Chris Liebing has announced details of his first album release for Mute, Burn Slow, out on 7 September 2018 and shared ‘Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1)’ featuring vocals from Gary Numan.

This, and ‘Novembergrey’ are the first taste of what to expect from Burn Slow, a 10-track album with vocal contributions from a diverse range of artists: Miles Cooper Seaton (Akron/Family), Mute labelmate Polly Scattergood (on DeadWaves), Cold Cave, Aleen, and, of course Gary Numan.

Burn Slow is a minimalist electronic epic and start of a new chapter for one of techno’s leading authorities. It might not be what you expect for a DJ synonymous with fast, hard, and heavy techno, but according to Chris Liebing, he’s always been something of a slow starter.

“I’ve wanted to do something like Burn Slow all my life,” he says.

While retaining the framework of the techno beats that Chris Liebing has dedicated his life to for the past 25 years, here he also seeks out new harmonic territories, taking aim at the heart rather than the feet, in order to tackle some deep themes. The key concept of presence – the idea that everything is happening inthis moment, and that everything in the past is mere memory – form the thematic backbone of the record. It’s something Liebing got in touch with via the philosopher Alan Watts, not to mention decades of getting entire dancefloors lost in the present.

“If people would stay in the now, everything in the world would just have a bit more harmony,” explains Liebing.

Liebing has teamed up with Ralf Hildenbeutel for Burn Slow (a key part of the long since defunct Eye Q family), and at Hildenbeutel’s Frankfurt studio Liebing began drifting into new territory with his new musical ‘enabler’.

The Burn Slow project began its evolution with two remixes, for Depeche Mode’s Going Backwards and Goldfrapp’s Everything Is Never Enough – both artists associated with his new label, which has been an inspiration for Chris Liebing since a young age: “Without realising, a lot of the music I was into came from just one label, Mute. I vividly remember dancing around at my neighbour’s house in the early ‘80s to songs by Depeche Mode and Yazoo. Banging my head in dark basements to the likes of DAF, Laibach and Nitzer Ebb to name but a few.”

Chris has channeled his passion to the performance, production, distribution and broadcasting of music on a global level. His DJ sets are sonic journeys between darkness and light, always far from the beaten tracks of the musical mainstream.

Chris Liebing’s set at Europe’s premiere techno festival Time Warp was captured by Arté, where it’s streaming in full, watch the set HERE.

‘Polished Chrome’ is available to stream and download here.

Chris Liebing’s forthcoming DJ schedule is as relentless as ever, with performances scheduled worldwide throughout the summer… Full details below:

15 June – Caos, Sao Paulo, Brazil
16 June – Warung Beach Club, Itajai, Brazil
22 June – Block, Tel Aviv, Israel
23 June – Instytut Festival, Modlin, Poland
30 June – WET Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
30 June – Container Love, Nuremberg, Germany
1 July – Awakenings Festival, Amsterdam, Netherlands
7 July – Cocorico, Rimini, Italy
8 July – Greenfields Festival, Munich, Germany
20 July – The Vaults, Cardiff, UK
21 July – Welcome To The Future, Amsterdam, Netherlands
27 July – Grelle Forelle, Vienna, Austria
28 July – Love Family Park, Frankfurt, Germany
31 July – Tipic, Formentera, Spain
2 Aug – Afterlife @ Hï-Ibiza, Ibiza, Spain
4 Aug – Output, NYC, USA
5 Aug – Oshega, Montreal, Canada
10 Aug – Sonne Mond Sterne, Saalburg, Germany
11 Aug – Tini Soundgarden, Cecina, Italy
14 Aug – Guendalina, Santa Cesarea Terme, Italy
17 Aug – Cavo Paradiso, Mykonos, Greece
18 Aug – Voltage Festival, Zwevegem, Belgium
19-23 Aug – Sonus Festival, Croatia
24 Aug – B My Lake, Zamardi, Hungary
25-26 Aug – Brave Factory Festival, Kiev, Ukraine

Chris Liebing - Polished Chrome (The Friend Pt. 1) Feat. Gary Numan (Lyric Video)

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