4 Women No Cry Vol. 2
Following the success of 2005's 4 Women No Cry compilation, Monika Enterprise now presents the second in this eclectic series. 4 Women No Cry Vol. 2 again brings four new female artists from all corners of the globe together on one concept album compiled and selected by Gudrun Gut. The stars of the latest installment of 4 Women are Dorit Chrysler (New York), Iris (Barcelona), Mico (London) and Monotekktoni (Berlin), each of whom brings something different and special to the album. Here's a quick rundown of the roster: Austria-born Dorit Chrysler is a Theremin virtuoso who has shared live bills with acts as diverse as Dinosaur Jr., Blonde Redhead, Mercury Rev, Oingo Boingo and Echo and the Bunnymen. She has also collaborated and recorded with artists and producers such as Elliot Sharp, Matt Johnson (The The), Foetus, and many more. Iris is a student of Electronic Art and Digital Design who has already performed at Sonar, and who is totally fascinated by computers. She has previously been featured on two compilations: On the Wave (Elektronica BCN, 2003) and Aspitin Damage (Koroshi Clothing, 2004), so you can be sure she has an interesting career in music ahead of her. Mico is artist Mieko Shimizu whose stream of conscious poetry set within a cinematic sound clash of fractured musical landscapes attempts to induce a sub-conscious response, which is further enhanced by her live collaborations with visual artists. She has scored numerous mangas, released three solo albums, collaborated with Monika's own Barbara Morgenstern and Robert Lippok, and formed an electro-ethno and experimental drum n' bass project. Completing the quartet is Monotekktoni aka Tonia Reeh -- a true cornerstone of the Berlin underground music scene who has played with Modeselektor, Kevin Blechdom, Heidi Mortenson and Barbara Morgenstern and has previously released on Sinnbus Records along with tracks on Transmediale, Pale Music and Klangkrieg. Her sound retains a lovely analog feel through the use of a four-track combined with samplers, synths and effects. Through this ground breaking series Monika Enterprise is helping to bridge a gap and break down geographic barriers between upcoming female artists from diverse backgrounds. This is far more than a mere showcase compilation.