M.in – „Year of The Ape“
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Label: MY FAVOURITE FREAKS MUSIC
CAT#: MFFMUSIC LP02

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Producer, Labelchef und DJ Markus Ferdinand alias M.in ist nicht nur Musik- sondern auch Verwandlungskünstler. Er ist ständig in Bewegung, ob auf der Bühne als leidenschaftlicher Performer, als auch im Studio, wo er sich ständig weiterentwickelt. Diese Entwicklung erreicht einen weiteren Höhepunkt in seinem neuen Album „Year Of The Ape“, das am 1. Juli auf M.ins Label My Favourite Freaks Music erscheint. Dabei ist der Name nicht zufällig gewählt: So wurde der Künstler nicht nur im chinesischen Jahr des Affen geboren, sondern auch im Charakter des Künstlers zeigen sich Züge des intelligenten Tieres – im Alltag ein besonnener Musiker wird M.in in seinen Live-Performances zu einem ungezügelten Energiebündel. Dass er nicht still halten kann, zeigt sich bei M.in auch in seiner Arbeitsweise als Producer: Der Frankfurter widmet sich nun immer mehr den analogen Klängen und bezieht diese auch in vielen Stücken des neuen Albums mit ein, was seinem Sound einmal mehr einen ganz eigenen Charakter verleiht.

Blickt man auf die Tracklist, so wird klar: M.in ist kein einsamer Künstler, sondern liebt es, mit anderen Musikern zusammenzuarbeiten. Dies zeigt sich in den vielen neu entstandenen Kollaboration im Entstehungsprozess von „Year Of The Ape“. Am ersten Track „Fallin’“ ist der italienische Producer Fabio Macor beteiligt. Ein lockerer Groove und eine warme Bassline tragen den Track, der durch schräge Sequenzen immer wieder aufgewirbelt wird. Sängerin Meg.e.Gray verleiht dem Track durch ihre besondere Stimme eine ganz eigene Note.
Analoge Sounds und 909-Beats vereinen sich auf „Make Some Noise“, ein Track, der gemeinsam mit Marquez III entstand und seinem Namen absolut gerecht wird. Auch Bruno Gentile ist ein gern gesehener Gast in M.ins Studio – binnen kurzer Zeit entstand zwischen den beiden eine musikalische Verbindung, die auch in den drei Tracks „Rotate“, „Something“ und „Prophecy“ zu hören ist.
Auf „Rotate“, einem roughen Housetrack mit dicker Bassline, schweren Grooves und einprägenden Vocals, zeigt sich ganz stark M.ins neue Liebe zu seinen neuen Analogsynths.
Eine 303-Bassline und 909 Hats treiben den Track „Something“ voran und in der Mitte des Tracks kommt überraschend ein klassisches Piano-Riff dazu. Hands Up Feeling garantiert.
Die Tech House-Nummer „Prophecy“ wird sich sicher noch durch viele Floors schieben – Synth-Gewitter und Noise bringen die Dunkelheit zurück ins Licht des Dancefloors.
Gemeinsam mit Kollege und Freund Pete Kaltenburg entstanden zwei Tracks auf dem neuen M-in-Album: „Better You“ besticht durch seinen spannungsgeladenen Aufbau und den fesselnden Break, auch hier wieder begleitet von analogen Moog-Klängen. Besonders bei den Claps und kurz gesetzten Vocals spürt man die Chicago House-Einflüsse, umrahmt von 808-Percussion.
Mitreißende Drums und eine einprägsame Melodiesequenz bilden den Kern des energetischen Peaktime-Krachers „Reach Out“.
In Zusammenarbeit mit Wahlberlinerin und Acid-Liebhaberin Juliane Wolf vereinen sich in „Forever“ 303-Klänge mit Dub-Einflüssen, untermalt von einem leicht verschobenen Groove. Ein catchy Reggae-Vocal bildet das Zentrum des Tracks, der von deepen Strings begleitet wird.
Die Kollaboration mit Riven brachte den House-Smasher mit dem passenden Namen „Connect“ hervor, der den Zuhörer mit packenden Vocal-Shots und groovy Synth-Stabs in seinen Bann zieht.
Auf dem letzten Track des Albums „Real Underground“, der ebenfalls gemeinsam mit Riven entstand, zeigt sich M.ins Liebe zu analogen Klängen noch einmal sehr deutlich. Mit dem Moog Mother 32 erzeugte er eine schräge Synthline, die sich immer wieder über die tiefe Bassline des Sub 37 legt. Die Botschaft des Tracks drückt M.in mit seinen eigenen Vocals aus: “Just clap!”
Auch 2016 ist wieder ein “Year Of The Ape”. Das chinesische Horoskop sagt über den Affen: Der Affe ist ein freches Tier, das die Bühne des Geschehens mit beachtlichem Tempo und einer außerordentlichen Motivation betritt – klingt ganz nach M.in.

