M_Sessions - Reworks is offering a contemporary version of Mania D., Malaria and Matador’s music for the 40th anniversary. Bringing the past into the now and into the future.
Monika Werkstatt seemed the perfect choice for new interpretations. Founded in 2015, comprising female electronic musicians and producers from the entourage of Monika Enterprise and Moabit Musik. The loose collective played dozens of improvised concerts around Europe and released a studio album and live recordings in everchanging artist constellations. The M_Sessions involved Pilocka Krach, Beate Bartel, Midori Hirano, Mommo G, Lucrecia Dalt, Antye Greie-Ripatti, Natalie Beridze, Annika Henderson and myself. Here the form of interpretation is focussing on keeping the freedom of their improvised work and adapting it to the collective appropriation of songs. I cannot imagine a better reinterpretation of the material with its real life ups and downs and with its enthusiasm. (G.Gut)
"The three, reunited: Malaria, Matador and Mania D, unter einem Dach, but gutted, replaced with electronic hearts, new beats, new beasts, the time has changed, yet the politics, the problems, the heartache remains the same. 2021 sees the anniversary of the 3 M’s and therewith the production of an album of songs, covering a selection of the bands’ finest output, this time assembled by a new set of feminist misfits; producers, fangirls, instrumentalists, under the strict guidance of original members Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel. M-Sessions features: AGF, Lucrecia Dalt, Sonae, Midori Hirano, Islaja, Natalie Beridze, Pilocka Krach, Annika Henderson (Anika), Lupe, Gudrun Gut and Beate Bartel. Beginning in West Berlin, in 1979, with the inception of Mania D, spawning Malaria! and later Matador; in a time when music was essential to movement, to escape, to space, to the scene and to the rebellion of the people; three bands stood for trial and error, trial and terror, anti- conformity, and anti-consumerism, for girl power and sticking it to the man, and for just doing whatever the hell they wanted. The three, their existence slightly staggered, with different members, different grudges, different heartbreaks, different instrumental expressions, were joined by a string of barbed wire, piecing pigeon hearts, within the playground that was the desolate ex-capital, now again capital, Berlin; a place where artists and freaks could run free amongst the wrinklies and army dodgers; no microscopes, no rules, no property developers." (ANNIKA HENDERSON)
1 I Will Be Your Only One (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Anika, Mommo G, Midori Hirano, Lucrecia Dalt, Pilocka Krach
2 Paradise (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Natalie Beridze, Midori Hirano, AGF 4' 55''
3 Radiator (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Pilocka Krach, Midori Hirano, Mommo G, Natalie Beridze, Gudrun Gut 3' 27''
4 Komm Darling Lass Uns Tanzen Gehen (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Pilocka Krach, Beate Bartel, Lucrecia Dalt 3' 32''
5 You You (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Natalie Beridze, Pilocka Krach, Beate Bartel, Midori Hirano, Mommo G, Islaja 3' 29''
6 Schreiender Tag (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Mommo G, Gudrun Gut, Manon P. Duursma, Midori Hirano 3' 51''
7 Geld (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. AGF, Midori Hirano, Pilocka Krach, Natalie Beridze 3' 28''
8 Mother (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Anika, Midori Hirano, Islaja, Gudrun Gut, Sonae 3' 36''
9 White Sky White Sea (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Anika, Natalie Beridze, Beate Bartel 3' 47''
10 Herzschlag (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Anika, AGF, Islaja, Sonae 3' 53''
11 Zukunft (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Lucrecia Dalt, Mommo G, Midori Hirano, AGF 2' 42''
12 Nite Time (Monika Werkstatt Version) feat. Natalie Beridze, Beate Bartel, Lucrecia Dalt, Sonae 4' 04'