Review // Backroads Music, Mill Valley
Call the Ambience! Someone has ignited this new upbeat ambient style beyond
the boiling point, and his name is Chris Zippel. Chris is a German artist
with tons of production credits and DJ chops.
He records for Germany's Ninetysix Sounds label a series called "genuine-nu
ambient grooves", and what we have here is truly the "genuine
Highly explosive, deep grooves, murderous rhythms, kinetic counterpoints
and samples galore add up to one of the hottest titles of this year, last
year, and probably even next year. Despite the heat warnings - and they
are definitely dancing in the street - there is plenty of "cool"
present as well, with chilled soundscapes pumping along under blissed
out vocal samples that keep the air quality extremely high while leaping
out in all directions. Spacey elements prevail on some tracks, while on
others snappy drop-out beats alternate with scratchy/catchy cruisers and
downright nasty rhythms that pull you to your feet - fast!
This is ambient dub at its very best, due equally to the kaleidoscopic
songwriting, the killer rhythm section, and Zippel's extreme studio expertise
that brings the sound quality to a new level all on its own.
We are talking Genuine here - accept no substitute!
Review // at a glance
Genuine is the nom de guerre of Berlin dance musician/producer Chris Zippel,
owner of the Chill Out Studio. This adjective describes his particular
version of electro-ambient music to a "t". On Nu Ambient Grooves,
old-school rhythms blend with liquid sound collages, resulting in subtle-yet-listenable
tracks. Subtlety is, of course, the name of the game in chill-out music
and Zippel's strength is to create mellowness that can also draw the listener
in. -- nw
Review @ Tip Magazin Berlin, © 19 / 98
Massive, intelligent beats ennoble ambient sounds to tiptop-Trip-Hop.
Relaxing, but exciting. Respect. DAK
Review // Wax, The UK´s Dance / Specialists,
This Berlin based label has been quitely givin´up chill out numbers
from a manifold range of artists for a while. The name of this album goes
a long way to explaining what it´s all about.
Staying mainly left of centre, Chris Zippel delivers the dark and the
light side of the ambient electronic journey. Heavy dubby grooves are
made interesting with wicked basslines, drop out beats, catchy melodies,
and blissed vocal and musical samples. Should be in everyone´s ambient
Downtempo Album of the month // Ten Dance Oktober
This 16 track long album of the Berlin producer Chris Zippel stretches
from light "broken beats" all the way to Trip Hop, is of a floating
conzept anf underlines its very own character with soft soundexperiments.
Besides known Ambient-Features Chris is also using agressive sounds ,
they give clever mixed up a bustling effect, but never move out of context.
Thoroughly postive is the spreading of the emotions up to a light lethargy.
Downtempo Album des Monats @ Ten Dance Oktober
Das insgesamt 16 Tracks umfassende Ambient-Album des Berliner
Produzenten Chris Zippel bewegt sich von leichten Broken Beats bis hin
zu Trip Hop, bildet ein durchlaufendes Konzept und unterstreicht den eigenen
Stil mit leichten Soundexperimenten. Chris benutzt neben altbekannten
Ambient-Features auch agressivere Sounds, die geschickt verstrickt einen
treibenden Effekt erziehlen, sich aber nicht aus dem Kontext bewegen.
Durchaus Positiv ist die Streuung der Emotionen bis hin zu leichter Lethargie.
// Melody Maker December 12 1998
Berlin art - house freestyle ambience
for a horizon -
traversing chill. Roger
Review // Wind and Wire, © March/April 1999
This is a very modern sounding disk. It is contemporary
and beyond shallow trends at the same time. If Brian Eno was in his prime,
doing electronica now, it would probably sound a lot like this. These
ambient grooves are rich in textures, consciousness and technical proficiency.
Herr Zippel knows how to keep the beat going without becoming just another
techno drone clone. And he is a master at introducing all sorts of amazing
amazing sounds (the subtle, soft, static-like sound on track five is astonishing.
Put your headphones on). The first song, "Wo Ewig Meine Seufzer Wallen,"
wastes no time establishing the groundwork; it moves flawlessly between
the beat and ethereal emptiness and back again. Each of the sixteen tracks
are great but I especially liked "Candy Nights" and "Saw
The Eclipse." And you will TRULY be amazed when a familiar woman's
voice slowly emerges from within "Lela Loves U." Who would've
ever dreamed that one day you'd be hearing Karen Carpenter in a contemporary
electronic format? It is satori! There are also three snippets of sci-fi
movie dialog gibberish thrown in for fun and the disk concludes with the
gentle, swirling rains and thunder of "Gone." Chris Zippel proves
that he is definitely a trickster shaman of the highest degree and this
CD is a mandatory purchase for all the rest of us.
