Famed for tracks such as ‘The Reel’, ‘Walk to the Moon’ and ‘YSL’, Andy Kolwes is a prolific producer and a man whose talent has brought him to a host of esteemed labels, not least Einzelkind & Frost’s Pressure Traxx and Dorian Paic’s always on-point Raum label. Earning plaudits from a diverse range of acts including Raresh, Thomas Melchior, Baby Ford, Sammy Dee, Ricardo Villalobos, Zip and tINI, Kolwes is most definitely a man on the rise.
Kolwes’ latest release, however, is an especially significant one. Simply entitled ‘Album’, the 2 x 12” affair sees him divulge in his love of eclectic sounds, with everything from Detroit-inspired techno to stripped-back minimal all included. A release that showcases his broad sound palette in quite triumphant fashion, this is a special collection of tracks that have all played a part in Kolwes’ sets over the past few years, which explains why it reads ’soundtrack’ on the back of the release — as the release really is one that the producer considers a soundtrack to his life. With the album dropping only recently, we caught up with him as he talked us through his favourite Back 2 Mine tracks…
1. Thomas Brinkmann – Max Ernst 03
Thomas Brinkmann is definitely a minimal hero . Plus, he’s also from Cologne and this is a mind-blowing dub-infected timeless long journey to get you hooked. Max Ernst by the way is a very famous painter who is from my area as well. You should check them both out.
2. Andy Kolwes – Hold on – Anyway04
As you might know, the afterhour sound is definitely my favourite subject of all. So I had to pick one of my own! So this is my contribution from my new album…
3. Steve o Sullivan – Bluespirit 001
This is classy, timeless minimal house. I have heard it way over 1000 times, but never get bored. The type of sound for a long car trip hitting the highway and also a real gem for driving the after-hours. Steve is a real master at this kind of stuff.
4. Untitled B1 by Lowtec from the album 10 Strikes to 2001
I could listen to this one forever. It’s so trippy and deep with always no highs. I always hear something new in it. What a piece of pure bliss.
5. Trankilou – St Estephe
A classy 90’s house vibe with surprising moments and a beautiful twist. I love it when music is unpredictable.
6. Schatrax – Slumberkings
If your afterhour is in a pool room of a smoky basement, I would recommend this deep jazzy groove.
7. Sedee- The Girl Inside
I like it when it gets mental, the type of sound where 2 beers suddenly feel like 20.
8. Nekes – I Feel
9. Rob Mellow – LoveNasty
I play this when I want to spread some sexy vibes. It always leaves a sensual crowd. The perfect last track to close or begin.
10. Moodyman – lt#2
Could have picked any number of Moody tracks here, but this one is really something special I reckon.