Holger 8

VaiSon of Idaia

Release Date: September 25, 2015
A1 Dust · A2 Get Away From It All · A3 Hexagon Phase · B1 Ilia Alma Delay · B2 Acroma Wind · B3 Piano Phase

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With our eighth release, we introduce yet another new artist: Vai has been active in the scene for a few years already, with various production teams and aliases. His new project is heading for a different path though: »Son of Idaia« is his most intimate work to date, a highly personal record. The elements in use are almost fragile, winding around each other and hard to grasp. So is the music: In between Ambient, Electronica and ghostly Techno it seems removed from its club origins and yet still reverberating these roots. A deep trip down the rabbit hole - dubby, immersive and glowing in all its calm beauty.
Holger 8 also introduces a new line of cover artworks, courtesy of Lukas Mehling.

Holger 7


Release Date: May 18, 2015
A1 Intro · A2 Sklt · A3 Dr. Clapper · A4 The Bug · B1 B1/Warten · B2 No4

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On his second installment for Holger, Weber further expands the sounds and themes introduced on his debut »eins« (Holger 4, 2014). Adequately entitled »zwei«, it documents Weber’s development and growing confidence as an artist. Combining influences from early Krautrock and minimal music to contemporary dance sounds, Weber shows a refreshing appetite for experimentation and free form song structures. Given these parameters anything seems possible: From the post-techno of »Sklt« via the anti-pop of »The Bug« to the spaced out »B1 / Warten« and its ghostly dub companion »No4«.

Holger 6

Dream WeaponsThe Moonland Remixes

Release Date: April 22, 2015
A Barnt Remix · B Jens-Uwe Beyer Remix

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Dream Weapons' »Moonland« from his »Pathways EP« (Holger 3, 2014) has been a favorite of many. Accordingly, remix duties were given into the trustworthy hands of Barnt and Jens-Uwe Beyer - two of the co-founders of much acclaimed Cologne label Magazine. An expert in mixing and structuring, Barnt carves out the hidden capabilities of the original while Jens-Uwe Beyer takes a slightly more humorous but no less feet-moving approach to things. Weirdo techno in typical Magazine/Holger style.

Holger 5


Release Date: September 1, 2014
A1 Pentecost · A2 In A Box · A3 Thurber Ranch · A4 Sundowner · A5 Hidden Tarn · A6 Ariel And Tiger · B1 Mrs Carpenter · B2 Glamis Castle · B3 Borogoves · B4 Sembat's Travel · B5 Van Dyne

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Timoka’s »Tulgey« is his second effort on the Holger label and quite an achievement: While his debut »Waters« (Holger 2, 2013) offered just a glimpse at the Timoka universe, »Tulgey« expands the themes set there and further broadens the perspective – adding at least one more dimension and offering new insights into this masterly crafted, highly complex world of its own.

It’s a zone of transformations: Landscapes become waveforms, images turn into sound – and vice versa. The result is rich on atmosphere, full of bittersweet emotions and captivating from start to finish. If the »Waters EP« could be seen as a fragmented short story, »Tulgey« now offers a much more consistent narrative – it’s a journey, a proper novella.

One could call it sophisticated or even wise – though the core of its origin is a very simple one: To create personally relevant music. It just happens to be incredibly beautiful at the same time.

Holger 4


Release Date: May 19, 2014
A1 Intro · A2 Quote · A3 E.M.P. · B1 somehowalovesong · B2 zwei · B3 drei

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Philipp Weber is a musician living and working in Leipzig, Germany. His main focus when creating music is to capture the moment by using all kinds of instruments in a playful and intuitive way, experimenting with rhythms, sounds and melodies. His songs are ideas, emotions and thoughts that he tries to translate into music. »It's like speaking a language«, he says, »without knowing its grammar, still trying to find the right words.«

Philipp is one half of the project Webermichelson - a two-piece band focused on merging Kraut and experimental music through drums, synths and guitars. Webermichelson have been a core ingredient of the Holger universe from the very start, one of their live shows actually being the moment where it all began. With his first mini album Weber now joins the Holger family also as a solo artist.

Holger 3

Dream WeaponsPathways EP

Release Date: February 24, 2014
A1 Intro · A2 Pathways · A3 Infinite · B1 Moonland · B2 The Vampire

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A few words by Steffen Bennemann: »I was in loose contact with Aggelos (Dream Weapons) for a few years, watching him from a distance with great interest. In 2012, he sent me his debut LP on Inner Ear under his Fantastikoi Hxoi moniker and it quickly became my favourite album of the year. When I told him our plans for Holger he sent me some of his more electronic-leaning music. I was instantly captured by the driving, trippy kraut techno songs which show homage to the psychedelic sounds of the 60s and 70s while holding their own in the here and now. Exactly our cup of tea.«

Holger 2

TimokaWaters EP

Release Date: December 3, 2013
A1 Comer · A2 Nathal · B1 Inn · B2 Aare

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A few words by Steffen Bennemann: »When the Webermichelson guys introduced us to Timoka, we didn't even dare to hope he would ever join a start-up label like Holger. His work just sounded way beyond that, so sophisticated and well produced, highly artistic and melodically complex. But as it turned out he not only became a part of our family - he even went on to define our graphic identity (together with Reymund Schröder) with his visual art. We couldn't dream of a better match. Plus: Aare is a hit (even if Timoka hates to hear that).«

Holger 1

MargotTrentaseitrenta EP

Release Date: October 21, 2013
A1 Trentaseitrenta · A2 Tristemente · B1 Yes | Noise · B2 Primidue

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A few words by Steffen Bennemann: »When I heard Margot for the first time, I instantly fell in love with their synth-driven freeform kraut-techno. Strong melodies, insanely well-shaped beats, sometimes driving, sometimes bravely bending the rules. After great releases on James Holden’s Border Community, Ivan Smagghe’s Kill The DJ and their own label we were more than happy to welcome them in our Holger family. Here they can show their more experimental side, far beyond common floor/listening conventions and full of synapse-tickling synth magic. Plus a secret pop hit (Trentaseitrenta), perfect for closing any exceptional club night.«

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