is a German band hailing from Hamburg. Founder of the
formation is keyboardist Michel Reckhard. Comparable to the
British group Incognito, initiated by Bluey, Michel is the
creative free spirit who gathers professional musicians
around him from the local music scene. Thus, for his
projects, changing line-ups can be found, which transform
his sparkling ideas into inspiring music.
On his new album Welcome (2020) he performs drums,
percussion, keys, synthesizer and backing vocals. He is
joined by Jens Salsa (bass, guitar, keys, sythesizer,
backing vocals), Alexander Precht (keys, synthesizer,
backing vocals), Andrea Weiß, Bonny Ferrer, LayG, Stefanie
Schandt, Eniola Falase (vocals), Gina Taperla Weppler and
ForYourSoul (backing vocals), Michael Albers (guitar), Sven
"Rolli Rhdes" Klemme (keys), and Nigel Lowis (guitar).
With about fifteen tracks you get much music for your money.
The band describes their music as neo-soul, funk and philly.
If comparisons are allowed, then the music of the British
band Incognito or
the Dutch group Tristan comes to mind most readily. The
album starts immediately with the title song featuring
Bonny Ferrer. More tolerance, understanding and
respect, no distance, contempt and incorrectness, these are
the main concerns of this formation, which also see
themselves as a mediator of a political approach.
The Way To Love shines with a rousing stomping beat
and Philly orchestral strings background, which not only
supports the vocal performance of the singer LayG but
becomes an equal stimulator itself. Only Heaven Knows
featuring singer Stefanie S. picks up where the soul
highlights and top acts of yesteryear left off, such as
Swing Out Sister, Joyce Sims and Whitney Houston.
Learn to Love Again brings with Andrea Weiß a
singer who does not come with a smooth voice, but has
retained her idiosyncrasy. One really feels set back forty
years with PrivatProjekt's music, when female singers were
popular like Jody Watley, Princess or Millie Scott. The
One is straightforward and melodic.
The song Dont Walk That Way is represented on the
album in two versions. The original is featuring vocalist
Stefanie S., the second one in addition guitarist Nigel
Lowis in a Chic-A-Delic-Remix. Similarities with Nile
Rodgers and the group Chic are not accidental but
I Go Back features anew singer Andrea Weiß. Like
all the vocalists involved in the project, a seasoned singer
with plenty of stage and studio experience. You Make May
Day presents the singer who is also based in Hamburg,
Bonny Ferrer. Bonny provides a varied program with a
range of different musical styles, such as pop, soul and
Latin. A passionate entertainer with a soulful voice.
If we are introducing the singers involved, then Stefanie S.
must not be missed, who is presented once again on I
Never Mind It. Stefanie Schwandt works with various
formations like Soultastix, For Your Soul, Eat More Fish and
of course PrivatProjekt. Interpreted out of context,
Marvin is a tribute to the legendary singer
Marvin Gaye, who died too soon.
Discolove is the first instrumental of the album, a
reminiscence of the time when Studio 54 was shining in the
big light. Never Felt So Good seamlessly follows
this style with lots of power, orchestral hits and a well
performing Stefanie. Bonny Ferrer celebrates the full range
of rollicking happiness with My Own Way. All in
Me gives some space to the instrumental side of the
band, but the spoken word also has its place.
With Welcome, the formation PrivatProjekt has
maneuvered itself from the position of an insider tip into
the stage light of a new discovery. It's about time that
this new encounter makes the rounds in all radio stations
and turntables worldwide.
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Genre: Acid Jazz
1) Welcome (3:34)
2) The Way to Love (3:07)
3) Only Heaven
4) Learn to Love Again (3:29)
5) The One
6) Dont Walk That Way (Original) (3:10)
7) I Go
8) You Make May Day (4:36)
9) I Never Mind It"
10) Marvin (3:40)
11) Discolove (Instrumental)
12) Never Felt So Good (3:27)
13) My Own Way (3:15)
14) All in Me (4:02)
15) Dont Walk That Way (Nigel Lowis