Forss ‎– Soulhack

Sonar Kollektiv ‎– SK006CD, Sonar Kollektiv ‎– SK006LCD
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1 City Ports 2:22
2 Soulhack 4:34
3 Funk For Nerds 7:43
4 Flickermood 3:33
5 Using Splashes 4:51
6 Journeyman
Vocals, Written-By [Vocals], Recorded By [Vocals] – Rich Medina
7 Atomised 7:02
8 Characteristics
Scratches – DJ Alik
9 Lost Through Inversion 0:40
10 Tacit Knowledge 3:51
11 Paradigm Shift 5:58

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℗©2003 Sonar Kollektiv
Made in Germany.

Published by Edition Sonar Kollektiv / BMG Publishing
Vocals for track 6 written & recorded in Philadelphia for Ricardo Grande Music (Sesac) 2003.
Scratches for track 8 published by copyright control.

Issued in a trifold digisleeve.
Some copies with sticker on cover:
"'Hooligan jazz for the headphone generation. Sheer brilliance!' Gilles Peterson"

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 821730000623
  • Label Code: LC 01200
  • Matrix / Runout: 03060313 [SNA logo] 1 / SK 006 CD
  • Mastering SID Code: ifpi L596
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1A25
  • Rights Society: GEMA
  • Rights Society: SESAC

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SK006LP Forss Soulhack(2xLP, Album) Sonar Kollektiv SK006LP Germany 2003 Sell This Version
SK006PROMOCD Forss Soulhack(CD, Album, Promo) Sonar Kollektiv SK006PROMOCD Germany 2003 Sell This Version
SK006CD, SK006 CD Forss Soulhack(CD, Album) Sonar Kollektiv, Sonar Kollektiv SK006CD, SK006 CD Germany 2003 Sell This Version


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May 21, 2017
edited over 2 years ago

Strong first album from Swedish DJ, producer and entrepreneur Eric Wahlforss. He is also the co-founder of SoundCloud, years after this release on the innovative, Berlin-based Sonar Kollektiv label. Lots of innovative, sample-based compositions with quite colorful grooves, both organic elements and synthetic recordings. Thematically, one can say this works as a timeless description of technology and our society, with many tracks dealing with the computerized nature in which we live in. A voice over by Ruch Medina on "Journeyman" create a massive sense of discovery and, yeah, travelling and discovering the world and the humans inhabiting it. Scratches by DJ Alik on "Characteristics" makes the track enjoyable, yet minimalistic. There's subtle, beautiful synthesizers, and deep, boiling basslines here. Though Forss is no instrumentalist, the compositions come alive in their vibrant, collective showcase of many musicians from many times. Not too pretensious, but intensely real at places. "Atomized" is a great, dynamic piece, almost making you afraid of your electronic addiction, as well as putting you in a twisted sense of enlightenment. Using samples in this way, doing intstrumental, poetic pieces like this, clearly is Forss' strong side. And it really does work, in my opinion. Quite a (more or less) timeless piece of art for our age.


February 19, 2006
edited over 13 years ago

Glitchtronica soul jazz? Forss does it with ease. SOULHACK is a beautiful surprise, at once deep and challenging. From the clatter of the title track to the sweet syncopated bass of "Funk for Nerds," sample-based jazz has never sounded so progressive and modern (with perhaps the exception of Jan Jelinek, who approaches the form from completely different angle; the chopped funk of "Flickermood" easily draws the line between them). The spoken word of "Journeyman," is a slight misstep, since it shifts the focus to the vocals, rather than the music, but the dark, dense and dystopic "Atomised" recovers the mood. There a sense of heartache on "Characteristics," from the piano melody to the blues sample. The more symphonic "Tacit Knowledge" brings a classical grace, and the final track, "Paradigm Shift," shows that downtempo can have an experimental cut-and-paste heart to it. An outstanding debut.


August 24, 2005
edited over 14 years ago

electronic music doesnt get much better than this.
a lot like the best of amon tobin this is a very very complex sound and doesnt stop giving you chills even after listining to it for several times. you get the feeling of listening to the soundtrack of a movie that should have been made a long time ago. like cinematic orchestra in this aspect, though forss is more broken, rougher and more distorted than co. the mostly instrumental songs paint an overall dark and sometimes frighteningly depressing mood.

the sheer bandwith is more than satisfying. from jazz influenced songs to deconstructed electronic broken beats to trip hop sample voiceover to smooth downbeat. you wont stop being amazed by this record. never!! just be sure to use proper sound equipment while listening to it!

forss: soulhack gets my highest possible recommandation. go get it!

"more and more people stay with the machine all night and go click, click, click"