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Album Label Night w/ Khan, Raz Ohara Ensemble & The Nest @ Volksbühne Berlin | Sunday, 08.06.2014

Album Label, a new imprint under the Random Noize Musick roof (such as Shitkatapult) proudly presents Album Label Night with label artists Kahn, Raz Ohara and The Nest! Albumlabel is a label that focuses expressly on the traditional responsibilities of a record company: releasing albums and collaborating with its artists over a long term. A label that hands the stage over completely to its musicians:

Can “Khan” Oral, born of Turkish-Finnish parents in Frankfurt/M works and lives as a music- and film-music producer, performer, actor and visual artist in Berlin since 2002. Next to working on opera and theater productions in Berlin and Bremerhaven and internationally exhibiting his photography work, he is also performing solo as Khan – The Enlightenment Machine – A contemporary electronic beatnik happening back from the future.

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It’s a swirl, a sufi swirl. The Enlightenment Machine starts spinning and rattling in a heavenly noise. Slowly gaining speed, steaming itself into a golden glow. Deep bass drones cut the room and the majority of people feel dizzy. It’s a warm and heart throbbing dizzy that leaves the audience puking with a smile. No entry with pacemaker. The man-machine is drumming itself into a sweaty trance and joins the chorus: “Welcome to The Enlightenment Machine”.

When his debut album Realtime Voyeur was released back in 1999, Raz Ohara was merely 24 years old and he’d only just arrived in Berlin. Here’s what happened: One day, Raz just walked into Kitty-Yo’s label office and dropped off a CD with some demo tracks, when he returned, he found the label bosses totally in awe and struck by his music, and thus a deal was made. It’s the kind of story that only gets better each time it’s retold…


Ever since, Raz Ohara has continually honed his production skills and refined his organic, dub-infused trademark sound, and yet the album he’s about to drop easily marks a milestone in his career. It’s a career that has repeatedly seen changes in direction, that has crossed over into techno and pop terrain, and that now sees him revisiting all the different styles, lessons and approaches of the past 15 years and rolling them into one massive oeuvre: Moksha.

Accordingly, his latest full-length is jam-packed with intricate cross-references and wild cross-pollinations, while he’s making sure the vibe remains just right from beginning to end. A term like “dub” might be in the right ballpark, but you can also hear soul music on Moksha, at least hints of soul, subtle hints. It’s actually the kind of slow-moving, static-laden soul that can only evaporate from the infinite echo chambers of Ohara’s (dub) lab.

The Nest was established in 2011. Comprising of Christoph Clöser (“Bohren & der Club of Gore”), Tycho Schottelius (“Desmond Denker”), Thomas Mahmoud and Gerald Mandl (both “Tannhäuser Sterben & das Tod”), they have created their own blend of electro-acoustic, jazz and noise. 

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After their debut album “Music for Drivers” (Denovali) and with the idea to transform this material even further, the band has self-released a remix-cassette album (“Music from Co-Drivers”), featuring a carefully selected bunch of experienced collaborators, musically ranging from Breakcore, Dubstep, to New Wave and Experimental Music.

Whilst their first record was driven by the clarification of areas and fields the new album „Sayweenjoy“ – to be released in May 2014 on Album Label/Random Noize Musick – focuses on the more melodic and rhytmical structures of The Nest’s very own musical language.

Support comes from DJ Strobocob on the decks.

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Albumlabel Night w/ Khan, Raz Ohara Ensemble & The Nest LIVE

Sunday, June 8th, 2014 | 20:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte

khanoffinland.com | Raz Ohara @ Elasticartists.net | thenestmusic.net | volksbuehne-berlin.de

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