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Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble doesn’t care about your Spotify playlist

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble is inspired instrumental chic. It’s way too cool for you not to know about it before all of your friends.

This is what you would expect to be playing in the elevator of a modern, ritzy hotel as you stare at the door pretending not to notice the three strangers sharing your car and wonder “Where do they find this music?”

Well, this is it.

Comprised of Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer and Paul Frick, the Berlin trio of classically trained musicians meld minimal techno with classical instrumentation.

I’ve really been enjoying the BBF Trio’s You Make Me Real — including tracks “Mi Corazon” and “Bop,” which carried over to the new album, Mr. Machine, now under the Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble moniker and boasting an 10-piece group (an ensemble, if you will).

What I love about BBF is the wealth of unconventional instrumentation, including violin, cello, harp, piano, trombone, tuba, timpani, marimba, vibraphone, drumset, various percussion and a Moog synthesizer.

This is heady stuff. Not your dad’s jazz. Not your weird uncle’s classical. Not your punk cousin’s electro. It’s a thinking man’s music without the stereotype. Like I said, instrumental chic.

Here’s a taste: this one with vocal help from Emika on a re-interpretation of a song from her debut album:

MP3: Brandt Brauer Frick – “Pretend”

Oh, and I lied about Spotify. BBF is actually on there, and you can listen to them on my BBF Playlist here.

The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble’s Mr. Machine is out October 25th via !K7. The ensemble plays Minneapolis’ Cedar Cultural Center on October 24.