It takes time for a series of seperate ideas to evolve into a fully concepteptualized album if it wants to have a place in history for Ali and Basti Schwarz, better known as Tiefschwarz. Since 1998 the duo, as both DJ’s and producers, have perfected the art of dominating the moments only experienced on a dance floor, deeply immersed in sound. Their music is unique as it is creative. Among the countless extended players and remixes, the three landmark Tiefschwarz albums: “RAL 9005”, “Eat Books” and “Chocolate” all have a common thread weaving them together; a historic vision uniting the musical crossroads of past and future.As with the previous albums, Tiefschwarz pause briefly on the subjective localization of artists in the (music) world to create an album which unfolds like a story told by master story tellers. Igniting the dance floor while at the same time giving the listener the opportunity to look beyond themselves and into the journey that is “Left”.
With “Left”, Tiefschwarz were able to radicalize the album-specific approach and focus more intently on combining grooves with an introspective perspective. They refrained to bring in an outside co-producer for the album and made sure to forego the cliche variety of guest musicians, concentrating instead on one congenial companion: Khan, who both Ali and Basti have been close friends with since the 90’s. Khan, a Frankfurt native of Turkish and Finnish decent, is one of the most prominent and exhilarating German Techno pioneers. Since the early 90’s, Khan has been looking to the future with his Bizz O.D. moniker or his demimonde project Captain Comatose in the 2000’s when he blew up the club world with his brand of fierce theatrics, trash and outrageous hits. He has published on Harvest, accompanied Gus Gus on tour
and held residencies from Mexico to New York to Berlin. His residencies also highlight his choice of musical programming: devilish eroticism, glamour, and a “do it yourself’ approach as well as combining three distinctly amusing personalities: the classic crooner, the diva, and the cabaret star. Between Tiefschwarz and Khan, the project emotes an entirely new undertone of glamour weaving beats through a Hollywood of broken dreams.
While the music industry today seems to be in a state of upheaval, certainties crumble and the album threatens to fall the way of the dinosaur, the view of twenty years of club and musical experience see Ali, Basti and Khan taking the opportunity to seize what they see is a wake-up call to experiment. A chance to express their vision, which stands alone and unparalleled. Through a chance encounter in Mexico, Ali and Basti found that Khan was a perfect addition to the duo. As the experiment begins Khan writes, sings and instantly expresses himself as the third tastemaker while sounds meander from one machine to another and the three eat, drink and discuss how the vision will reveal itself as a tangible artifact. Before long the result is clear. Tiefschwarz have created soulful, yearning music that goes beyond the club doors and covers the whole world in a blue satin blanket. A dance written to be as sexy as it is pensive. It can be heard throughout the album as it highlights recurring historical moments in music as it comes of age. The ability to look back on times like when the Motown King, Marvin Gaye unveiled his classic “What’s Going On” in the 60’s or when the Black Dog’s “Bytes” changed perceptions in the 90’s.
Although Tiefschwarz have become masters of cryptic dance floor seduction, they are constantly paying homage to the Chicago House anthems as heard in their track “Free Falling” where happiness and horror are captured in a single line: “We transform from men to seaweed”. Through Khan’s words and voice, the ambivalence of Tiefschwarz’s music is never more clear than before. In “Do Me”, Khan takes on a clownish vocoder character with an alienated melody singing “Do you wanna dance, I’m on a crawl, I’m just behind, in aching heat, I’ll be your shadow forever”. Even though they are deeply rooted in club music, it’s also important to always stay looking to broaden the spectrum of what would be expected from them. This moment became clear while in a session with guest musician Sven Regener from Element Of Crime. It was this moment when Tiefschwarz romantically professed to have found a soul mate. With the sound of Miles Davis’ echoing trumpet coming from the lips of Sven Regener in “Morgen Abend”, the three have produced an exit from an impending post-industrial gloom. Between just these two compositions from the album, there is a clear statement. Seduction and threat: the two eternal themes of “Left”. And, with this, the finished album has brought Tiefschwarz to a mellow euphoria. “I could go on and on forever, in this light of bliss. I would not change a single thing. I just love it the way it is”.