Who says that Super groups never work out? Voom Voom is a long running project that combines the talents of Ronald Appel and Christian Prommer (of Fauna Flash and Truby Trio) and chill-dub genius Peter Kruder.
Christian explains how it all started: “We met up in Munich the first time, and Peter had a gig that night…we got together in the studio and did a track in almost 24 hours. On the second night, Peter had another gig and he was already playing the track… it was ‘Poppen’ and that was the version that eventually got released.”
The Voom Voom project may surprise many people as their music in places is considerably harder than of the work of the individual producers.
“We didn’t really think about that,” concedes Peter Kruder. “Of course, when we came together people had this perception of what it’s going to be and we are really happy that it is not that. We tried to avoid programming our music digitally. We didn’t want to have that precise sound that the vast of minimal music has, we wanted to get it as loose as possible. ‘Logan’ for example is a session of us playing together.”
Detroit techno, deep house, fractured funk, soothing ambient, intelligent dance music and hedonistic house all can be found, locked deep in ‘Peng Peng’’s grooves. Christian Prommer explains how the dynamics of their super-group worked in their favour by removing any sense of ego: “It was natural. Everyone introduced something new to the music. I - and I think that I can talk for the rest of us - always like to learn… the first thing we would do is sit and listen. We didn’t go there and started saying ‘let me show you how to do this or how to do that’… we learnt from watching each other’s experience and by that everyone had the opportunity to bring their own touch into the studio.”
“We also tried new ways of production and mixing, but with reference to the old school. We love the way records were made in the 70’s and 80’s and were very keen on achieving that sound…by using the same gear, with combining more modern methods of course.”
"We didn’t want to have that precise sound that the vast of minimal music has, we wanted to get it as loose as possible."
Even after one listen the album and their string of 12”s divulges a particularly contemporary edge, largely removed from their jazzy and more continental productions found on their Compost or G Stone labels. Were they surprised at the project’s results and feeling of longevity?
“The reason the project went so far was probably because we didn’t have a concept,” continues Christian. “There were no rules in the studio and whatever the other person ‘had on his plate’ for that day was cool. We never knew if it’s going to be hard or deep or soulful, and I think it worked out okay.”
And so do we.