After various EP's, remixes and compilation features, the Lower Bavarian Vienna-based musician and producer Sam Irl releases his debut album "Raw Land". Assembling his collection of analogue synthesizers and stacks of vinyl records around his MPC sampler, he chopped up, sequenced, played and mixed together twelve jams ranging from broken beat, dub-influenced grooves, disco-ish material to raw deep house vibes. The combination of vinyl fragments, analogue synthesis, the grit of hardware samplers and mixing on a vintage mixing desk from the seventies create punchy, rough, yet also deep and soulful grooves.
Growing up in a small village in rural Lower Bavaria, Sam Irl learned to play the piano and organ at an early age, later moving on to jazz piano and first attempts at music production as well as DJ-ing. The lack of an existing underground music scene in his home town provided him and his friends with a healthy need and rooted foundation to organize their own regular parties at a local farm and smaller venues in the area, including on the banks of the River Danube, playing eclectic music ranging from roots reggae, hiphop, funk, broken beat, nujazz to house, UK garage and drum'n'bass and to collaborate on musical projects, such as making beats for regional MC's.
He has been living and working in Vienna for over a decade as a producer and sound engineer while completing his degree (2015) at the University for Music and Performing Arts.
Besides releasing his music on Jazz & Milk, he has had releases on labels such as Pomelo Records (Vienna / AT, with Patrick Pulsinger), Frank Music (Berlin / D), Gilles Peterson's Brownswood Recordings (London / UK, "Kutmah presents Worldwide Family Vol. 2", with Richard Eigner / Ritornell), Pulver Records (Stuttgart / D), Bonzzaj Recordings (Bern / CH, with Dorian Concept), Fresh Minute Music (London / UK) und Bagage Musique (Munich / D).
He has also contributed remixes for Trishes (FM4 Tribe Vibes), Inverse Cinematics, JSBL, Aloa Input, Swede:art, G.rizo, Funkyjaws and others. Firmly rooted in hip hop culture, he has been making beats for several Bavarian rap artists. Apart from releasing his solo music, Sam Irl has made records as a member of "SKYMAX", a trio together with Finnish underground producer Stiletti-Ana and Viennese homie, Feater. He is currently working on a record and playing live shows with Patrick Pulsinger for their dub-heavy "Pulsinger & Irl" project.
loving the warm chunky vibes on this debut Sam Irl album, will be supporting in the club for sure, love Raw Land and Headlock! JAMS! - INKSWELBBE / OYE
Loving the whole LP!!! Favourite cuts are Brothers and Lost chords! Dope stuff!! - SESSION VICTIMRETREAT / DELUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
Great one, vibes all over the place. My favorite is definitely Eile, great track length! :) - HNNYLOCAL TALK
Fantastic and long-awaited album from Sam Irl, hitting all the right spots for me. Fresh, gritty, groovy with unique touch to production which makes him stand out of the competition! - LAY-FARLOCAL TALK / IN-BEAT-WEEN
Great piece of deepness with a healthy dose musicality involved. Real good stuff! - MAD MATSLOCAL TALK
Albums beaut. All killer no filler. Thanks for sending - JONNACITY FLY RECORDS
Some really nice stuff on here! My favorite cuts are Crunch and Move On - funky, crunchy and bouncy! - OPOLOPOTOKYO DAWN
I was playing his stuff a lot when he released on Pulver & Jazz n Milk and when I heard he is back on the road, I was excited! And the Album is dope!! dig it! - DELFONICMONEY $EX / OYE
Raw Land is the perfect good taste efficiency of underground actual house music. Can play it in my car or on the dancefloor, an example to follow! Crunch, Keys for K, Move On and Frontline are my favs! - S3ASAMPLING AS AN ART
Rhodes, MPC, Samples, Bass, Synth. It’s still a classic setup for all things house and hiphop and still only a few of the bunch master it thru a golden lightness like Sam Irl from Vienna. On his debut LP “Raw Land” Sam gives us all: the funk, the house, the soul. Without getting into worn out clichés he manages to create warmth on “Keys For K”, daily deepness on “Brothers” or just amazing dope beats on “Day Break”. He ain’t afraid of going into darker territory on “Headlock” as well. “Raw Land” makes an impressive, a soulful, an easy ride for all its 12 tracks and 54 minutes after all. Anyone in need for the perfect spring soundtrack? - JOHANNES ALBERTFRANK MUSIC
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