There’s a new musical wind blowing through Germany – and especially in Berlin. After years of having been the techno capital of the world, the city now is embracing a much wider musical palette. Attracting a new generation of sonic adventurists, international jazz musicians as well as German talents. These highly skilled performers are searching for something new, merging different styles and influences.
It’s a fact: jazz no longer ‘smells funny’. And after London and L.A., Berlin is on its way to becoming a new hotspot for the next generation of jazz-influenced musicians. Thanks to its free hedonistic spirit as well as a blossoming scene of new live clubs, festivals and happenings.
This compilation showcases some of the most interesting artists on the new German scene to date. Yet while other new jazz movements are more influenced by hip hop and R&B, these young German ‘jazz’ musicians have audibly steeped themselves in their own heritage: Krautrock and electronic music.
The majority of the tracks on this compilation were composed exclusively for this release or have only seen a limited release via the artists’ own channels. A few have already been released in 2018/19 on small labels.
Compiled & produced by Mathias Modica
Pianist, A&R, music resarcher, vinyl collector, DJ, producer, founder and creative mind behind Gomma, Toy Tonics and Kryptox music.
He comes from a family of classical musicans, his father was director of Munich’s accademy of music. Mathias studied jazz piano before switching into electronic music and club culture. He started the indiedisco and electronica label Gomma in 2000.
Gomma was described by the NME as „Germany’s most interesting record label“ and Pitchfork „Gomma is like a German DFA“.
Mathias discovered artists such as WhoMadeWho, Coeo, Black Loops, Nick McCarthy of Franz Ferdinand (who started his carrier on Gomma). And (as Munk) he produced and collaborated with artists like Peaches, James Murphy, Nancy Whang, The Rammellzee, Asia Argento a.o.
Gomma now is sleeping. Instead Modica started the dancefloor funk label Toy Tonics (since 2015) and Jazz imprint Kryptox (2018 ) – to show what’s happening in the new Berlin Neo Jazz and Krautfunk scene.