Now lot of people don’t like Mondays and we think that’s fair enough; going back to work feeling a decade older after a heavy weekend spent making memories with friends can be a chore for even for the most optimistic of us as we trudge back in to the daily grind. Fear not this week though as our favourite type of Monday, Acid Mondays are on hand to help stave off those post weekend blues with the exclusive premiering of their new Wolfgang Haffner remix for Rockets & Ponies.
With it’s HQ in rural Germany Rockets & Ponies has long bucked the trend by providing a coterie for the outsiders those deemed ‘too strange for the normal business’ (which considering the amount of labels based in uber liberal Berlin is quite a statement) with an ethos that fosters freedom of expression, experimentation and an avantgarde approach. So who better to present a remix package of works by Jazz luminary Wolfgang Haffner that includes Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer, Nightmares on Wax, Acid Mondays and label founder Timo Maas.
When approaching Wolfgang Haffner’s output ‘prolific’ doesn’t quite seem to cover it. With a career that spans over 30 years beginning in the German and French Jazz Ensemble and moving on to collaborative works with the likes of Chaka Khan, Bill Evans and Roy Ayres, Haffner has appeared on over 350 recordings. The selected material within this package is taken from his latest album ‘Heart Of The Matter’ released through The ACT Company in 2013 ‘Melodia’, ‘Luna’ and ‘Bing’ are twisted, stretched and reformed by the eminently prestigious roster of remixers.
For us the pick of the bunch was DT favorites Acid Monday’s alternative take on ‘Bing’ and we knew from first listen that this was a release we needed to secure for the hallowed pages of DT.