Urbs , Remix EP1 (Retrogott, Brenk Sinatra, Cookin' Soul)  
Remix EP1 (Retrogott, Brenk Sinatra, Cookin' Soul)
Label: Beat Art Department
Release Year: 2017
Style: Hip-Hop & R'n'B
  Hands Up (Original)
10.000 Years Behind Me (Retrogott Remix)
Hey (Brenk Sinatra Remix)
Hands Up (Cookin' Soul Remix)
Hands Up (Original Instrumental)
10.000 Years Behind Me (Retrogott Remix Instrumental)
Hey (Brenk Sinatra Remix Instrumental)
Hands Up (Cookin'Soul Remix Instrumental)
  Beat Art Department releases an EP with remixes from the upcoming album of the Vienna DJ and producer Urbs by Retrogott, Brenk Sinatra and Cookin' Soul. Retrogott aka Kurt Hustle from Cologne, who completely reshaped the track 10.000 Years Behind Me, is one of the most important representatives of German Independent Hip Hop ever since the mid-2000s. Collectors spend a small fortune for his 2007 debut album “Jetzt Schämst Du Dich!”, which has become the blueprint of German rap. He has remained popular, even when he changed his name. Currently, another release of this jack of all trades can be found in the record stores. It is called Pen Pals and is a collaboration album with Motion Man from Oakland.

Betty Ford Boys member Brenk Sinatra from Vienna made his impression on “Hey” feat. Wordsworth by New York’s EMC and can be seen as one of the most important ambassadors of Austrian beatart. Apart from being a solo artist, not only in connection with the Hi Hat Club series, he has produced tracks for almost the entire Viennese hip hop scene. Together with Miles Bonney aka S3 and the Betty Ford Boys he created masterpieces of modern soul.

Cookin' Soul, the three producers from Valencia, perfectly reinterpreted the song “Hands Up” feat R.A. the Rugged Man. You may not know their faces, but the music of these guys from Spain is known all over the world. Their biography lists productions for Joey Badass, The Game, Swizz Beats, Sean Paul, Beenie Man, Max B, Dipset, Styles P, Uncle Murda, Jean Grae, Tek, Skyzoo, Joell Ortiz, CL Smooth, 40 Cal, JR Writer or the Japanese artist Dabo. Finally, the trio now steps into the limelight with Dutch female rapper Melodee.

It has been eleven long years since Urbs dropped his last album which was called “Toujours Le Meme Film”. Back then, the musician, DJ and producer created the soundtrack to a fictitious Film Noir, which was released on Kruder & Dorfmeister‘s G-Stone Label, but after touring Europe he almost completely retreated from public life. He does not consider his creativity as being his career, but rather as a part of his life which rarely is subject to concrete planning, and that is why Urbs quite consciously took his time to create his latest –untitled- album.

Urbs: “A lot of people totally appreciated my last album “Toujours Le Meme Film”, and over the years I’ve learned that it really means a lot to some of them. Which was a burden, because, obviously, you do not want to disappoint these people. By now, I think enough water went down Danube river to perhaps surprise some of them with something completely new. Those who know me know that I’ve always simply produced dope hip hop tracks.”

This time, as a consequence, this is no all instrumental album but a collection of 12 soulful hip hop tunes that feature some handpicked vocalist of the international rap, dancehall and soul scenes. On the album right next to EMC’s Wordsworth or R.A. the Rugged Man from New York, you will hear Ward 21 from Kingston, Jamaica, Voice Monet from New Orleans, One Self’s Blu Rum 13 from Washington DC, as well as long time companions like Skero from Vienna or Blabbwona from the group Abstract Art, who now lives in Munich by choice.

With a wink of the eye, Urbs replies to the question what it felt like recording an album together with vocalists after having released several instrumental albums: “Generally speaking, letting go of the songs and surrendering myself to the MCs gave me a hard time. You spend a lot of time with a song and build a certain kind of relationship. The music creates pictures in your mind and often its meaning is hard to grasp for the producer. And then, an MC starts rapping over it and it is a little bit like your older brother’s rude friends turn your child's room in a mess – in your presence!"

There also is a simple answer to the question of why the album has no title: “This album, so to say, is my competitive exhibition in this field and owing to the endlessly long ripening process it is wonderfully and intensively boiled down and on point. Therefore, no intros, no interludes, no title, no gimmicks, simply 12 good songs – period.”
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