“Berlin based project release, strikes like thunder in the House scene. Carefully crafted vocals, distinct hihats, crystal clear lead, rhythmic beat and dancing spirit. An ultimate work by all means. Enjoy!”
“SYMMETRY” is the 10th single of Berlin-based electronic duo “VERBOTEN BERLIN“ (“forbidden berlin”), they combine analogue instruments, classic songwriting and “Neo-KRAUT” with Berlin club music culture and already had live bookings in Italy, Poland and Germany.
As individual musicians they have already remixed/produced artists such as: Lana Del Rey, Wankelmut, Metronomy, The DO, Booka Shade, Robot Koch, 2Raumwohnung etc... and have released on club labels such as Get Physical Music & DIYnamic Music.
Through their innovative music jam sessions and short videos on INSTAGRAM they have amassed over 26k followers organically and have an international loyal following, which is highly engaged. (over 3k comments alone on their key posts)
Verboten Berlin also has over 6M views of their v ideos on IG and especially the song “SYMMETRY” with almost 1M views on IG is an absolute fan-favorite and shows all positive signs of a “key song” for the duo.
For the main single version they collaborated with super-producer Jochen Naaf, who currently enjoys international success with the band GIANT ROOKS and also produced hits for acts such as: Bosse, Hundreds, Polarkreis 18 etc..
Quote of Jochen Naaf: “I’ve known Alex (singer of Verboten Berlin) since years and have always been a fan of his soulful voice. When they showed me the song, I immediately had a vision to do my own version. “Symmetry” has these magic moments and already feels like an “instant classic”. I loved playing around and combining the electronic elements with the more organic sounds of this masterpiece! “
In addition, Verboten Berlin has already worked with with many heavyweights of the electronic scene and their songs have been remixed by artists such as: Booka Shade, Rodriguez Jr., Tube & Berger, Monkey Safari, Aparde, Fejka (of Christian Löfflers KI Records) and also received playlist support by Spotify in key editorial playlists such as: New Music Friday, Electronic Rising, Low Key Tech, Afterhours...
Verboten Berlin currently has about 100k Monthly Listeners on Spotify and their music was played on international key radio stations such as: EINS live, Sputnik, Triple J Australia, Sirius FM USA... and one of their songs was also used in a big Hollywood movie - The King Of Staten Island - directed by Judd Apatow and starring Pete Davidson.
The song also has an official music video, created in collaboration with the legendary design & visual agency PFADFINDEREI who has been at the forefront of electronic music and video art for the likes of MODERAT etc... watch the video here:
The Verboten guys decided to also release their own special club version of SYMMETRY,
which they also perform live and has a different unique approach:
Musically the Club Remix starts with a electronic bell and some deep drums, it then slowly builds the atmospheric vibe by adding synth brass and arpeggiated Prophet sounds that interact with some light vocal chops.
After the vocals fade in for the breakdown, the tension keeps rising with the main vocal and some percussion and ramps before the full massive beat drops back in, right on point with the high chorus chants.
At this peak moment a syncopated synth line enters the picture and keeps pushing the remix forward with reverbs and detuned FX sounds before the song fades into the deep...
Lyrically the song examines the concept of “Symmetry”, how symmetry can transform things intobeauty,howtolookforthesubtledetails: “Whatyoulookatisnotwhatitseems....”
More info about Verboten Berlin:
Reviewed by Nagamag on
February 19, 2021
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