Greek born Kostas Tassopoulos aka Ekkohaus has readied his debut album for Moon Harbour. Entitled “Noschool”, it is the culmination of a close relationship between the Berlin based artist and the music label Moon Harbour Recordings from Leipzig. It dates back to 2008 and has seen Ekkohaus explore his trademark and very modern take on rich house over a number of regular releases at the sister label Cargo Edition.
It was in the mid-nineties that Ekkohaus first started making music, but not until 2005 that he unleashed his debut release. Since then he has worked with labels like 2020Vision, Tsuba and Mule and has taken his live show to lauded clubs like fabric (London), Watergate (Berlin), Space (Ibiza) and many more. His debut album is a collection of new material from 2010 to 2012 and is titled as an anti-statement to the tiring old school / new school debates that rule the electronic community.
“”Noschool” is about bridging the space in between the two well respected schools”, he says. “For this project, I have used all possible means of production: analogue drum machines alongside with VST plug-ins, modular synths with Audio Units, original recordings as well as sample libraries. From the basslines to the sax lines, from the Rhodes phrases to the house beat, I hope there is something in there for everyone.”
The resulting 13 track album is one that explores the Greek’s signature sound – warm 4/4 beats, involving bass and cute sampling – but also leans on a whole lifetime of influence from jazz to funk, hip hop to dub to disco. Though offering plenty of dance floor dynamite along the way, “Noschool” also stands up to home listening or Sunday driving sessions.
The album features a number of exciting collaborations including Robert Würz on saxophone (“A Drive”, “D58” and “Mark Ma Words”), Jon J-Lab playing bass on “Reparations” and Lady Blacktronika singing on “Chasing Brown”. As well as this, field recordings from Barcelona, Athens and Istanbul add an organic and real world element to the album from start to finish.
From the romantic jazz-house vibes of the opener “A Drive” to more propulsive but equally deep house cuts like “Reparations” each track tells a story. Cuts like “Keep Your Eyes On Me” are loose and freeform, vintage sounding yet forward facing, where “Buzzin Fly” works on both your head and heel with its contrasting textures and lush melodies.
Additionally to the album itself, coming on CD and as digital download, there will be an “Ekkohaus – Noschool” vinyl sampler released, with “Touch House”, “Reparations”, “Just Click” and “Rendezvous” all included.