System 7- UP -  new album release May 30th 2011



One of the things we have noticed about the current techno scene in Berlin is that the crowds at the clubs tend to be quite joyful and happy while at the same time totally digging the specialist Berlin techno sound in an educated way. This positivity we found very inspiring and has directly led to us titling our new album UP”.

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1. PositiveNoise  -  This opening track is one of our collaborations with A Guy Called Gerald. The intro section is taken directly from a live recording we made at Gerald's Berlin studio while writing this track. We're really happy with the combination of melodic chords and groove and Gerald's throbbing bass sound.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

2. Funky Gong  -  Funky Gong Minoru plays guitar and DJs with the Japanese band Joujouka also with our friend DJ Tsuyoshi Suzuki. This track is based on our remix of Funky Gong's track "Falling" and we came up with this great groove that we were keen to develop into a track for our album. This track mixes metal guitar with a definite electro edge. We've titled it using Funky Gong's name and the title will intrigue fans of our former band Gong.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

3. Berimbau  -  The berimbau is a traditional Brazilian musical instrument used in combination with the wonderful Capoeira martial arts and dance moves. On this track we used samples of the berimbau with a deep tribal tech groove to create something that we find quite original. At one point we quote from the old System 7 track "7:7 Expansion" (a collaboration with Youth) that also used a berimbau sample. In addition we have a guest performance from Yuji Katsui of Japanese band ROVO on electric violin - he's also a berimbau fan and he plays one.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

4. The Mind Boggles  -  This is perhaps the most intense track on the album imbued with a heavy bubbling techno groove throughout, together with lots of pulsating echo guitar. The long intro build up starts with orchestral chords and dark harmonies.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

5. At Last  -  A deep techno groove coupled with large amounts of Steve's trademark echo guitar. At one point in the multi layered guitars we use a sample from one of our own tracks "Sirenes" (collaboration with Laurent Garnier).   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

6. E-Fusion  -  Very much based around Miquette's dreamy EMS synthesiser loops this is in some ways the most psychedelic track on the album. The long outro is somewhat remeniscent of our ambient classic "Rainbow Dome Music". It should be noted that while this System 7 album doesn't actually include a downtempo track, several of the album tracks have long intros and outros and this provides a representation of the ambient aspect of our sound.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

7. Dolphin Smack (System 7 remix)  -  Dolphin Smack is a track by Josh Wink with a long ambient middle drop section that we started to love to mix in with other tracks in our DJ sets and even in one spot in our live set. While in Berlin we had the idea that, if we made a System 7 remix of Josh's track, as its elements had worked so well in our sets it could work really well on our album. We contacted Josh and he liked the idea and sent us the parts - and later we sent him a semi-completed version that he approved - and so here it is, blending beautifully out of the previous track E-Fusion, and including Steve's famous glissando guitar.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

8. I Seem To Be a Verb -  Another collaboration with A Guy Called Gerald this track is a bit slower than the rest with a lyrical bouncy groove and a snatch of Twin Peaks baritone guitar.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip

9.  Plasmatic Park  -  Ending the album with a bit of a bomb blast this track grows into a nasty groove and features heavily processed electric guitar ending with a wild solo.   Click here to hear a 45sec mp3 clip



System 7 Classics

Mirror System - Reflector DJ mix

AlphaWave / HPD re-release single

Space Bird single

Phoenix album

Live Transmissions album

Planet 7 iTunes exclusive
Encantado album
Mysterious Traveller album
Seventh Wave album
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