Rewind: 1989. Germany is enjoying its own summer of love. Thick waves of acid house wash every oompah band out of every sleepy German hamlet and a hazy season of heady parties ensues. West and east united by vibe, it was the starter course for the reunification feast the followed later that year.
According to German rave legend, the south eastern town of Halle was home to the finest of raves. Many of which were hosted by Opa Herbet. Super Flu Felix’s grandpappy, and Monaberry’s number one mascot, Herbert – aged 50 at the time – was renowned around town as THE key player in the acid house movement.
You see he wasn’t just a savvy promoter, but also a deeply spiritual gentleman. He knew his grandson would fulfil a rich dance music destiny, he knew his family would create and contribute to the life-affirming world of house music. So he set up Monaberry, a label in waiting for his future generations.
An insightful fella, especially for his age, he knew Monaberry would enjoy unique success. He knew they would develop a firm pact of like-minded creative souls. He knew they’d host endless global parties, develop an extensive repertoire of beautiful, emotive, tech-laced house and enjoy the full support from A-list DJs. He could feel all of this in his rickety old bones. He also knew they’d release this stunning collection of exclusives…
Featuring Monaberry’s most consistent friends and introducing two new family members (The Glitz and Benn Finn), ’25 Years Monaberry‘ is an ageless document that not only showcases the label’s highly distinctive range and remit, but also celebrates the very roots of house music. Robust rhythms, slinky synths, stark sonic contrasts and endless holes of introspective soul… Whether you’re new to the label, or like grand old Opa himself you’ve had a feeling about these playful German cats a quarter of a century ago, ’25 Years Monaberry‘ sums up everything that’s great about the music we adore from a label we love…
The soft sentimental strings of Benn Finn’s ‚Oil In The Ocean‘. The hazy harmonies and funky falsettos of Super Flu’s ‚Oooooh‘. The poignant, rainy day chord swoops and alley-lurking sub bass of Monkey Safari’s ‚Middlestreet‘. The unfettered positivity of AndHim’s piano-slapping riff marathon ‚Melte‘. The dark grunts and muscular shuffles of The Glitz’s stuttering, wailing tech funker ‚Nineteen‘. The glistening, guitar-gilded sunset serenade of Martin Waslewski’s ‚Floading‘ . The vocal insistency and the hypnotic effect of classical house rudiments on Hanne & Lore’s ‚Lakepeople‘. The elephantine swing, short sharp jazz-blasts and techno trickery of Cascandy’s ‚Rammeln‘. The deep bass bubbles and Detroitian string staccato of Dapayk Solo’s ‚Flying Mona’… Each of these exclusive tracks represents Monaberry at its deepest, most delicious and timeless. And we guarantee they’ll still sound ace in 25 years time.
25 years is a long time in any game. But in the music industry It’s an eternity. But as long as there are wise old geezers like Opa behind the scenes, we’ll surf the endless ocean of years with style.