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Catz 'n Dogz debut album 'Stars of Zoo' out this fall on Mothership
Edited Press Release
The name is new, but chances are you’ve already heard Catz 'n Dogz. Previously, as 3 Channels,
the best friend duo have already released red-hot club records on some
of the most respected underground dance labels in the world including
Trapez, Crosstown Rebels, Pokerflat, Boxer, dirtybird, Leena, Trenton,
and their own imprint, Channels Recordings. After making underground
techno for many years, the duo have now ventured into new territory.
This time, as Catz n' Dogz, the boys have headed towards deep house
without losing sight of their harder techno roots -- exploring lush
organic soundscapes with live drums and instrumentation.
Their full Polish
names are Grzegorz and Wojchiech but you can call them Greg and Voitek
or Catz n' Dogz. Back in 2003 they started it all off by organizing a
club night in their home town of Szczecin, Poland. This night soon
became a residency and their reputation grew quickly. A radio
show soon followed on Szczecin's ABC Radio allowing them to explore
their creativity and gain a legion of fans. Soon after that, they began
to produce records together as 3 Channels. And now they come to us with
their next level evolution, their amazing first full length album as
Catz n' Dogz, called "Stars of Zoo." The Catz explain the reason for
their name change:
"3 Channels music was just oscillating around 4/4 techno, minimal and
electrohouse," they said, in a press release. "In the past few years,
our music grown has grown up a little bit. We started to use more
instruments and vocals. Catz 'n Dogz music is deeper and we work a lot
harder to make the fundamental groove."
The instant Claude VonStroke
heard the new sound he snatched it up for his record label Mothership Music.
Greg and Voitek had already generated two smash hit appearances on
Claude's dirtybird label, remixing the infamous "Who's Afraid of
Detroit?" on limited one-sided vinyl which has been seen selling for up
to 100 euros a copy on the web. They also destroyed dance-floors with
last years hit "Chicken Affair EP," crossing over to DJs as diverse as Radioslave, Jesse Rose, and Sebo K.
The full length Stars of Zoo is a hybrid masterpiece; a beautiful cross
between the best elements of Deep House, minimal Techno, and
cinematically arranged live instrumentation. This is an album of songs
-- not tracks.
"It's a combination of many styles," they said of the album. "From deep
house to techno via traditional house - every track tells a different
story, but there are a lot of things in common. That’s why we called it
‘Stars of Zoo’. The tracks are very unpredictable, and every time you
can hear something more and more wild, but still the groove is very
Early reactions from dancefloors all over the world have been
universally positive - a testament to the power of this music.
Supporting the album is a group of heavy hitting remixers -- the Italoboyz, Voodeux, Guillaume & the
Coutu Dumonts, and Guido
Schneider. All have supplied their unique takes on the source
material, resulting in a formidable collection of music.
Mothership said it a press release that it donates a sizeable portion
of its profits to the Detroit Youth Foundation where kids can learn how
to make electronic music (and all music) in downtown Detroit.
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