Since debuting on Box Aus Holz back in 2012, Berlin-based producer and Tax Free Records co-founder Max Graef's output has continued to evolve.
Although a love of hip hop and jazz has always formed the backbone of his musical creations, over the last eight years, through various projects and collaborations, he's taken these influences in different directions. His solo efforts have found homes on Apron Records, Heist and Schwarz 12, as well as his regular home Tartelet and his now defunct Money $ex Records, both of which were also helmed by Graef's Ninja Tune collaborator Glenn Astro.
On top his solo production efforts, the fruits of Graef's work with his live band saw the light of day in 2015. Their first LP Dog saw the band blend their love of jazz and krautrock with contemporary electronics through free improvisation.
Bringing it back to the present day, earlier this summer he donned his remix hat for us and produced a chopped and screwed rework of our latest R$N Records LP from Hologram Teen. Following the release we asked Max to pick out some his favourite ear pleasing sonics; from the sound of insects to the sound of Lemmy from Motörhead's voice and the inside of a drinking water tank...
The Sound Of Jimi's Guitar
This is an excerpt from a live recording of "Machine Gun", at Berkeley 1970 by Jimi Hendrix. The whole recording is incredible, not only the way he plays but also the quality of the recording is great. There is not a lot that touches me as deeply as the sound of Jimi's guitar playing, a true master. It's the only guitar player who can transmit emotions as raw and authentic in my opinion.