Klaus Johann Grobe

Klaus Johann Grobe

Swiss group Klaus Johann Grobe have been at it since 2012, and as they prepare to release their third album "Du Bist So Symmetrisch" (and third on Trouble In Mind), the group continues to defy description & blur the lines between electronic pop, dance music, synthesis & kosmische.

"Du Bist So Symmetrisch" follows the inevitable path laid out by their previous album (the Basel Prize-winning "Spagat der Liebe"), incorporating the slinky, jazz-fusion-laced grooves populating late night clubs and braiding them together with the band's own blend of mutant electro-funk. Driven by an organic, metronomic beat aligned with synth, chant-like vocals, and a monstrous funky bass, the music aims towards a certain kind of hypnosis, particularly as the sleeping pill echo-heavy vocals cycle over the locked grooves the pair throw down. "Du Bist..." begins with the cascading arpeggio of a synth, edging into view, before lurching into the placid dancefloor groove of the first single "Discogedanken". While the band invariably feels more at home in the club, Klaus Johann Grobe certainly aim towards the more dance-orientated arena of German music (see "Der König" or "Von Gestern"), aligning the metro pulse of Klaus Dinger and Kraftwerk's later techno work to more biological factors - like moss growing on the mainframe.

The band has toured extensively since 2014, highlights being supporting tours with Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The Growlers and Temples, and they have toured and played festivals in the U.S.A., U.K., Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, France and Spain. "Du Bist So Symmetrisch" will be released worldwide by Trouble in Mind Records on October 26th, 2018 on Digital, CD, and LP. 

The rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams's Opal LP is finally coming to the conscious
surface in the warped form of a celestial hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive
rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics.  The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic
quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies
into a macrocosmic epicenter.
Out of such came 10 tracks of incessantly lush pop songs that can be used to intangibly dress your dream
palace.  It was recorded almost exclusively by Lionel Williams at Non Plus Ultra (all ages venue / studio in LA
he's involved in) with the exception of Gal Lazer (ex-drummer of Yonatan Gat) playing hand drums on
Aphelion, and Ian Gibbs (Williams's long time musical partner) overdubbing guitar & synth on several tracks. 
Through the process of recording individual tracks onto a VHS camcorder, as well as using handheld cassette
devices, the fluttery lo-fi guitar & synth sounds became architecturalized by hi-fi drum sounds, keeping the
warbly rollercoaster somehow on track.

Grimace Federation

"Grimace Federation's sonic collages create a symphonic, cinematic, and immense sound. The band's musical foundation could be discovered in the grooves of records from post-rock legends such as Jaga Jazzist, Tortoise, and Stereolab, while latter day influences, like Mogwai and Black Sabbath, and a lifetime of collecting obscure underground hip-hop records notably seep into their symbiotic chaos. Most recently, Grimace Federation provided instrumentation on the new Aesop Rock record following their "The Measure in Mixture" release.

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