After claiming the top spots in numerous best-of-year lists in 2011, Âme reach their 10thanniversary in 2012. To celebrate the infamous duo release the first CD with their own material in 6 years – ‘Âme Live’. All tracks are exclusively produced in new versions for this record, including remixes forUnderworld, UNKLE and Roy Ayers and a previously unreleased remix for Kompakt´s Gui Boratto.
Almost exactly ten years ago, Âme, the duo of Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer, was officially born. The two artists had met a year earlier and began working on music not long after, homing in on a style of house that was classically informed yet totally modern, as inspired by jazz, funk and soul as it was by Detroit techno. It was the beginning of a musical project that would define the next decade of their lives, with dozens of records, countless performances around the world, and perhaps most importantly, the creation of a signature sound that would help define an era of electronic music.
‘Âme Live’ takes stock of everything that’s happened since then, connecting the dots between early records on Sonar Kollektiv, later works on Innervisions and still unreleased material. It also serves a much simpler purpose: documenting their exceptional live act. Âme started playing live in 2010, and in doing so devised one of the most idiosyncratic performances in club music today. Despite being limited to their own compositions, their live routine is at least as dynamic as their DJ sets: each performance is a vivid sequence of moods and styles, unhinged by genre and tempo and delivered with a kind of mad scientist intensity.
For 8 years now, Âme have toured the world and played in dynamic spaces such as London’s Roundhouse and landmark clubs like Berghain (Berlin), Fabric (London), Space (Ibiza), Eleven & Air (Tokyo) and Trouw (Amsterdam) as regular guests.
The new album is made up of the best recordings from the road, reedited in the studio and woven into a continuous mix. Taken as a whole, it has a way of transcending space and time, with the duo’s lithe productions forming a stage for South African folk lyrics (“Ku Kanjani”), Portugese spoken word (“Insomnia”) and the music of 70’s funk icon Roy Ayers (“Tarzan”), not to mention Âme classics like “Where We At” and the all-mighty “Rej” – charted in the Top 10 single charts in several European countries and named one of the 3 most influential electronic music tracks of the decade according to leading online magazine Resident Advisor.
Cat no: IVCCD07
Released: Wednesday May 2nd, 2012
- Roy Ayers – Tarzan (Ame Remix)
- Ame & Amampondo – Ku Kanjani
- Ame – Nia
- Osunlade – Envision (Ame Remix)
- Ame – Enoi
- Unkle – Hold My Hand (Ame Remix)
- Henrik Schwarz/Ame/Dixon – D.P.O.M.B.
- Rodamaal – Insomnia (Ame Remix)
- Ame – Junggesellenmaschine
- Underworld – Crocodile (Ame Remix)
- Henrik Schwarz/Ame/Dixon – Where We At
- Ame – Rej
- Ame – Setsa
- Gui Boratto – This Is Not the End (Ame Beatless Mix)
Though it’s heavy on familiar tracks, each one takes on a distinct new character in live form. One noteworthy new production is the “Beatless Mix” of Gui Boratto’s “This Is Not the End”. Without attachments to particular methods and patterns, Âme use a free and fluid approach to develop an overarching view of what dance music could be and pursue it through various moods, timbres and even genres. But if one stylistic point shines through it´s the group´s penchant for orchestral instrumentation and composition, albeit deconstructed and enmeshed in vintage synth tones and spectral vocal samples.
Released on the seminal Innervisions, the collective/label they run with Dixon, Âme (pronounced “AHM”) offer glimpses of the future of electronic music through their live project, genre-melding sound, and an independently run shop that completes the connection between artist and admirer. In a genre obsessed with reliving the past, Âme are focused on what´s still to come.
For fans, ‘Âme Live’ is a fresh take on Âme’s celebrated oeuvre. For everyone else, it’s a perfect introduction to one of house music’s most imaginative duos.
09.03.12 Ame DJ & LIVE @ Robert Johnson
10.03.12 Ame Live @ excuse me Valencia
24.03.12 Ame Live @ Manchester
16.03.12 Ame Live @ Freiburg, Waldsee
16.03.12 Ame DJ @ Madrid Motel
18.03.12 Ame DJ @ Panoramabar Berlin
06.04.12 Ame Live Pratersauna Vienna
07.04.12 Ame Live & DJ Perron Rotterdam
12.04.12 Ame Live Modernity @ Caprices Crans-Montana (CH)
14.04.12 Ame DJ Loftus Hall Berlin
20.04.12 Ame Live THE CIRCLE, Salerno
21.04.12 Ame Live Nuit Sonores / Rex Paris
30.04.12 Ame Live Leises Rauschen Bielefeld
30.04.12 Ame DJ @ Neuss 102
01.05.12 Ame DJ Beach Club, Ludwigshafen
12.05.12 Ame DJ sfinks, Sopot
19.05.12 Ame Live, Krush, London
26.05.12 Ame Live Rakete, Nürnberg
01.06.12 Ame Live, Inntakt, Innsbruck
01.06.12 Ame DJ Neckarslust, Heilbronn
02.06.12 Ame Live Free Your Mind Festival, Arnhem
08.06.12 Ame DJ, Watergate, Berlin
10.06.12 Ame DJ & LIVE @ Space, Ibiza
22.06.12 Ame Live , Luna, Kiel