Niklas Wandt – Luftkraft (Aiforce Wandt) – Redux (Single)

New Song on new Berlin Jazz-Kraut-Electronica Label Kryptox / K7!. Sublabel of Gomma / Toy Tonics. “Luftkraft (Airforce Wandt)” Redux is taken from Niklas Wandt’s upcoming EP “Erdtöne”. A 4 minute neo- jazz-funk track with lot of drive, but no jazz solos. For people who like Kamaal Williams or Four Tet.
Niklas Wandt is a producer coming from the “Salon des Amateurs” universe. He released an albums with Jan Schulte aka Bufiman and is part of the new band Neuzeitliche Bodenbeläge.

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VA – Kraut Jazz Futurism (Compilation)

We made this compilation because we see a lot of great new music in Germany that is inspired by psychadelic and „kraut” heritage, jazz and electronica. We show songs of 17 young german artists that we think are doing great, new, hard to describe, music.

Review: The Wire Magazine (December 2019 Issue 430) by Neil Kulkarni

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.

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Keope – A Night In Bacalar (Single)

Keope are one of the new German bands of the rising Berlin jazz-kraut scene that is starting to become a phenomenon. They are the main band on Bigamo records. The new label of Frank Wiedemann of Âme/ Innervisions.
Keope produced this new track as a special contribution pre-single for “Kraut Jazz Futurism” – an upcoming collection of new german Neo-Jazz bands to be released on Kryptox records in november. This track is previously not released. Atmospheric very light and kraut influenced chill out music.
Kryptox is that new Gomma & Toy Tonics records sublabel dedicated to the new German Neo Jazz scene.
The compilation will be released accompanied by a big UK, US and German press campaign and collaborations with XJazz Festival Berlin and Überjazz festival Hamburg.

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Karaba – Der Inder (Single)

Kryptox is the new Berlin label that is dedicated 100% to the new German Neo-Jazz universe. A response to the new UK and US jazz scenes. Like a German version of Brainfeeder and Brownswood records.
This new single by KARABA is a pre-single to the compilation “Kraut Jazz Futurism”. A collection of new German bands that Kryptox will release in november.
Karaba are one of these new young German bands that combine psychedelic Jazz with Krautrock and Afrobeat. Like many of the new German crossover Jazz artists also these kids have been raised with three things: electronic dance music, playing real instruments and knowing all kind of „old“ music through the internet.
Now they combine all this in a new, fresh unpretentious and non academic way.
The KrautJazz Futurism compilation will be released accompaigned by a big UK, US and German press campaign and showcase collaborations with XJazz Festival Berlin and Überjazz festival Hamburg.

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Karl Hector & The Malcouns – Orange Man (Single)

First single from the upcoming compilation “KRAUT JAZZ FUTURISM” that portraits the new Berlin “Neo-Jazz” scene.
Karl Hector & The Malcouns, founded by JJ Whitefield (Stones Throw, Now Again, Daptone, Ninja Tune), lead the way with the exclusive track “Orange Man”. An ethno-kraut-jazz-funkmasterpiece.
This band is part of a new German wave. After the UK jazz and US jazz hype it’s time for the german jazz revolution. But while the new US & UK jazz is more influenced by hip hop and R&B, the young German jazz musicians are rooted in Krautrock and electronic music. 

This upcoming KRYPTOX compilation shows that Berlin is not a techno city anymore. There are many jazz musicians, new hot live clubs and festivals. The compilation release will coincide with Kryptox stage takeovers at Uberjazz festival Hamburg and XJazz Berlin. Full PR campaigns in Germany, US and UK.

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JJ Whitefield – Brother All Alone (Album)

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German guitarist, bandleader and producer JJ Whitefield has been spearheading several musical sub-genres over the last two decades. His bands Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector & The Malcouns are almost legendary to fans worldwide. He has been releasing influencial albums on Ninja Tune, Mo‘Wax, DaptoneStrut, Stones Throw and Now-Again and is probably one of the most respected German undergound musicians.

Now he is reaching new levels of nastiness with his Kraut-Jazz debut for Kryptox music. The new german label that has been created to show what´s happening in the growing german Neo-Jazz underground. A label collaboration between Gomma and K7 Records 

Brother all alone“ is Whitefield´s first album under his own name. Recorded in Berlin, Munich and Nairobi with some of the most interesting heads of the German Neo-Jazz-Kraut scene and mixed by Malcolm Catto of The Heliocentrics.

Whitefield is an innovator in the experimental kraut, deep funk, neo jazz scene. An obsessed record collector since his teenage years, Whitefield´s productions aim for a timeless quality and are often regarded on par with the classics they´re influenced by.

In the 1990’s he paved the way for the retro funk revival as mastermind of the Poets Of Rhythm. A band he started while still in school. The group begun with selfreleased 7“ vinyl singles, made on a 4-track tape recorder in his moms basement, and ended up with a album deal on Ninja Tune (and people like DJ Shadow, Coldcut, Mark Ronson and Gilles Peterson beeing massive fans.)

