Whether on “Saarländischer Rundfunk” or “Südwestrundfunk” (German radio stations): If you want to know what is hot in the clubs, which trends there are, and where they are going, you must listen to “CLUBDING” (club thing). This popular programme is especially famous for two things; for its great success with the younger audience and for the editor in charge: Chantal Tessmann. ex.it is the name of the current compilation for which Chantal Tessmann signs responsible under her pseudonym chantaL.. With “Si Tu Trouves” and “Never stay”, she also contributes two tracks and adorns the cover. ex.it is the ideal way to escape from everyday life and dive down into the finely tuned world of “funky groovy soulful sounds”. The motto is: “There´s no better time than right now to be happy. Happiness is a journey, not a destination. So work like you don´t need money. Love like you´ve never been hurt. And dance like no one´s watching”. In a word: Don´t waste your time, live and love now and enjoy your life!

For many years, chantaL. – who knows the hottest clubs inside out – has been working with the leading club sound labels. Her debut album “clubDING Vol.1″ was a success. With ex.it, chantaL. now has a new direction and follows new trends, putting great weight on intelligent music and the fusion of hand-made music and electronic effects.

“The tendency is leading away from pure electronic music – DJing is no longer as hip as it used to be – and going towards bands. The music must speak for itself” says the artist from Saarbrücken with conviction. The trend goes towards the good old hip-shaking sounds, back to Boogaloo, back to the Sixties and Seventies. Live performances are a major aspect for chantaL.

ex.it is convincing – the names of the artists speak for themselves. A perfect mixture of hand-made and electronic music with a lot of soul, that can also be easily performed live. Quantic Soul Orchestra, matizz, the halftones, Rodney Hunter, and MiniVip – selected artists that incorporate the music spirit of the times.

If you want to break out from everyday life, from the here and now – ex.it is the best way out.

For more informations: ex.it, compiled by ChantaL. (Auric Enterprises)

Nice Traps – the title of Khoiba´s debut album hits the nail on the head, and the cover, displaying a young attractive lady who has obviously trapped an insect, shows: Hear it once and you will be trapped by the captivating melodies of the successful Czech band, trapped in a world of music from which you do not really want to escape anymore. The sound of Khoiba is an inspired interplay of electronic music and clear, melodious guitar tunes, a creative down-tempo mix full of ideas, that creates an exceptional and special atmosphere. A great part in this surely has Ema Brabcová with her distinctive and expressive voice that immerses you in the partly spheric and catchy Khoiba tunes. The track “Half In” (track 2) is a very good example for this. Khoiba describes their style as “pop and atmospheric music, full of melancholy and positive emotions, sometimes very dynamic, somtimes soft”. Each track has its own history and its own inherent emotions. Khoiba are not only convincing studio musicians, but very approachable with live performances all over Europe, which they meticulously prepare and enjoy. Whether in their home country the Czech Republic or in France, Germany, the Netherlands or Austria, they have impressed the audience at more than 50 gigs and festivals. “Live performances are very important to us and always very special events full of emotions. We are pleased when the audience gets carried away and when we get their positive feedback”, the band says, and one can tell that music plays a big part in their lives. “The best way to show your thoughts and feelings is music. We are fascinated by music and this feeling is getting stronger every day…”. With their debut album, Khoiba has produced an extraordinary first work, according to their motto „Expect nothing but the best“, that shows the potential of the young band from Prague. It´s only a matter of time until you are also trapped by Khoiba.

For more informations, please visit: Khoiba artist page

We have to admit that involuntary thoughts will clatter along some people’s brain initially during the first unprejudiced look at the label-name [kju:]. Thereby, everything’s so easy: [kju:] is English and stands for the 17th letter of the Latin alphabet – “Q”. Who still couldn’t do anything with this, will get help from the subtitle for sure: “Quiet Music – Quite Electronic” stands for settled electronic Music, somewhere between Dancefloor and Sofa, established-chilly stuff as well as experimental-groovy things, it features listening-styles from cheesy-trance-synthesizer-surfaces via jazzy beats to electrophile lounge-tunes. Who awaits the ultimate underground-label is wrong. At least as wrong as somebody who promptly thinks “Ah, so it is commercial!”. [kju:] is (just) so commercial as the relative Releases allow it, and as a result of the open-minded structure very difficult to define. [kju:]-Releases are target-group-oriented and so sophisticated and multifaceted as Listening-Music today can be. [kju:] is everything and nothing, at the heart not more than the phonetic-spelling of a letter, but definitely not less then the summation of its releases. [kju:] is unique, individually and above all: flexible! It aligns with the needs of the listeners and artists. Anymore: [kju:] stands for quality, too!

For more informations, please visit: www.kju-records.de