"Our ways crossed 3 years ago during one of my stay in Gothenburg", remembers Dairmount about his first meeting with Joel Alter. "Our common friend Christoffer Berg introduced us and we spent a very chilled summer day together, discussing & listening to some of his works in progress. I brought back some of them on a cdr and this was the start of an artistic exchange that shaped up in the years following... It was always clear to me that Joel would be a special personality I would be happy to introduce to listeners the day I would found my own label..."
Indeed, despite the fact that Alter has been one of the main underdogs of the Swedish Techno scene, he has never been interested to take part to the ego cult of the global Techno planet. He took care of shaping his sound on a long period of time, eventually caught the attention of Dj Hell & Richie Hawtin who both released some of his works on their Gigolo & M_nus imprints & relocated in Berlin in search of new inspiration. "What fascinated me very quickly with Joel is how his music embodies the bare essentials of the Techno spirit. He lives & breathes this music nearly as a spiritual experience" claims enthusiastically Dairmount.
"it was really important to me to bring him to display the genuine soul of his Techno vision & to develop the tracks that were displaying this unique contrast of organic & mechanical values..." Dairmount's aim has been to bring an homogenic collection of tunes showing perfectly the strong emotional versatility of Alter and his outstanding science of the dancefloor : Omerta displays a unique energy & bounce while exploring dubby territories. A dub factor raising high with the haunting Preaching To The Choir and the disturbing Alley Cat, both exploring sounds with depth & determination.
The secret weapon of this EP is definitely the african influenced cut called Jungle Fever that seems to be tailor made to fit Sirs Villalobos & Luciano's sets. And to perfectly round up this package, we got French wizzard Alexkid, acclaimed for his recent releases on Cadenza & Rekids and all time classics on FCom, retouching Preaching To The Choir, with his trademark dubbiness that brought him numerous fans in the scene & beyond.
A&R and words by Dairmount
WHAT DJ'S SAID
"Joel has been a friend and favourite for years, love all his stuff, these tracks are a very cool selection! Jungle Fever and Preaching to th Choir are my favourites. The matureness in the rythms Joel beats out are just amazing! He's destined for greatness!"
CHRISTOFFER BERG (Fever Ray, Flash, Neoboyz)
"very much like Preaching to the choir original. Make me think a bit of GMan. Will play!" - ESTROE (Connaisseur)
"Alley Cat and Preaching To The Choir are my favorites here. Will play this..."
PETER KRUDER (Macro, Gigolo)
"Preaching To the Choir is hot!" - DJULZ (Ovum, Bassculture)
"Fantastic EP! Really can't pick a favourite track. All 5 are top for me"
SEI A (Seinan Music, Missive, Gigolo)
"Forward thinking as always. Digging Alley Cat the most here. Alex Kid's mix is very nice as well."
PEZZNER (OM Records)
"The title track is a banger. Love the groove. This will be charted and played!"
TITONTON DUVANTE (Palette)
"A very interesting package... again, quality can not be question on this label but maybe lacking a tiny bit of soul for my ears overall... alley cat has an adictive groove and i will be supporting jungle fever 100%. great!"
ATJAZZ (ARC, Yoruba)
"Very diverse sound which I really enjoy playing Excellent ep ! Omerta remids me of cajaul records circa 1996 lovely!"
WAMDUE KIDZ (Strictly Rhythm)
"Jungle fever & preaching to the choir are great...will def play this.. "
DJ YELLOW / MINDZ KONTROL ULTRA (Composite, Freerange)
"Wow what a great EP from Joel! Awesome sounds and grooves. Will pick Preching to the choir as my favorite. Mindbending!"
" Love the deep moodiness of the ep. Another quality release from "Room with a view" and a nice one to wrap up 2009. Congratulations on your releases this year!"
TREVOR WALKER (Mercury Lounge)
"Yes, yes, yes! Cool EP. Loving Jungle Feaver! Others are great too"
ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ (Frozen North)
"Great tracks, love joel alter!" - DAVE VEGA (Robert Johnson, Beatport)
"Love this great EP! Every track really rocks! Full support around the planet"
KIKKO SOLARIS (Persistencebit)
"Nice ep, not my favourite RoomWAV release - although i loved Joel Alter's Control on the last Perspectives. Jungle Fever, with its funky drums and gloomy chords, is my favourite here, and alex did a great job on the 'preaching to the choir' remix."
ART OF TONES (RWAV, 2020 Vision)
"Ohh yeah Jungle Fever and Preaching to the Choir For me ....Will play those for sure ,really nice..."
MASTER H (Soma, Komplex De Deep)
"Diggin' both mixes of "Preaching". The stereo bass on "Omerta" just puts my head in" - PHONOGENIC (Cocoon, 2020 Vision)
"Wicked Alexkid remix!" - ANTHONY COLLINS (Freak'n'Chic)
"My favs here would be Alley Cat and Jungle Fever..."
BASIC SOUL UNIT (New Kanada, Philpot)
"Alley cat and alexkid's remix are for me!" - BRENDON MOELLER (Wave Music, Connaisseur, Echospace)
"Absolut heavy stuff here. Great sound. All mixes are dope. "Jungle Fever" and "Preaching To The Choir" are my favs here..."
WENER NIEDERMEIER (JC Freaks, Supplement Facts, Phonica)
" Deep, stripped down, and groovy. What else could you expect? Into the box..."
VIDIS (Silence Music)
"Full quality release as usual from Room With A View. Loving the dubby vibe of "Preaching the choir", original and Alex Kid remix are great..."
NACHO MARCO (Loudeast, OM Records, Plastic People)
"Once again a solid release. Preaching To The Choir is my fave. will play for sure. alex kid remix is nice as well..."
ANDRÉ LODEMANN (Best Works, RWAV, Freerange)
"Nice stuff as always from this great new label, Omerta is my pick!"
LEIGH MORGAN (urbantorque)
Also played by Dubfire, Slam, Russ Gabriel, Morpheus, Neil Quigley, Mr Mönk, Murray Richardson, Alex Barck...
released December 11, 2009
Wriiten, produced & mixed by Joel Alter, Gothenburg & Berlin
Mastered by Bo Kondren @ Calyx, Berlin
Artwork by Hannes Pilz for Intu, Hamburg
Artwork picture by Fubbi, Berlin