Boozoo Bajou - 4

It’s been more than twelve years since the duo of Peter Heider and Florian Seyberth put out their  first record, and sixteen years since they got together. This album also features the guitar of Frank Zeidler, the violin and viola and mbira thumb piano of Stefan Pötzsch, the flugelhorn of Markus Stockhausen, and the Armenian duduk of Frank Freitag, as well as the synth playing of Max Loderbauer.

This is not a dance floor shaker of an album, it’s more of an album to put on at night when you come home from work or clubbing. Turn the lights down, grab a glass of wine, or brandy, sit near the fireplace, look out the window at the rain or snow, plug-in the headphones and let the sounds wash over you. The relaxed feeling on this album really takes you away from the crap that life can throw at you and get your mind into a clearer place. Track after track of layered sounds take control of your ears and set a course for pleasure, all except the first track “Jan Mayen” which reminded me of a Herb Alpert track with the horn playing, but I can always skip that one. I can use the word lush for the sounds on this album of interesting and well done instrumentals.

I really enjoyed this album, and will let my wife listen to it, as she has started to have a love affair with ambient music. This makes me glad that there are still people out there doing more than the minimum amount of work to create music, and succeeding so very well at the hard work that they have put in.


Brandt Brauer Frick - DJ-Kicks

The Berlin trio’s installment of the DJ-Kicks series was recorded in one day, out of hours at Berlin’s legendary Watergate club, using only vinyl and dub plates. “We didn’t want to record it in our studio or at home, mainly because we preferred an intense session with limited time,” explains Paul Frick. “That feels more like a unique situation and it enforces the tension and the necessity to do it right. Because we mixed it live there are mistakes and flaws, some rougher transitions in there. We are not super technical DJs. We like it when you hear those imprecisions because it’s human. It feels like someone is behind the mix, rather than a computer.”

That makes this feel more like being in a live setting, nothing is ever perfect and the glitches don’t take away from the experience, instead it enhances it. Brandt Brauer Frick wrote three songs for the mix: “Bommel,” “Out Of Tash,” and “Hugo,” the last being an exclusive track. Five other artists also wrote tracks for the album as well. This mix shows the German trio playing twenty-eight songs like I do excitedly sharing new records with my friends. You get ambient, faster dance songs, dub, and a whole lot more all mixed together and made to create a texture and vibe that just grows on you the more you get into the album.

I’ve never been a fan of DJs, I prefer people creating music to just playing music made from others (and I’m a DJ…lol), but this has their own music, as well as a ton of energy and skill that made for a great listen. I now have some artists to look around for, as well as this talented trio’s music.