Always staying one step ahead of the game, Matthias Tanzmann is back with a new album that will break the traditional model. Entitled Round And Round and due on his own mighty label Moon Harbour, the record will come out track by track over the course of autumn and winter 2019, rather than as one whole collection.
Round and Round comes three years after Momentum, Tanzmann’s last album and one that provided a snapshot of the deeper sounds he was enjoying at the time. This third full length is a more widescreen overview of his entire career and comes just after he was nominated, for the sixth time, as the Best Tech House DJ in the annual Ibiza DJ Awards.
The album was all written in the last year, but reflects every facet of the artist’s sound, so unfolds something like a career-long musical diary: from the collaboration with long-time friend and Poker Flat chief Steve Bug, which harks back to the early days of deep house, via newer connections and modern techno with Rebuke, tracks with old companions like Mathias Kaden, and on to new creative links with contemporary stars like Mihalis Safras and Black Circle. These collaborations with friends old and new define the record but never detract from Tanzmann’s own superb solo cuts. Sci-fi house, deep cut tech, warm vocal tracks and peak time pumpers are all unified by sleek and stylish production that is utterly contemporary.
This is an autobiographical album informed by another busy year of gigs at major festivals around the world, his famous Circoloco residency at DC10 and further Ibiza gigs everywhere from ANTS to Elrow to Music On. September also saw the release of the Better Lost Than Stupid album Wild Slide, a collaborative work with pals Davide Squillace and Martin Buttrich that shows that decades after first starting out, Tanzmann is still very much at the forefront of the global underground scene.
We welcome back Moon Harbour head honcho Matthias Tanzmann. The set was recorded live at United Ants Ibiza on 24 August 2019.
Matthias Tanzmann has been one of the leaders the house conversation for more than two decades now. He is one of the prominent residents for the Circoloco crew at Ibiza’s iconic DC10 in Ibiza, heads up the agenda-setting Moon Harbour label and releases his slick, forward-looking house and techno on labels like Dirtybird and Saved. On top of this, along with Martin Buttrich and Davide Squillace, he is one third of Better Lost Than Stupid, a red hot DJ and studio collective who put out their debut studio album Wild Slide in 2019, hot on the heels of Tanzmann’s own latest career-spanning and autobiographical solo album, Round and Round with guests like Steve Bug and Mathias Kaden. He might have been doing this for over 20 years, but still, Matthias Tanzmann remains as influential as ever.
‘Wild Slide’ is the debut album from techno supergroup, Better Lost Than Stupid, aka 3 of the world’s finest producers and DJs – Martin Buttrich, Davide Squillace, and Matthias Tanzmann. Released on 13 September by Skint/BMG, the 11 track album follows a slew of singles – ‘Back From The Desert’, ‘The Sky Is Too Low’, and ‘Inside’ – which have won praise from the likes of Mixmag, Dancing Astronaut, RA, Radio 1 (Pete Tong and Danny Howard), Marco Carola, Dubfire, Nicole Moudaber, Kolsch, Joris Voorn, Claptone, Eats Everything, Adam Beyer, and many more.
The next release on Moon Harbour comes from label boss Matthias Tanzmann and label manager Dan Drastic. Back in 2005, they took on the monikers Bill E. Idle and XL Roze and together worked as Lorna for a couple of tracks that came on a label of the same name. More than a decade later, the music still resonates so gets an overdue re-release. These are two ageless house tracks that brim with character and are guaranteed to get big reactions on the ‘floor.