"Since the December of 2001, Mannheim's weekly Thursday evening _Lounge club has been something of a platform for regional audio and video artists, and internationally celebrated electronica artists, allowing them to present their creativity to a wide audience. In those last two years, the _Lounge has managed to make a name for itself in Mannheim and beyond, and today counts as one of the most renowned club nights in the land -- not just because of its musical variety. The _Lounge has given electronic music fertile ground to thrive on. And it is only a handful of that which has borne fruit that can now be heard on this third release of the in-house compilation series. _Lounge.Essenzen.03 brings together tracks by artists who appeared and performed at the _Lounge between December 2001 and January 2003. They stand for the _Lounge's openness and, combined, buck the musical trend with which 'lounge-music' is normally associated. The tracks featured here are only seldom what you might refer to as 'fluffy', or 'easy listening'. Instead, they trace the entire spectrum of contemporary musical innovation, and in doing so reflect the current state of Production quality in Germany, Europe and beyond." Artists: Roland Fiege & DFO, Baier & The Box, Munit, Magnum38, Notebook Junkies, GMan, Cloinc, Klangforschungszentrum, Michael Langlois, Frank Martiniq, Lufth Rotes, Clark Kent.