Freude am Tanzen SIX10 Compilation


Double LP version, featuring 8 tracks, housed in a die-cut sleeve with a poster and download code for the complete album. What began in the mid-'90s, initiated by the event-organizer duo Sperling & Mauss in Jena as an event series by the name of "Freude am Tanzen" has long been the best-known platform for electronic music on the Saale River. In the meantime there have been over 60 releases, a subsidiary label (Musik Krause), and an in-house booking agency. With 16 years in, the still-young enterprise Freude am Tanzen is on the way from adolescence to adulthood. Yet in spite of tightly organized structures, fortunately boredom has not set in, and this is proven with the jubilee compilation Freude am Tanzen SIX10 Compilation. "It would be too easy to take the best tracks from 16 years of Freude am Tanzen and pack them into a sampler," FAT-head Thomas Sperling explains as the reasoning being SIX10 being no "best-of" but rather chock-full with new tracks. This compilation is a toast to 16 years of Freude am Tanzen and there are many new tracks from almost every artist from the label's history until now, spanning the stylistic spectrum from here to there. The kickoff comes from Eating Snow with the introverted track "Bridges," along with the unique vocals of Mooryc on some melancholic music from Douglas Greed. It continues with a throttling solo Greed with "Springtime in December" that keeps the tempo and the dancefloor securely in view. From there we are taken to Mathias Kaden with his club-proven "Freakinme," and then there is Juno6 with "Seq022," again turning down the lights and leaving everyone at ease. FAT newcomers Tim Vita & Oliver Gehrmann fall into the disco magic potion cauldron, and Monkey Maffia hammers with his soul-infused goods a piano melody loaded for the dance. Metaboman appears with a concentrated house sound and Kadebostan & Laolu compose a courageous acid bath of velvety, dark vocals and belly-growling, massaging kicks. More laid-back offerings appear from Taron-Trekka with their "Kanatter," a demonstration of their relaxed deep-house fluffiness. Jesper Ryom is melody-smitten, while Thomas Stieler trudges forth on his quest for the perfect groove with "Observatory." Continuing anew is the straight bass drum from Gathaspar, the spiritual choir singing over nervous twitching drums and claps in layers that will send you into far-away spheres. Feindrehstar's "Dirty Stomping" is heavily grounded in funk and No Accident In Paradise's track features a quiet, pulsating bass drum under wallowing surfaces and soft bleeps.