These „Poets of Rhythm” – records later served as main influence for the Daptone crew. The New York band that became Amy Winehouse backingband on her breakthrough album Back In Black. ( And btw: These early Poets- vinyls are highly sought after collectors items now, trading hands for hundreds of dollars…in case you own some.)

After the early Poets of Rhythm sucess JJ Whitefield moved to the States to learn more about beat making and black music culture. He connected with the New York and Bay Area Jazz and Hip Hop scene and that resulted in productions for american artists. Among that also own albums on Stones Throw and Now Again with his bands Whitefield Brothers and Karl Hector (Afro Funk) and Rodinia (Kraut Experiments).

After beeing obsessed with Funk, Jazz and Hip Hop Whitefield later started to widen his  interests in west african and ethiopian music. Record collecting and production. This passion culminated of him beeingan  integral part in re- launching the career of ghanaian afro funk legend Ebo Taylor and recording Taylor’s two albums for Strut Records.

His passion for african music brought him also to work with Jagari Chanda of zambian rock legends the W.I.T.C.H. since 2010. 

Now, back in Germany, JJ Whitefiled culminates all these experiences on his album Brother All Alone.

melting pot of styles and influences, drawing from Kraut, Jazz, Ambient and world music heritages. His new band consists of  some of the most intersting talents of the new German Jazz & Kraut scene:

Johannes SchleiermacherBernd Oezsevim,and Maasl Maier (Karaba, Embryo), with guest appearances from Sam DavidsCharif Megarbane and Marja Burchard

The band recorded ten of Whitefield’s compositions. The album starts with two quite calm songs:

Seven Seas in 7/8 rhythm and 14/08: a symmetrical rhythm of a 3/ 3/ 2/ 3/ 3 beat, which makes a total of fourteen 8th notes. Then Zone 30 takes overan improvisation with a very slow tempo that opens of for White Queen. The tribute song for Whitefield’s daughter Lilly. Whitefield says: “As a kid I always chose black in chess. Now playing with my daughter, she has first dips on color and always chooses black. So I’m stuck with the: White Queen.“ 

Besides collecting vinyl from Africa, Germany and the US Whitefield also since ever has been intersted in exotic library records: Chilli Chicken can be seen as an tribute to this scene. This track gets followed by two other tribute compositions: Metrosex – tribute to German Jazz legend Gunter Hampel and Rubikon: a homage to one of the funkiest bands ever with a jazzy prog filter. Also Yellow Sari could remind certain vibes from more trippy exotic library sounds . The follow up song Dreckstück then creates a slightly different atmopshere: Its a complex 39/16 rhythm. A punky Jazz track that made the Whitefield band almost start a rebellion against his leader while reharsaling it because of it’s extrem complexity. The album closes with the beautiful Nirguna: an ambient indian drone experiment.

JJ WHITEFIELD – Yellow Sari (Single)

“Yellow Sari” is the second pre-single of JJ Whitefield’s solo debut album “Brother All Alone”. A sitar – jazz funk tune with a heavy live played Hiphop beat. A stylish mix of the new Hipster jazz vibe, with Krautrock and ethno elements.
Released on the new German Neo-Jazz label Kryptox/ K7.
Guitarist and producer JJ Whitefield is kind of a legend to many Neo-Funk, Krautrock and Afro connoisseurs around the world. Before joining the Kryptox label he released albums on Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Now Again, Daptone with his bands Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield, Rodinia.
He also was the band leader and co-produced the two comeback albums of Ebo Taylor for Strut Records. JJ Whitefield – the German multitalent has been living in San Francisco before coming back to Germany and now recording “Brother All Alone” – A Jazz Funk album with some of the best young heads from the new Berlin Hipster Jazz scene. The album could make some waves as Whitefield has prominent fans all over the world: American dons like Madlib, DJ Shadow, Dan Auerbach, Mark Ronson to the UK Jazz heads around the Gilles Peterson and Shabacka scene. Many of the albums of his former bands are cult. So this next step in his carrier will get some attention too.

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JJ WHITEFIELD – 14/08 (Single)

“14/08” is the first pre-single of JJ Whitefield’s solo debut album “Brother All Alone”. On the new German Neo-Jazz label Kryptox / K7. Guitarist and producer JJ Whitefield is kind of a legend to many funk, hiphop and afro connoisseurs around the world. Before joining the Kryptox label he released albums on Ninja Tune, Stones Throw, Now Again and Daptone with his bands Karl Hector & The Malcouns, Poets of Rhythm, Whitefield and Rodinia.
He also was the band leader and co-produced the two comeback albums of Ebo Taylor for Strut Records. The German multitalent has been living in San Francisco many years before coming back to Germany and now recording “Brother All Alone” – a Jazz Funk album with some of the best young heads from the new Berlin Hipster Jazz scene. The album could make some waves as Whitefield has prominent fans all over the world: From L.A. guys like Madlib, DJ Shadow, Dan Auerbach or Kemasi to UK Jazz heads around Gilles Peterson scene. Many of the albums of his former bands are cult. So this next step in his carrier could get some attention too!

