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ARTIST
TITLE
Metamorphose
FORMAT
2LP

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AWAY 002LP AWAY 002LP
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RELEASE DATE
10/19/2018

Stathis Kalatzis, aka Mr. Statik, is a resident at Athens's multi-purpose cultural space Six D.O.G.S. He's not only been one of the scene's pivotal figures, but since he started to release his first solo releases in the mid-00s, the now Berlin-based Greek DJ has earned a reputation for being a trend-ignoring, unconventional producer. Mr. Statik enjoys thinking outside the box by crossing his diverse pop-cultural interests and pulling in expertise and perspective from beyond the usual functional formulas. After a decade of not staying in one comfort zone or sticking to one musical direction, he finds himself more comfortable in his producer shoes presenting his debut album Metamorphose. Housing a few film references in this for Mr. Statik typical nebulous fashion, the ten tracks not only carrying the narrative potential of an imaginary score, but primarily exploring a versatile array of influences, themes, and contradictions (which Mr. Statik as an illustrator also united on the album's artwork). Ranging from the sci-fi infused album opener "Insomnia", the first non-dancefloor piece he ever produced around 2011, over "Κatastrophe", an homage to ancient Greek theater, to collaborate with others such as Beatrice Ballabile, Jan Niklas Jansen (Locas In Love), and Claude Speeed, who contributed synth work on "Soulfur". Metamorphose succeeds in constantly changing its tones, while maintaining an emotional frame, in which Mr. Statik's melancholic, introvert, at times hopeful and euphoric, bottom end inclined electronic music can elaborate. Mr. Statik on his debut album: "I have always tried to approach producing as storytelling exercises. This allowed me to experiment finding myself in uncharted territories, more specifically in music that doesn't necessarily fit to a dance floor -- unless it's a very adventurous one. Metamorphose is loyal to that mindset. I usually draw inspiration from cinema and comic books and have always been fascinated with sci-fi, south Asian culture, surrealism, and the dreamworld. Initially the album was supposed to be a collage of the various influences that had shaped my life, but ended up being something very different. During the conceptualization and recording process a lot of things around us have changed, primarily for the worse. I became more and more sensitive and susceptible to pessimism and trendy visions of 'dystopian futurism', so that the LP emerged being an exercise in positivity." Also features Dave Aju and Nastya.