PHILIPP ROLLER produced his album, «Sommer 97,» back in 1996 during his student days in his small home studio. Drawing inspiration from acts like Kraftwerk, Orbital, various artists on Warp Records, and computer game music, Roller crafted a unique sonic experience. Initially released on cassette, the album was unveiled to an intimate audience at Künstlerhaus Stuttgart in February 1997.
Following the initial release, Roller had the opportunity to sign with a small British label. Unfortunately, circumstances led to the label’s dissolution before the record could see the light of day. Despite efforts to secure a new label, «Sommer 97» remained confined to DAT tapes and hard drives for years.
Fast forward to 2020 when Michael Kübler and Daniel Varga (Rework) joined forces to establish EXLOVE Records. Recognizing the album’s potential, they decided to bring «Sommer 97» out of obscurity and into the world. Philipp Roller, now residing in Berlin and working as a freelance interface designer for music software, has had an illustrious past creating a lot of music not only on his own but even for fashion shows, art and image films, and contributing ideas to Rework’s debut track «Anyway I Know You» on Playhouse. In August 2021, Roller released his first single, «Kiss & Tell / Roller Disco,» on Exlove Records.
Finally, after a remarkable 26-year journey, Roller’s legendary «Sommer 97» tape is set to be released as a double album on vinyl and digital formats at the end of May 2023.
Philipp Roller «Sommer 97» Teaser