Nothing sounds quite like Brandt Brauer Frick’s bric-a-brac techno.
The (immaculately turned out) trio have made their name crafting dance music using acoustic instruments and unconventional orchestration. Their debut 2010 LP You Make Me Real introduced their pernickety brand of techno, using glockenspiel, trombone and harp to build 4/4 dance music. Follow-up Mr Machine had the whiff of novelty about it, but, despite a slightly off-putting air of bookishness running throughout, did justice to their curious methodology.
Longtime home !K7 have announced a new LP from the trio. Miami will arrive on March 11, and will feature ten new tracks. In contrast to the primness of Mr Machine, Miami promises to be “more spontaneous” and “more dark”. The large rotating cast employed on the last album has been slimmed down substantially, reportedly making for a leaner, tougher LP.
There are some notable guest appearances. The irrepressible Jamie Lidell – himself prepping a new LP for Warp – contributes vocals to ‘Broken Pieces’ and ‘Empty Words’, and Russian granular house star Nina Kraviz contributes to ‘Verwahrlosung’. The legendary Gudrun Gut and Sa-Ra’s Om’Mas Keith also contribute vocals.
The trio will be touring the LP in February and March, with a handful of UK stop-offs scheduled. The stage show promises to be a stripped down affair compared to the ensemble performances of old; peep below to check the tour dates. A trailer video for the album is also available below.
1. ‘Miami Theme’ (featuring Erika Janunger)
2. ‘Ocean Drive (Schamane)’
3. ‘Plastic Like Your Mother’ (featuring Om’Mas Keith)
4. ‘Skiffle It Up’
5. ‘Broken Pieces’ (featuring James LIdell)
6. ‘Miami Drift’
7. ‘Verwahrlosung’ (featuring Nina Kraviz)
8. ‘Empty Words’ (featuring James Lidell)
9. ‘Fantasie Mädchen’ (featuring Gudrun Gut)
10. ‘Miami Titles’
Thu 28 February – HOLLAND, Utrecht, Vredenburg
Fri 1 March – HOLLAND, Eindhoven, Muziekgebouw / De Effenaar
Sat 2 March – HOLLAND, Amsterdam, Paradiso
Sun 3 March – HOLLAND, Rotterdam, De Doelen
Mon 4 March – HOLLAND, Groningen, De Oosterpoort
Wed 6 March – GERMANY, Frankfurt, Zoom
Thu 7 March – GERMANY, Berlin, Berghain (event – ‘Certain People)
Fri 8 March – GERMANY, Cologne, Gloria
Sat 9 March – GERMANY, Hamburg, Uebel & Gefahrlich
Mon 11 March – AUSTRIA, Vienna, Chaya Fuera
Tue 12 March – SWITZERLAND, Crans-Montana Caprices Festival
Wed 13 March – FRANCE, Lyon, Le Transbordeur
Thu 14 March – FRANCE, Metz, Les Trinitaires
Fri 15 March – FRANCE, Paris, Point Ephemere
Sat 16 March – BELGIUM, Brussels, Rotonde
Tue 19 March – UK, Glasgow, Cottiers
Wed 20 March – UK, Manchester, Islington Mill
Thu 21 March – UK, London, XOYO