Tuesday, 27 October 2015
The best DJ you've (probably) never heard of #4. André Pahl.
André Pahl is a German artist mainly known for his Safari mixes series — pitched down journeys through uncharted seas, forbidden deserts and distant galaxies. He sometimes forays into the psychedelic, sometimes into the electronic. Percussion drifts from remote islands and rises up to touch tender discosoul in a cinematic exploration of the the slower heart rates of danceable music. Each stage and it’s environs carefully defines a new tone and set to his voyages into the mysterious.
After graduating from Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam, he had a rendezvous with Mexico City’s lunatic music scene while living there for some years, co-running the “Nuevos Ricos” label and DJ'd at the bizarre neighbourhood street parties there as well as shady night clubs and art happenings inside jammed subway stations. Now based in Berlin, André who is also a much lauded graphic designer, ploughs a similar furrow as TOLAS favourites Vladimir Ivkovic, Manfredas, Tolouse Low Trax and Ron Morelli. Low slung, dark organic techno and electronica.
Listening to André Pahl’s sets is like being compelled to push yourself inside a forest even though you know it'll be dangerous—head first, then the whole body, submerged deep into a strange jungle world, partly solid, partly made of shimmering liquids. Real deep shit.
You'd do well to check out both his Soundcloud and Mixcloud pages at length for any amount of absolutely amazing musical journeys.
Till next time.
Big love. Mark. X