The Hi-Hat Club is back. Some of the best albums to come out in 2010, where from MPM, and the Hi-Hat Club series was right at the top of that list. Vol.5 was released back in August, and I am glad to see yet another volume, before the end of the year.

DJ Adlib is bringing the Hi-Hat Club back to Cologne. „Haus & Garten“ is the sixth installment of our producer series and we’re taking things to the next level with this one. Not only because Adlib has chosen to share the spotlight with Black Spade, Declaime, Frank Nitt and Planet Asia but simply for the music the turntablist turned producer has cooked up in his „Haus & Garten“(„House & Garden“).

Since 1999, Adlib has been a member of the Noisy Stylus crew, who won trailer loads of turntablist competitions and released their fully scratched album „Table Manners“ in 2005. As a producer, Adlib dropped his first solo effort (Adlibertine EP) under UK’s exotica drum & bass pioneer Danny Breaks’ own imprint Alphabet Zoo. Ever since Adlib has laced productions for various hip hop outfits including Stones Throw’s MED and Rawkus’ Dynas. 


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By no means a beat tape “Haus & Garten” is a complete album by one of Europe’s most complete hip-hop producers. One could cite influences ranging from early electronic to prog, miami to UK bass, Jay Dee to ??? and still wouldn’t do justice. Give it a listen and you’ll know what we mean…

MC’s aside, the album also features Cologne beatsmith Hubert Daviz and long-time Fred Freddy’s Drop side-kick Adi Dick. Mixed & mastered by engineer extraordinaire Erik Breuer at Brewery Studios Cologne. Cover photos by Robert Winter.

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