Let Love Rumpel (Part 2)


Kalabrese, the pleasant Rumpelzampano from Zürich, is back with 11 songs that get under your skin and straight into your hips. The follow-up to Part 1 (RUMP 007CD/LP, 2021) is less pop-structures, more trippy and floating, reminiscent of his debut album Rumpelzirkus (STATT 002CD, 2007) at times and leveling perfectly between head nodding moments, Balearic sounds and massive Kalafunk. The story of the album naturally continues and bears the hallmark of Sacha Winkler who's not getting tired exploring and experimenting with his music. "Kevin und Sandra" is a strong, technoid, rocking yet poetic introduction to the album. Hypnotic driving synths howling over a stoner rock alike drum beat and a fluid rollin' synth-bass. "Springbrunne" is a great "rap without rap" hymn featuring the elegant and relaxed voice of Kayyak. Over a heavy beat he's toastin' about reinventing himself through the splatter of a fountain before Deacon Blues, better known as Seth Troxler, suddenly joins in. The title song of the new album, "Let Love Rumpel" is an ode to the joy of raving together but and the perfect soundtrack for sunrise. "Eight Bars" is massive Rumpelfunk, showing that it doesn't need more than a simple bassline and groove to lean back in the spirit of funk. "Get Up And Try" is the nimble answer towards the exhausting polemic about measures within the pandemic and know-all caprices. A children's choir over a mid-tempo housebeat, a beautiful cello by band buddy Dominik Löhrer and the swingin' trumpet, performed by Rumpeljazzer Benjamin Danech. "Explore Yourself" is a collaboration with the vocal contributions of talented newcomer Palma Ada. "Die Kette feat Zoé Miku" is a powerful and hypnotic mid-tempo Balearic house jam with the contemplative vocals of Zoé Miku. "Healthy Again" features Palma Ada backed up by a wonderful brass section. "Middle Of The Night" is a stripped-back, lyrical segment. Carefully sculpted sounds, smooth and low bass tones and a captivating simple rhythm. "Halftime Blues" is quite the opposite; heavy and slow, a dub without echoes with a slightly dystopic texture to it. With "Don't Loose The Center" featuring Kayyak, Kalabrese is celebrating the Rumpelfunk again -- this time pimped up with a lot of piano and boogie while Kayyak is lifting his voice. Rumpelorchester's bass player Marci Dobozi delivers the magnificent piano.