Yes, you read the headline correctly.
But first, we bring you news of a new EP introduced by Berlin-based producer and live artist Ben Böhmer, returning to Anjunadeep after a landmark 18 months.
Amassing over 50 million streams, picking up BBC Radio 1 support from Annie Mac and Pete Tong, including an ‘Essential New Tune’, being featured in Billboard’s ‘Ones To Watch’ and most notably releasing his acclaimed debut studio album Breathing last November.
This year Ben released the Breathing (Remixed) LP featuring reworks from dance music royalty like Boris Brechja and Gui Boratto, along with his first-ever live album, Live from Printworks London.
He now follows with the statement three-track Phases EP.
A set of exuberant and unapologetically club-ready tracks, the Phases EP is an almost nostalgic evocation of a more innocent and celebratory time.
“With the lockdowns and club closures still in effect across the world, the Phases EP is a kind of weird reminder of a lost world, of what once was.”
Ben wistfully reminisces, “I made the music to sound great in big clubs to a big crowd late at night. In fact, I debuted two of the tracks in my Printworks set last year. Now that’s all gone, and that time seems a world away.”
Title track Phases, a highly sought after ID throughout Ben’s sets over the past 12 months sees him team up with Anjuna mainstay Spencer Brown for their second collaborative production.
The EP follows with a pair of certified dance floor moments, Motherboard adrift with vocal loops and driving bass and Zeit & Raum a staccato brass-laden number.
With a passion for abstract art and photography, Ben is using a piece by artist Tyrone Williams for the cover art of the Phases EP.
Says Ben, “Whenever I travel, I love to visit museums. But there’s no travel now, and all the museums are closed. It’s a different world.”
Now for the balloon news:
On August 31st, Cercle Records teams up with Ben for an exceptional show aboard a hot air balloon that will fly over Cappadocia in Turkey, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site with @goturkey support.
For the occasion and in order to have as little wind as possible, this live set will take place at sunrise.
Ben will play several exclusive tracks, including the song Cappadocia produced especially for the occasion and will be released in a few weeks on the brand new label: Cercle Records.
If the technical and meteorological conditions are met, this show without an audience will be broadcasted live on Cercle at 11:00 p.m. EST.
When he’s not working on music in his newly-built home studio, Ben currently occupies himself with games of chess and long walks through a nearby forest, living the quiet existence that we all have been reduced to, as we wait for the world to bloom again.
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