Artists: Jonsson & Alter
Label: Kontra-Musik Records
Cat. #: KM032
Format: 12”/ digital
Release Date: 16th November (digital), 18th November (vinyl)
2. Brevet Hem (Vocal Version) – digital only
3. En Melodi
7. Tuffa Sig
8. Tribunen – digital only
Bonus: Brevet Hem (Instrumental) – vinyl only
Jonsson & Alter’s debut album ”Mod”, released autumn 2011, was the result of an unexpected collaboration. The producers Henrik Jonsson (Porn Sword Tobacco, Gunnar Jonsson) and Joel Alter (Jor-El) ran into one another in Berlin and discovered that they lived not very far from each other in Neukölln. Since they were already acquainted they exchanged phone numbers and after just a few jam sessions, they had created enough material for an album. Reviewers and listeners received ”Mod” with open arms; everyone loved the combination of melancholy, romantic melodies and deep housebeats.
The first album was more or less a coincidence, whereas there is more planning behind the second one, simply called ”2”.
After the release of ”Mod”, Jonsson & Alter performed the material live. The realisation that struck them was that they wanted more beats, heavier beats. Thus the plan for a new album began to take shape. Without losing the lyrical melodies that make their house music unique they wanted to turn up the beats and let the rhythms take over the songs, while still letting each song tell a little story. With this in mind, they entered the studio in the beginning of 2013. – The plan was definitely to release a well-produced album with clearer beats. The first album was mixed with speakers from the computer in my bedroom. This time everything is recorded and mixed in proper studios. The production sounds much better and more dynamic, says Joel Alter.
The result is nine strong tracks that each shine and glimmer like a roughly cut diamond. There are obvious dance floor tracks with raw synth sounds (”Tuffa sig” and ”Jimmie), funky flirts with disco (”Tribunen”), nostalgic rave memories (”Lyftet), beautiful melodies hovering over hard beats (”En Melodi”), and poetic house that stays with you for a long time (”Praha”, ”Svalor” and ”Efterfesten”). Singer Kazumi was invited to sing on ”Brevet Hem”, and her abstract and gorgeous vocals are beautifully balanced against the driven house beat. The album has, in other words, everything that fans loved about ”Mod”, but in a more refined form. The rhythms are more direct, the pace is higher and Jonsson & Alter never lose their focus. They are here to deliver deep house in their own unique poetic style. – We know each other better now and it shows in the music. ”2” is the most advanced thing we have done. The concept and ideas are stronger this time. For a while we played with the idea of calling it ”simple” as in a ”simple journey”, since we really take the listeners on a trip this time, says Henrik Jonsson.
The listeners are met by a prouder, matured, and more confident duo on ”2”. It is music for long club nights, but also perfect for simply listening to as it is dance music that reveals so many layers, so many angles and so much emotion.