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ARTIST
TITLE
Love & Business
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
WARE 003CD WARE 003CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/30/2001

"Lido Hotel was last year; Love & Business is the title for 2001. The holidays are over, real life sets in again wavering between 'desire and obligation', 'feeling and duty', 'time and time-clock'. 'Love & Business' are cornerstones here not contradictions, not a pendulum between good and evil. Love & Business, the record, is more of an 'album' than its predecessors or comparable works. It reflects moods, ups & downs, fluctuations in the pace of time -- both real time that races ahead and inner, slow crawling time and vice versa. And floating above this is a basic, stable state of mind within the music that feels soft and delicate saying 'hey, stop, breath a sigh of relief, give yourself a shake -- it isn't that bad!'. Aural reconciliation as someone put it. Love & Business is released on Ware, Mathias Schaffhäuser's label, though it follows on imperceptibly from his album in 2000 Lido Hotel on Force Tracks. So musical continuity is ensured and there is no sudden break. Schaffhäuser's next album will be released on the Frankfurt cult label by late 2001/early 2002. The style is again compartmentalized as minimal techno house though 'minimal' here only relates to the sound aesthetics that are clearly rooted in the Cologne-Frankfurt-Berlin triangle. The tracks themselves have their own special structure though these structures do branch out quite broadly sometimes tending towards opulence. Reduced opulence, opulent reduction, varied repetition, minimal gluttony?. Love & Business deals with life and life doesn't very often run according to a logical plan. By the way: there are two cover versions on Love & Business, 'Hey Little Girl' (Icehouse) and 'Take Me To Your Heart' (Eurythmics). But that is definitely no retro thing -- it happened by chance more than anything else."