The late James Brown aside, you won’t find anyone with a more visceral connection with soul than Session Victim in the midst of a DJ set. Their live set pitches the energy levels up even further, the frenzied head banging of two friends jamming like their lives depend on it, now a signature scene.
Since the success of their bedroom-produced debut LP took them a little by surprise back in 2012, Hauke Freer and Matthias Reiling have formalised their ad hoc studio jams and fanatical sampling sessions into something resembling a schedule, But besides that, refreshingly nothing much has changed about their friendship, spanning over twenty years and a regular Hamburg to Berlin studio exchange.
With a record collection covering several decades of hip hop, funk and soul as well as releases on numerous vinyl-only house and techno imprints, it’s their passion for uncovering dusty vinyl treasures and the soul that can be captured on a miniature moment in wax that inspires both their DJ sets and production environment.
Session Victim’s second long player See You When You Get There was featured highly on various ‘Best of 2014’ lists, including XLR8R and DJ History. Respected contemporary and head of Pampa Records DJ Koze, also added his own seal of approval by remixing their track Hyuwee for the DJ Kicks 50th compilation while two of Session Victim’s latest album tracks also made it on to Seth Troxler’s DJ Kicks last year.
2015 also saw celebrated releases from solo endeavours, with Hauke’s EP on new vinyl only imprint XK being repressed several times and Matthias returning to hugely respected label Giegling to release his first solo EP since 2011.
The next Session Victim releases will drop on Frank Musik and Delusions Of Grandeur, followed by a remix of their friend Iron Curtis on Retreat (the vinyl only label Hauke runs with Quarion) and a remix of a classic 1996 Boris Dlugosch track on Peppermint Jam.