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EAT YOUR HEART OUT – The Sound of New Berlin
Even the name conjurs up so many different images for so many different people.
The frenzied, coke-fuelled jazz scene of the 1920s. Christopher Isherwood loafing around with the vivacious Sally Bowls in the 1930s. A war-torn ruin in the 1940s then a new economic boom town of the 1950s.
A city divided throughout the Cold War and still, to this day, finding its feet after reunification.
Even just looking at the 20th Century, Berlin has an incredibly rich and varied history which sets it apart from many other European capitals.
It’s a city which thrives on evolution and this is nowhere better reflected than through its music scene.
An ever-changing array of clubs, bars, labels, DJs, producers, bands and musicians have been part and parcel of Berlin culture for decades…and there’s no sign of this stopping anytime soon.
But there is no time to go all misty-eyed and nostalgic for the “golden periods” of the city’s past: the punk craze of the 70s is over as is the no-wave scene of the early 80s…even the 90s boom in techno is a distant memory now.
Now it’s time for something different. Now it’s time to reflect the times, the tastes and the sounds of New Berlin. Now is the time for Eat Your Heart Out!
Founded by former Atari Teenage Riot frontman Alec Empire and partner in crime Nic Endo in summer of 2007, Eat Your Heart Out is Berlin’s newest baby; a fresh new label for a fresh new sound.
EYHO has already released Empire’s Robot L.O.V.E. 12″, the debut single from critically acclaimed LP The Golden Foretaste of Heaven.
With Empire moving in a new musical direction and a slate of exciting records and remixes due for release over the coming months EYHO is the label for the sound of New Berlin.
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The Quietus :”That the world is a better place with Alec Empire in it is an indisputable truth. That Alec Empire has done us a mix AND taken the time to talk us through his choices, is an indisputable proud moment in the history of this Quietus Mix Series. These are the fizzing elements, deep foundations, bracing braces and sonic weapons that in their own ways, have conspired and combined to make up Atari Teenage Riot’s new album, Is This Hyperreal?
When it comes to disseminating righteous music to the world, you can rely on a man like Alec Empire to go above and beyond the call of duty. The Atari Teenage Riot man has compiled us not only a fantastic mix of the music that has inspired him and the group over the years, but provided a narration of why the songs are so important. There are some fascinating stories too - imagine a festival bill with The Locust, ATR, Suicide and Metalux, who are included here… well, it happened. And I for one did not know that there exists a 7” with The Fall on one side and ATR on the other - listen as Alec tells us what an honour it was to play with The Monks. There’s also fascinating insight on the impact of techno, Sonic Youth, why ATR love The Raveonettes, plus a brand new track from Nic Endo and a rough, never-released mix of ‘Battle’, his track with Patrick Wolf. Remember Atari Teenage Riot’s Is This Hyperreal? is a) their best work and b) out later this month.”
Alec Empire / Atari Teenage Riot tracklist:
Wipers – Romeo
Sonic Youth – Kissability
Metalux – Track 03 Magic Alex – Mardas Tatsuhiko Asano – Bonjour Output – Sympathy Nervous Fifty Foot Hose – Red The Sign Post The Sonics – He’s waiting Alec Empire – it should be you not me Raveonettes – With My Eyes Closed Jon Spencer Blues Explosion & Alec Empire – Attack JM Van Eaton – Beatnik Alec Empire & The Monks – Monk Time Jeff Mills – Human To Machine Connection Nic Endo – Sanctuary Spooky Tooth & Pierre Henry – Offering Atari Teenage Riot – Riot 1995 Patrick Wolf & Alec Empire – Battle Atari Teenage Riot – Shadow Identity