Karmaloft Music is pleased to present a new single from DJ Enne, a prolific musician and mastermind of Italo-inspired electro-disco-rock band Mohear. His solo releases have made their way onto labels like Compost and Permanent Vacation, but this comes as no surprise considering his close relationship to the Italian cosmic pioneers Baldelli and Beppe Loda. He spent much of the '80s absorbed in the afro-funky-cosmic-disco sound -- the reoccurring hyphen-bridged music descriptors reflective of his genre-bending tastes -- and his single "Allein" is no exception.
"Allein" is a cover of an original song written by Uli Erdmann from the popular '80s era of Neue Deutsche Welle, a short-lived genre which was the German equivalent to the punk rock and new wave music out of England. Produced alongside the Munich-based Tom Appl (also known as Fruitroom), "Allein" has an appealing Italo flair and features vocals from Jens Poenitsch. The lyrics capture the zeitgeist of the Cold War times, covering the ideas of loneliness, yearning, alienation, and anonymity. The result is a moody and epic onward march of guitars and layered synths. All three of the song's participants also provide their own distinct remixes, joined by the Munich DJ duo of Bes & Meret.
First to the table, Tom Appl only provides minor touches to the track, reworking his own percussive groove and lowering the pitch of the rhythmic guitar into more of a symbiosis with the synths. DJ Enne gives "Allein" a referential class with his lounge-y Piano Mix. Meeting somewhere in the middle, Bes & Meret introduce a piano and synthetic chord progressions in the breakdowns with more of a club pump to the kick and drum programming. Poenitsch & Jakopic give the song a retro spin, taking it back to the kind of synth bass lines and keys that owe everything to the new wave influences of NDW.
All in all DJs will find "Allein" sehr gut.
Tim "Love" Lee (Tummy Touch) - "I'm loving this!"
Johnwaynes (Cécille Records / Compost) - "This is really well produced … I will use the Piano Mix for some special DJ sets. I can feel some Balearic on it!"
Sunshine Jones (Dubtribe) - "Dope."
Severino (Horse Meat Disco) - "Yes … I love this."
Hardway Bros (A Love From Outer Space) - "This is great."
Markus Schneider (The Robot Scientists / Emerald and Doreen) - "Wonderful '80s new wave gem! I love the synths and vocals, too. Great … I might like it better than the Tabu original from 1982."
Black Mighty Wax (Irma) - "So cosmico!"
Nathan Stewart (The New Black / Whiskey Pickle) - "What a juicy departure from the usual stuff I've been hearing."
DJ Doubles (Freestyle Fusion) - "Nice, diverse approaches … this is fun."
Daniel D (Shake Machine / Discobox) - "Serious grooves … the Poenitsch & Jakopic remix has got me!"
Richard Hardcastle (Solid State / All Out War) - "It's difficult to carry off this sort of cosmic / new wave vibe convincingly unless you're steeped in it and know the canon inside out, We're in safe hands here and you can tell it's the real deal."
Deadbeat Disco Radio Show - "Some cool vibes here. The Tom Appl Mix is great … a wicked combination of '80s feel with a modern deep house vibe."