Review // amazing
A powerful album. Heavy, yet consistent percussion
is linked to careful effects and varied samplers so as to submerge in
the deepest of grooves. The environment is dense; only in few occasions
a slight melody appears, or some piano notes, or a watery sound, to add
some oxygen... yet always in the most adequate moment. Mention must be
made of the remarkable role of the sequences, memorable as they are in
the ninth theme,"Upon the face of the deep": grave, intense,
impressive...LAURA S. GARCIA
Review // get music
Another Collection of Beats and effects masterminded
by Chris Zippel, Nu Ambient Grooves, Vol 2. arguably betters its prdecessor
at exploring the effects of stellar rhythm - havy sampled laid over a
variety of lazy-day atmospheres. though the album is solid throughout,
the fusion works best on candy nights, stretch marks, and summerblink.
Review // New Age Voice April 1999
With "genuine - nu ambient grooves 2,"
German artist Chris Zippel creates a musical work that is a cut above
the rest and sets a new standard in ambient/electronic music. One of a
kind? Defenitely! Simultaneously chilled out but extremely upbeat, Chris´production
and DJ skills concoct a mesmerizing mix of deep grooves, spacey sounds,
tons of samples (ranging from Carpenters to Star Trek), snappy vibes and
deft rhythms to keep your ears busy throughout Genuine´s nearly
74 minutes. It´s active, not reactive and refuses to just lie there
like so many other ambient/electronic releases!
Review // Mann Makula Hawks June/July 1998
This is an album of incredible depth and maturity.
It has certainly been a long time since I heard music produced to this
standard. Chris Zippel (who will soon have some release on my label) excels
himself, throwing in breakbeats, touches of dub, trip-hop, squelchy 303´s
and deep trance that all-in-all is deeply meditative whilst being superbly
invigorating at the same time, far outreaching the talents of any mainstream
electronic-chill band you´d care to mention. Probably this will
be nigh-on impossible to find in th UK , so go to your local record store
and demand that they order it for you. You won´t be ´disappointed.
Review // Starsrteams Subtitled "Nu Ambient Grooves," Genuine
is from Germany's small developing NinetySix sounds label and music maker
Chris Zippel, and falls into the category we might loosely label as electro
trance-dance. As composer and performer, Zippel has an incredible knack
for the kind of groove-oriented sound that we've come to expect from the
likes of the Higher Intelligence Agency, Naid and Sanjiva, all Starstreams
favorites. Tracks like "Pulse Dub" get into your bloodstream
and before long, without knowing it, you find your hips and feet moving
to the infectious rhythms. Zippel's studio expertise is evident as he
expertly layers equal parts of ambient and dancey elements throughout
the tracks. A generous 74 minutes of music with some "borrowed"
samples from famous folks we won't mention here, Genuine seems to live
Review // Mushroom and Loop Trenddokument 98
Chris Zippel ist schon ein bischen so eine Art König gefühlvoller,
weicher Ambient-Tracks. Seine Nu Ambient Grooves gelten als Klassiker,
mit denen er sich eine große Akzeptanz in den verschiedensten Lagern
elektronischer Musik erarbeitet hat. So schafft er es auch mit seiner
zweiten Version neuer Grooves, Sentiment und variantenreiche, tricky Beats
zu kombinieren. Insgesamt 16 Tracks, von denen einige Kürzel zwischendurch
nur ein paar kurze vocale Weisheiten vermitteln sollen. Größte
Hitqualitäten haben nach meiner Einschätzung "stretch marks"
und "Lela Loves You". Kai
Review // Raveline 12 / 1998
Wenn es um die Definition ambienter TripHop
- Musik geht, kommt man zum ausklingenden Jahrtausend nicht an dem Berliner
Produzenten Chris Zippel vorbei. Bereits wenige Monate nach seinen "genuine
- nu ambient grooves" steht das Follow Up in den Regalen und untermauert
nachhaltig und beeindruckend, wohin der Trip entspannender "Wohnzimmer
- Musik" gehen soll: in warme Welten aus dubbigen Grooves, trickreichen
Basslines und intelligenten, fetten Beats. Willkommen auf dem Zippelchen
Floss zur eindrucksvollen Reise durch sanft dahin fliessende
TripHop - Gewässer. Fett! Dr. Beckmann