The Moment KLKTV : Be A Bridge [BRQ141]

The Moment KLKTV consists of Alejandro Fournier and Michael Rittner and can look back on a very international history: everything started with their joint stint as part of an artist collective in Guadalajara (Mexico), moves on to the first album produced in Malaga and has now arrived at the second joint album, which goes back to a joint visit to Berlin in 2017 and has since evolved across genres and borders. Indeed, Be A Bridge sounds at times like a nocturnal excursion through the neon-lit ruins of 1980s West Berlin, arm in arm with Gabi Delgado, Thomas Fehlmann and Human League’s Philipp Oakey. The wonderful wave pop of tracks like ‘Kill The Beast’, ‘Human League’ or ‘A Waking Miracle’, which is carried by the abysmal vocals of Alejandro, magnificently underlines these kind of evocations. But the album is much more than just a revel in the past and moves skillfully between very different genres involving wave, house and pop. The songs take inspiration from several collaborations, for example with the singers Maria Tammer, Sofia Lorena and Mavi Solano, and the guitar parts played by Ede Mueller, that further expand the already multifaceted approach of the album. With ‘Be A Bridge’, Moment KLKTV has succeeded in creating a very coherent album, which convinces with a very mature and well-balanced crossover sound that could win over a completely new crowd of listener.”

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Format: 9 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 18 Nov 2021
Style: New Wave, Pop, Deep House

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Werner Niedermeier : Hinode EP [BRQ138]

“With Werner Niedermeier’s last EP for Broque (‘Sub Culture’) being almost ten years old by now, we are even more pleased that he has found the time to set a new marker at Broque, in between his producer activities and own releases on labels like Audiomatique or Bulletdodge. Inspired by a great affinity for Japan and pandemic-induced wanderlust, the four new tracks of the Hinode EP are characterized by a Detroit-infused warmth and deepness. Though with one exception only, they always make a u-turn right before passing the threshold to the dancefloor. Instead of taking the front door into 4/4-euphoria, the tracks very subtly spread hints about their rooting in functional club music. While the acid line and claps of ‘Out of the Woods’ are the exception of the rule, marching and moving in a more straight-forward manner, ‘Y Not’, ‘Sampled Sun’ and the title track ‘Hinode’ remind of the productions of Lee Norris aka Norken or Galcher Lustwerks Road Hog project. Marked by a very playful yet atmospheric vibe the ‘Hinode EP’ is well informed by an early Detroit’s rave-romanticism that never has to push open the door to the dancefloor in order to embrace us.”

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Format: 4 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 20 Sep 2021
Style: Deep House, Ambient

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Blondo Conolly : The Lost Rimini Tapes EP [BRQ137]

“While pulling all-nighters in the Italian club scene along the Adriatic coast throughout the early 80’s, Blondo Connolly always had Giorgio Moroder firmly in his sight, Patrick Cowley in his tape deck and the obligatory comb in his pants pocket. Through legendary sets at Mon Amour, Altromondo or Coconut, he became a celebrated regional icon, for whom international breakthrough was always less important than simply using his sound to bring rapt faces and open hearts to collective ecstasy on the dancefloor. With his tracks between new wave, balearic Italo disco and dreamy synths, he set the course for the upcoming summer of love and the club music of decades to come, thereby playing his way into the hearts of all those for whom disco, grand emotions and progressive club sound opened the door to a whole new form of escapist club experience in which one could lose oneself completely. The Lost Rimini tapes prove once again that, Blondo is a musical genius who has never received the recognition he clearly deserved. He also turns out to be an early adopter of the TB-303, which is embedded so nonchalantly into these soulful arrangements that one can legitimately ask the question, whether we may have just made all this up and, in the end, this eclectic EP may simply be the product of the secret Italo-passion of an old Broque companion. Anyway, all of that doesn’t really matter as long as the Lost Rimini tapes celebrate the legend of Blondo Connolly and the early Italo sound of the 80s so empathetically that we want to jump right into our gleamy Golf convertible and drive towards a gorgeous Italian sunset.”

