One electronic band whose album seems to shine through our endless promo boxes is Marbert Rocel - a threesome, hailing from Germany and one of the most promising and settled electronic bands to have graced the stereo in recent times.
Marcel Aue, Robert Krause and Antje Seifarth comprise this latest addition to the Compost family, somewhat of a milestone for the German imprint. The label is firmly rooted in the organic spheres of house and leftfield jazz and now has shifted into a more electronic sound, noticeable both here and in the coming Future Sound of Jazz.
We make collages of feelings, if it’s a Düsenjet or if it’s the sound of a pillow
This Teutonic trio met in the Milk and Honey Club in Germany and started working in Marcel’s studio in an old train station in Erfurt, indeed a proper scenario for their obscure beats and imaginative music. Describing their pivotal moments of musical development as “the taste of coffee, tight jeans and the smell of the future”, Marcel goes on to admit to being the DJ and producer of the group, and who also releases high profile tracks under his Clueso(.de) moniker. Antje is the delicate chanteuse in the group whilst Rupert is the third part of the group and besides joining the studio effort he is also in charge of the illustrated artworks.
Alongside electronic outfits such as International Pony, Marbert Rocel seemed to adopt a freestyle approach hardly defined by genres; and somewhat radically, bass drums are rarely compulsory in their productions - though it might well be filed under dance music.
“We just make the kind of music we love,” reveals Marcel. “We listen to Rap music, love the velvet of French accordion and we shake to the groove of House music. We make collages of feelings, if it’s a Düsenjet or if it’s the sound of a pillow. So you can say for sure, that we are eclectic by nature.”
Antje’s voice is truly a lifting torque for the group sound, bringing a soft touch to minimal rhythms - and by minimal I full heartedly reject the over chewed minimal techno but more Herbert style sounds if you may, as she explains: “Vocals can touch a part of you, that tracks sometimes can’t affect. You can reach another level with a voice cos it’s something natural.”
...the taste of coffee, tight jeans and the smell of the future
But the vocals are only half what makes ‘Speed Emotions’ a great album, the group seemed to balance nicely soft melodies and build-up choruses. Songs like ‘Eleanor Birdbath’ sound like they were conceived on a synthesizer but instead they are played on guitars and use live sounding drums, which only kick in two minutes into the song.
‘Speed Emotions’ is a fun ride that really grows on you; ‘Cornflakeboy’ is a true highlight in the album along side songs like ‘Purple Bass’, which completely throws you off base four minutes in the song with Lemon-Jelly-like confusions.
A great album, expect more magic from this group.