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The Monthly Peak (Category)
Under the category The Monthly Peak monthly longer treatises to a specific topic take place.
The Monthly Peak in Features
Music Essay | posted 28.06.2021
Jazz kissas
Where the music plays in Japan
They offer classy retreat from a world where everyone listens all the time. And they celebrate listening to music: Jazz Kissas, Japan’s unofficial cultural heritage. Journalist Katsumasa Kusunose is now documenting it.
Music Essay | posted 26.06.2021
Small In Japan
Japan, a Vinyl Nation? Not really.
Elaborate packaging, audiophile listening bars and the highest number of record shops in the world: Japan is considered a vinyl paradise. But the medium itself has not played a major role in the island nation’s economy for decades. While in the West one reissue of Japanese music after another is pressed on vinyl, the market there grows only slowly, even in times of hype. Our cultural history of the Japanese music industry explains why.
Music Essay | posted 07.10.2020
A Journey Into Turkish Music
Gastarbeiter*innen Musik
Simultaneously with the genesis of Anadolu Pop with all its various offshoots, a virile cultural infrastructure is developing in West Germany that is flourishing in the shadow of the German majority society and its music industry. This »guest worker music« has irritatingly only ever touched public consciousness. The economic exchange could also have been a cultural one. It should have been.
Music Essay | posted 06.10.2020
A Journey Into Turkish Music
Anadolu Pop
Altın Gün, Derya Yıldırım & Grup Şimşek or Gaye Su Akyol: Although the stylistic intersection between these bands and musicians* is small, they are nevertheless mentioned in the same breath. This can be explained above all by their references to Anatolian folk music or the sound of the so-called Anadolu Pop, which formed in Turkey in the 1960s. But is it a revival? We clarify.
Music List | posted 03.07.2019
Polish Jazz
An introduction in 10 vinyl records
The Polish jazz scene is considered one of the most important and creative in Europe. During the Cold War, it was already one of the most creative and courageous in the Eastern Bloc. Nowadays it oscillates between shallow conventions and hidden ruptures. We will search for the traces and present 10 vinyl records, new and old, which give a perfect introduction to the world of Polish jazz.
Music Essay | posted 01.07.2019
Women Of Jazz
We Insist Female
Women in jazz are still not a matter of course. According to a recent study, only 12 percent of instrumentalists in Germany are female. That must change. For in the past, female musicians have played a decisive role in shaping jazz and the future is also in their hands. So it’s time for a preoccupation with the female perspective of a supposedly male genre.
Music Essay | posted 19.11.2012
Tools Of War
Respect Where It All Began
The Four Elements. The Golden Age. In discussions these memories can grow to pretty nostalgic kitsch including super heroes and a religious patina. Born in the mid-90s, Tools Of War is a small frontier fighting to bridge this gap between a legendary past and the mainstream present. But it’s definitely Hip Hop »with the idea that there are many “tools” one can use in competing / battling within Hip Hop culture: turntables, microphones, paint«.
Recent Articles
Music Portrait | posted 14.09.2021
Sarah Davachi
Echo of the infinity
Intensity is the word that comes to mind. In her music and in her movements. Sarah Davachi is an artist on the border between ambient, composition and drone. Her sound feels like someone stroking the soul with a fingertip. Now her new album »Antiphonals« is released.
Music Review | posted 14.09.2021
Park Hye Jin
Before I Die
»Before I Die«, the debut of the South Korean musician Park Hye Jin, released on Ninja Tune, follows a sophisticated architecture.
Music Portrait | posted 09.09.2021
Dais Records
Sound as a collection
Between experiment and expectation, the contemporary and the past, Dais Records dares a delicate balancing act in aesthetics. Gibby Miller and Ryan Martin make waves where linearity experiences conscious disturbance – and follow the tracks of exceptional labels.
Music Review | posted 13.09.2021
Xique-Xique
Na Lagoa
»Na Lagoa«, into the lagoon, is where the Brazilian duo Xique-Xique go on their now released debut album.
Music Review | posted 12.09.2021
Tülay German & François Rabbath
Tülay German & François Rabbath
On the first of their two joint albums, Tülay German & Francois Rabbath explored Turkish folklore. The result from 1980 still sounds timeless today.