Since the release of debut artist album ‘7 Dunham Place' in 2008, Düsseldorf's Loco Dice has grown to possibly become one of the world's most sought after names in house and techno. Bringing together a full-length, cohesive artist album has long been considered the mark of a true artist and with his first, Dice proved he had both the ability and vision to deliver a body of work that is likely still today.
“It's been 7 years since ‘7 Dunham Place' - my first electronic album,” Loco Dice reflects. “An artist album isn't just a compilation of club tracks. It's a concept that allows experiments, that
opens up spaces for narratives and allows the artist to go really far. At least that is the way I see it. I put everything into it, it was all or nothing. Martin Buttrich and I packed our studio
and moved to Brooklyn in 2006. That album is a musical document of my time in and experience of Brooklyn - it sums up a period of my life and for me, it was a natural conclusion.”
Returning to his native Düsseldorf, Dice then put forward a slew of upfront club tracks, as best evidenced by 2012's ‘Toxic' EP - a body of tracks that proved the catalyst for Dice to start work on piecing together ‘Underground Sound Suicide'.
Loco Dice: “We invited guests to jam with, rock the drum machines, synths and old, raw gear with us. Guti, Miguel de Ipola, Kobe aka Pimp Jackson, Chevy, my old hip-hop crew
with whom I used to share stinky hotel rooms and tour buses in 1995. All the dots connected. What was meant to be warm-up sessions with guests, instantly became the sound I was looking for and
the soundtracks to these new scenarios.”
In a nod to his techno side, he also joins force with Chris Liebing on ‘Keep It Low'.
“With Just Blaze, it was like two hip-hop guys working on something completely different, something harder, and it instantly worked,” says Loco Dice. “Behind Mr. Techno there is Chris Liebing with whom I share a lot, but whose artistic expression is quite different than mine, so here the opposites collide.
“Furthermore there is Giggs. You can't ignore him if you look out of the US hip-hop box. He is unique. When I met him in London and played him the album, he was totally diggin' it, he understood where I wanted to go with it and I had him on board.
"There have been so many changes around me since my first album that became a narrative for 'Underground Sound Suicide' and in a way, I used music as a transmitter. It comes from the heart and is a testimony of who I am now.”