Rumpistol / Red Baron: Floating (2LP, 12 Inch, Digital)
Danish electronic artist Rumpistol, aka Jens B. Christiansen, releases his fourth and most ambitious album yet – Floating – a collaboration with LA based vocalist Red Baron that further explores the post dub-step vocal territories opened up on last year’s Talk To You EP. With tighter song structures, intimate lyrics and the Baron’s ecstatic vocal projections, the two create a parallel world in which the domestic breakdowns of wintry Copenhagen are filtered through surreal sun-bleached Californian dreams, resulting in a robotic and hypnagogic hybrid of soul.
The sound, while still recognizably “Rumpistol” in its organically unstable clicks and gurgles, marks an evolution in Christiansen’s thinking, shedding light on the interior landscapes of existential crisis and bliss that he’s been essaying over the last ten years.
The introduction of Red Baron does a great deal to carry this forward. Many of the tracks were written in partnership with the elusive vocalist on an almost subconscious level, through a process where different phrases were recorded until the atmosphere was properly expressed. It’s through the Baron’s heavily processed voice, hovering between male and female timbres, that the ghost of American pop culture finds itself here too. In this way Grace Jones stands tall in a frozen stream on I’m Not Listening, Lionel Richie gets stuck in traffic on a bad trip in Colors Breaking while Kanye pushes his auto-tuned bicycle through the blizzard of Floating.
But as the arctic arpeggiated synths let you know, the album is more about the future than any past, a future where Rumpistol and Red Baron dare to take current genres from the post dub-step and wonky scenes and defy them with the human voice for a dystopic soul music of their own.
“Rum” is the Danish word for space or room. Since 2003 Rumpistol has released 3 albums, 2 EPs plus lots of remixes and received airplay by John Peel among others. He also runs his own label, Rump Recordings, and has composed various music for TV, theater, films and games. Rumpistol’s live performances include festivals and venues all over Europe as well as in Mexico, China and Russia. He has created live soundtracks and appeared in various improvised setups and constellations. In 2010 he was nominated for the Qwartz Electronic Music Award in the Discovery category for his album “Dynamo”.
Red Baron Bio
As a Danish expatriate in the LA scene, Red Baron has slowly undermined the underground with his addictive moves and subliminal expressions. He has already appeared among the likes of Deerhoof, Don Bolles (The Germs) and Sonns, the latter debuting on Machine Limited in May. The Baron also sings in The Late Great Fitzcarraldos, which in 2011 was nominated for the Nordic Music Prize for their debut album. Aged 6 he fell into a depression when faced with the fact that his red hair and whiter than white skin would never match up to the Jamaican model/singer he adored so much. The rest is history.
Excerpts of press or air play outcomes:
AIAIAI Headphones July 16th, 2012 interview – READ. Audio Texture – March 23, 2012 hosted by James Barrie with the song Dinosaurs – LISTEN. Chrome Kids – March 26, 2012 with the song Floating – LISTEN. Seattle’s KBCS 91.3 FM – March 23, 2012 City Soul Radio Show with the song Floating – LISTEN. Dinamo 103.8 FM Istanbul – March 23, 2012 Basic Soul Radio Show with the song Talk To You – LISTEN. Playground Magazine April 4th, 2012 feature – READ. hhv-mag.com April 5th, 2012 feature – READ. Tokyo’s Inter FM 76.1MHz / Yokohama 76.5 – April 8, 2012 hosted by Toshio Matsuura with the song Gravity – LISTEN. Pinboard Blog April 9, 2012 feature – READ. BLN.FM – April 8, 2012 Finest Ego Radio Interview + live set – LISTEN. Boiler Room – March 20, 2012 #82 London Live set – LISTEN. Soma FM (San Francisco) – April 14, 2012 with the song Anywhere – LISTEN. Groove Merchants – April 15th, 2011 hosted by Valentin Menedetter with the song Dinosaurs – LISTEN. The Milk Factory – May 2nd, 2011 review – READ. M94,5 May, 3rd 2012 Bassport with the song Anywhere – LISTEN. Radio Eins May, 14th 2012 Elektro Beats with the song Silverlake, Gravity – LISTEN. EMVOMV May, 18th 2012 Video Of The Day #166 with the song I’m Not Listening – LISTEN. Basic Soul Radio (Africa) June, 4th 2012 Hosted by Simon Harrison with the song I’m Not Listening – LISTEN. Impuls June, 4th 2012 review – READ. Drum And Bass (Hungary) June, 4th 2012 review – READ. hhv.de Mag June 15th, 2011 review – READ. 89.9 FM KCRW (LA) April, 13th 2012 Hosted by Aaron Byrd with the song I’m Not Listening – LISTEN. etc.
DJ / Artist Comments:
Brilliant soundscape! (Laurent Garnier – PBB Radio/Various – France)
Checked out Floating and really love the vibe of the music. The production is superb. This is what Massive Attack should be doing… Big support. (Ashley Beedle – Balistic Brothers/Various – UK)
Absolutely intriguing sound, I’m feeling it. (Simbad – Raw Fusion/GAMM/Various – UK)
The whole LP is ace. DEEP. I’m so into the vocal track, love Red’s voice <3 (Dj Flight – Metalheadz/Rinse FM/Various – UK)
Dinosaurs is beautiful. (Dj A La Fu – VaVa/Big Dada Records/Radio Magnetic/Various clubs – Scotland)
This is phenomenol… definitely going in the next show… think going with the Title track. (Kaptain/Chrome Kids – Chrome Kids Radio show/Various – UK)
I’m liking “Floating” although it’s not an easy track to play out… (Daniele Davoli – Various – UK/Worldwide)
Chillaxing (Mike Stukes – Mystic Vybes – WHCR 90.3 FM – NY)
Nice sounding beats and always nice to hear some vocals in the post dubstep/beats world, even if they are heavily processed. Anyways ‘Talk To You’ and ‘Dinosaurs’ are my tunes and one of them will be in the show double quick style. (Audio Texture Radio Show – Various – UK/EU)
Really dig this…will definitely support on the show. Look forward to hearing more too! (Part Time Heros – Soundwave/Vibe Bar/Various – UK)
|A02||Talk To You|
|B04||I'm Not Listening|
|D11||The World Keeps On Turning|
|D12 - Bonus Digital||Floating (Sekuoia Remix)|