August 13, 2010

Artist of the Day: Ancient Astronauts (producers)

Ingo Möll & Tom Strauch

Their very name, “Ancient Astronauts,” implies a mash-up of the distant past and the far future; traits exemplified in their melding of old school hip hop, funk, and dub reggae with forward-thinking flair and production technique. The Ancient Astronauts are Kabanjak and Dogu hailing from Cologne, Germany . . .via outer space! Coy with their true origins, the duo can only confirm that they returned to planet Earth in 2001 after traveling the musical cosmos for thousands of years.

Those familiar with the phenomenon of “ancient astronauts,” a belief that extraterrestrial beings visited Earth in ancient times to mingle and trade ideas with early human civilizations, won’t be surprised that upon returning this particular spaced-out duo quickly set up a terrestrial sound studio, a record label Switchstance Recordings, and a successful production, remixing and DJ career dropping sound bombs all over the world.

Already having remixed for Fort Knox Five, Up Bustle & Out, Ladybug Mecca of Digable Planets, Zion I, and Dr. Rubberfunk the Ancient Astronauts have linked up with a variety of new sonic collaborators including Bootie Brown and Imani of legendary hip hop group The Pharcyde, Azeem, Tippa Irie, Bajka, Phat Old Mamas, Ulf Stricker, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik to record their debut album We Are To Answer! A block-rockin’ boom-bappin’ sonic tour-de-force, We Are to Answer is a musical vision of life on Earth and beyond!

The label itself is famous in the international club and boardsports circles for its extremely funky productions as well as the dynamic sets of its DJ Collective. Renowned events such as Air & Style/AUT, Winter Music Conference/USA, Midem/FR, Roxy Chicken Jam/CH, Burton European Open/CH, Popkomm/GER and many more have experienced the unique and typical styles of Switchstance, while the likes of Nightmares On Wax, Fort Knox Five, LTJ Bukem, Soulpatrol, Mr. Scruff or Kid Loco have long become fans of the label and its music (Discogs, 2010).

You can listen to Ancient Astronauts' music at:

Released Albums:
Ancient Astronauts - Classic EP
Ancient Astronauts - Put Em Up EP
Ancient Astronauts - We Are To Answer

(2010). Ancient Astronauts. Discogs. Retrieved from

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