Me Succeeds combine everything the idea of youth promises: Euphoria and recklessness, but equally melancholy and the cour-age to doubt.
Sensitive indie pop and dancefloor work together as transparency films making each other visible, but at the same time correcting each other. Borders between musical genres don’t need to be crossed anymore, since they have been eliminated long ago. Back when they first met in the outskirts of Munich in 2002 already, Lorin Strohm and Sebastian Kokus combined guitars and synths, intricate melodies and particulate loops. Shortly afterwards, they were joined by Mona Steinwidder and her crystal clear voice, along with a range of analogue instruments.
Me Succeeds create an atmosphere of discreet sportiness. They play their own game – a game that doesn’t yield to the constraint imposed by categorisation, but merely obeys to the inspiration of its art. They have appropriated pavement’s intelligence, the van pelts’ powerful sprechgesang and Turner’s dancable songwriting.
At first there was a remix:
For the first part of our Split Series „Hamburg“ the Hamburg based Band Me Succeeds made a remake of Arp Auberts „Actress“. In Return Arp Aubert, consisting of Mirau Label founder Stephan Lorenz, made a beautiful, dreamy remix for Me Succeeds „Riemerling“. Now the remixing goes on in full album length: After their latest long player „Rongorongo“ from 2011, which Me Succeeds released on their own imprint isawmusic, the band will return on Ki Records with a remix album. Eleven friends were invited to put their hands on the album’s tracks and give their interpretation. Besides a whole lot of danceable tracks you will also find some broken beats and spherical electronica here, which makes this release fit in perfectly in the Ki catalogue. Under the motto „never change a running system“ of course Arp Aubert once again had his hands on one of the tracks, turning „Rongorongo“ into a driving techno track which is underlined by the emotional vocals of lead-singer Mohna and beautiful melodies making this remix perfect for the early hours on the dancefloor. The Berlin based producer and DJ Iron Curtis gives the original of “Seventeen” a dubby note that is definitely special as he uses many vintage synthesizers-sounds and broken pieces of the original vocals to make this remix one of the strongest on this album. The last remix on the album was done by Greek musician Chronik, who turns „Books“ into a hymn with twisted rhythm and broken beats. It’s the perfect ending reminding us a lot of the recently on Ki released „Saints“ by Monokle. Apart from that, a few more great producers such as Tilmann Tausendfreund, Showing Off The Bling Bling, Christian Löffler, On Stop Off, My First Trumpet, Bug Lover, Lorin Sylvester Strohm and Suburb contributed to this Rongosium.
Me Succeeds / Arp Aubert - Split Series 1/3 - HamburgKi-005
The two Hamburg based acts Me Succeeds and Arp Aubert are responsible for the first part of a Ki Split Series. On the EP named after the city in the north of Germany the two acts combine their friendship and musical preferences to remix each other and contribute one very own track on each side.
Me Succeeds, with their members Mona Steinwidder, Sebastian Kokus and Lorin Strohm, is a part of Hamburgs Labelcollective i saw music and their songs combine Indie Pop with electronic beats and chords. Arp Aubert consists of the two founding members of Mirau Records: Stephan Lorenz and Marco Niemerski. Niemerski is better known for his productions as Tensnake.
The Ki-Split 1/3 (Hamburg) is truly a family matter. Because of their close friendship, Me Succeeds and Arp Aubert have created a very intense and emotional record. By remixing each other and combining their musical background this release turns out to be a very special one for Ki and the acts themselves. The Cover was created by Me Succeeds in well known Ki tradition to make this piece of music something special and memorable.
The Cover photography and artwork comes from Hamburg based musician Lorin Strohm.