Michael Baumann aka Soulphiction aka Jackmate is a stalwart of the German house music scene. Through friends at the American military bases and record stores of southern Germany, a young Baumann was exposed to the worlds of jazz and hip-hop, his first real musical passion. As time progressed and the nineties came around, early house music from Chicago crept into his vision and had a significant impact. Fast forward to the present, and he has seen huge success as both Soulphiction and Jackmate, releasing music through Pampa, Delusions Of Grandeur, Freerange and Playhouse whilst also heading up his own imprints, Philpot and UltraMagnetique Recordings. He has firmly cemented himself as a key player in the global house music scene. After first releasing as Jackmate in 1996, he has recently revived this more club orientated alias and has been pumping fresh life into the project.
In 2020 he released his ‘Werk’ three tracker on Jnr. Here “the Jacker” presents three deep and funky stompers that will take you straight into the summer. On the A side the jolting percussion / kick interplay of the title-track with its boiled down bassline sets the scene perfectly. The warm and jacking groove of ‘Skeletones’ conjures the best loved Moodyman-esq moments whilst the hypnotic melodies of ‘The Clarinettes’ serve to ask why there aren’t more clarinet solos gracing the world’s dancefloors?