title: swimmin’ with friends
release date: 11/2002
distributed by: pp sales, hamburg
01 o,wu. raven
02 marienbad. ay mainers stam
03 the!she. jude the obscure
04 me & mrs. bee. sleep
05 nagel & raabenstein. le silencieux
06 decent dogs. family affair
07 me & mrs. bee. the ...monger
08 balduin. choose cheese (phatfred & raabenstein remix)
09 the!she. sweet donnel hill
10 oui.rouge. laissé pour compte
11 sieg der liebe. tweed & dry
12 strauss & raabenstein. cariad gwrid blush
13 marienbad. lex pipin slow crea_tz (me raabenstein remix)
14 phatfred & raabenstein. mmh
15 void moon. no
16 oui.rouge. le divin
17 the!she. the crawler’s cream (fellmann & louise remix)
18 the!she. feat. stonerock vs. major major. meg
just in time for the approaching cold season, with the leaves falling, the foggy days and the gloomy souls longing for mild summer evenings, me raabenstein presents the 6th release of no.nine: swimming with friends.
18 tracks of his own, all certain reason and excuse to spend the coming chilly days and evenings at home listening to good music. alone or with friends – either way a definite to pass time more than comfortably.
non006 is multifunctional, also in clubs the appropriate music for the well matched setting….. eclectic beats, sound-collages, driving bass strings, ingenious vocals intermingling the mood of each and every number - all wrapped in this small silver disc.
01... o, wu.raven- concealing a rough, swinging driving beat. complemented by bass string altering between wide and funky grooves, underlined by percussion samples and the exciting chinese voice of xiao kaiyu.
02... marienbad. ay mainers stam – continues the same spirit, the beat now more linear tempts us to swing along. the breaks add tension and the vocals mystery – the synthesizer in the middle of the track feels like a pool of relaxation, before the beat has you going again.
03... the!she. jude the obscure – broken beat with electric, tango like flair, that allows the loosened muscles to relax for a while.
04... me & mrs. bee. sleep – after two extremely grooving tracks and a small “cooler” things get sexy here: enchanting vocals and a continuously addictive rhythm.
05... nagel & raabenstein. le silencieux – explicit `rebirth´ sound, counteracted by the guitar of oliver remme, washing away the seemingly cold groove and creating a relaxed atmosphere
06... decent dogs. family affair – a tension filled track, urging the listener to detailed attention, tightened by the marvellous voice of major major.
07... me & mrs. bee. the …monger – a rather minimalist piece, the beautiful voice of laura braun talks about the monger, the tradesman selling you every wish, but beware of the price. the cleverly used string music enhances that flair.
08... balduin. choose cheese (phat fred und raabenstein rmx) - a remix with rare groove specialist phat fred. the broken beat of the first minutes turns to a straight 4x4/breakbeat. the skilfully integrated guitar adds harmony to the driving beat.
09... the!she. sweet donnel hill – again characteristic broken driving beats and a vocal-sample reminiscent of hitchcocks “psycho”: `norman, are you at home?´, the perfect chill out after your party.
10... oui. rouge. laisse pour compte – a playful electro-cha cha cha, bringing equilibrium and poise to the minds in turmoil.
11... sieg der liebe. tweed & dry – a dreamily peaceful guitar track with minimal vocal parts and harmony abound.
12... strauss & raabenstein. cariad gwrid blush – embedded in e-piano and intertwined in the spherical sounds of a vocoder voice, the bells are ringing but don´t be afraid the “deutsche mann is everywhere”
13... marienbad. lex pipin slow crea tz (me raabenstein remix) - funky electro remix of the hidden track of the “fragments” compilation with george clinton basses and a dark atmosphere.
14... phatfred & raabenstein. mmh – again rare groover phat fred at work now with afro-vocal samples forcing every ethno-floor into a sweat with rectangular grooves.
15... void moon. no. – track mixed with percussion samples and two step beat, spiced with the glorious voice of sophie thomas and skilfully used breaks. again a tune that will quickly refill a slowly deteriorating dance floor – keep movin´!
16... oui. rouge. le divin – french promenade through the world of laissez faire sound composing, spiked with trip hop elements.