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RALPH HEIDEL / HOMO LUDENS – Moments of Resonance (Album)

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After the first wave of artists that have broken the ice with their way of combining contemporary symphonic music with electronica and jazz on the European side (Olafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm, Max Richter) – now there is a new generation of young musician breaking boundaries on a new level.

Especially in Germany there is a new wave of artists that bring the thing on a whole new level. These 20 – 25 year old people don’t just imitate what the bigger names in the scene (the fathers) have done but develop the style to a totally different level and add new ideas instead of just copying what the older guys did. This new wave of artists have a huge musical knowledge, have studied at the best music academies, learned to play „classical“ instruments and know how to improvise on a very high level. 

They have been raised in 2 different world: Studied the history of (contemporary) classical music and also been influenced by what’s happening in Electronica evolution of the last 25 years.

Ralph Heidel is one of these new kids in the German scene.

Coming from Munich, the 25 year old extremely talented musician studied saxophone and composition at the Munich academy of music (known for being the best music school in Germany. Think Julliard or Berklee). He graduated in 2018. 

Leering everything about the music of 20th century composers (Charles Ives, Alfred Schnittke, Giöyrgi Ligeti etc). At the same time he grow up with the music of electronic producers like Alvo Noto, Boards of Canada, Jon Hopkins, Jan Jelinek, Four Tet since early days. And: he comes from a Jazz musicians family and has grown up by listening to the jazz collection of his father. Studied saxophone since age of 12 with a big passion for the more advanced Jazz.

In his own music all this comes together.

Moments of Resonance“ are seven compositions full of brilliant little ideas, harmonic complexity, unheard music surprises, clever citations, dramatic evolutions, big explosive moments, meditative moments and euphoric high points.

This album is an extremely emotional work of art for strings, saxophone, drums, bass and electronics.

Ralph Heidel and his 7 piece ensemble Homo Ludens connect contemporary chamber music with Electronica, Ambient, Post rock and avant-garde Jazz. On a highest possible musical level – without getting too abstract and incomprehensible.

Everything is composed and improvised. Nothing is sampled. You find wild Punk-Jazz parts that recall John Zorn or Mahavishnu Orchestra and romantic passages that make you think about European impressionistic composers like Ravel or Debussy. But nothing is imitated, everything gets broken up through an expressive new way of using harmonization and melodic composing. Sometimes the band flies through an ambient and drone universe but one moment later the music evolves into an explosive, impossible to describe musical moment. One of Heidel’s biggest ability is to melt electronic and organic elements into a new unheard sound.

„Moments of Resonance“ never gets boring. You will discover new details also after listening 100 times. No matter if you listen to this while driving, lying in the nature or making love: this music stimulates deep emotions. Moments of joy and happiness but also heavy irritation. 

We seriously recommend to see a Live show of Heidel & Homo Ludens. It’s impossible to describe. Like a Punk band with strings and like a ambient show with real instruments these concerts leave nobody untouched and once seen cannot be forgotten.

Ralph Heidel is the perfect example of this new generation of musicians that are coming up in Germany. A new wave of multi-talented artists that are equally grown up and educated in 3 worlds: the history of German music, the electronica/drone/ ambient music of the last 3 decades and the history of experimental jazz.

His way to mix styles is ultra-edgy. Not just contemporary but highly futuristic. The opposite of retro.

And the way he composes his music non- linear with an extreme dramaturgy, musical evolutions and complex harmonic and melodic changes makes the big difference to a lot of music that gets released under the name of „neo-classical“. (A term that he doesn’t really like).

He is neither one of these techno guys adding some alibi strings to hide the banality of the music and he also is not one of the guys just taking one little musical ideas and stretching it for long minutes into an atmospheric carpet where nothing can irritate.. he is different.


22 year old german sax player and composer Ralph Heidel is part of a new generation of artists in Berlin that combine Neo Jazz, Electronica and modern chamber music. After people like Kemasi Washington, Olafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm have opened the ears of many listeners to new forms of jazz and contemporary classical music now these new kids go one step further. Heidel is one of these.

He writes music that leaves any boundaries behind. Music for classical string quartet, electronic instruments and jazz band. Creating intense cinematic sonic soundscapes. Music that can work in deep, sensual, romantic movies. Music that makes you think Johann Johannsonn could have be recording with Boards of Canada. Beautiful sounds that are complex without sounding complex. It’s a mind travel that adds a new view on the young and fresh Berlin musicians scene that comes after Techno.

The Flood is the second pre-release of Ralph Heidel’s debut album “Moments Of Resonance”. The album will be released on the new Berlin label Kryptox music end of march. Kryptox is a collaboration between K7! records & Gomma records.