To coincide with the first day of Nachtdigital Flex taking place on 3rd August 2018 at Bungalowdorf Olganitz in Leipzig, the German electronic music festival has announced the release of a Various Artists double vinyl LP featuring four-tracks from KANN, Johann Knutsson, Vai and Manuel Stallbaumer & Stefan Schmidt-Dichte, plus a surprise cassette release of Jane Fitz’s ambient set recorded at the festival last summer.
This year’s double vinyl release follows the path they started to explore in 2017: To combine artists who are close to Nachtdigital, each given the specific task to tell a story in up to 24 minutes, which is pretty much the maximum you can press on one side of a vinyl record, with complete artistic freedom.
KANN went for a decidedly collaborative effort, gathering bits and pieces from the label’s core artists and glueing them together for one big, cohesive narrative. The result is somewhat experimental but also typically KANN in its sound and character: Intimate and homely but also dancy and energetic.
Johanna Knutsson turned in a long Ambient piece that feels like talking a walk with her through summery fields and meadows. It’s Johanna’s first proper Ambient release and quite the perfect fit since she will also give her live debut on Nachtdigital’s much-loved Ambient stage this year.
Vai follows on side C: He is a longstanding member of the Nachtdigital crew and has been writing and producing the music for our traditional opening performance for many years. One of the most versatile and yet-to-be-discovered producers in our sphere, this elaborative piece hopefully also is just a teaser of what’s to come in the future.
Side D belongs to the most odd contribution we got: Poet Manuel Stallbaumer and music “professor” Stefan Schmidt-Dichte (also known as Perm) brought their individual talents to the table and created a remarkable piece of listening pleasure – a weird, baffling fusion of poetry and sound that is definitely worth diving into.
The record comes in form of a double vinyl LP with fancy gatefold cover and artwork by bus.group. As always, the release will first be available at the festival and in a handful of carefully selected record stores thereafter – as well as at the Nachtdigital webshop.
The total playtime of the record is almost 90 minutes so it really is the perfect companion for a nice walk through the park, cooking with friends or taking an evening off on the couch.
The tape, on the other hand, contains the first 90 minutes of Jane’s set at Nachtdigital’s Ambient Stage last year. This magical spot has become a defining part of Nachtdigital’s artistic vision and identity. The new subdivision of Nachti Ambient Tapes is dedicated to that particular place.
A – KANN (18:49)
B – Johann Knutsson (23:49)
C – Vai (21:52)
D – Manuel Stallbaumer & Stefan Schmidt-Dichte (24:06)
Nachtdigital Flex is set to take place between 3-5 August at Bungalowdorf, a bungalow village located in Olganitz, Germany, the festival’s nearest travel links are Leipzig and Dresden airports, with options to reach the site using bus, train or taxi.
Inverted Audio is an official media partner for Nachtdigital, and we’ll be on hand to bring you all the info you’ll need ahead of the festival and show off the best bits afterwards. Stay tuned for further announcements and features.
NACHTDIGITAL 2018 LINE-UP
Beatrice Dillon / Bjarki / Blawan / Burnt Friedman / Courtesy / Cubic Space Collective / Demdike Stare / DJ Dustin / Don’t DJ / Evigt Mörker / Holz / Izabel / Jan Schulte / Kinzo Chrome / Maayan Nidam / Make Me / Manuel Stallbaumer & Stefan Schmidt-Dichte / Mozhgan / Objekt / Optimo / Paquita Gordon / Portable / Rroxymore / Sofay / Steffen Bennemann / Violet / VTSS / Wolf Müller & Niklas Wandt / XDB
Bender / cmd q / Map.ache / Mary Yalex / Polo / Sevensol / Underspreche
Adel Akram / Ana Bogner / Ben UFO / Chilling The Do / DJ Carpet Crawler 3000 / Et Kin / Feuerbach / Good News / Huerco S. / Johanna Knutsson / Michelson / Nina / OneTake / Trester / Vai / Weber / Wolf Müller & Cass.
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