emboldened and emotional return, “Bad Kingdom” comes with a video from fellow Berliner Pfadfinderei. Moderat also collaborated with Pfadfinderei to create a new groudbreaking live show and, for the album’s cover art, they enlisted Siriusmo, who was already behind the punching woman of the first Moderat album.
To celebrate this exciting new release, let’s revisit an all time favourite: “Rusty Nails”.
Moderat – Rusty Nails (TRG’S Peaktime Remix)
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To celebrate the first sunny days of spring, up-and-coming German electronic music producer Nicolas Janco, aka Parra for Cuva, is releasing a brand new EP featuring collaborations with fellow producer Mr Gramo and vocalist Anna Naklab. The 3-track EP, titled Fading Nights, strikes a perfect balance between pop, deep house, ambient and minimal. Naklab’s beautiful heartfelt vocals sound mellow and soothing against the backdrop of hypnotizing beats, soaring melodies and ethereal synths.
Equally influenced by Italian avant-garde pianist Ludovico Einaudi and British musician/DJ Bonobo, Parra for Cuva started his musical training with two years of piano improvisation lessons, but quickly moved on to electronic music. After relocating to Berlin, he bought his first digital audio workstation and recorded his a few piano compositions. Now backed by French hip label Délicieuse Records he is ready to share his tunes with the world , so give yourself a treat and check it out!
A remix EP is in the works and should be out soon. To stay in the loop, follow Parra for Cuva on Facebook. Buy his music on Beatport or
Berlin’s own Touchy Mob (aka Ludwig Plath) makes lonesome haunting folktronica that touches the heart and makes you weak at the knees. Over the past few years, he has released a slew of self-produced tracks, performed all across Europe and produced stellar remixes for the likes of How How, Caribou, Karneef and Toro Y Moi…
Toro Y Moi - Still Sound (Touchy Mob Remix)
How How - Bumpy (Touchy Mob Remix)
Touchy Mob’s latest release is a double A-side split 7″ with Tellavision. To help pay for the vinyl pressing, packaging and studio costs, they set up a crowd sourcing project and raised over €3000. The first track taken of the EP is “Stones”, which Plath describes as a song “about fighting, but a fight between friends or even lovers, so the bruises always have a sweet taste”. Check it out below…
Check out Touchy Mob’s official site or Facebook and buy the music on Bandcamp.