Chris Liebing Announces New Album "Burn Slow"; Listen To His Collaboration With Gary Numan





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Chris Liebing has announced his first album for Mute, Burn Slow, will be released September 7. In addition to this announcement, he has shared “Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1)” featuring vocals from Gary Numan. Listen here.

This, and “Novembergrey” are the first taste of what to expect from Burn Slow, a 10-track album with vocal contributions from a diverse range of artists including Miles Cooper Seaton (Akron / Family), Mute labelmate Polly Scattergood (onDeadWaves), Cold CaveAleen and Gary Numan.

Burn Slow is a minimalist electronic epic and start of a new chapter for one of techno’s leading authorities. It might not be what you expect for a DJ synonymous with fast, hard, and heavy techno, but according to Chris Liebing, he’s always been something of a slow starter. “I’ve wanted to do something like Burn Slow all my life,” he says.

Preorder Burn Slow here.

While retaining the framework of the techno beats that Chris Liebing has dedicated his life to for the past 25 years, here he also seeks out new harmonic territories, taking aim at the heart rather than the feet, in order to tackle some deep themes. The key concept of presence ­– the idea that everything is happening in this moment, and that everything in the past is mere memory – forms the thematic backbone of the record. It’s something Liebing got in touch with via the philosopher Alan Watts, not to mention decades of getting entire dancefloors lost in the present. “If people would stay in the now, everything in the world would just have a bit more harmony,” explains Liebing.

Liebing has teamed up with Ralf Hildenbeutel for Burn Slow (a key part of the long since defunct Eye Q family). It was at Hildenbeutel’s Frankfurt studio where Liebing began drifting into new territory with his new musical “enabler.”

The Burn Slow project began its evolution with two remixes – Depeche Mode’s "Going Backwards" and Goldfrapp’s "Everything Is Never Enough.” Both of these artists are associated with his new label which has been an inspiration for Chris Liebing since a young age: “Without realizing, a lot of the music I was into came from just one label – Mute. I vividly remember dancing around at my neighbor’s house in the early ‘80s to songs by Depeche Mode and Yazoo. Banging my head in dark basements to the likes of DAF, Laibach and Nitzer Ebb to name but a few.”

Chris has channeled his passion to the performance, production, distribution and broadcasting of music on a global level. His DJ sets are sonic journeys between darkness and light, always far from the beaten tracks of the musical mainstream.

Chris Liebing’s set at Europe’s premiere techno festival Time Warp was captured by Arté, where it’s streaming in full. Watch the set here.

Chris Liebing’s forthcoming DJ schedule is as relentless as ever, with performances scheduled worldwide throughout the summer. Full details below.

Burn Slow Tracklisting
1. So Then… (feat. Cold Cave)
2. Zero One
3. And All Went Dark (feat. Polly Scattergood)
4. Novembergrey
5. Out Of This World
6. Card House (feat. Miles Cooper Seaton)
7. Ghosts Of Tomorrow
8. Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1) (feat. Gary Numan)
9. Trilogy
10. No Regrets (The Friend Pt. 2) (feat. Aleen)

Chris Liebing 2018 Tour
June 15 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Caos
June 16 – Itajai, Brazil – Warung Beach Club
June 22 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Block
June 23 – Modlin, Poland – Instytut Festival
June 30 – Stuttgart, Germany – WET Festival
June 30 – Nuremberg, Germany – Container Love
July 1 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Awakenings Festival
July 7 – Rimini, Italy – Cocorico
July 8 – Munich, Germany – Greenfields Festival
July 20 – Cardiff, Wales – The Vaults
July 21 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Welcome To The Future
July 27 – Vienna, Austria – Grelle Forelle
July 28 – Frankfurt, Germany – Love Family Park
July 31 – Formentera, Spain – Tipic
August 2 – Ibiza, Spain – Afterlife @ Hï-Ibiza
August 4 – Brooklyn, NY – Output
August 5 – Montreal, Canada – Oshega
August 10 – Saalburg, Germany – Sonne Mond Sterne
August 11 – Cecina, Italy – Tini Soundgarden
August 14 – Santa Cesarea Terme, Italy – Guendalina
August 17 – Mykonos, Greece – Cavo Paradiso
August 18 – Zwevegem, Belgium – Voltage Festival
August 19-23 – Pag, Croatia – Sonus Festival
August 24 – Zamardi, Hungary – B My Lake
August 25-26 – Kiev, Ukraine – Brave Factory Festival