The last Fluidlife Lunar for 2012 goes out with a smasher with a 12 HR event celebrating the last 12months of 2012 with World renowned AFRILOUNGE’s front man LIEFKO is set to close our illustrious 2012 with a storm of a show at OneSixOne on Friday December 14.
If house music is, using the words of Chicago legend Frankie Knuckles „like church for people, who have fallen from grace“, then Afrilounge are the diligent altar boys of this hedonistic mass. No matter if you catch them djing at one of their live gigs or enjoy listening to their tracks and remixes, a fine sense a suspense, ecstasy and redemption designates all of their work.
Founded in 2002 by Eduard Hartter, Markus Liefke and Richard Rotfuß, the collective effort under the name Afrilounge bore fruit right from the beginning. First as discjockeys, who soon had quite a reputation for their extended sets full of irresistable basslines, driving rhythms and elegant melodies. Second as producers, who until this day have released dozens of tracks on high profile labels liks Steve Bugs Pokerflat Recordings, M.A.N.D.Y.'s and Booka Shade's Get Physical Music, Nick Curlys 8bit Records and Connaisseur Recordings, the label of their mutual friend Alex Flitsch.
It was on Connaisseur Recordings that Afrilounge released their own highly successful track „Lux Dementia“ in 2007. The house anthem includes all the incredients typical for a Afrilounge-track: A groove meandering between deep and techy, epic build ups, a dramatic break and an almost cheerful resolution. The course for their successful career as distinguised producers had already been set a few years earlier. In 2005 a cooperation with Patrick Chardronnet led to their first own EP „Phonix”, followed shortly afterward by a remix of M.A.N.D.Y.'s huge clubhit "Body Language".
For many years now Afrilounge have been regulars on the european club scene. They received initations of clubs like Tresor and Watergate in Berlin, Cocoon Club in Frankfurt am Main, Robert Johnson in Offenbach, The Egg in London, Felini in Barcelona and Hive Club in Zürich to name but a few. Being passionate discjockeys and producers Afrilounge always put heart and soul in what they are doing. An outstanding commitment, that will always connect them with the early pioneers of house music.
As one third of the prolific Afrilounge Liefko is no stranger to House and Techno lovers. With a Djing career spanning nearly 2 decades Liefko has become a master of his craft. His rare gift to pick tunes that are not the obvious choices and the ability to combine the future with the past is a testament to his ability as a DJ.
His sets have a hypnotic timeless quality and are rooted in deep techno and house music. His passion for all things electronic was ignited in the mid 80’s through bands like Depeche Mode and genre’s like Electronic Body Music (EBM) when the first techno and house records started to arrive from Detroit and Chicaco in the late 80’s and early 90’s he was hooked , this passion for electronic beats drives him to this day and you can hear that wealth of his musical background in his DJ sets.
As a producer Markus has an equally impressive track record as a member of Afrilounge he has released on labels such as Get Physical , Poker Flat and Connaisseur records.His recent solo efforts on Akbal records have reached wide acclaim, and there are more collaborations as well as solo releases in the pipeline, 2012 is set to be a big year with more releases on well established labels.