Natascha P. — Asphalt

So, it’s the hottest night of the year, again.
Big guns. Pastel-pink sweatbands. Over-modulated, high-pitched.
Chewing gum.
The girls you were, drinking alkopops on the table-tennis table. Brand name: Tropical. Flavour: Exotic.
Your first punches. Try-outs for an ongoing championship.
The lessons you learned: pure intolerance. Because: what else?
The girls that made you – curtsey in front of them.
This year’s summer drink: Pernod on the rocks, under the sun.
A buzz.
The bubbling aggressiveness that accompanies every so-called heightening of senses. Bubbling aggressiveness, that is: the only appropriate reaction towards these surroundings.
Lose your patience. Repeat.
Natascha. Because: who else?
The beat is a metal chain. It mellows, it circludes you.
The girl you were, karaoke-singing fantasy lyrics in front of the TV, dancing on your parents’ special-sale-from-the-Persian-shop carpet that extended through the whole length of the living room which wasn’t so big to begin with. Charity shop furniture. Fuck their charity as well.
On the windowsill: plastic roses with tiny crystalline plastic drops of dew on them.
Weight-lifting, slowly.
The hottest day of the year in a Gelsenkirchen gym. The boys: black hair, pumped muscles, hand-me-down tank-tops. The girls: fifty years old, skinny frame, homemade highlights. They make aerobic look easy. They are girls that used to be GIRLS, of course they make it look easy.
The first time you beat somebody up. The look on their face.
Sucking on ice pops in the supermarket parking lot.
Swimming pool, greasy hands, fries.
A bleeding rapist.
Essence gloss on lips, hair sticking to it.
Kanak girls picking flowers in the heath.
Stretching your muscles.
Aching. Giggling. Striking out.

(Words: Enis Maci)

Asphalt was shot by Levente Pavelka and edited by Natascha P. herself. As part of the Hamburg based music collective „one mother” she will release her new collaborative mixtape „match made in heaven“ together with the RnB singer Preach in September 2018.

Enis Maci writes essays and plays. She is the author of the forthcoming essay collection Eiscafé Europa (Edition Suhrkamp) and wrote a comment on „Asphalt“.

Video: Levente Pavelka & Natascha P.
Produced by; Pleasure Hunter
Mixed by: Anders Fallesen
Photography: Levente Pavelka


TISSUE Magazine Mixtape 57
by Phil Banks

Cornwall’s forgotten corner. The description Phil Banks gives us of his hometown sounds like a one-horse town in the nowhere of England. Which it actually is. Isolated, grey and rainy. Far away from the noisy metropolises, everyone walks quietly through the streets. Maybe it’s exactly this quietness, that strengthens Phil Banks’ vision of music. Maybe it’s this vacuum of silence, longing to be filled with sound wave after sound wave. TISSUE stumbled upon these waves and was immediately drawn towards Phil’s excellent selection of music. more information, tracklist and download

TISSUE Magazine Mixtape 56

Digging deeper. For a lot of music lovers, this is the ultimate sensual experience. An addiction. And at some point, it´s not about quantity anymore. Quality becomes the game changer. Step by step, simple collecting converts into universal knowledge. The whole thing is expanding into a self-imposed mission of finding something bigger than “just another record“. Something buried in the midst of dust and dirt. Yet unknown or already forgotten. Hidden gems. Never risen from the darkest, most secluded souterrains this planet has to offer. For such freaks, music is more than a feeling. It´s life. Sure avantgarde, pure underground baby. more information, tracklist and download

Europa — Le Tour (TMM55)

Before you get on a plane, it’s always the same. You make up big plans for your precious time above the clouds: you envision to work, to educate or simply to enjoy yourself. Be it with the help of a nice read or by finally joining the mile high club. But after all, things always end up the same: you don’t get shit done. In the end, everything you did was either escaping the elbows/legs/feet that came creeping from the person next to you or desperately trying to get a nap. more information, tracklist and download