ENGLISH:

Producer, label boss and DJ Markus Ferdinand a. k. a. M.in is not only a music but also a quick change artist. He’s always on the move, whether if he’s on the stage as a passionate performer as in the studio, where he constantly improves his skills. His development reaches another peak with his new album “The Year Of The Ape”, which will be released on the 1st July on M.in’s label My Favourite Freaks Music. The name of the record is no coincidence: not only that the artist was born in the year of the ape in the Chinese horoscope, but also in the character of the artists some character traits of the intelligent animal – while he is a commenced musician in his everyday life, in his live performances he turns to a real bundle of energy. His restlessness also becomes clear in his work flow as a producer: the Frankfurt-based M.in focuses more and more on analogue sounds and integrates them into many pieces of his new album which gives them a real unique character.

If you take a look at the track list, it becomes clear: M.in is no lonely lonesome wolf, but he loves working together with other musicians. This shows up in many new collabs in the formation process of ‘The Year Of The Ape’. Together with the Italian producer Fabio Macor, M.in created the track ‘Fallin’’, which is the first one of the album. An easy-going groove and a warm bass line are carrying the track that is constantly whirled up by crazy sequences. With her unique voice, singer Meg.e.Gray adds her own handwriting to the track.

Analogue sounds and 909 beats unite on ‘Make Some Noise’, a track that was created together with Marquez III and absolutely lives up to its name.
Bruno Gentile is also a welcome guest in M.in’s studio – in a short period of time, a musical connection developed between the two artists which also led to the three tracks ‘Rotate’, ‘Something’ and ‘Prophecy’. On ‘Rotate’, a rough house track with a fat bass line, heavy grooves and catchy vocals, M.in’s new passion for his analog synths.
‘Something’ is driven by a 303 bass line and 909 hats as a special surprise a piano riff comes up in the middle of the track – hands up feeling guaranteed.
The tech house number ‘Prophecy’ will surely be played throughout many clubs – synth thunderstorm and noise bring the darkness back into the light of the dance floor.

Together with colleague and buddy Pete Kaltenburg two tracks on the new M.in album were created: ‘Better You’ succeeds through its suspenseful build-up and the captivating break which is also accompanied by analogue Moog sounds. Especially during the claps and the short vocal samples framed by 808 percussion you clearly feel the Chicago house influences.
Groovy drums and catchy melody are the core of the high-energy track ‘Reach Out’.
As a result of the collaboration with the Berliner-by-choice and acid lover Juliane Wolf, the track ‘Forever’ combines a 303 line with dub sounds, framed by a slightly shifted groove. A catchy Reggae vocal forms the centre of the track that is accompanied by deep strings.

The collab with Riven gave birth to the house smasher with the suitable name ‘Connect’ which takes the listener on a journey with exciting vocal shots and groovy synth stabs.

On the last track ‘Real Underground’ that is also a result of the collaboration with Riven, M.in’s Love to analogue synths shows up very clearly again. With the Moog Mother 32 he created a mad synth line that again and again comes across the deep bass of the Sub 37. M.in himself explains the message of the track with is own vocals: ‘Just clap!’

In 2016, another ‘Year Of The Ape’ has come. The Chinese horoscope says about the ape: ‘The ape is a cheeky animal that enters the stage with a remarkable speed and extraordinary motivation’ – sounds just like M.in.

