Review and interview: Soukie & Windish – Loom – URSL

Review and interview: Soukie & Windish – Loom – URSL
Over the last years Berlin guys Soukie & Windish made a name not only as spectacular DJs for smaller and bigger places but also as reliable producers of notable records in the big country of techno music and after a number of EPs and their first album “A Forest” Soukie & Windish now release their second album “LOOM” (on their own URSL imprint). With “LOOM” they carry on shaping their own view on techno, presenting a collection of nine highly enjoy-able tracks. One of the main things about the Soukie & Windish approach is the weaving in of pop elements into techno tracks, pop in this context meaning a vibe that’s melancholic and euphoric at the same time (I heard some people call it a sadbanger) creating instant emotional access. LOOMs opener “Fitzroy” perfectly illustrates this idea, starting with lightly sketched keyboards floating over a solid beat, it’s beautifully catchy while hypnotic melodies put a dreamy smile on your face and make you wave your arms a little. Obviously this approach is not a total new one and there are indeed tons of records out there that are plastered with ultra sweet or overdramatic pop hooks, strings or whatever to please a maximal crowd and we all learned the hard way that you have to be very careful how to use this saccharine or you’ll end up kitschy (at best). Soukie & Windish know about these syrup traps so they are far from overdosing. Conse-quently the tracks on LOOM are quite diverse and “Fitzroy” is followed by “Jaglion” and its acid punch, way more minimal and kicking and then “St. Tropitz”, a light and easy yet subtle piece of pop electronica, no straight bass drum and not that upfront. This is how LOOM works in general, Soukie & Windish explore various kinds and options of electronic music and their impressive production skills help to form an album diverse but not incoherent. “Cable Gardens” has these deliciously swirling harmonies for the summer, bright and sun drenched, so if you’re a DJ you’ll find the right moment for it, I’m sure. Some tracks come up with vocals as one of the records best ones, “J.M. Zukunft”, which puts some whis-pering voices over a driving beat and reduced sonics, quite dark and eerie but also, you know, quite cool and far away from industrial noise and also “Head Up My Dear”, an extra-smooth sophisticated club affair with a deep bass line and squeaking keyboard intermezzi. And “Book Of Disquiet” shuts out the melodies, developing changing rhythms and layers and more complex structures and arrangements. So in the end with LOOM Soukie & Windish evolve their idea of sounds and composition, showing their eye for nuances and (thankfully) a strong sense for not overloading and top their musical output so far. Experience does it, you could say. Soukie & Windish put some effort in it and it worked out. This is how you do it. Written by João Geck   Interview with Soukie & Windish talking about their new album, the importance of studio work, what to expect next on their label URSL and more. Questions by João Geck. 20151209_Soukie&Windish_byDavidUlrich-3 (photo by David Ulrich) Q: Your new album “Loom“ has a very interesting feel of both warm sunrise techno and a certain pop melancholia to it. What would you say is this record made for and what are your ambitions with it? A: “LOOM” for us is the definition of our sound. The problem every act has, is time and taste. Sometimes people have a certain song from us in their mind which is five years old and they connect this sound with Soukie & Windish. But we have evolved. Good Djs are like good wines, they get better with time. And “LOOM” shows our taste in music and what we like to play. It has a huge variety from micro-pop to techno. Q: When it particularly comes to the pop aspect of your work, which artists influenced or simply impressed you lately? A: Our good friend and helping hand Natalie from New Zealand called our sound techno-micro-pop and we find this very suitable. We like it deep and melancholic but at the same time we are very positive and happy dudes. Mainstream hurts and is not an option but a glimpse of pop makes music so much better. We were influenced of course by the great album from Vermont and Gold Panda. But more pop is not happening in our lives. Just german gangster rap and some yellow man! Q: “Loom” is remarkably nuanced produced and rich in details. How did you do it and how im-portant is studio work for you in general? A: Ideas come out of nowhere and can be easily shaped in the computer. The arrangement and the mixing, especially of drums and bass, is way more fun and efficient in the studio but in our own semi-professional studio we only reached to 80% satisfaction with 100% effort and after some research we found out that almost every good album was mixed by or at least with someone else and not the artist itself. Somehow obvious, but for us it was a relief and makes so much sense now. We had some talk with Hannes Bieger and he also gave us the advice that buying compressors, external plate reverbs, a 64 channel console and so on does not make so much sense if you just want to do your music and not own a studio. He said “Don’t buy it on your own, rent it.”. And at Sonar Fritz met Tobi Neumann, who just opened his Apollo Studio in Berlin and offered us to work with his young and super talented engineer Fadi Troit. We rented the studio for ten days and made the analog final mixdown together with Fadi. Every day one track, one night of sleep, check up in the morning…ready….no recall function. Heavy listening business, but very worth it and a good experience that we can highly recom-mend. We have learned a lot from this experience. Q: Your label URSL is doing quite well. What’s there to expect for us in the nearer future? A: We have a new 12“ series coming up with an EP from KRINK called “Transit”. Banging Techno this time. Then the new “URSL Superhits Vol. 3” is ready for mastering and we are searching for some remixer right now for our album. Kiki and Dwig are already on board which makes us super happy. Q: You’re around for quite a while now. How do you think that for you as producers and DJs the whole “music business” thing changed over the years? A: The business got more dirty and many people wanted to jump on the train and this is still somehow like this, but not in our sphere. We note that younger talents get back to the basics and want to turn knobs again. And do the real thing, not just a profile only act. But due to the fact that it is nearly impossible to make money with sales you need to have a good attitude to be accepted by the scene. And only the scene will survive… Thanks a lot! You can BUY Soukie & Windish - Loom, released on URSL HERE from whatpeopleplay.com

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