Alex Barck, founder and member of Jazzanova and SonarKollektiv, has teamed up with his longtime friend the producer and musician Christian Prommer, member of Voom:Voom, Trueby Trio, Fauna Flash, who also produced DJ Hells album “Teufelswerk” for which he was nominated for the German “Echo” award. They were reunited by their passion for music, their hobby that became their lives and later their mission: good music for the world to hear. Their new project Prommer & Barck sees them return to the live stage and has spawned the delectable album ‘Alex And The Grizzly’.
Between them Prommer & Barck have had so many musical experiences and numerous discoveries – electronica, funk, dubstep, nu jazz, punk, wave, Chicago house, handmade music and soul. Those nights at clubs, the records, the shelves, the dirt in the second-hand record shops, the stacked audio- and studio magazines in their toilets or elsewhere in the house, the hours spent making their own radio-shows, hundreds of hotels checked in and out of, dozens of sound-checks done. Last but not least, the revivals, the subgenres, the fusion – the duo have been nothing less than prolific in their contributions across the years.
The songs on “Alex & The Grizzly” are inspired by their lifelong and concentrated quest for finer music and obsessions with the enthralling tiny details of deep tunes that bury deep under the skin and touch your soul. ‘Alex & The Grizzly’ feels like a homogeneous, modern-sounding and timeless album, but with its own informed perspective, which the duo like to call: ‘Earthboogie Dance` or `Deep Kraut Music’. Made over a period of less than 20 days, this may be proof the professionalism and clear artistic vision of these two masterminds. A spontaneous fusion, a mature work featuring both producers on vocals, esteemed guests (including Dollkraut, Kim Sanders, James Teej, Eva Milner (Hundreds), Sascha Gottschalk (Thief) and Uwe Karpa) with plenty of soul, ‘Alex & The Grizzly’ is a warm and inviting work that will win you over from the very first track and is bound to become a favourite springtime soundtrack.
The album is also being performed live, organically, on stage the musicianship goes hand in hand with their 20 years of DJ experience. The first live shows are already taking place in Berlin and will soon be travelling across the whole of Europe, with a summer highlight set to be their performance at the Worldwide Festival in Sete.
The album will be released on their newly found label: Derwin Recordings. The first single appeared in October 2010 on Permanent Vacation, followed by a second single on Best Works, another one on Hells label Gigolo. Further singles, as well as several remixes will follow on Derwin Recordings.
“This is one of the most inspiring albums i’ve heard in a long time. It mixes an old skool sensibility with a futuristic approach to music. In short – I just love it from start to finish.” // Peter Kruder
„The best news of the year! Alexander Barck can sing! His new project with Christian Prommer is an intoxicating journey. Lovely, luscious and soulful!“ // Gilles Peterson
artist: Prommer & Barck
title: Alex And The Grizzly
label: Derwin Records, DE.
01. Pictures Of The Sea (8:09)
02. Submarine Bells (6:27)
03. Lovin (8:11)
04. Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (6:25)
05. Everything (7:30)
06. Gladys Knight (7:27)
07. Soweto Symphony (7:13)
08. Journey (6:46)
09. The Barking Grizzle (Detroit /Berlin) (8:05)
10. Sleeping Beauty (6:38)
11. Faces From The Past (6:19)