Andre Zimma - The Turbulence EP
Andre Zimma a.k.a. Slope feat. Clara Hill & Colin Corves - The Turbulence EP
(12") Swedish Brandy SB010, 2006-07-31
A1. U Know Life (feat. Clara Hill & Colin Corves)
B1. Love Is Everywhere
B2. U Know Like (dub)
Press Release :
"The Turbulence EP" is the first release from Andre Zimma aka Slope on the Swedish Brandy label. "You know like" could be described as a soulful broken beat number with a catchy bassline combined with strings and Fender Rhodes piano. Also "Music" is a slightly more afrobeat-inspired broken beat tune, with a deep, punchy bassline combined with funky keyboard hooks to keep the party crowd busy. On the flip, "Love is Everywhere" is the ultimate B-Boy tune, packed with funky percussion and string arrangements. Imagine the combination of The Incredible Bongo Band with the funky basslines of Pharao Sanders.
Andre Zimma is made up of Daniel Paul Hoffman (aka Daniel Paul) and Hans Scaaf (aka DJ Honesty) - both live in Berlin. The Slope story begins in 1996, the year in which the Urberliner Daniel Paul bumps into the Cologne immigrant Honesty during a party at Berlin's alternative cultural centre Tacheles. Before meeting each other, both have already been musically active: Daniel Paul ran (and still does) the label Cabinet (first shelter for DJs like Tom Clark or DJ ZKY), and already produced electronic music. Honesty, besides producing and running his own label, got into the deeper techniques of making a studio work properly. The most fruitful fellowships start at parties, and as the chemistry between both is right, Hans and Dan decide to join forces on a common project.
Slope is born, Daniel and Honesty spend countless nights together, producing ambient electronic tracks in their studio located in the Neue Schönhauser Straße just beneath the tramway tracks. Quite soon after teaming up, their first 12", "Planet H", is released on Interference Records, the legendary label of DR. Motte and Uwe Reineke. In 1997, the first Slope album "No Cookies" follows. Since then, the Slope guys have come a long way, discovering new musical inspirations like great soul artists such as Roy Ayers, Minnie Ripperton, Stevie Wonder and 60s/70s Brazilian music, the soul of Dollis Hill, native tongue hip hop, and, as they say, "all centuries of Detroit", musical frontiers have steadily been pushed further. As a logical result of this evolution, their music is progressively fusioning house, boogie, techno, broken beats more and more with jazz and soul.
On an occasional DJ gig, Daniel Paul got in touch with the Berlin-based Sonar Kollektiv label, and will was given the opportunity to run his own sublabel, Mermaid records. Slope's 1999 release on Sonar Kollektiv/Mermaid records exemplifies the 'organic turn' in their music, to which they still stick: smooth, filter & electric 2 (charted by 4HERO, by the way), is a perfect fusion between electronic beats and organic melodies. Also, the first solo release by Daniel P. for Sonar Kollektiv/Mermaid records, "Regulus", that features the marvellous track "Islands", an epic amalgamation of south American guitar and chants with 808 beats, or the solo releases by DJ Honesty ("Honeydrop2" and "Yellow Sunglasses" on Cabinet Records), can be understood as a turn towards a more song-orientated understanding of clubby music. Since this time, the Sonar Kollektiv, full of like-minded artists, has definitely become Slope's home base.
A few months later, Slope have caused a sensation, having released the track "Para Los Pinchas", that was licensed by Michael Reinboth for Future Sounds of Jazz vol. 8 (LP only), and a true cult remix of Paul Kuhns "Gateway to Crime" (for the label Crippled Dick Hot Wax). All of this came with rhapsodic feedback from insiders like Little Louie Vega, LTJ Bukem, Nik Weston, Alex Attias, Dublex Inc... But even that was not enough: In early 2003, Slope released their first album for Sonar Kollektiv, "M", that was very well received. The tracks "Basscheck" (the one that is "so heavy, it needs its own bag to carry it") and "Your Time is Up" (yes, it's a remix of the first UR tune featuring the singer Yolanda, and it's Mad Mike approved) have caused a real buzz: played by DJs like Ewan Pearson, Jazzanova, Gilles Peterson and DJ Spinna, they have caused a global butt move.
Since their early producer days, Daniel Paul and DJ Honesty have been spinning records all over Europe, often back to back, moving the people to the max, mixing house, nu Jazz, broken or late night boogie beats. In fact, it really doesn't matter if these two work as producers in their studio or as DJs in Clubs, they know no boundaries! November 2004 saw the release of the M - remixes by Envee, Lars 'LB' Berenroth and Yannick L. The future is dedicated to the release of a new album "Komputa Groove".