Michael Baumann’s many names span a multiple range of distinguished house stimuli. His own co-run label Philpot casts a selection of like-minded artists with a high calibre of releases. Though his more popular Jackmate project is focused on efficient house music, his Soulphiction moniker presents more of a dreamy picture and a ‘take it or leave it’ blend of Hip Hop, RnB and Afro-Soul in the subliminal tone of broken House.
Baumann’s busy agenda is apparently over lent within a succession of multiple projects. Co-running Philpot with label mate Tobi Ettle, producing ghostly vocal haunts with soloist Suzana Rozkosny, releasing under seminal names like Jackmate and Manmadescience his downbeat/house electronica trio with Nik Reiff and Phlegmatic. However, with a consistent tonality and style through all of his work it’s clear to hear why Michael Baumann has come so far and his sound has gained such a strong reputation. The attention to consistency and development has served him keen durability as a totally immersed underground artist.
After all that time, that I still love to do it so much! My label still exists 🙂 Kenya is agreat place to play Main Street records!
My labelmates on Philpot are always a great inspiration for me to push things a little further. They´d also count as harsh critics sometimes. My all-time favourite DJ is Zip, great that we´ll play fabric together!!
I guess mostly it´s about staying fresh and appealing. But a good track is a good track, even if it sounds tape-recorded. “Minimal”-producers (I don´t mean the originators in the true meaning of the word) now produce “house” while the textures and sounds stay the same. That´s not fresh nor appealing…
I work with some befriended vocalists from outside the house/techno environment, but Suzana Rozkosny is the one I perform with live. Some other vocals are sampled, some are from a field recording, others are close friends and mostly they are not vocalists either.
I still mess my back carrying that vinyl, but I also play CDs for the simple reason that the tracks are not available on vinyl.
As I said, we play there with Zip, so I don´t worry that much. I´m presenting some tracks of my new album, so we’re gonna slow it down a bit in the beginning, but don´t worry, it´ll still have that bounce! Partly I´ll also play on my own, so it won´t be a real concert full of songs either..:) And we also hope for a lot of support from the music lovers out there!