Max Graef: (The Metaphysics of) A Jazz Thing
Prodigal Berlin DJ, producer and bandleader Max Graef thumbs through his record collection and shares his favorite jazz joints.
Max Graef may have grown up in Berlin, but there’s nothing particularly techno about his music. Walking the line between funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop, house and disco, his dusty, MPC-driven productions are clearly the work of someone who’s spent their life pouring through old records and sampling all of the best bits. An associate of Oye Records – the Prenzlauer Berg shop is essentially Graef’s second home and he also plays a role in its in-house Box Aus Holz label – his records first began appearing on their shelves in 2013, and were followed in 2014 by an acclaimed debut full-length, Rivers Of The Red Planet on Danish imprint Tartelet. However, Graef’s efforts aren’t limited to just production: while it’s no surprise that he’s a busy DJ, he’s also a bandleader, playing bass in an eponymous group that issued a funk-filled, genre-hopping LP, Dog, in 2015. The album was released by Money $ex Records, a label headed up by Graef alongside partners Delfonic and Glenn Astro. The latter has also been known to team up with Graef in the studio, as the duo have collaborated on both the inaugural Money $ex release and a 12” for Ninja Tune.