Inter Face


After string of hot 12" singles since 2009 and remixes for Diskokaine, Phenomenal Handclap Band, Headman, Ilya Santana, Box Codax, and others, Gomma co-founder/German producer and DJ Jonas Imbery aka Telonius releases his debut album, Inter Face. One thing is for sure, the album is an intentionally body-shaking affair that incorporates a certain twisty edginess -- the product of 15 years of experience in various diverse musical projects. In 1999, Imbery founded the Gomma label with his partner Mathias "Munk" Modica, a musical juggernaut that has become a platform for an astounding group of artists such as Esperanza, Justin Robertson aka The Deadstock 33, WhoMadeWho, Moullinex, The Phenomenal Handclap Band, Mercury, and Dimitri From Paris. From the start, Gomma has emphasized its independence of musical trends and fads, working with surprising influences and carving its own brand of club music. Under his Telonius moniker, Imbery creates a kind of house music that exists far outside of scene chic and boring retro clichés. His music is brimming with funk influences that were already a hallmark of his producing techniques in previous productions. There's a hint of disco in these arrangements -- here and there strings and horns surface for a brief sojourn, and always there are strong bass lines all over the place. The icing on the cake comes in the form of the vocal contributions by friends and colleagues from Munich, Berlin, New York and Amsterdam (such as Faberyayo of Dutch band Le Le, led by graphic artist Parra). Inter Face is a collection of 10 tracks and many surprising musical elements, ranging from house to disco to techno to funk and some new wave with a penchant for analog instruments and organic sounds. Telonius takes these elements and creates an atmospheric mix that is only about one thing: an infectious groove. This is not a club music thesis, nor is it functional, run-of-the-mill house that so dominates the current club scene. This is a collage of house tracks that never sound banal and have plenty of emotion in them.