Fritz Kalkbrenner coming to Prague's Roxy

The German producer has returns to his club roots with an instrumental album

German DJ and analogue music producer Fritz Kalkbrenner is coming to Prague's Roxy club on Sep. 15 for what most likely will be a sold-out show. Tickets are already on sale.

Kalkbrenner released his fifth studio album, Drown, in February. It is a new musical direction for him, as it is his first album with no vocals. The contemplative instrumental and dance tracks are a return to the house music style from the 1990s' Berlin club scene , when he was DJ. This retro sound is a change of pace from his previous albums, which have sophisticated vocal arrangements.

For Drown, he went back to his old drum machine and his vintage Jupiter 8 synthesizer. “There is a common theme to the first four albums. But there comes a point when you reach a certain plateau, where a problem arises that everything you do is something of a reprise of what you have already done. And that is when it is time for something new,” Kalkbrenner said of his new album.

The 12 instrumental tracks have a variety of moods, but all with links back the club scene of 20 years ago when he began his career.

The DJ and producer was born in then-East Berlin in 1981. He produced the hit “Sky and Sand” together with his older brother Paul Kalkbrenner, also a popular DJ.

“Sky and Sand” was originally produced for the 2008 German movie Berlin Calling, written and directed by Hannes Stöhr. It was first released on the film's soundtrack album and later as a single.

The song was a hit across Europe. The single was certified gold in Italy and reached number two in the Belgian Ultratop 50. In Germany it spent a record 129 weeks in the German singles charts.

He also had hits with “Get a Life” in 2012 and “Back Home” in 2014, where he also sings.

Fritz Kalkbrenner produced four albums within seven years, starting in 2010: Here Today Gone Tomorrow, Sick Travellin', Ways Over Water and Grand Depart.

He is the grandson of the well-known East German painter Fritz Eisel, and the cover of the new album has an abstract landscape called Winterabend, painted by his grandfather in 1990. Kalkbrenner's previous albums had photos of himself, or for Ways over Water, a photo of a wooden sculpture of his head and shoulders.

The lack of a portrait on the cover is in line with the concept of a new beginning for the producer.

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