On August 19th Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt releases his stunning, self-titled debut album via Greco-Roman and City Slang Records. Following the infectious and highly danceable soundscapes of opening teaser ‘Colours,’ his cooly life-affirming single ‘Fever’ again demonstrates his effortless ability to blend percussive grooves and gently undulating disco to mesmerising effect. ‘Fever’ is a sun-kissed summer anthem, drenched in youthful charm and befitting of a beach club session on some far away Balearic island.
Justus Köhncke, the hugely respected and much loved German producer, maintains the ebullient effervescence of the original, but slows it down and dubs it up, creating an irresistible modern take on 80s boogie.
“Justus Köhncke has always been a key figure of the electronic scene in Cologne, so I’m psyched to release this remix. The way that he has mixed up techno with a pop appeal – right back to in his first releases with Whirlpool Productions – gave me an understanding of how blurry the lines between these genres can be.” Roosevelt
The self titled album ‘Roosevelt’ showcases Lauber as a fully developed recording artist, with an instinctive synthesis of different soundscapes. This is a record with a deep affinity to the dance music world unified with sophisticated, classic song structures. His signature hazy sound is still present and correct – but this time it’s honed, crafted and less loop based.
Influences span continents and decades – from a pinch of French electro pop, a smattering of LA yacht rock, the hypnotic repetition of German pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching, and Neu!, to classic floor-friendly 80s pop from Chic, Talk Talk, and New Order. Nu school figureheads like Floating Points, Todd Terje and Metro Area are also partially audible – all weaved into his own unique sonic tapestry.
Roosevelt’s growth was catalyzed by an early DJ residency at Kompakt’s Total Confusion party alongside Superpitcher & Michael Mayer, with the label also releasing an early remix of his for COMA. These experiences helped Lauber realize how dance music connects to its audience in a different way to what he’d experienced from earlier days spent performing in bands. “What I really enjoyed about DJing was that you could see the results immediately – there was feedback and interaction from the crowd”, he explains.
Following this nightclubbing baptism, his career as an electronic artist gathered momentum. With praise from a selection of tastemaker media, mixes for Boiler Room, Electronic Beats and i-D, support tours with Hot Chip and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and a litany of high-profile festival slots around the world, Lauber steadily built up a dedicated following.
Written, recorded and produced by Lauber over a period of two years. ‘Roosevelt’ the album is a pillow-soft hallucinatory dreamscape of nocturnal reveries and a lilting sense of melancholia, where sounds build and swell like waves. Don’t lose the fever……
Roosevelt – upcoming shows:
Aug 19: Lowlands Festival, NL
Aug 31: Pop Kultur, Berlin, DE
Sept 8: Bestival, Isle Of Wight, UK (DJ set)
Sept 18: Golden Leaves, Darmstadt, DE
Sept 20th: Los Angeles, CA – Echo
Sept 21st: San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
Sept 22nd: Seattle, WA – Barboza
Sept 23rd: Chicago, IL – Subterranean
Sept 26th: Boston, MA – Great Scott
Sept 27th: New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
Sept 28th: Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade
Sept 29th: Washington, DC – DC9
Sept 30th; Philadelphia, PA – Boot & Saddle
Octi 13th: Zurich Papiersaal
Oct 14th: Munich, Strom
Oct 15th: Leipzig, Werk
Oct 17th: Cologne, Stadtgarten
Oct 18th: Hamburg, Ubel & Gefaerlich
Oct 21st: Vienna, Festivalzentrum