Spur – „Nowhereland“ OUT NOW

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»Nowhereland« marks the coming together of Spur alias André Wittmann’s vast influences which transcend both genres and cultural boundaries. »I find it disturbing to see how all those fields of music are still strictly separated until this day. I’d rather see them all combined«, he explains the idea behind his album to which he also refers to as »a dance of cultures«. Seemingly odd – to the Western ear, at least – time signatures form the backbone of what are essentially club-orientated tracks. »I don’t really write music to make people dance to«, says Wittmann. »But during my live sets I have witnessed that it’s possible, even when my music is sandwiched between two Techno sets.«

Both his ambition and his remarkable perfectionism were there from the beginning: When young Spur first opened his mouth to emit something that would finally make sense to the world, it wasn’t a single word but a whole sentence. However, some twenty-something years later he prefers expressing himself through music. »Sometimes I really hate myself when I am talking – I’d rather say it with a chord or a progression of notes”, he says. Does he consider music to be an ersatz or maybe even a universal language? Not quite. »I see it as an extension of language.« Where words fail, notes can fill the gap. Incorporating elements from – quite literally speaking – all over the place thus seems only natural to Spur. »It’s similar to borrowing different words and phrases from other languages.«

After having uttered his first sentence, Wittmann habitually took to his Bavarian family’s kitchen to seek out anything that he could use to make rhythms and noises with. His parents finally complied with his unrelenting passion, giving him his first drum kit at the age of 10. When he was 13, he first joined a local big band before becoming a member of the renowned Landes-Jugendjazzorchester Bayern and taking over drum duties in pandoras.box, the band he founded with Antime founder Martin Steer and others. Spur meanwhile took to other instruments, learning to play the guitar, jamming on violins or marimbas and taking piano lessons in preparation for his studies in Lübeck where he is currently enrolled and will receive his Master of Music in the foreseeable future.

Just like you can’t pinpoint Wittmann’s influences – Hip Hop was his first love, he still holds a great passion for The Beatles, Radiohead and Björk, but has also extensively studied composers like Beethoven or Stravinsky and cites Flamenco and Gamelan as significant points of reference –, it is hard to pigeonhole the essence of »Nowhereland«. »Basically, it’s about getting to know yourself better and putting the vocabulary you have acquired over the years to good use«, muses Wittmann about his first full-length album under the moniker Spur. »I’ve always loved both the analytical and theoretical side of music«, he explains. »I aim at putting the mind and the body in motion.«

»Nowhereland« compiles a selection of the best cuts out of 20 to 30 compositions Spur perfected them during a month-long stay in Ghent in early 2014. It was a busy time in the Belgian city which he visited for his long-time friend and collaborator Lucie De Lay, who contributed vocals to »Flavoured Green« and »Allthesethings« as well as the album’s title track which also prominently features Antime founder Martin Steer on vocal duties. Antime label mate Sebastian Dali contributed his signature bassoon playing to »The Beautiful Bird« and Siranush Asatryan played violin on »Nowhereland«. Their distinctive voices perfectly complement an already polyglot album which was made with both the body and the mind in order to indulge in a beautifully odd and yet very familiar dance of cultures.

Spur – Dancing at a Corner (Video)

LABELNIGHT / Nowhereland Release Show

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Spur – Nowhereland

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Our boy Spur and we have been working on the release of his debut album »Nowhereland« and are very proud to announce that it will be out on Feb 13 digitally and also as a limited run white 2LP vinyl edition soon after that.

We will celebrate the occasion with throwing one of our ANTIME label nights at Urban Spree, also on Feb 13. Lola’s Bad, ABIGAIL and ANTIME founder Martin Steer (formerly known as Midimúm) will play live and konkrit will spin some records.

On the album:

»Nowhereland« marks the coming together of Spur alias André Wittmann’s vast influences which transcend both genres and cultural boundaries. »I find it disturbing to see how all those fields of music are still strictly separated until this day. I’d rather see them all combined«, he explains the idea behind his album to which he also refers to as »a dance of cultures«. Seemingly odd – to the Western ear, at least – time signatures form the backbone of what are essentially club-orientated tracks. »I don’t really write music to make people dance to«, says Wittmann. »But during my live sets I have witnessed that it’s possible, even when my music is sandwiched between two Techno sets.«

Both his ambition and his remarkable perfectionism were there from the beginning: When young Spur first opened his mouth to emit something that would finally make sense to the world, it wasn’t a single word but a whole sentence. However, some twenty-something years later he prefers expressing himself through music. »Sometimes I really hate myself when I am talking – I’d rather say it with a chord or a progression of notes”, he says. Does he consider music to be an ersatz or maybe even a universal language? Not quite. »I see it as an extension of language.« Where words fail, notes can fill the gap. Incorporating elements from – quite literally speaking – all over the place thus seems only natural to Spur. »It’s similar to borrowing different words and phrases from other languages.«

After having uttered his first sentence, Wittmann habitually took to his Bavarian family’s kitchen to seek out anything that he could use to make rhythms and noises with. His parents finally complied with his unrelenting passion, giving him his first drum kit at the age of 10. When he was 13, he first joined a local big band before becoming a member of the renowned Landes-Jugendjazzorchester Bayern and taking over drum duties in pandoras.box, the band he founded with Antime founder Martin Steer and others. Spur meanwhile took to other instruments, learning to play the guitar, jamming on violins or marimbas and taking piano lessons in preparation for his studies in Lübeck where he is currently enrolled and will receive his Master of Music in the foreseeable future.

