A thread for The Bionaut aka The Modernist aka Jörg Burger

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There was some discussion on Jörg Burger in this thread, but I think he deserves a thread of his own. Las Vegas by Burger/Ink is of course classic, but most of his solo work I've heard is really good too. His output includes melodic, "home listening" type of techno (Lush Life Electronica as The Bionaut), minimal but kicking house (Opportunity Knox as The Modernist), poppy house (Kangmei as The Modernist), and straight synth pop ("Extraleben" and Cobra EP as Trinkwasser, a duo with some other guy) - all of these are dope in my opinion. Aside from Kangmei, I'm not familiar with his 00s material though, so maybe someone can recommend me what's worth checking out?

Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:02 (nine years ago) link


Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:05 (nine years ago) link

I totally love everything this guy is on. Las Vegas was my second place on Louis' mentalist 90s poll.

Bone Thugs-n-Carmody (Noodle Vague), Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:05 (nine years ago) link


Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:06 (nine years ago) link

Las Vegas was in the top 5 in my ballot too, and I voted for Lush Life Electronica too. Probably should've included Opportunity Knox as well, but I didn't want to vote for too many albums by the same person.

Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:08 (nine years ago) link



nerve_pylon, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:10 (nine years ago) link


Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:13 (nine years ago) link

Can't find any Trinkwasser stuff on Youtube, but here's "Extraleben":

Trinkwasser - Extraleben

Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:31 (nine years ago) link


Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:47 (nine years ago) link

I love the original "Liquid Air" too, but the remix is even better. The bassline and percussion on it sounds so awesome!

Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 12:50 (nine years ago) link


Pretty interesting cover version, this one.

Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 21:39 (nine years ago) link

The thing I love about Burger is that whatever sort of music he does, there's always a soft and warm quality to his sound. Even when it's acid house, like the Air Liquide remix above, it doesn't sound hard at all.

Tuomas, Saturday, 17 April 2010 21:42 (nine years ago) link

Autobianchi's one of his alias' right? 'Stay' and All Around (Everybody's Kissing) are strict bangers

Dwight Yorke, Saturday, 17 April 2010 23:40 (nine years ago) link

Man. the Triola tunes I listened on Youtube sounded pretty awesome, I guess I should get the Triola album next?

Has anyone heard this mix? It looks pretty interesting, I guess he's really a synth pop/new wave dude at heart.

Tuomas, Sunday, 18 April 2010 19:33 (nine years ago) link

GET IT NOW!!!! Possibly my favourite mix of the 00s that wasn't by Michael Mayer

Dwight Yorke, Sunday, 18 April 2010 20:09 (nine years ago) link

five years pass...

Still loving The Modernist's "The Collectors Series Pt 1" - can't believe I've not commented on it before. Possibly my favourite mix aside from Mayer's Fabric one.

djh, Tuesday, 26 May 2015 19:14 (four years ago) link

three years pass...

New compilation coming out in March: Velvet Desert Music Vol. 1.
Includes a new Burger/Ink track!

Just think…from Sergio Leone to David Lynch, from Elvis in his deepest moments to Johnny Cash somewhere between amphetamine backlash and American Songs, from Hollywood Babylon to Hotel California, from Mulholland Drive to Paris, Texas. Served with a pinch of Tago Mago and Pink Floyd at Pompeii. Then you know exactly what Velvet Desert Music is about… – JÖRG BURGER

willem, Friday, 8 February 2019 12:16 (six months ago) link

This looks interesting. I've been on a bit of a Cologne/ proto Kompakt thing lately: Air Liquide, Global Electronic Network, Khan & Walker, UMO, Reinhard Voigt/Pentax, Khan/4E. Waiting for a copy of German Electronic Foundation (Burger with A.L. and Khan) to drop. i think 90's Burger is more where I am than 00's Burger right now but Leichtes Hören Teil 1 is pretty sweet.

mmmm, Friday, 8 February 2019 13:48 (six months ago) link

The German Electronic Foundation stuff is fun, mostly hard-hitting freaky acid techno IIRC. I agree that '90s Burger is more interesting than 2000s Burger, though the synth-pop mix from 2006 I mentioned upthread is really cool, definitely worth checking out if you don't have it already.

Tuomas, Friday, 8 February 2019 14:13 (six months ago) link

Though TBH I think pretty much all of that Köln posse were more interesting in the '90s, when they were doing all this weird-ass acid and ambient and electro experimentation, instead of the more mannered styles where most of them moved later on.

Tuomas, Friday, 8 February 2019 14:17 (six months ago) link

Thanks. I guess not for this thread as it's not Burger specifically but does anyone know why their 90s tracks have a lot of NYC references? Time Square, Empire State Building, Orange Clouds Over Battery Park.? Was there a Cologne / NY collaboration happening in the mid nineties?

mmmm, Friday, 8 February 2019 19:31 (six months ago) link

I don't really know, but some of their early '90s material was released in the US by Sm:)e, a sublabel of Profile Records, which was set in NYC. And didn't Khan also move there at some point? Or at least he started releasing his solo material on American labels like Caipirinha and Matador.

Tuomas, Friday, 8 February 2019 23:25 (six months ago) link

There was also some kind of connection to DJ Soul Slinger, but I think he's from the west coast?

Tuomas, Friday, 8 February 2019 23:26 (six months ago) link

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