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Format: 4 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 6 Jul 2021
Style: Disco, House, Synthwave

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Marie Wilhelmine Anders : Travels [BRQ136]

“Following on ‘Andersworld’ and its remixes, Marie Wilhelmine Anders dedicates her new album Travels to her distinctive mixture of storytelling as well as virtuosic use of vocals and instruments and pours all of it into a highly atmospheric club sound. While Marie continues the themes of her previous releases, with Robert Louis Stevenson’s poetry being a strong and omnipresent influence once again, the epic tracks on Travels deviate in several ways from the previous album. Right at the surface, one is immediately caught by the ubiquitous 4/4 bass drum, which lends the album its distinctly club-compatible character, that is supported equally by a deep and atmospheric production, which is carried by melodic chords and Marie’s trademark vocals. Marie’s narratives are inspired by Thomas Lutz‘ photographs and process topics such as travel, movement and change, and are given ample time to unfold. While Andersworld was bubbling over with ideas, which came together in quick succession, the four epic pieces on Travels develop their individual ideas into unique mini-dramas over 9-12 minutes each. This is far from creating a vacuum but creates ample space for a dense atmosphere, depth and a subtle play with various influences. That way, a track can evolve from a dubby balearic ambient piece into an emotional and energetic trance track, as ‘The Infinite Shining Heavens’ impressively demonstrates. Travels is at the same time a consistent continuation of Marie’s oeuvre as well as a departure onto new territory, which raises hopes to be able to listen to Marie’s tracks on the dancefloor sometime soon.”

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Format: 4 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 18 Mar 2020
Style: Ambient, Techno

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Mar_io : Twilight Of Ages [BRQ135]

“At a time when our memories of sweaty club nights seem to stem from a parallel universe, it seems just fair that Mar io’s latest broque EP dedicates it heart and soul entirely to atmospheric downbeat electronica. Twilight of Ages is full of reminiscences of the 90s, but rather than telling tales of dancefloor hysteria, it takes the turn right into the adjacent chillout rooms. Any many may recall that the chillout of the 90s has been the time and place where soothing ambient spheres combined with an unhindered drive towards experimental electronica have made a long-lasting impact on contemporary music by constantly bending and blending genres and sounds. […] the EP as a whole resurrects the heyday of dubby athmospheric ambient sounds and playfully broken downbeats across seven diverse and enchanting tracks. As such, the charms of Twilight of Ages will delight and embrace everyone, by no means limited to those who have experienced the escapism of the 90s in chillout rooms rather than the dancefloor.”

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Format: 7 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 15 Feb 2020
Style: Ambient, Downbeat, Funk

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Morgen Wurde & Tis ‎: Zeitigt [BRQ134]

“For years, Morgen Wurde has been creating cinematic soundscapes that are dark yet romantic and reminiscent of the forces of nature, which appear to humanity in many ways, sometimes calm, majestic and engaging, sometimes unaffected, threatening and repellent. After all, the music of the Kiel-based artist always revolves around existential emotions in the face of the unfathomable wonder of existence. Intense psychedelic soundscapes also characterize the sound of Tis whose tracks exude an incessant drive through unstoppable minimal yet deep techno grooves. The work of the Hamburg-based artist has taken on epic proportions under various project names featured on his own labels, formerly Verform Records and now Roo Records. The mysticism and stoicism of these approaches find expression on their joint EP Zeitigt. Embedded in atmospherically dense deep minimal techno beats, sublime acoustic sounds from two further artists give this EP its signature sound: elegiac vocals by Maria Estrella Aggabao and haunting violin playing by Georges-Emmanuel Schneider. The voice of Las Vegas-based Maria Estrella is enthroned here as an ethereal angelic instance, animating ‘Sinkt’ and ‘Birgt’ with their emphatic mood. In his work, violinist Georges-Emmanuel Schneider wanders between free improvisation, modern and contemporary classical music, he also likes to create genre-bending sounds through sound effect units. On this EP, he introduces the spectrum of three instruments – acoustic and electric violin and the rare Stroh violin -, giving ‘Weiß’ and ‘Weist’ a unique atmosphere. Finally, Tis rounds off the EP under his moniker Synthesis with a slimmed-down mix of ‘Weiß’, smouldering darkly in the deepest corners of the echo chamber.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 15 Nov 2020
Style: Deep Techno, Dark Ambient, Minimal

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Marie Wilhelmine Anders : Andersworld Remixes [BRQ133]

