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DJ Hell to release new artist CD 'Teufelswerk'
Edited Press Release
Visionary artist and International Deejay Gigolo founder DJ Hell
will release his masterpiece "Teufelswerk" (German for "Devil's Work")
this April, the record label announced. Across 16 exquisite tracks
divided into two themes, "Night" and "Day," DJ Hell weaves an
intoxicating spell while collaborating with renowned artists such as Bryan Ferry, P. Diddy and Peter Kruder of the famous Kruder
and Dorfmeister duo.
side offers a contemporary interpretation of Chicago house and Detroit
techno. Its sunnier sister disc finds Hell embracing the rich cosmic
groove of his roots. A lush, narcotic odyssey, the album sounds unlike
anything he's produced in the past. But at the same time, Hell has
drawn on his wealth of experience and put everything he knows into
Teufelswerk represents the music in the best way: it’s the
work of the
devil, DJ Hell (pictured left, in Teufelswerk cover art) said in a
press release. "And it’s the work of me, the
work of Hell."
Those familiar with Hell’s earlier albums, 1998's Munich Machine and
2004's NY Muscle, will recognize the Night half of this double-album. A
raw mix of Chicago and Detroit influences combined with Hell's
swashbuckling approach to electronics, this portion is for the
dancefloor. Ten-minute jams such as "Wonderland" and "Electronic
Germany" zoom and thrust with menacing intent. "The Disaster," the
single produced by Hell and longstanding collaborators Mijk van Dijk & Me, is the kind
of labyrinthine techno trip that will disorientate any dancefloor.
Hell also hooked up once more with hip-hop superstar P. Diddy for
freestyle jack-track and future single, "The DJ." The pair had worked
before on "Let's Get Ill" and "Check This." However, the most pleasant,
eyebrow-raising moment here is the collaboration with Bryan Ferry, "U
Can Dance." This serpentine disco burner, a smouldering highlight of
Teufelswerk, finally unites two of modern pop’s suavest outsiders.
Listen to "The Angst," the lead single from Teufelswerk (and first
single from the "Day" CD) and you’ll appreciate the direction Hell is
taking with Peter Kruder at the controls. Celestial vocals cascade
around an acoustic guitar figure as a motorik rhythm propels it ever
skywards, sharing space, spiritually at least, with Pink Floyd, Kraftwerk and Can. Elsewhere, "Germania," "Hell's
Kitchen" and I Prefer Women to Men Anyway" unravel with sinuous grace,
culminating in a cosmic reading of Hawkwind's "Silver Machine."
For Hell, then, Teufelswerk rounds up his life’s work so far -- and he
has already led a remarkable life. It is dramatic, beautiful, dark and
soulful, a milestone in German electronic music. Teufelswerk is slated
for worldwide release on April 27, 2009.
Find more information about DJ Hell at his website
as well as Myspace.
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