facts about soulparlor:
SoulParlor is a German based production and DJ collective consisting of Frank Jensen, Frank Lotz and Tobias Müller. Through their own releases, several remixes and two long-time club residencies in the Rhine-Main-area the guys have made their mark throughout Germany, Philadelphia, New York, London and Berlin.
They were involved in almost all of the tracks on their former label “Sense Music” and have so far released 15 singles under the names SoulParlor, Care Company, F, Callahan’s and also an album entitled “The Way We Talk”.
Their music productions were followed by DJ-bookings (a T-D1 sponsored tour in Canada and Germany with Atjazz, Swag and Rasoul) and remix-requests for such august names as Atjazz, Juan Atkins, Oscar, Swag and Gammat 3000.
After a short break and reorientation at the “post vinyl” music scene the boys went back on the map with even more fresh ideas and power to move things forward.
Domu signed SoulParlor for his “Here Comes Treble” Compilation on Treble O with their forward thinking Brokenbeat Joint “Gee”, which turned out to be a big tune at the legendary CO-OP Club night in London. This was followed by a remix of James Brown on the well-known label GAMM, two 5-track EPs of soulful and jazzy Brokenbeat, which were released in 2008 and 2009 on the New York-based Label “Bagpak Music” and a contribution to Jazz singer Cecilia Stalin’s (Koop) solo project, which also includes works by Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic).
Thereafter Mad Mats asked for a release on his highly respected label “Raw Fusion”. This solid 4-track EP was completed by a massive remix from the one and only “Recloose”, and songs like “In Harmony” where supported by many DJs such as Dego (4hero, 2000black) around the globe.
The next exclamation mark in 2009 was another SoulParlor remix for Kay Suzuki featuring Colonel Red on London’s “Fresh Minute Music”. Highlight of the year was the joint venture with Stan Steam and Daz-I-Kue on the track “C’mon Rock”, which is featured at the “15 Years of OM Records” anniversary compilation and also had a play at the MTV reality soap “Real Life”.
In 2010 SoulParlor was signed by “Tokyo Dawn Records” for their upcoming second album “Evoluzion” (Release May 2011) including guest artists like Replife, Cecilia Stalin, Yannah Valdevit, Colonel Red, Oddisee, Stan Steam, Caits Meissner, Jacob (ex Wagner Love) plus additional Remixes by Dego (2000black/4hero), Afronaut & MdCL, Daz-I-Kue, Opolopo, Pure P and Souled.
On the same label they have already been part of Portformat’s remix LP, The Heart and The Boogie Compilations amongst artists like King Britt, Atjazz, Tokimonsta, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Flako, Nightmares on Wax, Opolopo, Andreas Saag and Comfort Fit.
In the meantime SoulParlor is going to contribute tracks to Stan Steam’s forthcoming album “Get Up Movement” and also working with Replife on his second LP.
With a main focus on Brokenbeat and soulful twisted House, their musical production as well as DJ-Set range also covers tasty UK-Funky/Garage sounds, terrific Dubstep, jazzy types of Drum&Bass and well selected Hip-Hop & Nu-Soul.
Comments on Soulparlor:
“The worldwide community needs know about SoulParlor…one of the best beat makers in Germany…definitely got that bounce and the club’s vibe’s is enormous…Frankfurt’s best kept secret…well it’s not a secret no more”
Daz-I-Kue (Bugz in the Attic, Los Angeles)
“SoulParlor are the soul masters in Germany – no one does it better”
Mark de Clive-Lowe (London)
“SoulParlor is kickin’ !! Wicked nite, wicked peeps, wicked vibes, i had a great time!!”
Simbad (Raw Fusion, London)
“SoulParlor are amongst the most exciting future thinking crews on the scene!…and if I don’t play at least one of their cuts @ Liquid Fusion Session…It leaves an empty space in my soul!”
Bruce Qureshi (Liquid Fusion, Birmingham)
“Of the many places i have played regularly in the world, there have been only a small number where i can count on playing what i want to a crowd that are gonna understand and enjoy it. SoulParlor at Redcat in Mainz is one of them. The SoulParlor boys have worked long and hard to school their people in getting into some tricky music, be it soulful hip-hop, hard broken beats or underground house. The music they make reflects the stuff we have grown to expect in the club too, mature heartfelt dance music of any speed or genre. They are sure to move the hearts and minds of many for a long time to come.”
DOMU (Treble O, Bedford)
“I always look forward to playing with the SoulParlor guys in Mainz during our tours through Europe. They really know how to promote and keep good music alive!”
Statik (IllVibe, Philadelphia)
“Get into SoulParlor if u don’t know u‘d better ask somebody!!
Whether it’s running the legendary club night, or ripping it up in the studio from bruk to hip-hop 2 house, or spinning the riddims that matter the beat souljahs known as frank and frank, got it down.
Me I.G. say that, seen!!!
IG Culture (Co-Op, NSM, Zen Badism, London)
“Watch out for SoulParlor: Hitting you with quality from two angles. Firstly: SoulParlor Productions … gives you grade a beats and production Secondly: SoulParlor Club … Intimate, Heavy and Happening. Check out SoulParlor!”
Clyde (Mantis Recordings, Derby/UK)
“Downstairs in Mainz there is a special thing going on. A low ceiling, a loud system and some very dope music. Someone told me it is called SoulParlor. I went to see for myself and all I can say is that you should too.”
Benji B (Deviation, BBC Radio 1, London)
“The SoulParlor crew know how to accommodate guests right from the off, there music Policy is deep and underground, be it Hip-hop, Funk, Broken beat or Deep House, there guest list reads like a who’s who of Modern Electronic Music, and there green tea is Amongst the best in the World, i can’t wait to go back.”
Phil Asher (Restless Soul, London)