Lionhearts is the artistically ambitious solo project of Seabound singer Frank Spinath whose first effort, the self-titled album "Lionhearts", was released in mid 2017. Sound-wise his debut was rather introverted and experimental. Now, Spinath follows up to the album with "Companion", a real companion in the true sense of the word
"Companion" consists largely of remixes made by friends Spinath chose and asked by himself. We know, what you suspect - that this might be a collection of second-rate material, but this is definitely not the case! "Companion" simply blew us away and is way stronger than the majority of superfluous remix EPs within this genre. It is more club-friendly, catchier than the album, yet still stylistically coherent und a logical successor to the debut from which the original songs come. The remixers are by no means unknown: Iris, Acretongue, Olaf Wollschläger, Forma Tadre, Mildreda, Architect and Ben Lukas Boysen (Hecq) himself, they all epitomise high-class electro and have already collaborated with Spinath in different situations. The reason for the high quality of the mixes on "Companion", feast for discerning electronic fans, is still an interesting one. It might be due to the fact that Spinath chose the participators on his own and put the tracklist together by himself.
It is also surprising that electronic reinterpretation suits these unassuming songs so well. Whether it's Olaf Wollschläger's straight, club-oriented approach in 'Gone', the sophisticated, warmly pulsating 'To What I Dont Know' by Hecq, the epic, percussive 'No Going Back' by Mildreda or the more intimate, laid-back interpretation of the same tune by Forma Tadre - All of Spinath's "Companions" have surpassed themselves. Listening to the tracks, you don't actually think it's a remix album, that's how well they fit together, not least in terms of sound and production.
The proverbial cherry on the cake is the new composition 'Stars'. "Companion" will be your soundtrack companion for all life situations.
1. Gone (Olaf Wollschläger Remix)
2. The Ardent City (Architect Remix)
3. To What I Don't Know (Hecq Remix)
4. No Going Back (Mildreda Remix)
5. Stars (Demo Version)
6. Gone (Acretongue Remix)
7. The Ardent City (Hecq Remix)
8. To What I Don't Know (IRIS Remix)
9. No Going Back (Forma Tadre Remix)