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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Cie : The Call [BRQ125]

“Our unofficial Broque office in Cologne has been headed by Thilo Geertzen aka Cie since quite some time now. Close to the Rhine riverbank, Thilo is actively contributing to the techno scene since more than two decades and released his first EP on Broque already in 2005. This year, he kicked off his own label Form & Terra Recods, where the first release (Cie – ‘Auf Los’) featured a Remute remix, amongst other surprises. Hence, we are even more delighted that Thilo still finds time to wave the Broque flag with us and to release a fantastic new EP on Broque. The title track The Call is jointly produced with Eric Svensen and comes in two versions which march straight onto the dancefloor and even take on board some whizzing acid lines (Mar Io remix). ‘Durchzug’ and ‘Fernab’ approach the club through slightly deeper yet muscle-bound rhythms. With ‘Wonka’, Thilo somewhat gets out of his comfort zone by surprising us with melodic synths and retro-futuristic memories of the likes of Kraftwerk. Finally, his remix of Ucledens ‘Good Things Fall Apart So Better Things Fall Together’ fits the dreamy vibe of the original track into a straighter club jacket and, most importantly, perfectly underlines Cies commitment to the Broque family.”

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Format: 6 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Nov 2018
Style: Techno, Tech House

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Ucleden : Do Not Stand At My Grave [BRQ124]

“Back then, when Ucleden brainstormed titles for his new Broque-EP and came up with Do not stand at my grave, no one could have known that the recently passed US senator John McCain might have said exactly this to his former boss Donald Trump at some point. We also have no idea, whom Andrei Nedelcu aka Ucleden himself actually has been addressing with this request. What we can state with absolute certainty though: the title track of his new EP combines a blissful and relaxed Balearic vibe with a relentless drive on the dancefloor. The five variations of the theme transport it into different corners of club music, in between acid, trance and swinging deep house, but never lose sight of the warm atmosphere of the original track. Next to four versions contributed by Anrdei himself, the final remix is provided by Max Cavalerra who sticks to his signature sound and offers the darkest variant of the original theme, which shuffles slowly but steady through the echo space, but without ever losing touch with the original track. So much about the hard facts: we leave all further interpretation happily to you as esteemed listeners.”

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Format: 5 x File, EP, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Oct 2018
Style: Acid, Deep House, Minimal, Ambient

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Blue Edition : 40 Jahre Tend EP [BRQ123]

“A musical greeting from the house and court musicians of the broque-netlabel to our Labelhead ‘Mr. Druque’ Christian. Happy birthday!!!”

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Format: 5 x File, Compilation, MP3/320 kbps
Released: 1 Jun 2018
Style: Techno, House, Trance

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