17... the!she. the crawler’s cream (fellman & louise remix) – a classic by now, the remix of fellmann & louise, already known from the 12“ `the!she: indigo remixes´ has excited many djs and got dance floor crowds shaking vigorously. with driving percussions, the bass strings of the original and the wonderful synchronization an absolut must for this compilation.
18... the!she. feat. stonerock vs. major major – roots reggae based finale, praising meg ryan (cynically) and the approaching summer with great ferve. a tune that will stay in my favourite disc collection for the next months, bringing hot panache to the dance floor in a oh so cold season…..
a very becoming end for such a diverse cd!
liner notes by herbert bachhofer / shantisan (salted soul), vienna
an exhibit of fascinating electronic tracks, appealing, challenging and grooving. it's not about pioneering spirit, but about the individual, artistic way of thinking and working.
marabo 01/03, germany
an assortment of the most exquisite sound material from the music manufactory no.nine recordings. ...this sound is always suitable, wherever you are. ... a compilation by a brilliant producer who has recognized the signs of the times. congrats, mr. raabenstein
partisan.net 01/03, germany
an especially convenient mood of tension and relaxation that really deserves my recommendation, electronic listening for aficionados
whirlypop.de 01/03, germany
music to listen to, to create, and to exercise. to discover details and to have fun ... and furthermore plenty of acclaiming nods. listen to it more than once, please.
flex.at 01/03, austria
by and by, this music puts a spell on you. some tracks are generating a pull one can scarcely elude.
aon.at 01/03, germany
relaxed without being superficial.
a bit contemplative, but not to unwieldy.
full of warm arching melodies, but never mawkish.
headstrong, without appearing egocentric.
we go swimming with friends and feel good.
level 47, 02/03, germany
1. if there were no depression,
2. if the taxes weren't rising,
3. if it was summer,
4. if we’d feel good.
5. if we had the calmness
6. and the acceptance
7. this could be the soundtrack for us
8. a bit of which we all should carry
on our way to recovery.
beam me up 01/03, germany
the album covers a bandwidth from electronic jazz, reggae, tango and afrobeat to funk and soul. unlike many similar releases it doesn't sound too straight or clean, there are yielding points of friction.
tip 01/03, germany
the tracks always take a funny and surprising turn. something entirely different.
raveline 01/03, germany
well there’s an amazing piece of silver rotating in the cd player, which achieves incredible things .... the distinguished combination of the tracks ... resembles a felicitous dj set. this is exactly what friends of diversified music love ...
ouk, 12/02 / 01/03, germany
this one comes deep down from the treasure box of abstract and percussive collages of sound. ...in the course of the album raabenstein plays with the means of rock music,places evident references to early eighties wave music, creates tracks that flow in spite of jolting break beats, with rather hidden than evident quotations of latino and sometimes even allows saturnine clouds of sound to take their course, dramatic and fraught with symbolism, creating a horror movie in your head.
frankfurter rundschau online 12/02, germany
agreeable and humorous, sometimes slightly eccentric
(in a positive sense)
volker meitz, berlin, germany
quite close to actual trends, but nevertheless completely independent.
lift stuttgart, 12/02
with this album me raabenstein manages to get rid of the stylistic ties, creating songs which in a magic way take hold of the listener.
norbert schiegl, amazon.de redaktion, germany
music for grownups that still are curious about the many elements music can embody.
style and the family tunes, 12/02, germany
the title is a manifesto: the compilation includes a lot of the sometimes hard to find 12“ releases as well as a multitude of previously unreleased tracks, created either by raabenstein himself or in cooperation with a variety of producing friends. an extensive survey of the stylistic variety in the productions of me raabenstein with many exciting tracks.
stephan steigleder, universal music, berlin, germany
good music here, i like the cd. my favourites are tracks 11 and 17, tracks 1, 8, 9, 13, 15 are also very good. on track 11 there’s a supa guitar hookline, would perfectly fit for rmx!
scheibosan, vienna, austria
the outstanding release of your label, the tracks are bodacious, across the board.
herbert bachhofer, shantisan, vienna, austria
robin, pulver records, stuttgart, germany