Habitat: Fritz Kalkbrenner (Sun 05/04)

Habitat are proud to present German superstar Fritz Kalkbrenner for his Ways over Water Album tour.

It’s no secret that Fritz Kalkbrenner is a full-fledged soul boy. But with a voice like his, how could things have turned out any other way? Soul music is the foundation of all his musical endeavours. And like an emotional and aesthetic thread that he weaves through his music, soul, in fact, holds together his diverse musical influences such as hip hop, techno and house.

The release of the 2008 motion picture “Berlin Calling” saw the elevation of brothers Fritz and Paul Kalkbrenner from underground music icons to international celebrity status. Both Fritz and Paul both composed the soundtrack and featured in the cult movie, with the unmistakalbe voice of Fritz featuring many of the tracks including the ahthem “Sky and Sand”.

With the 2010 release of his debut album Here Today Gone Tomorrow, Fritz no longer stands in his brother’s shadow, but is celebrated for a soul sound is all his own. Something akin to Balearic guitar riffs meet rave tracks and warm house beats hover over a cinematic and melancholic sound. And rising above it all is Fritz’s voice. Here Today Gone Tomorrow makes the top ten groove charts of the year, is among the top five
albums on iTunes and is voted album of the year by Raveline magazine.

Fritz is also nominated for the Echo critic’s choice award. Since then, he’s been jetting non-stop from one club and festival to the next.

The tracks of his upcoming mix CD on the Suol label called Suol Mates, which will hit the scene in March 2012, demonstrate that his broad musical range spans from J Dilla, Pete Rock and Roy Ayers to Lawrence, Tom Trago and Robag Wruhme. Once again Fritz proves hip hop, soul and house are not opposites, but rather all planets in the same galaxy. A special highlight on the mix CD is his cover of Bill Wither’s classic song Ruby Lee. A new album on the Suol label is due out in 2012.