Andersworld, the Broque debut of Marie Wilhelmine Anders, is already an extremely multi-faceted work of art, which combines club music, storytelling and a curious approach to classical and electronic instruments in a virtuoso way, resulting in an album that always rests harmoniously in itself. As if the influences and facets weren’t diverse enough, the follow-up Andersworld Remix album takes that to the next level: across eleven remixes, eight artists stemming from a close yet extended circle of friends sharpen the electronic and club-oriented dimension of Maries songs. The first half dozen of tunes emphasise the straight bassdrum, leading to such fantastic dark dub techno dramas such as the dark yet euphoric Max Cavalerra remix of ‘Escape At Bedtime’. In a similar direction heads Tis alias Synthese, who reworks both ‘High (The Wind)’ and ‘Playing Instruments’ into fairly elegiac tunes driven by dubby grooves. Marie’s voice and piano dabs enliven Rene Wright’s remix in between techno and house, while US-based Jonathan Santarelli and Stefan Kranz transform ‘Summer Sun’ respectively ‘Keepsake Mill’ into dreamy yet deep trance epics. Finally, Mar io, Max Cavalerra, Rikaar and the wonderful Morgen Wurde get more experimental and created floating ambient tunes, where in particular the latter turns Marie’s voice with the help of time stretching and much love for the detail into a beguiling ambient drama for eternity. To describe our new release as a mere remix collection would be pure understatement: held together by Marie’s outstanding source material and Thomas Lutz‘ cover art, Andersworld Remixes represents a collective piece of art, which further deepens as well as broadens Maries original invention that is the Andersworld.”

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Format: 11 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Oct 2020
Style: Ambient, Techno, Electro, Deep Techno

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Tim Susa : Masquerade [BRQ130]

Masquerades is as fresh as a daisy and yet comes from a time when masks were not yet primarily perceived as life-saving protection against novel viruses. The EP actually approaches the topic from a completely different angle: the everyday play with roles, expectations and the escape from exactly those, e.g. the urge to dive into nameless anonymity. Our long-time companion Tim Susa negotiates the topic through five tracks, which are very down-to-earth and straightforward in a very traditional and authentic way. Whereas his production is as digital as it gets, all tracks feel analogue and get comfortable in the most diverse of sets. While ‘Swan’ floats in dreamy dub techno spheres, ‘Dentist’ and the title track ‘Masquerade’ remind in parts of Cobblestone Jazz-epics like ‘India in me’. ‘Owl’ waves enthusiastically to Gez Varley’s G-Man project lurking in the distance and ‘N?’ gives free rein to its playfulness, while the Kernel Existence remix of ‘Masquerade’ comes across as very dark yet functional. As different as the tracks may seem at first glance, there is an honest and deep techno sound underneath the multi-faceted surfaces, which inspires without any superfluous gimmicks.”

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Format: 6 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 15 May 2020
Style: Minimal, Techno

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Marie Wilhelmine Anders : Andersworld [BRQ129]

Marie Wilhelmine Anders is a recent addition to our Broque roster about which we are particularly excited; and not only because of her versatile background, which is ubiquitous on her album Andersworld. In fact, considering that MWA plays violin, piano, drums and e-bass since the age of five, already back then had a thing for early Genesis tunes, and studied classic contemporary composition at UDK Berlin and the State University of Music and Performing Arts in Stuttgart only to push various music endeavours in between experimental, jazz and classical music afterwards, an album full of run-of-the-mill preset sounds would have been more than surprising. With remarkable ease, ‘Andersworld’ combines playful improvisations, traditional and electronic instruments, a serious sense for deepness, Burial-ish echo chambers and warm string carpets grounded in the afterhours of Motown with Marie’s wonderful vocals which let Robert L. Stevensons prose shine as they never shone before. Her songs seem to meander in between so different reference points as Larry Heard on the one side and the more atmospheric songs of Saint Etienne on the other side. While there are not many artists out there able to combine such distinct influences, MWA pulls all of this together into a deep, dense and coherent album. As if this would not be enough, Mar io and Zweig add the icing on the cake with their remixes, which wrap-up an actual opus of an album. ”

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Format: 11 x File, Album, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Mar 2020
Style: Ambient, Experimental, House

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Mar Io : Listen To My Heart EP [BRQ127]

“What sticks out while listening to the Listen To My Heart EP is the fact that its creator Mar Io has been in the business for a long time and has mastered the skill of combining a range of influences and styles into very atmospheric tunes. After his previous vinyl EP on the Cologne-based label Form & Terra, these seven new tracks seem more like a mini album than your usual EP and embrace the listener with warm and atmospheric melodies, vocals and lots of groove from start to finish. Mar Io’s sounds are packed with club music history, ranging from acid house references, emerging through the Zweig remix of the title track, up to flashbacks into the more explicit and direct approach for which 90s club tracks are so much loved these days. However, he always manages to weave such influences into his tracks in the most respectful way, not making it sound like an obvious reach out to the retro-crowd but like a loving reminiscence of the glorious past. Not to forget that with ‘Shake Your Body (Give It To Me)’ (Electro Mix) Mar Io underlines that his latest EP is not only made for the dancefloor, even though this is where it surely will cause elevate levels of serotonine pretty soon.”

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Format: 7 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Jul 2019
Style: Acid, House, Techno

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