We love Kölsch here at Uneek Ibiza. He’s been one of our favourite artists for the past few years since first seeing him perform at Ibiza Rocks Hotel as part of BBC Radio 1’s Ibiza weekend in 2015. That summer he made a name for himself in Ibiza, and has continued apace in both 2016 and 2017. In 2016 we named him our “DJ/Producer Of The Year” after seeing him rock the White Isle on various occasions. In 2017 he has made several more appearances on the White Isle, as resident for new superclub Hï Ibiza’s Thursday event “In The Dark”, as well as big festival appearances across Europe and his Radio 1 residency.
Kölsch’s music is beautiful and melodic, it touches your heart strings in such a way that you’ll be walking around with a smile on your face for the rest of the day after listening to his tracks. Listen to his tracks such as “Unterwegs”, “Goldfisch”, “Opa”, “Loreley” and “Cassiopeia” and you’ll feel like you’re in heaven. Kölsch himself describes his sound as “romantic techno”, which sums his track “Grey” up perfectly, which was without doubt, the tune of Ibiza 2016.
— Uneek Ibiza (@uneekibiza) June 18, 2017
When we received Kölsch’s new album “1989” we had it blasting through the speakers within seconds! It’s the third and final chapter in his autobiographical album trilogy, featuring contributions from Gregor Schwellenbach with the Heritage Orchestra and Norwegian vocalist Aurora. “1989” is the final chapter of an elegant, anthemic album trilogy that started with an exploration of early childhood memories and influences on “1977” – the year of his birth – and continued on “1983”, a vibrant and picturesque journey sound-tracking the year he travelled through Europe aged six.
“With 1989, we have arrived in my early teens”, Kölsch explains, “a difficult time in my life, where I mostly just remember the greyness of it all – grey feelings, grey weather and my own grey face.” Coinciding with the already challenging need to squeeze past the bottleneck of puberty, it was a time of seething family crisis – his parents were divorcing: “I would escape that grey world on my skateboard, listen to my Walkman as I explored the city around me. Music became my savior – the only way to overcome my family’s hard times. I found a soundtrack to my grey life, and suddenly there was color.” It’s why you’ll find several tracks on the album being named “grey” in different languages.
He’s joined by the Heritage Orchestra for tracks KHAIRO, LIATH (a driving and bass driven bleepy techno orchestral track!) and SERJI (beautiful and melodic builder). The 24-person Heritage Orchestra consists of violins, violas, cellos and double basses, adding the sweeping drama and organic, richly layered textures that only real strings can produce. PUSH and GOODBYE are two stand out driving techno tracks from the album also.
1989 is released on on Kompakt Records on 22nd September 2017. To pre-order visit: https://kompaktrecords.lnk.to/1989
01. A1. 1989
02. A2. Serij
03. A3. Grå
04. A4. In Bottles
05. B1. Grey
06. B2. Grau
07. B3. PUSH
08. C1. Gris
09. C2. 14
10. C3. Khairo
11. D1. YKPI
12. D2. Liath
13. D3. Goodbye
Oct 27 Miami, USA Heart
Oct 28 Montreal, Canada La Bacchanale
Oct 31 San Francisco, USA Audio
Nov 3 Cordoba, Argentina BNP Club
Nov 4 Valinhos, S.P, Brasil Laroc – Sunset Club
Nov 5 Buenos Aires, Argentina Oasis
Nov 9 London, UK Fabric (Live Show)
Nov 10 Paris, France Faust
Nov 11 Berlin, Germany Panoramabar
Nov 16 Dublin, Ireland District 8
Nov 17 Cologne, Germany Gewölbe
Nov 18 Hasselt, Belgium Labyrinth
Nov 24 Milan, Italy Volt
Nov 26 Glasgow, UK Sub Club
Dec 8 Melbourne, Australia Forum Theatre (Live show)
Dec 9 Sydney, Australia Greenwood (Live show)
Dec 15 New York, USA TBA
Dec 16 Los Angeles, USA Sound