“Teutonik Disaster” was the name of a legendary EP series on Munich’s Gomma label, dedicated to obscure German No Wave tracks. While today’s HUGO Tracks sound in no way like No Wave, most of them have a dark edge and, similarly, all of them are by German producers; new and well-known ones alike. Download the following songs for free and enjoy the sounds of Tom Bioly, Johannes Brecht, Yannick Labbé and the Brothers Schwarz, each making subtle references to a progressive stage in underground German music.
TB “City Girl”
We start with one of the founders of another Munich-based label, Tom Bioly, who, together with Benjamin Fröhlich, graced the world of electronic music with Permanent Vacation. He produces music under different monikers, but chose his hard-to-Google yet easy-to-remember initials as the name to go by for his very first solo EP “City Girl”. It features four deep house tracks, of which the eponymous one is definitely the most emphatic.
Johannes Brecht “Fêtes”
It feels like increasing numbers of classically trained musicians are pursuing a career in pop music. Maybe this is a bit of a sweeping generalisation, but it is, in any case, the story behind Stuttgart-based producer Johannes Brecht. Since his first EP “Holla” he has been working on his own style of house, spiced with hypnotically deep or jazzy elements. His latest EP, “Three Nocturnes”, contains the track “Fêtes” which, with its reference to classical music and the night, perfectly encapsulates the essence of his music.
Yannick Labbé (feat. Forrest) “All Of It”
One half of the now defunct slow house duo Trickski, Yannick Labbé is continuing his musical endeavours on a solo venture under his real name. Following his contribution to the compilation EP “O*RS 2300”, he reached the harbour of Hafendisko for his first two releases (Hafen being the German word for harbour…). His two most recent EPs are entitled “Seilertracks Part 1” and “Part 2”, respectively, with part 1 containing the smooth house tune “All Of It”, polished to perfection by Montreal-based vocalist Zach Joss, aka Forrest.
Tiefschwarz (Feat. Khan) “Do Me” (Radio Edit)
The brothers who form the duo Tiefschwarz, Basti and Ali Schwarz, have spent nearly 20 years in the music industry as DJs and producers. Founded back in the 1990s in Stuttgart, Tiefschwarz soon moved to Berlin and established a curious tradition of releasing an album only every five years. Their latest release was in June 2015 and contains the single “Do Me” – watch the video below. The LP is an edgy mix of house and electro pop, often featuring legendary vocalist Khan, so this single is a great example of what to expect.