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Quit Quittin – 5 highlights of Move D’s epic discography

“I am old enough to even remember a time before techno and electronic music – the word DJ didn’t mean that much…” —  David Moufang aka Move D

A man of many disguises and a serial collaborator, David Moufang aka Move D continues to amaze his audience today by releasing consistently brilliant EP’s and LP’s, year in, year out. A true veteran of the craft, Moufang has been commercially producing music for 25 years and has appeared on labels as varied as Running Back, Warp, Workshop, Uzuri and Underground Quality.

Moufang is undoubtedly among the artists that people passionate about electronic music should learn about and observing how he develops with time is especially interesting, considering how youthful and curious his sound became over time. Although not essential, it is best to take the time to listen to Moufang’s work in chronological progression as making this investment will help the listener appreciate how Moufang has unfurled over his 25 year-long career.

His sound isn’t by any means settled in a distinct style and his discography is a testament to his artistic versatility. The beginning of his discography sounds like a sci-fi soundtrack, whereas twenty years later, he produces drum-heavy funk-oriented material that rips dance floors apart. Even today, Moufang’s sound continues to be youthful and inquisitive.

 

 


Move D Kunststoff vinyl

Move D // Kunststoff

 

Kunststoff was big when it was released, and there’s no secret why — it’s a masterful blend of very rhythmic, almost IDM-ish Techno and an airy and atmospheric character. There were three represses of the LP in 1995 alone.

Move D speaks a lot about how much robotics, technology, and space have influenced him as an artist. These motives can be traced in his earlier work, and Kunststoff is an excellent example of that.

The most memorable feature of this LP is its mood. After giving the album a first listen, you’ll notice how eery and introspective it is. There are many gems on Move D’s debut album that will awaken even a modern crowd, but this minor-scale and self-questioning mood of the record makes it an armchair Techno classic.

Not only does Kunststoff pass the test of time, but it also stays relevant in the current House/Techno ecosystem. Furthermore, for the producers out there, this is one of the valuable examples of a piece of art from the times when plugins didn’t even exist.

Listen to more of Kunststoff

 

Studio Pankow // Linienbusse

 

Linienbusse is a collective effort made by Jamie Hodge, Kai Kroker, and David Moufang. And although this isn’t a solo Move D project, it’s safe to say that this album is among Moufang’s most significant investments towards mastering the craft of electronic music.

The LP is an Electronica/Techno organic masterpiece packed with soul – it progresses, it moves, it breathes. There is a ghost in the machine.

The tracklist reads more like a bus itinerary that moves through a list of locations in Berlin. Musically speaking, Linienbusse does sound like a trip. The name of the album roughly translates from German as “Regular Busses” which suggests that the tracks are dedicated to the artists’ beloved sites in Berlin; after all, we’re influenced by what we see everyday.

This breathtaking LP attempts to take its listener to the places where electronic music originated, by showing them its more emotive and meditative side.

Listen to more of Linienbusse

 

Magic Mountain High XX vinyl record covers

Magic Mountain High // Workshop xx

 

Another impressive collaborative project that sees Move D join forces with Juju and Jordash. First seeing life on wax on Workshop in 2012, Magic Mountain High is an improvisational act that was born at the Freerotation Festival and has since been performing all over the world.

The untitled A-side in pretty much a ten-minute analogue excursion, with a profound and bold bass line, abundant percussion, and sound FX that takes you back to the time of “Kunststoff.” The B-side is much more playful. It has the same dense and rubbery drum section, but with joyful and even naïve melodies.

Also check out the follow up – Live At Freerotation

Listen to more of Workshop xx

 

 CONJOINT Berger Hodge Moufang Ruit

Conjoint // Berger Hodge Moufang Ruit

The fusion of genres happens typically in very subtle ways. It looks for common denominators. “Berger Hodge Moufang Ruit” doesn’t do that. It pairs very straightforward analogue drums programmed by Moufang and Hodge, while Ruit Kraus plays the guitar, and Karl Berger gloriously plays the vibraphone.

This album wasn’t intended to be a smooth combination of electronic and live instruments, but rather as a clash of the two worlds.
With two people programming drums and bass, you can imagine that the LP is strongly percussive and full of life. Rhythmically, this project has very tribal character and often has a slowed-down and housey drum section. The Wire magazine said that this album is easily comparable to Miles Davis’ ‘In A Silent Way.’ This serves as a testament to the importance of this LP both in Moufang’s roster and electronic music in general.

Also check out Earprints

 

Move D // Workshop 13

 

Move D’s EP on Workshop is among the most exciting projects of his later career. Moufang has developed an affinity for heavily sampled and more classic House tropes, and Workshop 13 is an excellent showcase of his interest in this strain of electronic music.

Considering Moufang’s interest for improvisation and his long-term collaboration with Juju and Jordash in Magic Mountain High, Workshop 13 appears to be a live recording that has been trimmed and polished, rather than a carefully thought out project.

Either way, it’s rich and slightly agitated, but deep and meditative at the same time. Workshop 13 follows an aesthetic not too disimilar to Theo Parrish. It’s not necessarily easy-going, it can’t be listened to mindlessly, and the sound is quirky and immediately recognizable – we think this a pretty good summary of Move D’s sound over the last 25 years.

Listen to more of Workshop 13

 


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10 Best House Records of October 2016

Here are the best house records of October 2016 according to the users of Sound Shelter


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Nebraska – F&AR001 (F&R)

Noted for releases on labels such as Rush Hour, Delusions Of Grandeur and Mister Saturday Night, London-based producer Nebraska brings us three characteristically top-notch slices of sample-rich deep house.

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Javonntte – Mind Over Matter (Sistrum)

NDATL artist Javonntte hits Patrice Scott’s marvellous Sistrum label with an excellent 12 of warm Detroit house.

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Glenn Astro – Colour Sands (Big Bait)

Essential repress of Astro’s debut release on Big Bait. Expect warm, jazzy swinging house.

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Zarate Fix / DJ Sotofett – Planetary Involvement (Thug)

Cosmic & earthy dubbed out house. Essential leftfield house as expected from these two.

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Rick Wade – the ELIXIR (Harmonie Park)

Deep detroit house tunes released on Wade’s own Harmonie Park label

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Call Super – New Life Tones (Houndstooth)

After an outing on Dekmantel with the excellent “Nervous Sex Traffic”, Call Super returns to Houndstooth with a couple of multi-genre-straddling melancholic ambient house tracks.

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Move D / Fred P / Christopher Rau / Easy To Remember – A Tribute To Klang Club Volume 2 (Unclear)

An All-star lineup don’t disapoint with their classy house homages to the now-defunct Tuscan club.

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General Ludd – Sunset Yellow (Mister Saturday Night)

General Ludd return to the New York label with more mind-being high-octane psychadelic house sounds.

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Terrence Parker – Deep Detroit Heat Edits Volume 1 (Groovement)

TP documents 90’s piano house with a set of new and unreleased versions and edits.

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Jovonn – Peak Hour EP (Body ‘N Deep)

US House master Jovonn launches his new label with Jersey-templated, swinging house tracks.

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