The next leg of Freeze’s iconic stance on clubland is to bring a Liverpool debut to one of the leading lights in electronic music, all as part of their seventh birthday celebrations. Having brought dance music to some of the most revered buildings in the city, initially at frequent junctures in the Williamson Tunnels and then two stunning showcases at Liverpool Cathedral and St George’s Hall, this time they will become again taking a special venue and allowing one man to play an extended set; Michael Mayer.
As a DJ, label owner, producer and remixer, Michael Mayer remains one of Germany's core celebrities in dance music. There’s the weekends spent travelling around the globe taking his unique sound and philosophy to every continent, and his weekdays overseeing Kompakt's output as well as its distribution wing - the home to over 50 independent record labels.
It is quite an amazing feat, then, that he manages to sneak into the studio on occasion to produce his own music and remix others, continuously building his chops and honing his craft. Now, after having shown many a time how different the drum is that he’s beating, Michael readies the long-awaited release of his sophomore album ‘Mantasy’, an indispensable update of his production sound and an essential release for Kompakt in 2012.
Considering that ‘Mantasy’ tells an epic story about travelling and exploring, the ensuing worldwide DJ tour is not just an industry commodity, but a narrative necessity. But Mayer’s sound is do distinctive, so personal and so intimate, that’s he has opted for a very special ‘all night long’ approach to the tour, presenting a series of extended sets in his favourite clubs such as Barcelona’s Nitsa, London’s Fabric, Geneva's Weetamix or Offenbach’s Robert Johnson. And taking the ideology to new and unchartered territories... Liverpool being a prime example.
An intimate and sweeping trip to the core of the Kompakt sound itself, the ‘Mantasy’ album and tour will perfectly showcase the many, many sides of Michael Mayer. His debut effort ‘Imma’ was heralded by no lesser an authority than Rolling Stone as one of the 30 greatest electronic music albums of all time, and now ten years later it is easy to understand why the follow-up would be so rightfully received.
Support on the night comes in the shape of the 3B connection, with the quintessential Liverpool record shop’s starlet Jemmy and Adam Helliwell both playing. Jemmy’s Quarry Bank EP has been recently released on Bedrock recordings to rapturous acclaim.