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What We Need

by The Lab

Air 11:46
Water 09:34
Food 06:10
Sleep 07:48
Shelter 08:30
Security 04:49
Love 12:22


All started as an experimental trio recording at THE LAB in Dortmund. Karlo, Sven and Marc started to jam together. Free improvisations, intuitive music, they played what wanted to be played. The recordings were edited and then sent to Steve, who added sounds and low notes. Mostly he used the same intuitive approach, just playing along to the playback and adding what the music demanded. Finally, we put all this together, stirred it around a little and had "What We Need".

The Lab Manifest:

Create, innovate, collaborate, share.
Be yourself and let the music flow. Challenge yourself and create the unknown. Try to avoid musical habits. Improve yourself and play something new. Take risks, be prepared to fail, but always turn the mistake into something beautiful.

Make quick decisions. If something gets boring stop it or change it. Think process, not product. Give something away and tell a good story. Ignore the rules, but never play a note without a purpose. Play what you like to hear.

Be nice. Love. We are one.


released June 27, 2020

Karlo Wenzel - trumpet
Steve Lawson - bass & electronics (1, 2, 4, 5, 7)
Sven Kosakowski - acoustic and electric drums & percussion
Marc Mennigmann - piano, keyboards, modular synths

Recorded at "The Lab" in Dortmund, Germany.
Bass tracks recorded by Steve Lawson in the UK.
Edited, mixed and mastered by Sven Kosakowski & Marc Mennigmann.
Cover photo by Ralf Schönenberg


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Marc Mennigmann Lagos, Portugal

Marc Mennigmann worked as a session musician in the 1990s and founded two companies which both still exist. He plays piano and Chapman Stick, loves to record, mix and master. Further, he is a programmer, a father of two kids and a well-known concert photographer. He loves to work experimental and to break all the rules. Check out his homepage mennigmann.com for more projects and information. ... more

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