“VERBOTEN BERLIN“ (“forbidden berlin”) consists of the 2 musicians & producers AF&CT.
Their sound is Berlin based. Helium bits in a wooden frame. Kollektiv. The kaputt night.
As individual musicians they have already remixed artists such as: Booka Shade, Robot Koch, 2Raumwohnung, Wankelmut, Lana Del Rey, Metronomy, The DO, etc... and have released on club labels such as Get Physical Music & DIYnamic Music.
After the first single “If I Give It To You” which featured Australian artist Running Touch and a hotly tipped remix-package by the likes of Tube & Berger, Fell Reis & Chi Thanh which charted well on the club charts, VERBOTEN BERLIN also just released a Piano Version of their single “Opposite Of Sadness”, where for the first time the duo took vocal matters in their own hands and feature AF on the mic.
After the successful release of REAL OR NATURE (1M views on IG) and the Booka Shade Remix in September, which was featured in various Spotify Playlists (Electronic Rising…) and already has 6 figure streams, the duo followed up with a string of singles such as: COMPLICATED, DAY IN DAHLEM and their dancefloor ready deep house offering “UNDONE”, which was featured in playlists such as: “Electronic Rising” and “Lowkey Tech”.
The upcoming single “COMPLICATED (Club Remix)” is a deep house track and continues to show the more clubby side of Verboten and keeps with the tradition to have club remixes of their own piano songs.
The track kicks off with a straight housebeat and a deep sequencer bassline enters the picture quickly.
A warm eerie pad then wraps around the signature falsetto vocal line of singer AF while he sings the long verses.
In the breakdown some bass drops and FX chops alternate with the vocal chant and the song keeps building with a lead synth arpeggio line and some risers until the mighty kick drops in again for the emotional finale of the song.
Lyrically, the song asks and contemplates existential questions: why do life and things sometimes feel “complicated”?
Are there different paths? Do we ask the right questions? Why do we keep hiding our inner world?
Why do we pretend? Should we keep trying? Is there hope?
Selected discography Verboten Berlin
Verboten Berlin - Real Or Nature (Booka SHade Remix)
Verboten Berlin - Undone
Verboten Berlin - If I Give It To You (Tube & Berger remix)