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Basswerk & Junglegrowers present:
The Green Man (TGM) -
Sound Power (Basswerk CD 08/ SRD/ Groove Attack/ Rough Trade)
more sounds: www.soundcloud.com/greenman
01 Word, Sound, Power (My Operator) (feat. Peter Bouncer)
02 Keep on Movin
03 Face the Father (feat. Demolition Man)
05 Can We Change
06 Shy Conversations (with Sam KDC)
07 The Black & White Walkways
08 Keep Trying (feat. MC Navigator)
10 Somehow You Know When It‘s Right
11 Stay True
12 Junglist Soldier (The Green Man Rmx) (with DJ Freeze & Ras Abraham)
13 Love, Change or Leave It
14 A Deeper Love
15 A Song for Chloe
01 Playing in the Dark (feat. Mystic Dan)
02 I Go (Subz Heatwave Rmx)
03 Mindless (by Decon & The Green Man)
04 Polaroid (with Merlin Zambra)
05 I‘ve Got It in My Head (feat. Mystic Dan)
06 Electronic Supersymphonic
07 Passage to India
08 A Greater Hood (My Lady Dub Vocal) (feat. Ras Abraham)
11 We Destroy the World
12 Information (as Heiner Kruse)
14 Euphoria (Edit) (with Dizplay)
15 Easy (Video Mix) (feat. MC‘s Dragoon & Chevy)
The Green Man's Sound Power is "Bass Music" with a lot of soul. Its 30 tracks are a sound journey from melancholy to euphoria, covering both speedy and half-time beats, coolness and emotion. It features mainly Drum & Bass, but also Dubstep, Ambient, Jazz, Soul, Techno, Trap and Trip Hop. It switches between lush arrangements and minimal simplicity, between wide spaces in sound and the intimacy of a drummer's booth - with a big final at the end, featuring three of green man's former biggest hits at the end of cd 2. "Sound Power" is a sound adventure - which is supposed to be experienced from the beginning to the end.
"Sound Power" is "Bass music" with a touch of Air or Massive Attack. Singers like Peter Boucner (I'm a Junglist, UK Top 10 with Shut Up & dance's I'm Ravin I'm Ravin), Demolition Man, MC Navigator, Mystic Dan and Ras Abraham are performing on Green Man's sound resulting in tracks with soul like "Face the Father", "Word Sound Power" (both on Basswerk 38 limited edition vinyl), "Junglist Soldier","Keep Trying" or "Playing in the Dark". Shut Up & Dance's "The Green Man" once was the spark initiating "The Green Man"'s artist career delivered the artist name, so having Peter Bouncer to sing the opening track matches not only soundwise. It's the positive energy of his singinig - in Jamaica they call it "Word, Sound, Power" - which became a hook for the whole album, which is about "Sound" that lets you smile, gives power or also makes you wonder. Besides the groovy material tracks like "Chainsmoker, Apokalypse or "We destroy the world" show Green Man's "dark" side.
TGM's first album "You Decide" on Duesseldorf's electronic crossover label "Combination" (who also released SEBA and Kabuki albums) back then convinced the fans not only with the music ("Infinity" entered the MTV Dance Charts and was #1 in the german DCC club charts), but also with its accompanying little written "essay" in the artwork. "You Decide" was loved by D&B nerds and "Elle"magazine at the same time. It is a coincidence that Heiner Kruse a.k.a The Green Man (or in short "TGM") has his birthday on the same day with Matthew Herbert. Nevertheless it is no surprise one can find allusions or political statements in track names, colours and pictures plus another little essay also in "Sound Power", they are not so much hidden though and feel quite personal. "The Green Man" does not only enjoy details when it comes to sound design but also when it comes to writing down his "TGM" moniker as a logo on the album the same way he does it with an "Edding" waterproof pen on self-burnt dubplate cd's, developping a fonts out of it and doing the whole artwork.
