Relocating from a remote village in the Bavarian landscape to the sprawling cultural hub that is Berlin, it didn’t take long for multi-instrumentalist Andi Fins to establish himself as one to watch. Approaching 70s soul with traces of modern indie pop, his slow-burning but catchy tunes are charged with melancholia, but with enduring optimism that reaches for a silver lining.

Supported by Fins’ previous collaborators and favourite musicians, his fourth album, the  soul-feeding Whatever Works narrates through tales and characters from the dusty glamour of modern life, how you can make a fool out of yourself while trying to impress, expectations, unpredictability and a constant feeling of longing.

The record has a timeless quality, touching as it meanders on many stations of musical history; from the golden-era chanson balladry of ‘French Movie’, to the 80s pop leanings of ‘Holidays’, to the cadences and country harmonies of opener, ‘Wasting My Time’. To say it’s a body of work that’s well-worth exploring would be an understatement, and you can do so right here:

In support of Whatever Works, join us as we get to know Andi Fins and his five inspirational tracks in a brand new In Five.

Niki & The Dove – The Drummer

This band has been one of my favourites over the last few years. I love their music and every song just kills me. The first record was like a modern synth revolution, with exciting layers, driving beats and great melodies echoing back from every corner. The second album is, of course, brilliant too, just coming up with new costumes and so on; some more glitter in different colours, more guitars and great sloppy basslines, along with super simple drumbeats. I always get a bit jealous when I’m listening to them.

Little Dragon – Crystalfilm

So cool! I like the minimalist style and that unique voice. I dare to say that I hear some jazz influences, which I like a lot. Four- and five-note chords and fresh electronic sounds are bubbling over a dry machine and everything is put in its right place somehow. Anyway, they just write really great songs and they obviously know how to let them shine.

Papooz – Ann Wants to Dance

This is a very funny band! I saw them in Berlin last year and it felt like a hot vintage school party and after two minutes the whole place started to smile and dance. They sounded great and took a lot of space for guitar solos and had a lot of fun grooving like The Meters just coming back from having a jam backstage with The Whitest Boy Alive and Prefab Sprout… And by the way, they looked great too. The perfect music to dance away any kind of virus.

Anderson .Paak – Celebrate

Just sick. His Malibu record inspired me a lot. I picked this song in particular because of the piano solo. I like it cause it sounds so spontaneous and cool. This music is so strong, it’s deep, dance-y and just seems to be free. I love his style, how he sings and plays the drums, it’s unbelievable. When I saw his show in Berlin, the sound wasn’t that good because of the location, and maybe I didn’t get the best view to the stage, but it didn’t matter at all because it was still great and I could feel the magic.

Moritz Krämer – Um Raus Zu Sein

Okay, here’s one which I’m part of, too. We released a double album – Ich Habe Einen Vertrag Unterschrieben 1&2 – last year and Moritz’s lyrics are all about a delicate contract situation between label and artist. We had a lot of fun and quite a few magical moments during our recording sessions. And it was so much fun to shoot the video! He was director and singer combined, plus a cameraman and me. My part was actually to carry a very big stand for the massive old zoom lens across the whole town. In the song, I’m playing the electric piano. The drums and bass you’re listening to are Hanno and Alex and I’m happy to say that they are playing on my recordings, too.

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