The late Christian Burchard, who founded the Embryo ensemble in 1969, loved the slogan Auf Auf, German for Up, Up, or Keep On Going. Anyone
with anything more than a passing interest in the German Krautock scene of the 1970s and 1980s knows that Burchard followed that intent,
all around the world, tirelessly seeking out new sounds and inspirations and creating a catalog of music unlike most anything else the world
has ever heard.
Madlib has often said Embryo is his favorite rock band. Of course the hip-hop-producer-with-the-deepest-musical-knowledge knows Embryo is
more than just a rock band - but, for the purposes of these notes, let's keep it simple.
When Marja Burchard, Christan's daughter, who grew up with Embryo and toured with them for years, took the reins of the ensemble after
Christian's death in 2018, she started recording what would become this album, over the course of two years, finishing it in the throes of the Covid
pandemic in 2020.
She approached Madlib and Egon, who had, years back, visited and jammed with Christian Burchard, and Embryo musicians Uve Mullrich,
Roman Bunka and Jan Weissenfeldt, in a Bavarian wine cellar, with the idea to issue Auf Auf on Madlib Invazion.
The reply was a resounding, definitive