While currently "Bass music" is the new word for Drum & Bass and Dubstep, the borders between genres seem to "blur". TGM and Basswerk are known for running one of Germany's most famous Drum & Bass events called "Basswerk Sessions", being an absolute term in the scene featuring a wide musical variety of Drum & Bass since 1995, featuring artists such as Intalex, D-Bridge, State Of Mind, BSE, Doc Scott, Spectrasoul, Enei, Calibre or Dub Phizix recently. With over 40 Vinyl and CD releases including regular musical contributions by The Green Man's own "Basswerk" label, founded 1997, soon developed to become one of Germany's most famous Drum & Bass labels receiving various Future Music Awards for the best label, which were the german equivalent to the UK's D&B Arena votings.
As an artist TGM is known to enjoy surprises, be it within his dj sets, productionwise with "crossover" tracks like "Easy" or "Infinity", or with his dark "Chainsmoker", released on Big Bud's UK's Soundtrax label played by DJ's like Rockwell, Phace, Naibu or Intalex - or long ago producing a coop with Klute called "Chicks" in his Cologne studio. He covers a variety of electronic music and Drum & Bass. No wonder his music was used for various films and performances like CSI Miami, BBC Blue Peter, Sky, Arte, CreativeReview.co.uk
, Current TV, Holiday On Ice and more, including his works as a composer for the "Lichtfaktor" lightwriting artist collective and its movies. The Green Man has been performing DJ and Live Sets internationally including overseas gigs and in 2008 also contributed a DJ Mix on behalf of Groove Attack for Knowledge Magazine's CD. In 2011 UK Mixmag has chosen his Basswerk dc2 digital compilation including a TGM dj mix to be compilation of the month. He also does music videos and artist tutorials on www.youtube.com/basswerkrec
. He is also known as an author of various books on music production in german language and teaches music production and beatdesign lessons in an engineering school once a week in Cologne.
"Sound Power" will be released by SRD/ Groove Attack/ Rough Trade
Additionally a first vinyl will be Basswerk 38 (heavy vinyl, sleeve artwork, limited edition) with „Word Sound Power“ feat. Peter Bouncer and „Face the Father“ feat. Demolition Man, Release June 17th.
Album Release July 19, 2013
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"This one is cool as fuck! Simple as.......a model of laid back ragga soul.......SUPERB!" (Knowledge UK, Essential Releases Selection June)
"TGM war schon seit dem erfolgreichen "Infinity" für gute Qualität und Einfallsreichtum bekannt und stellt dies hier wieder gekonnt unter Beweis:Ein facettenreiches und außerdordentlich dickes Gesamtpaket mit eindeutiger Handschrift." (Julian Pasch, DJMag.de)
"starkes Album!" (Klaus Fiehe, einslive, played: Can We Change and Word Sound Power on June 23)
"Eine der besten Drum n Bass Scheiben, die ich seit ganz langem gehört habe" (Tobias Fischer, Beat Mag)
",Sound Power‘ dürfte wohl schon jetzt als das Drumandbass-Album des Jahres bezeichnet werden! Kaufen!" (Jörg Nawra, breakism.org)
Krust - Good to hear Peter riding this track sounds amazing!!
Concord Dawn - Word Sound power is dope, lovely deep vibes and will give that a whirl for sure.
Marcus Intalex: "modern, soulful and deep D&B" (on "We destroy"), airplay for "The Black &
White Walkways" in his radio show
Laurent Garnier ("Sweet moody deepness"), Pig & Dan ("awesome"), System Of Survival, Danny Howells/ Dig Deeper, Leftroom, Gerg Chin/Stryke on "Information"
Additional track infos:
"Word Sound Power" featuring the voice of Peter Bouncer (known from Shut Up & Dance - Ravin, I'm Ravin, UK Charts #2 or Congo Nattys "Junglist") was recorded for this track in DJ Freeze's studio and is coming ahead of the album on Basswerk 38 vinyl. This time Peter's vocals come together with modern beats and spheric, dubby sounds in a Green Man style. The positive vibes of Peter's singing gave the track its name and were an initial spark for the creation of the whole album.
"The Black & White Walkways" - a sound adventure with field recordings and very own beats, some vibraphone sounds reminding of a Jacques Tati movie and rough edged bass sounds, which also got played by Marcus Intalex in his radio show. This continues where TGM stopped with "You Decide".
