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Vitamin A Records
Ab67616d0000b273f2ba6291151b83c5aa609d28 We Don't Want It (Digitalism Remix) Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b273a073dc3992c4fe7e2dda4425 Alive Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b273642369ad2267ccf7cb2af7cf I Want to See Everything (Felix Martin Remix) Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b2732b88fbbdbc5903c2fd5358a7 The Same Again Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b2735ae999c764c73b64c0a253e6 Champagne Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b273c262bb943b6c85fbccc1125c I Want to See Everything Album 2019
Moshi Moshi Records
Ab67616d0000b27333eef1440b2e0295ab481cd0 Not the Right Place Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b2737d709fd2614abd6207db3776 Not The Right Place Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b2733dd755b05c7486146b8eb84d This is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C'est Ma Vie Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b27369c688e91477ce19560a1e7b This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C'est Ma Vie Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b273bc2ba255a2c55d9fa1d96a37 C'est Ma Vie Single 2021
Ab67616d0000b2731c552dfb67c3e8614ac612ad C'est Ma Vie (Anna Prior Remix) Single 2021
Ab67616d0000b273703eff12ef61db6f9dfc2a88 This Is Not the Paradise They Told Us We Would Live In Single 2016
Ab67616d0000b2734a22fb61adc2f9e65d8b472c Something Like You Single 2016
Kitsuné Musique Singles
Ab67616d0000b273f36f5163d015ec57c8c6860e We Don't Want It Single 2019
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Moshi Moshi Records
Rachel McWhinney
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Hailing from a city that birthed the like of Krautrock, and with LCD Soundsystem’s Al Doyle and Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard on production reins, Cologne-formed trio Sparkling’s upcoming EP “This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C´est Ma Vie” is already a store sleeve divider writer’s dream.

Brothers Leon and Levin Krasel, together with Luca Schüten, are more than just great on paper, though. Their new EP is an adrenaline rush of a journey that traverses Europe, drawing on French electronic music, the urgency and ferocity of English post-punk and the throbbing pulse of krautrock. “Our music is partly about the importance of sticking together as European citizens” they say. “There is so much cultural density and diversity in Europe which is amazing. In our music we take all these influences from the European music landscape. From French Electro to English Post Punk to German Krautrock and Electronic music. It’s amazing how much you can explore in the different countries.”

Formed while the trio were studying at University and Art School in Cologne, Sparkling developed a reputation live in their homeland for hot, heady and sweat-drenched live club room sets. A move to London and a debut EP followed, titled "This Is Not The Paradise They Told Us We Would Live In" produced by Moses Schneider, before the group worked with Stereolab’s Andy Ramsay on their debut LP "I Want To See Everything". A jagged, quick-witted set of ten pop-flecked post-punk tunes, it broke them out of Germany, garnered them radio play on BBC Radio 1 and 6music and led to an invitation to play at Austin’s SXSW.

“This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C´est Ma Vie” stands on those same post-punk foundations but expands on them and – with the influence of Doyle and Goddard – sees Sparkling giddily move further towards the centre of the dancefloor. Lead single “C’est Ma Vie” is the sort of irrepressible hands in the air indie anthem that defies resistance. A song about self-doubt and regaining self-confidence, it’s cathartic in its sense of unashamed grandiosity and positivity in contrast to the twin troubles of the pandemic and Brexit that the group have drawn influence from.

“Struggling with self-confidence is a common thing and it´s good to reassure yourself that you have the power to break out of it” the band say. “After lockdown we want to scream ‘this is my life this is where I want to be c´est ma vie!’ on the top of a hill. This song is a reminder to yourself, that this is your life!”

Much of the EP was recorded at Doyle and Goddard’s new studio on Brick Lane and so is adorned by the duo’s collection of old synthesizers. They only had a short time together and worked day and night for five days. However, the urgency befits the rush of the recordings: it’s a snapshot, with nothing too overthought and instead left to feel and emotion.

Ultimately “This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C´est Ma Vie” is a celebration. It’s about coming back out into the open after months inside, it’s about celebrating the diversity of people rather than viewing our differences something to negate and control. Sparkling are a band who looks beyond borders and seek new terrains and this EP is a testament to that both personally and musically.

- Simon Jay Catling