From “Made By Desire" to "Remade By Desire": The Uncanny Valley label from Dresden, Germany curates a remixed and reworked version of the debut album by local pop heroes ÄTNA and takes us on a trip through various styles of Club Music, electronic Pop excursions and music college Rock’n’Roll.
When ÄTNA sent the German pop world and beyond into rapture with their debut album "Made By Desire" in 2020, the Uncanny Valley crew was also very excited by the duo's life-affirming pop concept. Soon, the idea of a cooperation came up. Since both the band and the label operate from their base in Dresden, contacts were quickly made and the first meeting was so productive that the plan for a collaborative remix and rework album was soon turned into action. Uncanny Valley put together a selection of stylistically diverse artists that took account for the various influences in ÄTNA’s music and reflect the multifaceted sounds of the Uncanny Valley label cosmos.
After the initial idea two years ago, "Remade By Desire" is now an album that puts the ÄTNA songs into new musical context, but sounds surprisingly coherent given the stylistic diversity of the artists involved. It's as if all the musicians had attended a studio retreat for a week and experimented with what is possible when you mix their respective skills. The result is a true crossover album that takes us from edgy techno over orchestral ambient to jazzy punk and challenges without overchallenging.
It starts with Perel, who has conquered the music world from Thalheim/Erzgebirge during the last years and turned "Won't Stop" into a high-energy club anthem suited for festival and club floors alike. Raster mastermind Byetone remodels "Touch My Fantasy" into a bittersweet robot ballad, while RAKANS transforms "If You Were Gone" into a percussive techno banger with musical hints to his home country. Grown up in Beirut, he lives in Dresden now and causes a stir in the Uncanny Valley and beyond with his Rawmantique crew. Also working in Dresden is Moritz Simon Geist who combines Inéz’ fragile vocals with elements from minimal music in his version of "Touch My Fantasy". The duo Olicía from Dresden and Berlin use their classical trained voices to create a dramatic arrangement for their chamber music pop gem that is "As Fast As I".
Martin Kohlstedt’s and Panthera Krause's epic version of "Ruining My Brain" has almost symphonic characteristics, while Berlin's AB Syndrom turn "Touch My Fantasy" into a stripped-down but irresistible pop song. The album concludes with two rock songs by Dresden based bands Die Arbeit and Bahnhof Motte, one comes as a classic cover song with post-punk influences and the other one as a kind of art punk inferno with free jazz attitude.
released October 7, 2022
Original versions appear on the album "Made by Desire", written and performed by ÄTNA (Inéz & Demian)
01: Produced by Annegret Fiedler aka Perel, Mix & Mastering: Oakfield Mastering
02: Remixed by byetone, courtesy www.raster-media.net
03: Remixed by RAKANS
04: Synth, Drums: Moritz Simon Geist.
05: Reworked and mixed by Martin Kohlstedt and Robert Krause
06: Rearranged and Recorded by Anna-Lucia Rupp & Fama M’Boup at o-cetera Studios in Dresden. Mixed by Jakob Hegner, Drum Sample by Demian Kappenstein (Touch my Fantasy), edited by Fama M’Boup, Prophet & Moog Synths played by Anna-Lucia Rupp, Sung by Anna-Lucia Rupp & Fama M'Boup
07: AB Syndrom are Bennet Seuss and Anton Bruch, Mixed by Dennis Keil
08: Maik Wieden: Vocals, Uwe Hauptvogel: Guitar, Benjamin Rottluff: Bass, Backing Vocals, Recording, Editing, Marius Jurtz: Drums, Drum Recording, Mixing: David Furrer @ Aurora Studios Vienna
09: Arranged by Bahnhof Motte. Vocals, Synthesizer and Saxophone by Georg Fleischfresser. Guitars by Christoph Margraf. Bass by Leonhard Endruweit. Drums by Tim Gerwien. Recorded and Mixed by Stephan „Steppel“ Salewski.
01 mastered by Oakfield Mastering
02-09 mastered by Jacob Korn at Tailout Studio
Artwork by Roger Lehner – bureau-neue.com
3D Online Experience on www.uncannyvalley.de/desire/
by Maximilian Stühlen
Distributed by Clone Distribution – clonedistribution.com
P & © 2022 by Uncanny Valley – uncannyvalley.de
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Supported by Initiative Musik gGmbH with project funds from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.
The project was awarded a prize as part of the competition for popular music in Saxony 2021, initiated by Kreatives Sachsen – www.kreatives-sachsen.de