Well. I feel thoroughly ashamed of myself. Am I the only person who only really started hearing about Malente with Malente & Dex’s In Nightclubs? And was the EP that contained that track Habibi on Germany’s Exploited label really only released in May 2010?
It seems I’ve made a huge huge mistake. Malente’s disography on Discogs spans ten years, 23 of his own EPs (including the interestingly titled I Sell Marihuana in 2001), four albums and 79 remixes, and that’s not including his many other aliases. His biography on Resident Advisor is the first one I’ve ever seen where they’ve had to write an explanatory prologue; ‘Short info- Aug 2010′ because it wouldn’t even all fit in. Here are some examples:
Collaborators: Moston, Lorcan Mak, Spieltrieb, Seductive, Rubix, Reset! Jay Robinson, Dex
Remixers: Chaos in the CBD, Myd (Club Cheval), Hickup (Dirtybird), LOL Boys (Palms Out), Sharkslayer (Top Billin), NT89 (Southern Fried), Rishi Romero (Spinnin), Milt Mortez (Discobelle), Zombies For Money (Trouble & Bass), Gingy (This is Music), Seductive (Dim Mak)
Record Labels: DIM MAK, Southern Fried, No Brainer, Fool’s Gold, Luscious, Unique…
The list goes on, so you can see that there are quite a few who agree that Christoph Malente can do no wrong. He’s got two EPs on the go at the moment, Oh My God with Moston, released 15 October, and Tarzan Boys with Speiltrieb on Southern Fried, released on 14 November.
So it makes perfect sense for him to start his own record label – No Brainer Records, and two releases so far are stellar: Malente & Moston Oh My God, and the amazing Padrino/ Xhosa EP from Slap In The Bass, which came out 27 October, with remixes by LOL boys and Hickup. Wonky basslines and whistles, saxophones and silly lyrics combine to create a very much dancefloor-focussed catalogue, not taking itself too seriously.
Have a listen to the first No Brainer Podcast, from the man himself: