Niko Schwind "La Musica Obscura"
Throughout his more than a decade-long career, Niko Schwind’s own production filled sets have always aimed at transcending the audience from dancefloor reality into an otherworldly house and techno journey. His latest studio effort, La Musica Obscura playfully explores the boundaries of the two realms in four action packed tracks that spell pure energy.
Starting off with the title track, Fake Reality involves an ethereal ambiance made up of airy pads and lightning synths, while a fiendish vocal permeates every bar. Alternating strained build-ups with composed releases, each sequence dovetails fittingly into the next, painting a deep and dark techno incursion.
German trio Township Rebellion dive in on the remix, offering up a vibrant and melodic alternative of the original. Channeling on their own soundprint, the melody seems to have an added spring in its step, following a drilling yet highly danceable narrative.
Frisk commences with a tension inducing, stretched build up advancing at a steady pace into a hazy number. Itchy hi-hats accent the climax, breaking down into an array of zig zaggy synths that linger on. The Beat bears a certain touch that helps all of the tracks cohere, making the release come together as a whole.
On La Musica Obscura, Niko enlists fellow producer UV for a gradually developing low key groove. Biting synths rev up into a spiralling loop that progresses along with the construction, while keeping feet and shoulders moving.
Biography Stil vor Talent
Since it was founded in 2006, STIL VOR TALENT has continuously striven to evolve, to enable and further numerous artistic careers. Niconé, Sascha Braemer, KlangKuenstler, Teenage Mutants, HVOB are just a few of many names that inextricably link to the label. Next to commercial success in popular culture, embodied by hits like ‘Hypnotized’ or ‘3 Tage Wach’, STIL VOR TALENT is particularly known for its DIY-attitude, graphic realisation, booking agency, connected fashion label and musical variety, spanning from dreamy house to complex electronica and floor-shaking techno. Apart from EPs, released on a monthly basis and aimed directly at the dance floor, the past years have seen an increased focus on the long-player format. While "10 Years Stil vor Talent presented by Oliver Koletzki" was a recent milestone, artists like Niko Schwind, Kellerkind and HVOB have explored the joys of a longer format with particularly impressive results. This colourful mix of music has obviously created many magic moments at countless parties – one of STIL VOR TALENT’s main driving forces and motivations. Thus, clubs all around the world know: the name STIL VOR TALENT stands for great artists, long nights and quality music. With showcases at Amsterdam's ADE or Barcelona's Sonar, as well as at MELT! Festival or SonneMondSterne, STIL VOR TALENT is a constant presence at electronic music's most influential events.
The country’s capital can obviously not fall short, which is why Berlin is the backdrop to many legendary STIL VOR TALENT nights. After stopping off at several different locations, the label has settled at three of the city’s most loved venues: Watergate, Ritter Butzke, and the beach location Rummelsburg. The latter's bi-annual Stil vor Talent Festival serves as the blueprint for SVT's openair events throughout Germany. Whether it's Hamburg, Cologne, Frankfurt or Oliver Koletzki's hometown Brunswick – STIL VOR TALENT has become synonymous with high quality outdoor productions, nationwide. A few summers ago, the STIL VOR TALENT headquarters moved to the heart of Kreuzberg, where the SVT Store couples workspace and shop, in order to be more accessible to the fans. Music may inform everything, but STIL VOR TALENT is not just a record label. “It’s a lifestyle choice,” Oliver Koletzki notes with a hint of irony. Hence, sounds lead to skirts and beats to blouses: there’s a fashion output in the form of STIL VOR TALENT FASHION that has several collections under its belt, all designed by young newcomer designers. This year STIL VOR TALENT is going to stay true to its successful roots: there will be LPs by Reinier Zonneveld and Null & Void. Paired with new EP material by Teenage Mutants, Several Definitions and Niko Schwind, as well as lots of unforgettable parties, everyone should get their money’s worth.