"Face the Father" with Demolition Man - singer of the legendary "Fire" Track (Urban Shakedown/Prizna/Labello Bianco). Its a fast dance track with deep ragga vocals and electronic sounds. It already received massive feedback from the crowds and was also used in a video about Basswerk parties @ Gebäude 9 @ www.youtube.com/basswerkrec
"Information" - another field recording adventure - but this time with techno beats. It already got released under Heiner Kruse's real name a few months ago and received likes by Laurent Garnier ("Sweet moody deepness"), Pig & Dan ("awesome"), System Of Survival, Danny Howells/ Dig Deeper, Leftroom, Greg Chin/Stryke, Nadja Lind, DJ Largo and many more.....
"Keep Trying" - another summer smash hit with vocals by MC Navigator, who became known MC'ing with the Freestylers ("Ruffneck", "Warning") and who also sang on "Mo Fire", which became a top hit in the UK and was recently rerelased on Basswerk 36 vinyl in a different version. This track also got signed for a compilation from the Beatalistics label (Release June 28) called Hi Vitality, where it appears in a different "mellow" version alongside artists like Command Strange, Syncopix or Enea and MC Fava.
"Electronic Supersymphonic": TGM combines his love for strings and classical music with microprecisely edited beats and basses!
"Stay True" - Green Man Sound to the point with his typical bass and a very minimal and dark instrumental D&B track with futuristic sounds and a spooky athmosphere.
"Junglist Soldier" - one of the album's newest tracks, a real summer smasher sung by Ras Abraham somehow between Reggae and Jungle combined with deep subbasses and electronic sounds.
"Automation" - a rather experimental and filmscore like instrumental track with broken beats and deep basses - hardly to be categorized, maybe going into a direction of early Burial works.
"A song for Chloe" - a deep pop instrumental with acoustic guitar, vintage synths, elctronic beats and some darkness.... could as well be a film score.
"Chainsmoker", "We Destroy", "Apocalypse" - three dark und futuristic Green Man tracks, which evolved facing scary environmental and poltical developments. Marcus Intalex called "We destroy" "fresh, with a lot of soul and modern up to date beats and production". While this one and "Apocalypse" are new tracks, "Chainsmoker" was released years ago on Big Bud's Sondtrax Label and back then was quite a new sound which inspired artists Rockwell or Naibu.
"Shy Conversations", "Can We Change", "Playing In The Dark"- three tracks with a lot of ambient vibes. "Shy Conversations" is a collaboration with Sam KDC, known from releases on 31Rec or Renegade Hardware and now exclusively signed to Auxiliary Records, where he releases an EP and tracks made together with ASC (July 1st AUX 008 Sam KDC The Lunar Seas EP and July 15 VEIL 002 with ASC & Sam KDC). "Playing in the Dark" features Mystic Dan, a well known Reggae singer who is also hosting Drum & Bass Bundesliga events in Braunschweig.
"Reasonjazz" - something very different, an older Green Man track meant to be a "reset" button on the album.
"Keep On Movin", "Mindless" - two first class liquid funk tracks. "Keep On Movin" comes with lush electronic synth sounds and soul vocals, while "Mindless" is a coop with Basswerk's resident DJ Decon, who recently also signed tracks to Good Looking and is part of the Jazzsticks collective with Paul SG and Flowrian.
"A Greater Hood" - a radio-style 140 BPM pop track with tablas and a deep piano towards the end that was first made as an instrumental and later on reveived heartbreaking vocals by Ras Abraham recorded by Mannheim's junlist DJ Freeze.
"I've got it in my head" - Green Man & Mystic Dan let us know how it feels to be conflicetd between Hip Hop & Drum & Bass - jazzy vibes included.
"Passage to India", "Poona" - instruments from india combined with straight drums and and "in your face" basslines - with lush orchestral sounds in "Poona".
"Polaroid" - composed for a short movie together with a young colleague this one is touching and made it to the album as a "switcher" too.
"Euphoria" Diz:play & The Green Man's well established D&B dance hymn with banging electro beats in a special edit version as a kind of "bonus" at the end of the album together with....
"Easy" - one of Green Man's most featured tracks in Germany together with two MC's (Basswerk resident Chevy and Mannheim's Dragoon) and a live guitarist in a speciallly shortened 3 Minute radio/video version.