Early 2012. Requests from all over the world reach Berlin based indie label Sinnbus about a remix made by a certain Dixon. Alright. Sinnbus need to look this up first. And see: This Dixon put a different beat under Bodi Bill's version of the Hundreds song "Machine" and used it in a mix. Also, this piece seems to be released on a small vinyl edition on Dixon's label Innervisions. Very interesting.
They get into contact. Dixon apologizes, he could've let them know at least. And yes, he knows and appreciates the records of both bands and that's why he did these reworks. And especially speaking of Hundreds he takes great interest in doing a real remix sometime. With the proper files. Maybe when the next album is due. If the opportunity arises. They shall keep each other updated.
Hundreds in turn have a remarkable time since their debut album was released in 2010. The siblings Eva and Philipp Milner play sold out shows all over Europe and quickly gain international attention. With their music - a haunting mix of cold and distant electronica, dusky songwriting and the captivating, warm voice - the band wins loyal, passionate fans and huge respect from different musical scenes.
When the release of their 2nd album "Aftermath" is due in early 2014, Dixon is immediately up for a collaboration. He only needs to integrate it in his brimful schedule and asks for some time. In the meantime the idea to go ahead and compile a whole EP is developed. Rather reckless and without strategy Hundreds and Sinnbus start inquiring to artists who thrill them. And they're surprised and delighted about the positive resonance. Almost automatically one after another attends to the album pieces and gives them an exciting new form. As if they were a big present they fall into Hundreds' and Sinnbus' lap and urge to be released. At this point Krakatau Records come in. The techno label of Bodi Bill, crossborder musicians who find their home on Sinnbus as well.
Robag Wruhme (Pampa Records, Kompakt) opens the EP with his version of "Aftermath". The very broad, cinematic original is broken down into its essential core. Consequently reduced, "Robags Berchem Duff NB" pushes forward in its almost wooden drought.
The/Das (Life And Death, Sinnbus) finally defined themselves as a full band with their recent album "Freezer". With the remix of "Please Rewind" they undertake a backward roll to the beginnings of their work. During the dusky piece a nervous beat blows up menacing and the sharp monotony creates a compelling undertow.
With his remix of "Ten Headed Beast" Christian Löffler (Ki Records) lends the original, which is hitting radio stations at the moment, his tasteful, introspective touch. He easily adds an almost weightless, shimmering melancholy to the already airy piece. At the same time this marks the start of a cooperation both sides were aiming for for a long time and will certainly generate more remarkable output.
Epically the EP is closed by a remix of Brandt Brauer Frick (!K7). The Celebrate Yourself Remix of "Rabbits On The Roof" is enthralling and impelling from the start. Rich in detail and with a lot of savvy formulated finenesses it loads up more and more, only to eventually break out into orchestral bang. An absolutely rewarding final!
And Dixon? In the end Dixon can't do it for this date. But it's only a pleasure deferred. Also if he's not on this EP, he may be heartly thanked as stumbling block for the result. Thanks, Dixon.
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I discovered the game Tharsis years ago and played it again recently. So I wondered if one could acquire the original soundtrack. Half Age EP is the soundtrack, but apparently the lyrics had been removed for the game, thus I'm a little disappointed as it is a tad less atmospheric, desolate and dreary with the voices. Maybe Weval could retroactively add the versions without lyrics to this album, that would be nice.
1 Out Of The Game
6 Rooftop Paradise
7 Half Age
Rating: 3.1 out of 4 Moon Flower