For Loco Dice, artist albums are intrinsically tied to experience.
The Desolat boss’ 2009 electronic debut, 7 Dunham Place, represents his formative years spent in Brooklyn with close collaborator Martin Buttrich.
Underground Sound Suicide, his first full-length since, first arose from Düsseldorf jam sessions with old friends like Guti, Miguel de Ipola, Chevy and Pimp Jackson, and expanded to feature a wide scope of collaborators from Chris Liebing and Just Blaze to Miss Kittin and Neneh Cherry.
Lead single, “Get Comfy,” layers Dice’s signature subterranean groove beneath UK rapper Giggs’ slick spoken-word hook. First previewed on Pete Tong‘s BBC Radio 1 show, the track straddles the line between hip-hop and techno with the effortless ease of its creator.
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Billboard caught up with Loco Dice to discuss the makings and motivations behind his first artist album in seven years.
What does “Get Comfy” say about you and the direction of your album?
“Get Comfy (Underground Sound Suicide)“ ft. Giggs is the title track of my new album. It also combines two main aspects of my musical work — hip hop and something between techno and house. If the first single says something about the album, then maybe that it explores wider musical fields than my previous productions.
It’s been nearly seven years since your last album and much has changed during that period. How is that reflected on Underground Sound Suicide?
There have been so many changes on many levels since my first album, and obviously I’m seven years older now. My first album 7 Dunham Place was about my time in Brooklyn, my experiences and stories from that place. Stories and screenplays are important for me. For me, an album is much more than a bunch of dance tracks. Underground Sound Suicide tells new stories.
Tell me about some of the collaborators on the album and what working together was like.
It was all very natural. First, there were close friends who visited the studio, people like Guti or my old hip hop crew from Düsseldorf. We just talked, jammed, played with old machines, and those loose sessions felt right from the first beat. That was the sound that I was looking for, and everything unfolded in a natural way. It was the same with the features. Miss Kittin, Chris Liebing and Jaw are a fam. So are Pulshar, whose albums we released on my label Desolat, and so on. Those are artists that are around me, they are part of my world, and only they could make some of the tracks complete. Just Blaze and Giggs have been blasting in my boombox for a long time. I recently made a remix for Neneh Cherry. She is amazing, and besides that, those who never danced to Neneh Cherry “Buffalo Stance” are probably either too young or just fell onto Earth recently.
As a big hip-hop fan, do you see any parallels between the 90s hip-hop boom and what’s happening now with dance music?
Hip hop, like any other music or style, evolves. There are ups and downs, mainly created through hype, but the essence remains the same.