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The Astral Walkers - Don't Fear The Sound

[NE 020] The Astral Walkers – Don’t Fear The Sound

After their first release on DEEPBLAK in 2017, Lars Bartkuhn and Aybee return as THE ASTRAL WALKERS with a brand new 12″, this time on the incomparable NEEDS (not wants) imprint. The two friends continue to break boundaries of nowadays often narrow minded dance music by using the broadest palette of musical ingredients they could possibly put together for their special studio session. DON’T FEAR THE SOUND comes in two different versions. While the ASTRAL STROLL is a spaced out groover featuring some of Aybee’s trademark rhythms and mysterious pads, the FULL EXPANSION explores in nearly 15 minutes what dance music is ideally about for the duo. A fearless journey that begins with esoteric waves of sound blending into futuristic jazzfunk worlds where the dancer can get truly lost. Elevating choirs, virtuous bass lines, sparkling guitars and lush pads altogether flow into a grand finale that can only be described as a true anthem and epic journey.

In times where one can repeatedly hear that music doesn’t really matter anymore, Aybee and Lars made a record to prove the opposite is true. DON’T FEAR THE SOUND is a sincere and bold statement by two pioneering producers and an invitation for the dancer to get lost in every note and moment of the music.

AYBEE and Lars Bartkuhn are The Astral Walkers

[DBR-V031] AYBEE and Lars Bartkuhn are The Astral Walkers – Passage EP

The Passage EP brings together two of the chief champions of far reaching sounds in AYBEE, and Lars Bartkuhn. Bartkuhn best known for his work with his iconic (NEEDS) imprint, and AYBEE for his boundary pushing ethos at (Deepblak). A project spawned of mutual love, and respect the two met at an impromptu jam performance at the Xjazz Fest where the seeds were planted for further collaboration. Committed to stretching out beyond tight parameters they sought to capture the spirit of the dance. As “The Astral Walkers” they set out to combine the fearless freedom of the Jazzfunk era with the endless possibilities within electronic music.

Release Date: October 2017

Lars Bartkuhn and AYBEE at XJAZZ

Lars Bartkuhn and AYBEE form “The Astral Walkers”

A project spawned of mutual love, and respect the two met at an impromptu jam performance at the Berlin based Xjazz Fest where the seeds were planted for further collaboration. Committed to stretching out beyond tight parameters they sought to capture the spirit of the dance. As “The Astral Walkers” they set out to combine the fearless freedom of the Jazzfunk era with the endless possibilities within electronic music.

The Astral Walkers

The Astral Walkers “Passage”

The Astral Walkers “Don’t Fear The Sound”

AYBEE – In The Headspace March 2010

AYBEE – In The Headspace March 2010

GB/The Beach Boyz – “I Just Wasn’t Made For These Times” (Mathematics)
Lars Bartkuhn – Goodbye Dancing Hello God (Sonar Kollectiv)
Robert Glasper – Festival (Blue Note)
Pink Floyd – Time (EMI)
AYBEE – Vertigo (Further)
Jay Electronica – Exhibit C (Decon)
Jenifa Mayaja – Eye of the Storm (BuMako)
Norman Connors – Dance of Magic (RCA)
DJ Spider – Crack Factory (Plan B)
Ron Trent and Erik Rico – Sensation (Future Vision)
Jus-Ed – 20 Below (Underground Quality)
Stevie Wonder – 10 Zillion Light Years
Alex Smith (Omar S) – Plesetsk Cosmodrome (FXHE)
Black Jazz Consortium – Far Away (Soul People Music)
Glenn Underground – Friendly Sky’s (Moods and Grooves)
Chick Corea – Earth Juice (Polydor)
Tazz – Acid Love (Underground Quality)
Patrice Scott – Distance Against Time (Sistrum)
Alicia Keys – Un-Thinkable (J Records)
AYBEE and Omega – Every Kind of Way (cdr)