What do James Brown, Marvin Gaye, Dâ€™Angelo, and Pharoah Sanders all share with German techno? Surprisingly, on the upcoming richly eclectic DJ-Kicks mix, these and others from the soul archives get German minimal house and techno producer Henrik Schwarz' treatment. Who would have guessed that a guy who makes sparse and moody electronic dance music had so much soul up his proverbial record sleeve? While hailing from Bodensee, Germany, Schwarzâ€™s productions have always clearly been rooted in the nascent house and techno sounds of Chicago and Detroit. These genresâ€”which have come to be more widely associated with European artistsâ€”evolved out of the soul music continuum of gospel, disco, and electric funk of Americaâ€™s inner cities.
On this latest DJ-Kick's release, Henrik takes it back to the musicâ€™s spiritual beginnings with 23 deep and esoteric selections. This is not a party mix. In addition to more recognizable names, the album incorporates Moondogâ€™s jazz shuffler â€œBirdâ€™s Lamentâ€ (which served as sample fodder for UK producer Mr. Scruff), rare soul from Jae Mason and the Luther Davis Group, quirky proto-house, and original tracks from Sir Henrik himself. I was actually expecting not to like it, but ultimately it won me over. Due out 31 October 2006, pre-order it from Amazon.
by DJ Scribe