ITALIANO:

Produttore, DJ e label manager, Markus Ferdinand in arte M.in è un artista in continuo cambiamento e in costante movimento sia sul palco come appassionato performer che in studio dove giorno dopo giorno raffina la sua arte e il nuovo album “The Year Of The Ape” in uscita il 1° luglio sulla sua etichetta My Favourite Freaks rappresenta senza ombra di dubbio un nuovo apice del suo percorso artistico.
Il nome è un caso, non solo perché l’artista secondo l’oroscopo cinese è nato nell’anno della scimmia, ma anche per alcuni tratti del carattere dell’intelligente primate che lo trasformano da diligente musicista nel lavoro di tutti i giorni all’esplosione di energia del live.
La sua anima irrequieta si palesa anche nel lavoro di produttore: dalla sua Francoforte M.in si è concentrato sempre di più sulle sonorità analogiche integrandole in molti pezzi dell’album, costantemente alla ricerca di un carattere unico.

Guardando la lista dei brani salta subito all’occhio che M.in non è un lupo solitario poiché “The Year Of The Ape” è frutto di moltissime collaborazioni.
Insieme al produttore italiano Fabio Macor M.in ha realizzato la prima traccia dell’album intitolata ‘Fallin’, dove groove, basso caldo e corposo trascinano un brano a tratti contaminato da sequenze analogiche su cui la cantante Meg.e.Gray, con la sua voce unica aggiunge il suo tocco personalissimo e raffinato.

Suoni analogici e ritmiche 909 sono alla base di ‘Make Some Noise’, brano realizzato insieme a Marquez III che fa onore al nome che porta.
Bruno Gentile è un altro ospite graditissimo nello studio di M.in – in poco tempo, una forte sintonia ha portato alla realizzazione dei tre brani ‘Rotate’, ‘Something” e ‘Prophecy’.
In ‘Rotate’, un brano raw house costruito intorno a bassline, ritmiche pesanti e vocal ammicante emerge tutta la passione di M.in per i synth analogici.
In ‘Something’, 303 e giro di hat 909 lasciano spazio a un riff di piano che arriva all’improvviso per un momento da hands up memorabile, mentre la cavalcata tech house ‘Prophecy’ sarà sicuramente suonata in moltissimi club grazie a una vera e proria tempesta di synth e noise in grado di trasportare il buio nella luce del dance floor.

Altri due brani sono stati realizzati insieme al collega e amico Pete Kaltenburg:
‘Better You’, sospesa in un crescendo arriva a un break accattivante accompagnato da suoni analogici Moog per lasciare spazio a claps e brevi campioni vocali intervallati dalle percussioni 808 dove è facilissimo percepire tutte le influenze della Chicago House. Ritmica incalzante e melodia orecchiabile sono il nucleo della seconda e carichissima ‘Reach Out’.
Come risultato della collaborazione con il berlinese d’adozioni e amante dell’acid June Wolf, la traccia ‘Forevere’ mescola 303 a sonorità dub incorniciate da una ritmica swingata con al centro un cantato reggae, il tutto accompagnato da una splendida sezione d’archi.

La collaborazione con Riven ha portato alla hit house ‘Connect’ in grado di portare l’ascoltatore in un vero e proprio viaggio attraverso samples vocali e muri di accordi.
Nell’ultima traccia intitolata ‘Real Underground’, sempre in collaborazione con Riven, M.in dimostra ancora una volta l’amore per l’analogico con una sequenza ripetitiva creata sul Moog Mother 32 che si fonde al basso profondo del Sub 37 per trasportare un messaggio chiaro come il vocal a cui M.in presta la voce: ‘Just Clap!’

Questo 2016 è ancora una volta ‘Year Of The Ape’, l’oroscopo cinese a proposito dice:‘La scimmia è un animale sfacciato che arriva con una velocità incredibile e una motivazione straordinaria’, proprio come M.in.

+++ Some selected Feedbacks +++

David Glass (Music) – Brilliant album from a very talented artist
Santé – dope
Danny Serrano – very nice album!!! loved it! great tracks
AFFKT – Huge album…All the tracks are def special. Congrats!
Arjun Vagale – some many really great tracks on this … congratulations.
Piemont – Great suff… especially Diggin „Forever“, „Connect“ and „Prophecy“
Upercent – Great track mate!
Reboot – great album! will play some of the tracks for sure
Nathan Barato – dope album thanks
Troy Pierce – make some noise is nice
Miguel Campbell – full support!
Jacky – Amazing album this, all tracks are fire! Nice work M.in Full support!
Juliet Fox – Full Support !!
Larry Cadge – Amazing work! L.
Tapesh – dope
Gene Farris – thanks

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