LOST AND FOUND
Someone who has found something he already thought lost, will remember the enormous joy resulting from this. Losing has something to do with memories: the memory of a lost possession is the characteristic of missing something, a tribute to its value. And by finding back the lost, the memories of yesterday return, either good or bad.
Very good is the fact that with Lost & Found a compilation of wide spread and long thought to be lost down tempo tracks of two celebrated senior electronic producers has emerged. Some call these men prehistoric techno rocks, others call them 303-gods. We just call them Phreaks. They love and live their music that they fed with decisive new impulses during the past eleven years, not only in our country by the way.But the party ain`t over yet.
Oliver Bondzio reported back impressively recently, solo. To count Ramon Zenkers projects would leave us out of breath. We expect great things from Hardfloor soon and the tender little flower Dadamnphreaknoizphunk blooms and grows as we speak. After the overwhelming success of Take Off Da Hot Sweater, the next album is already in planning at Combination Records. Until then, a few drops of water will flow down the Rhein, that is for sure, leaving us with a little time to linger with a broad and impressive retrospective.
But Lost & Found is far more than a middle of the road best-of-album. Workspective suits this album better, because this work is worth it to spectate. And find. And remember.
What about for example the beginnings of a project that is one of a kind in the electronic area: Bondzios and Zenkers first step down from the dance floor. In the mid nineties, Hardfloor had taken the world by acid storm and were the model act of the at that time legendary Harthouse label. They asked them for a contribution to the Dark Hearts-compilations in 1995, where mostly their own artists should become the possibility to publish music away from the usual dance floor specific. As confirmed full speed throttlers, Hardfloor published a lot of straight going maxis and two similar album. They had only once experimented with a slow, broken beat: for a remix of MikeOldfields Let There Be Light.
The work for Dark Hearts would be the break trough for further experiments with down beat, though. Still in the same year, the today heavily searched ep with the title Hardfloor presents Dadamnphreaknoizphunk, of which one piece made the number one spot of the non-technoid dj-kicks of Kruder & Dorfmeister. It was the of course also on Lost & Found appearing Dubdope. Hardfloors tempo limits were dropped now and even before the second Dadamnphreaknoizphunk-ep Vol. 2 appeared, another slow piece was taken on the next Hardfloor album Home Run with Knuckle Skills.
Form this day on, one or two down tempo tracks were taken on every Hardfloor lp. At the same time the decision fell to go on with Dadamnphreaknoizphunk as a stand alone project.
After the before mentioned Hardfloor presents Dadamnphreaknoizphunk Vol. 2 on !K7 the first album Electric Crate Digger was published. And another track made it to knighthood: Grand Royal was first choice for the Electric Mojo sampler Are Friends Electric?
One piece each of the following Hardfloor albums All Targets Down and SoWhat make Lost & Found an exciting and rich fund for collectors and music afficionados. Because of two unpublished and brand new exclusive tracks, Lost & Found even becomes a treasure avant la lettre.- The way into the album maps of all dopy djs of this world is predestined. Never before, finding, retrieving and (re-)discovering was so exciting and sexy as with Lost & Found!