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Here's a question
that doesn't get asked very often - not least from inquisitive journalists:
Why is it that we feel we have to know every last little drop of
information about the those who fashion the music we know and love?
In all likelihood, it's a moot point, but it's something worth considering
when you listen to the debut album from VoomVoom.
Who are they?
Well, that's easy enough: a basic internet search soon reveals that
they are the acclaimed 'Vienna-Munich Connection' (Compost-Records.com)
of Peter Kruder (he of Kruder & Dorfmeister and Peace Orchestra,
and the trio's Vienna leg) and Christian Prommer and Roland Appel
(Trüby Trio and Fauna Flash). The trio's more recognised monikers
are easy to discern:
languid, leftfield electronica; jazzy beats; a ray of drum'n'bass;
and deep house.
But what of
Allmusic.com describes their sound as ‘minimal groove’,
The Face said they were ‘banging, and bass heavy’, while
the aforementioned Compost website - and it should know a
thing or two - says the boys concoct some of the ‘hottest,
uplifting grooves’. The much-missed Jockey Slut once described
one of their 12-inches thus: ‘The Future Sound Of London getting
down and dirty with Dread Flimstone, 4 Hero and the Scissor Sisters.
A must have, in short’. DJ Hell described, succinctly, one
of their twelves as a ‘superhit’.
Thus far, this eye-catching
collective have released three 12-inches on Compost (Baby³;
Ginger & Fred; Poppen), all sounding vastly different from anything
they’ve done before or anything you’d expect them to
make. Their album, Peng Peng, soon to be released on !K7, is another
detour on planet leftfield.
So what else
is there to know?
Well, the idea of VoomVoom came into being at the wedding of Compost’s
Michael Reinboth in 1998, that much we can tell you. However, their
reasons for being are plentiful and depend on who you speak to.
According to Christian they are “three lonesome souls, with
no friends, who have the same interest in experimental dining”.
Peter’s account is a little more prosaic: “We were always
talking about our studios, new technology, new ways of producing
certain sounds and most of all we enjoyed each other’s company.”
What can be said with
the utmost confidence, though, are their motivations. Bored of the
rigidity of most electronic music, they deigned to create an album
that was so fantastically free of tired generic definitions, that
even those who moderately dipped their toes onto the world’s
greatest adult playground - the dancefloor - would find
something to get them excited.
This broad spectrum takes in techno, house, electro, dirty disco,
sweeping orchestral symphonies and even a touch of blissful downtempo.
It’s a thrilling, heady, soulful and instinctive mix.
no rules and no bad taste for starters,” states Christian,
“It (their music) is a beautiful girl on the beach. Her eyes
talk to me, but there is a secret around her and I try to find out
what it is all my life,” says Roland, less so.
“I call it 21st Century tech-soul,” Christian decides.
We should also inform
you, Peng Peng is laced with a very alluring humour. Not in any
wacky or contrived way, rather in the manner it pokes fun at many
of the electronic purists. You want proof ?
Just look at the respective
explanations for their mysterious name.
Christian: “The name comes from a secret knights gang that
was active over 1000 years ago, The Voomantanians. It was one of
the key secrets of life, like the Holy Grail.” Interesting,
what about Peter? “Legend has it that Roland Appel was a big
Kiss fan in his teens. Not knowing how music was created then, he
was certain the music was made by recording the sound of the engines
of motorbikes. A well-known promotional poster of Kiss on four big
choppers cemented that theory.”
Get it? Nice. And last, but by no means least, what about our Kiss
“The mother is deepness and love, the father is humour and
Don’t be, just drop the needle on the record and head to the
And sorry, we don’t
know what their favourite sandwich fillings are.
(text by !K7 Records)