Fritz Kalkbrenner - Sick Travellin
October 19, 2012
Two years after his stunning debut „Here Today Gone Tomorrow“, Fritz Kalkbrenner takes the next huge step in his career with his second album „Sick Travellin“. Coming hot on the heels of his „Suol Mates“ compilation in March, a mixtape infused with an eclectic variety of genres – from Soul to Funk, from Hip Hop to House, Fritz now takes all these influences and ideas, fusing them together to a sound that is ever so powerful and distinctively his own.
The thirteen tracks on the new LP, produced in the only recently finished Suol-Studios in Berlin-Kreuzberg, have a more organic, mature sound than those on the debut. More vocals, more live instruments like Rhodes, Bass and Guitar, recorded by some of the best studio musicians around, and Fritz‘s trademark grainy, „breathing“ samples. Basically, a whole lot of Suol! Pardon me: Soul.
„Sick Travellin“ playfully guides the listener from bittersweet melancholy and classical songwriting to loose, dreamy dancefloor moments. Vocal tracks like „Get A Life“, „Little By Little“, „No Peace Of Mind“ and last but definitely not least, his cover version of Gil Scott-Heron‘s „Willing“ (recorded in the same session as Fritz‘s Bill Withers-Cover „Ruby Lee“ for the Suol Mates compilation) once again showcase Fritz Kalkbrenner‘s extraordinary talent as a vocalist and his incredible gift for embedding Pop songs into beautifully crafted House music frames. But that‘s not all: the albums more forward tunes like „Square Heart“, „Monte Rosa“ or the club anthem „Hummin‘ Hills“ will trigger waves of euphoria on the dancefloors all around the globe.
But „Sick Travellin‘“ is not only the next chapter of Fritz Kalkbrenner‘s impressive career, it also reaffirms his position among the most important German artists and voices fusing club and pop music.
And that this is very far from the last step of his journey will become clear on his album tour, where you will be able to experience a new, impressive live show where Fritz combines the first and second album with beautiful visuals prepared especially for his performance. But up until then, there is enough time to dive into his newest album – and let yourself be enchanted by it.