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Moshi Moshi Records
Ab67616d0000b27333eef1440b2e0295ab481cd0 Not the Right Place Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b2731d07f1116194de9e184dfe89 Not The Right Place Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b273dbf6f91dde0eb55db22492c1 This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C'est Ma Vie Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b2733dd755b05c7486146b8eb84d This is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C'est Ma Vie Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b273eac1c8ef3e002bb2cf8e228b Not the Right Place (Coma Remix) Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b273daef5218541287f13a341032 Not The Right Place (COMA Remix) Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b273f6ebcb20e6f3e06aae53fe05 This Is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C'est Ma Vie: Remixes Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b2731f7d2ae723e308959c171785 This is My Life / Das Ist Mein Leben / C'est Ma Vie: Remixes Single 2022
Ab67616d0000b2731a8b9a1712fca99dfd4942b8 C'est Ma Vie Single 2021
Ab67616d0000b273a5f2b94345b1a904f3401f5f C'est Ma Vie (Anna Prior Remix) Single 2021
Vitamin A Records
Ab67616d0000b273a073dc3992c4fe7e2dda4425 Alive Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b273642369ad2267ccf7cb2af7cf I Want to See Everything (Felix Martin Remix) Single 2020
Ab67616d0000b2735ae999c764c73b64c0a253e6 Champagne Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b273cc7802f7dd6d6f0b5f57a288 We Don't Want It Single 2019
Ab67616d0000b273c262bb943b6c85fbccc1125c I Want to See Everything Album 2019
Kitsuné Musique Singles
Ab67616d0000b273ab4f543d4b09a0b76ce218e8 We Don't Want It (Digitalism Remix) Single 2020
No Management
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