On August 25th Grönland Records will be releasing the Boys Noize remix of DAF’s 1981 track Als wär’s das letzte Mal alongside a video, directed and produced by artist SNEAKi. As part of the launch, Grönland has announced a strictly limited edition 12-inch vinyl, with only 140 hand numbered units available through their online store.
DAF are know worldwide as the “godfathers of techno,” the pioneers of EBM and the forefathers of electropunk. Yet they only laugh coolly and remain tight-lipped in the face of any attempt to historicise them. Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft – better known as DAF – is a myth. What we know is that they released four albums in a short time span between 1980 and 1982, and that those albums changed the history of music worldwide. With precision percussive elements mastered in classical jazz training, a legendary Korg MS-20 and a highly fetishistic militaristic spoken-word style, they produced four albums in quick succession – records that could be construed as substitutes for sex, drugs and violence.
For an artist whose career doesn’t stretch much further back than a decade, Boys Noize has risen to prominence as a producer and DJ both in continental Europe and America, and recently, his music has featured on the soundtrack to Oliver Stone’s Snowden and the Scarlett Johansen sci-fi epic Ghost in the Shell. His remix is the perfect match for DAF’s dark energy, recharging their track for a new generation, like a spike through the adrenal gland. Having remixed David Lynch and collaborated with The Scissor Sisters and Chilly Gonzales, Boys Noize brings a level of umbrous theatricality that matches the militarized intensity of DAF – SNEAKi’s video is the perfect accompaniment, transforming the remix into a sexually charged intergenerational séance.
‘DAS IS DAF’, the new box set released September 29th demonstrates why DAF, along with Kraftwerk and Can, have earned their place in German electronic music history. Sequencers, synthesizers, commanding drum beats and the most cutting staccato spoken-word vocals – very few bands have managed to contrive their own aesthetic in such masterly fashion, and to even make it a subject of their work: “Was ziehst du an heut nacht?,” “Verehrt euren Haarschnitt,” “Tanz den Mussolini.” DAF’s remain the darkest and hardest driving musical imperative ever to come out of Germany.
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