Alex Eckert (Guitars)
Daniel Stritzke (Bass)
Silvan Strauß (Drums)
Samuel Wootton (Percussion / Mallets)
Lukas Klapp - Piano (1,10)
Vera Schmidt - Violin (2,3,4,14,15) Julia Mahns - Violin (2,3,4,14,15) Audrey Bashore - Viola (2,3,4,14,15) Ruben Jeyasundaram - Cello (2,3,4,14,15)
recorded by TOYTOY at Hookwerk Island Studios and Zwischengeschoss Studios
except "Things We Forgot" recorded by Umberto Echo at Cloudshill Studios
Strings recorded by Daniel Stritzke at Chefrock Studios
Piano recorded by Lukas Klapp, Vocals recorded by TOYTOY, Benjamin Asare, Pia Ovanda, Leroy Menace and Rebekka Salomea
Mixed by Silvan Strauß, Samuel Wootton (9,13), Daniel Stritzke (14,15) and Umberto Echo (10)
Mastered by Umberto Echo
Artwork by Wilson Wootton
Photography by Oliver Wulff and Quentin Brand
composed by TOYTOY and their guests
String arrangements by Alex Eckert
PRODUCED BY TOYTOY
This instrumental opener of the LP is a soundtrack to their 2018 concert tour experience in Kathmandu. Between gigs cancelled due to tiger sightings and near death experiences on the winding roads of the Himalayas, it was all love and music.
GRAVITY feat. ESO.ES
The Hamburg-based all-rounder ESO.ES is the first guest on the album. In his own music, he sings and raps in German. On this emotional journey through space, ESO.ES sings about interpersonal gravity.
BACK TO THE FUSION comp. by FLO MEGA
Many people in Germany know Flo Mega only as an amazing soul singer. There are great depth to his musical mind though. This song came TOYTOY’s way almost fully formed in an incredible computer version, made just for the fun of it by Mr. Mega. TOYTOY take fun very seriously, so we recorded it for real. TOYTOY and Flo Mega are bringing Fusion back!
SILENT feat. PIA OVANDA
Pia Ovanda’s art pop project MADSIUSOVANDA is on the forefront of riveting young German music. In this collaboration with TOYTOY she sings about the intensity and many facets of non-verbal communication. The airy soul song fits perfectly with the vibe of the lyrics.
ELEMENT feat. KENO
Moop Mama MC Keno, the Munich-based producer Maniac, and TOYTOY are all in their element on this song. Trap Upright Bass, philosophy and chamber music elements are vehicles in the search for one’s identity and passion.
MIDDLE OF THE ALBUM
Monthy Python and Captain Beefheart go on a Haunted House ride. In 2020. Instrumental freak out by TOYTOY.
SLOW DOWN (TOYTOY REMIX) feat. LEROY MENACE
Leroy Menace is no secret to people familiar with the German Urban scene. His authenticity, political lyrics and openness for various genres fit perfectly within the TOYTOY universe, as evident in this boom-bap influenced remix.
KÖNIG WOWO (King Wowo)
King Wowo is character created by TOYTOY. He holds no power and is a figurehead for short and pompous appearances.
THINGS WE FORGOT feat. UMBERTO ECHO
Self-proclaimed Keeper of Tranquility and Dub-magician Umberto Echo helped TOYTOY with this meditative break in the album. Everybody was so relaxed while recording that the track almost disappeared into the infinite void of the hard drives. Almost!
King Wowo’s brother. Responsible for high speed chases with no adversary. Trenchcoat and deerstalker cap on the Xylophone.
PLAYDATE feat. SALOMEA
The German crazy-jazz-trap-art-high flyer SALOMEA sings about her first time meeting the TOYTOY bunch - their first PLAYDATE. The four guys make things very complicated - SALOMEA makes things sound easy.
Another meditation break. Composed by none other than King Wowo.
LITTLE LIGHT feat. FRIEDER HEPTING
Hamburg-based goosebump singer Frieder Hepting can’t fall asleep on this track, the resulting song is a beautiful encore accompanied by TOYTOY and string quartet.
TOY TOY PHOTOS PHOTOS
Photos by Steven Haberland,
Styling by David Paris