DE - No Brainer / Fool's Gold / Defected
Around for over a decade German DJ and producer MALENTE has released a total of five albums since the year 1999. The origin of his name „Malente“ is based on the fact that he was born in a small town in northern Germany, which is called Malente (since this question is frequently posed…).
The Music: After his first 12” „Fertig“, Malente´s debut album „The Spirit Of Malente“ (UNIQUE Records) is released in 2000, including the unforgettable „I Sell Marihuana“. Combinig organic 70s funk with electronic sounds.
Four tracks from his second album „No Risk No Funk“ (2002) breezed through to single-releases! The Video of „We Came To Party“ was broadcasted by MTV and by the German music-channel VIVA. Since 2004 Malente got more and more into dirty electro.
Malente releases his works now also MOONBOOTQIUE Records, the label of DJ team Moonbootica. Following the MOSTON & MALENTE single „In The Sky“, Moonbootique over the years release „Washington“ (2004), „Crowdrock/Tight With You“ (2005), „Hot Daddy” (2006) and “Killer Applikation” (2007 wich is being played by Tiga, Chris Lake, Crookers etc).
„Rip It Up“ (2005), Malente’s third album, shows his path from organic funk to kranky electro madness. At the End of that year, Malente releases the first 12“ „Like A Freek”. This piece of vinyl immediately enters the top 10 of the DCC and held its place for seven weeks.
2006 Malente presents ManroX: Theme From Manrox“ (Luscious Sounds), and does Moston & Malente „The 2 & Only“ (Splank!), embraced by English mags from I:DJ to Mixmag! Also his first DJ-Mix CD is put out 2006: „Top Of The Clubs Vol.30“ (Kontor).
The 2nd single from the „How Can You Still Stand To Stand Still“ album, again a big seller named „For The Revolution“, is followed by the release of that album in late 2006. With this album Malente is moving from breaks, heading into digital dirty rockin’, fidgety electro stuff.
2007 Malente starts off with two 12“es in the top10 of German Club Charts at the same time! „Killer Applikation” (peak #2) and „Open Secret” (also #1 in www.juno.com salescharts). The follow up “tHIS MANROx” backed with “Sp€nd Ur Ca$h” reaches #7 May.
What wasn’t mentioned before is that Malente loves remixing. Over the years he reworks tunes by Mason, Moonbootica, Bob Sinclar, Coburn, Turntablerocker and many more. That’s why he put together the CD-Compilation including the best Malente remixes so far plus a brand new Malente DJ-Mix CD. The Double CD “Whow” hit the stores in late October 2007. A Vinyl Album Sampler 12” is released with it and in December Moston & Malente’s “F*cked Up” 12” another single from the album.
Beginning of 2008 German DJ and producer Malente is voted Top National Act of the German Club Charts DCC 2007. After constant touring in 2008 MALENTE&DEX hysetric rave anthem “Hyperactive” comes out on EXPLOITED. Supported by Djs like Sinden, Crookers, Fake Blood, Surkin, Jesse Rose, Erol Alkan, A-Trak, Dave Clarke, Zombie Nation.
In october a new more funky but wobbly Moston & Malente on SPLANK! surfaces. „Do The Right Thing“ supported by Tittswoth, Larry Tee, Foamo, Hostage, Heavyfeet, Bassnectar
2009 MALENTE releases his first 12” “Bring That Lead Back” on SOUTHERN FRIED (Fatboy Slim’s Label). The follow up „Music Forever“ (April 09) which fuses chicago house with rave and raw electro is pole positioning the German Club Charts DCC for 7 weeks in a row. DJ support by Etienne De Crecy, Lee Mortimer, Kissy Sellout, Midfield General, Groove ArmadaDave Spoon, Shinichi Osawa, Peter Kruder, Jason Nevins, Erick Morillo, Axwell.
Beginning of September MALENTE&DEX “Lions / Gipsy Kings” is out on EXPLOITED. It sets the tone for further Malente&Dex releases. House, Worldmusic and groove. Supported by Tiga, Fake Blood, Brodinski, Sinden, Renaissance Man, Steve Aoki, Riva Starr, Feadz, Mixhell, Douster, Tomboy, Edu K +++
In October Malente debuts on A-Trak’s FOOL’S GOLD with the disco-ish „I Like It“. It’s getting plays by Pete Tong as well as Annie Mac on BBC Radio1, is featured on Duck Sauce Mixmag CD, gets massive DJ Support, reaches Beatport general chart No.1, stays top10 for 8 weeks and is pole positioning German Club Charts for 7 weeks.
November sees Malente&Dex feat. Bonde Do Role „Bangkok“ (EXPLOITED) a fusion where traditional Thai music meets Baile Funk. Stunning rmxs by Douster, DOP, Freeform Five, Roundtable Knights. Plays by Claude Von Stroke, Untold, DJ Hell, Brodinski, Stlye Of Eye
For his last release of 2009 Malente teams up with Jay Robinson for an EP on SOUTHERN FRIED: „Do Your Head In“ is pure Bassline madness and comes with mixes by Sharkslayer, Sticky K, Sharam Jey. Supported by Boys Noize, Laidback Luke, Riton, The Bloody Beetroots, Drop The Lime and Bob Sinlar.
To finish off a successful year, Malente is voted #1 Act of 2009 in German Club Charts DCC for the second time after 2007.
2010 starts with MALENTE vs AZZIDO DA BASS – They’re Killing It“ in march. It’s a kranky stomper that is so far out that you’d have to invent a genre for it. It’s Malente’s debut on Steve Aoki’s famous DIM MAK label and reaches the no.1 spot in German Club Charts.
In April EXPLOITED release MALENTE&DEX follow up Habibi and Indian influenced house stomper. On this EP you can also find the jazzy house “In Nightclubs” and gypsi rap hipshaker “Doo Doo Dance” feat Spoek & Gnucci Banana. It’s followed by two separately released remix packages. Camel, Julio Bashmore, Tony Senghore, DJ Chernobyl, Joice Muniz & Shanti Roots as well as Shir Khan deliver their versions.
Also there are upcoming and just out mixes for Armand Van Helden, Motor, Afrika Bambaataa, Larry Tee, Tony Senghore, Sticky K, Congorock, Bassnectar and Sharam Jey amongst others.
But producing is not his only passion. Malente lives for his DJ-sets where he’s playing a lot of unreleased material & special edits. Solely last year he travelled the USA, Canada, Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Belgium, Netherlands, Switzerland, Austria, Russia, Ukraine, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain +++
When Malente is playing one of his outstanding DJ-sets, PARTY is to be expected and no puristic bullshit.
www.malente.dj and www.myspace.com/malente and listen / read / watch!