Kalipo’s remix for shi offline – “The inspiration was to translate typical elements of electronic music from the 00s into the here and now”
In a way, shi offline‘s track “God is a Witch” is the title track of their debut album “Golaya”, which was released in late 2020. Over a threatening electro- pop carpet Alisa repeats evokingly in the chorus “Я голая, голая”, I am naked. This makes sense, of course, because Alisa lets us in inside – deep into her innermost being. The central themes jump back and forth between femininity, vulnerability, separation, love, affection and the human abyss. In the video we see the singer in the bathtub, dressed in a chain mail. There is no better way to portray the close-distance conflicts of our generation.
For the release shi offline asked their friends from Russia and Germany for remixes. Today they announce the EP with the intense Drum & Bass remix of Brazed. The siren-y slow vocals of Alisa contradict and complement the hard and fast sound of the duo in a hypnotizing way. The accompanying video was filmed during a streaming concert at the Wilhelmsburg energy bunker of Brøkebutlive in Hamburg. Further remixes lead us from hard techno by Heerhorst, over playful indie dance by Kalipo, U96 Online and A+K to electronica (Bahrenfeld, Applay, Scimia), downtempo (Ulliversal), trance (Europe) and breaks (Stillin) to dub (Emphiss).
We talked with Kalipo about his remix.
trndmsk: What inspired you to make the remix?
Kalipo: Last year shi offline played support on our Frittenbude tour. They are wonderful people, and the idea came up straight away, that it might be cool to make music together. When our joint label Audiolith asked if I wanted to do a remix, one thing led to another. The inspiration was to translate typical elements of electronic music from the 00s into the here and now.
How did you approach the original track?
I tried to reinterpret in my own way the extreme, aggressive and synthetic, which are the elements I really like about shi offline.
Where and how did you produce it?
The first ideas were born in my living room. I have a small setup there with a synth and MPC sampler, so I can record ideas at any time. The remix was done very fast, maybe in an hour. The right mix took much longer to finalize.
How did you get in contact with the record label?
I have been working with Audiolith Records for a very long time and if I’d call any place home, it would be with them. I think the first contact was in 2007 at a Frittenbude concert in a former parking garage in Hamburg (Exil Hafenklang).
What’s up next after the release?
I had a lot of time to work on different projects in the last months and a lot of new music was created. There will definitely be a new Kalipo album soon, which is in the final stages of production. When exactly, I can’t say yet. Also, I have been working with Local Suicide on more tracks together, all of which are going in a harder and darker direction. Also with our band Frittenbude a lot of new stuff is coming up. I try to keep my head above water and I hope that soon real concerts and shows will be possible again.