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    Makaya McCraven, Kraftklub, Batbait, Die Sterne: The albums of the week in the sound check

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    Makaya McCraven: In These Times (International Anthem/XL)
    If the esteemed Makaya McCraven’s last two albums have been clashes with historical sources (Gil Scott-Heron and Blue Note), he’s now on his own. The drummer and miracle producer from Chicago has been on “In These Times” for no less than seven years. The studio as an instrument is not that important here. Composition and real-time ensemble playing are important. Curiously, the result is not quite as convincing as the earlier work. Maybe after seven years your head just isn’t that clear anymore. Andreas Mueller, moderator

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    Power Club: Kargo (Vertigo/Universal)
    On the first album after a five-year break and singer Kummer’s solo outing, Kraftklub rely on their proven musical formula: hymn-like choruses, incredible energy, but luckily still not in a good mood. “Doubt gives way to vanity,” says the song “Fourth of September” – if they were wise before, they are now mature. At its best, the album is a reckoning with the affluent and petty bourgeoisie, with ignorance and our laziness. Claudia Gerth, Radio One

    Batbait: Dirty Cloth (Irascible Records)
    The four Swiss students of cultural mediation strum enthusiastically carefree on their debut album, are at the same time detached and distant. The ten song miniatures are laconic observations of everyday life, the concrete on the doorstep is just as important as the difficulties of interpersonal and social conventions. The abysses of civilization are in the details, melancholic slacker moments when visiting the bar with crunchy tasting chips have just as much space. The 40 minutes pass in a frenzy and at the end the realization matures that something has been created here that cries out for more. The big hype can come, but it doesn’t have to.

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    The Stars: Hello Euphoria (PIAS)
    Hamburg School, Classroom: Madchester. Singer Frank Spilker is one of the founders. With new comrades-in-arms from the bands Von Spar and The Blood Arm as well as arranger Max Knoth, the exiled East Westphalian has managed to create a remarkable 13th star album. The disco organ keeps circling, the slogans remain great: “The world is getting crispy”, “Capitalism, I say: why not”. Christian Schröder, Tagesspiegel

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    Source: Tagesspiegel

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