Alpe Lusia


Hamburg-based electronic musician Stimming presents his fourth album, Alpe Lusia. The work takes its name from a remote little hut in the Italian Alps, in which Stimming secluded himself to work on the album for a full month, all by himself. "When I reduce the outer impulses, I create a sort of artificial understimulation which in turn makes all my gear and equipment appear incredibly attractive again (in the way it actually deserves to be)," explains the artist. Alpe Lusia begins with the rippling noise of a little creek, and in a way, the album itself is precisely that -- a river, which in its course ingests further streams and gains force, while still remaining the same. At times it's as powerful as a rapid, and at others calm as a river bend, but it always originates from the same spring. "I wanted to create something of my own, a journey that (apart from the basic House formula) orientates itself as little as possible on contemporary influences," says Stimming. If you want to rely on his many colleagues' feedback, it seems he has mastered that -- e.g. DJ Koze, who says: "I am amazed. Incredibly warm, stripped down, deep, playful and most of all personal! Almost as if someone sat in front of his gear while cruising on a cutter boat over the ocean all by himself (and on Ritalin)." And the cutter boat is indeed part of the story -- after finishing the production of Alpe Lusia in the lonesome lodge, Stimming went (not without taking a short break among people) onto a container vessel by himself for seven days, sailing through the wintery North and Baltic Seas from Bremerhaven over northern Sweden and back via Rotterdam to the starting point. Stimming used this time to single-mindedly work on his live set for the 2016 worldwide album release tour. Would Stimming recommend this excursion to fellow producers? Not without preparing sufficient material and ideas: "I think starting with a blank piece of paper would be way too tough."