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K.I.Z.: Girls, Grilling, and Hip-Hop

K.I.Z. seriously loves hip-hop, but their hip-hop is anything but serious. On "Hurensohn" ("Son of A Whore") they rap "I'm gonna party on your grave/You try the crip walk once again and I'll rip off your legs." "Riesenglied" (which translates as "DickCock") is a remake of Absolute Beginner's 1998 German rap hit "Liebeslied" ("Love Songs") with a psychedelic phallocentrism that would make Too $hort blush; a sample lyric: "Met up with your daughter at night in the forest/I dressed as a tree, she had my branch in her throat."

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Native Instruments: Tweak and Twerk

Ten years ago, audio engineer Stephan Schmitt and software developer Volker Hinz created Generator, one of the virtual world's first modular synthesizers. The pair (both native Berliners) had oodles of creativity and computer know-how, but very little business acumen. They turned to Daniel Haver, an erstwhile manager of a graphic design firm who was passionate about music but, admittedly, not very musically inclined. In lieu of a salary, Haver accepted a two-year engagement in exchange for stock in the company, and Native Instruments was born.
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Lotterboys' Artist Tips

When Mack Goudy Jr. croons–Tom Jones-on-the-moon-style–"She's got two of the longest legs/That make the sweetest ass of themselves" on "Heroine" one can only wonder, 'What the hell kind of effect is that on his vocals?' More than any genre-defining early '90s techno comp, Lotterboys' shape-shifting debut Animalia (Eskimo) is probably the best example of the Detroit-Berlin connection, with Motown boy Goudy (a.k.a. Read more » 

Westbam: Off The Wall

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Marok: Design Power

I track down elusive Lodown editor Marok (born Thomas Marecki) in a non-descript Kreuzberg building that houses the magazine's office. His desk is in the back of the room, behind a floor-to-ceiling bookcase that houses all 52 issues of the magazine, plus a predictable collection of limited-edition vinyl toys and limited-run books. Rangy and tan, with watery blue eyes and a weathered look that bespeaks years of board sports, 34-year-old Marok very much resembles a much quieter version of Tony Hawk. Read more » 

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