Album, June 09 2017

Berlin DJ & producer Sascha Funke returns with his first solo album since 2008, with ‘Lotos Land’ arriving on Tokyo’s Endless Flight in June 2017.

The album takes its title and artwork drawing inspiration from Alfred Tennyson’s 1833 poem, ‘The Lotos-Eaters’, a work that has taken on a particular relevance and fascination for Funke in light of the turbulent world events of 2016. The artwork, by Mule Musiq/Endless Flight & Smallville’s regular illustrator Stefan Marx, is itself an interpretation of a 1901 Lotos-Eaters-inspired illustration by British painter William Edward Frank Britten. 

Despite spending significant moments of his early career in Cologne, Sascha Funke is resolutely a product of the city of his birth, Berlin. It is with one of the city’s most famous techno labels, Ellen Allien’s BPitch Control, that Funke released his previous two solo LPs, with the last ‘Mango’ arriving nine years ago. Since then Funke has been largely focused on the Saschienne project alongside Julienne Dessagne, which issued its debut LP ‘Unknown’ through Kompakt in 2012 and has been a regularly touring live act in the years since. The past year has however seen a renewed focus on Funke’s solo productions, with two new EPs for Canadian imprints Multi Culti and Tiga’s Turbo Recordings. 

Funke credits his work with Dessagne as a key influence on the sound of his new record, which finds him moving into vibrantly diverse sounds more commonly associated with Endless Flight, Optimo Music and Kompakt’s Hippie Dance imprint, the latter pair of which have both released EPs from Dessagne’s Fantastic Twins solo project. Having previously worked almost exclusively with samples and at a computer, these new associations led to a renewed focus on live & analogue instrumentation, utilizing an arsenal of different synths that allowed Funke to engage more emotionally with the music he created.

Those instruments included a Korg Arp Odyssey, a Dave Smith Prophet 8, the Moog Voyager and a Solina string keyboard. Meanwhile the tracks ‘Comala’ and ‘Im Feiern Und Feuer’ enlisted the talents of vocalists David Wilson (of another Optimo Music-affiliated act, Glasgow four-piece Junto Club) & Emily Evans, and Tel Aviv live performer Autarkic, who has to date appeared on Disco Halal, Golf Channel and Turbo. With their contributions expanding the album’s emotional landscape, this new approach led Funke to the album’s musical blend of trance, techno, synth-wave, post-punk and ambient that captures perfectly the themes of altered states and community vs individualism that form the heart of Tennyson’s poem and are now explored on Sascha Funke's own adventure in Lotos Land.

01 Pogo Logo
02 Comala ft. David Junto Club & Emily Evans
03 Purple Hill
04 Lotos Land
05 Twirl
06 Saint Seven
07 Amber Light
08 Im Feiern Und Feuer ft. Autarkic
09 Shepherd’s Crook
10 O, Rest Ye, We Will Not Wander More