Spring is in the air and with it comes fresh collaborations in the form of the album ‘Industrie & Zärtlichkeit’ (which translates into “Industry & Tenderness“) by Berlin-based duo, Moon. Consisting of Johannes Albert and Johannes Paluka (Iron Curtis), it’s a splicing of styles that takes the listener through journeys of ambient, funk, electro, deep house and beyond. Released through Mr. Albert’s own imprint Frank Music, this double 12” is an ambitious collection of tracks, debuting on the heels of a few EPs teased out over the past couple years.
This week, we present ‘Proto’, a stand out, groovy theme song to the record. Coming in hot from the beginning, the track opens up with an 808 electro funk-fueled two-step kick complete with forward driving closed hats and snappy claps. As the track progresses, brooding organ chords lay a haunting foundation for a delightfully detuned melody, weaving in and out of the forefront. The poly-rhythmic feel to the song is perfect for early exercises in getting the listener (or dancer) loose and limber for faster excursions ahead.
Altogether, in ‘Industrie & Zärtlichkeit,’ Albert and Paluka go in wholeheartedly, wearing their influences on their sleeves. Whether it’s Kraftwerk or Bambaataa, they’ve teased out these retro elements and classic sounds, melding them with new techniques, creating club-ready tunes for the present--day dance floor. All in all, an exciting new partnership between these German producers has led to refreshing new material, just in time for warmer climes.