Just like you can’t pinpoint Wittmann’s influences – Hip Hop was his first love, he still holds a great passion for The Beatles, Radiohead and Björk, but has also extensively studied composers like Beethoven or Stravinsky and cites Flamenco and Gamelan as significant points of reference –, it is hard to pigeonhole the essence of »Nowhereland«. »Basically, it’s about getting to know yourself better and putting the vocabulary you have acquired over the years to good use«, muses Wittmann about his first full-length album under the moniker Spur. »I’ve always loved both the analytical and theoretical side of music«, he explains. »I aim at putting the mind and the body in motion.«

»Nowhereland« compiles a selection of the best cuts out of 20 to 30 compositions Spur perfected them during a month-long stay in Ghent in early 2014. It was a busy time in the Belgian city which he visited for his long-time friend and collaborator Lucie De Ley, who contributed vocals to »Flavoured Green« and »Allthesethings« as well as the album’s title track which also prominently features Antime founder Martin Steer on vocal duties. Antime label mate Sebastian Dali contributed his signature bassoon playing to »The Beautiful Bird« and Siranush Asatryan played violin on »Nowhereland«. Their distinctive voices perfectly complement an already polyglot album which was made with both the body and the mind in order to indulge in a beautifully odd and yet very familiar dance of cultures.

ANTIME v03

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All our preceeds from the Bandcamp sales (-> the price you pay minus a little fee) will go directly to Viva con Agua de Sankt Pauli e.V., a project which is very dear to us.

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We’re Antime. We’ve come a long way.

Three years have passed since ANTIME’s first label compilation was released and a lot has happened during that time. After putting out »V01« as a digital release on Christmas eve in 2011, we took things a bit further by releasing our second label showcase and Fontarrian’s stunning debut »vlv« while Kalipo’s remarkable first LP was issued on wax and CD. We didn’t give up on digital releases though: Recently, the Brazilian eccentric ˆL_ and Bavarian youngster Unifono have put out strong debuts, exclusively available online. Add to that an abundance of remixes, live sets and videos and you get an idea of our collective vision: We celebrate the diversity of the media at hand and the spectrum of sonic arts with every single release.

We’re Antime. We’re everywhere.

This Berlin-based netlabel has evolved into an international network. V03 is the third instalment of our compilation series and our most diverse release this far. 20 acts from all over the world – Germany, Austria, Italy, Estonia, USA, Mexico and Brazil – showcase their artistic visions over the course of more than one and a half hours. While all of them represent a unique style, there is one common denominator that connects them: They aren’t afraid of bending the rules, eventually breaking them if necessary. From well-known Antime affiliates such as Kalipo, Midimúm, Spur, Sebastian Dali, Attune, ˆL_ and Fontarrian to up-and-coming regional acts like Golden Diskó Ship and Occupanther or promising young talents from near and far such as Lola’s Bad, AAAA, Aplysia, Owlet, Inox, Cuki, Underspreche, Macajey, Both Hands, ModeMaps and Mono.Mental – they all pursue their artistic goals with the sort of unrelenting passion we are looking for.

We’re Antime. We’re not finished yet.

For more information on the artists please watch our various media channels where we will briefly present each act individually in the days before the compilation’s release on November 21. Additionally, you can look forward to tons of bonus material, including a selection of videos made especially for the tracks featured on V3. That being said, a lot more will happen in the future. Stay tuned, stay psyched.

1. :: golden diskó ship – These Thoughts Will Never Take Shape
2. Kalipo – Anne
3. Midimúm – Purple Waves
4. Lola’s Bad – Catharsis
5. AAAA – Bennu
6. Spur – Wrong ID
7. Sebastian Dali – Salvi
8. Attune – Mon Cherri
9. ˆL_ – U2, Leave My Cell Phone
10. Aplysia – Calliope
11. Owlet – Zentrum X
12. INOX – Sustainless Steel
13. Cuki – Barefoot Walk (feat. Bombee)
14. Fontarrian – Ice Pickin’
15. Occupanther – Kolyma Beach
16. Underspreche – Chemical
17. Macajey – Silent Morning (feat. Elle Leatham)
18. Both Hands – Sin
19. ModeMaps – Catania
20. Mono.Mental – Woke Up Early

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