Release Date: Oct 28, 2016
Record label: Because Music
Genre(s): Electronic, Experimental, Techno, Club/Dance, Experimental Techno
Brandt Brauer Frick switch it up a bit for Joy. Six of the ten tracks on the "emotional body music" trio's previous studio album, the expansive Miami, showcased as many vocalists, while all ten here -- not one of which is longer than five-and-a-half minutes -- involve Beaver Sheppard, a Montreal-based poet, songwriter, and singer from Newfoundland. The album's gist is indicated more by the black-and-white close-up of Sheppard's distressed face than by the title.
At the beginning of their career, Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick carved themselves a neat little niche, and the dance music world took notice. As an ensemble of classically trained instrumentalists who decided to make techno, they were fresh and intriguing, offering a view of club music that was seldom seen. With their debut, You Make Me Real, they managed to make minimal techno from acoustic instruments, and their follow-up Mr.
Brandt Brauer Frick 'JOY' (Because Music)Berlin trio BBF have steadily been building a decent reputation due to their ability as a live band to deliver the structures and synthetic textures of techno with cool classical, experimental and jazz elements woven in. Sometimes, this has all been a bit slick; their last album ‘Miami’, though, saw them cutting loose more with guest vocalists such as Jamie Lidell and Nina Kraviz adding vibes, and now they seem determined to really kick out the jams. With Canadian vocalist/poet Beaver Sheppard in action throughout, ‘JOY’ has plenty of pleasingly rough edge and hollering, distorted energy.