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King Of Spades And Marmalades (5 track version)

by Skinnerbox

Elle P
Claude 9 03:56
Naked Man 04:51
Hilgenfeld, Gabbai


5 track version for bargain. Whole album includes 9/11 tracks.

Naked Man – naked cat”. No doubts Dada plays a big role in Olaf Hilgenfeld (Berlin) and Iftah Gabbai’s (Jerusalem) inspirational universe. Their release on Berlin’s Bar 25 Konfetti compilation was only the tip of an iceberg of what’s been released on their album King Of Spades And Marmalades.

We can get closer by naming references like Elliot Lipp, dOP, Noze, DJ Koze, Matthew Herbert and of course Luke Vibert. Skinnerbox share their leftfiled, jazzy attitude, their style that’s gendre bridging and defying at the same time. Futuristic, funky, lunatic, playful, cute, sweet and ballsy – just when you think you can put your finger on it, they swing a left turn and you can’t help but nodd your head with a smile on your face: Yes this still exists.

Skinnerbox have developed a purely electronically composed and performed music (partly feat. vocals by Elle_P) – that is not based on loops but improvised Techno inspired House and Minimal House. The roles in the duo are clearly settled: Olaf Hilgenfeld – Moog synthesizer, Iftah Gabbai – hardware drum machines, Max/MSP und Ableton Live.

All these distinct impacts and effects can be heard on their various releases from the last two years, but far better in their live sets. Skinnerbox are an experience, taking you on expedition with paralyzing Minimal, breaking House, hard-edged Techno-Jazz, and ambient Electronica futurism.

It was a desire to eternalize this play- & colorful diversity, often just caused by the moment, as entire homogeneity. Thus, they needed to leave temporarily their environmental Techno and Minimal House scapes. King Of Spades And Marmalades – the result – is a Jazz Opus wrapped into a Disco suitcase. It is a reminiscence as well as going far ahead of daily musical habits, shown not at least by the order of tracks, do not starting with a stunning hit of the album, but with 20 minutes of challenge.


released January 15, 2010

Elle_P (voc track 3)


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