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Biography

  • Years Active

    2002 – present (20 years)

  • Founded In

    Wuppertal, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany

  • Members

    • Anne Schnell
    • Katrin Stoffel
    • Kitty the Bill
    • Martin Kratzenstein
    • Maya Fadeeva

Club des Belugas is one of the leading lounge & nujazz projects in Germany, perhaps in Europe. They combine Contemporary European Lounge & Nujazz Styles with Brazilian Beats and American Black Soul of the fifties, sixties and seventies, using their unique creativity and intensity.

Main members are Maxim Illion & Kitty the Bill, with such exquisite guests as the Californian Jazz Lady Brenda Boykin, trumpeter Reiner Winterschladen (Nighthawks), Swedish singer anna.luca, London based Jazz singer Iain Mackenzie, Anne Schnell from Jojo Effect, Dean Bowman from New York and trumpet player Thomas Siffling.
Club des Belugas started their career in 2002 with their first album "Caviar at 3 a.m."

In 2003 they released their 2nd album "Minority Tunes", which included the German Club Charts no.1 hits "hiphip chinchin" and "Gadda Rio".

In 2006 Club des Belugas enriched the world of music with a real masterpiece called "apricoo soul". The 12" vinyl "Wildcats gotta move" reached German Club Charts #3 and stayed in the Top Ten for 8 weeks (march & april 2006). The Album included Club des Belugas' Remix of Dean Martin's "Mambo Italiano" and was the first worldwide legal remix of any Dean Martin track, authorized by Capitol/EMI and the Dean Martin Family themselves .
Club des Belugas tracks have been licensed for compilations more than 220 times. They have also been licensed for advertisements and TV commercials from companies like: Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus (Toyota), Ford Mondeo, Smart, KIA motors, Campari, Martini, Strenesse, The German National Soccerteam, Kaufhof, Burlington, Unilever, Telekom Germany, Telekom South Korea, IGEDO…

The album "Apricoo Soul" was chosen for "Best CD of the year 2006" by www.shirokko.de

In 2008 CdB released SWOP (wordplay from Swing and Pop) which again won "Best CD of the year 2008" from www.shirokko.de

This time the stress is more on jazz, less on electronics with use of interesting samples, and featuring vocalists Dean Bowman, Iain Mackenzie, Anna Luca, and Brenda Boykin.

Discography

2002 Caviar at 3 a.m. (album)
2003 Minority tunes (album)
2003 Hip hip chin chin / Gadda Rio (12" vinyl)
2006 Wildcats gotta move / Dibidy Dop (12" vinyl)
2006 Apricoo Soul (album)
2007 Skip to the Bip (Andreas Henneberg Remix / 12" vinyl)
2007 Moca - Post it (Club des Belugas Remix / 12" vinyl)
2007 Fred Astaire - Puttin on the Ritz (Club des Belugas Remix / 12" vinyl)
2008 SWOP! (album)
2009 Zoo Zizaro (album)

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