About the concept:
Here is the fourteenth instalment of our series “abc plays xyz”.
The idea behind it is to ask some DJs/mixing artists if they have an artist or label in mind that they love and would like to use for a mix.
So the approach of each mix is clear: the choosen DJ/mixing artist makes a selection of tracks produced by one artist (and her/his monikers) or released on a label (and its sublabels) and creates a nice mix from it.
Find links to all instalments at our overview. Today we present you Tom Talenberg’s mix of tracks from Figure and sublabels.
About Tom Talenberg:
After years of playing classic piano and guitar Tom Talenberg discovered his passion for electronic music going out in the rather small techno scene between Dortmund and Cologne. Turntables became his focus and his love for vinyl grew and grew.
When he moved to Berlin to study musicology in the first place, Tom realized that he didn’t want to be just a dancer and consumer in the local techno scene, but the one who produces and makes people dance.
In his sets he usually tells a story you can easily get lost in. Using deep, bleepy and minimalistic tools, Tom Talenberg always keeps it driving by his passion for rough sounds of the 90s and early 2000s.
In 2016 he found two guys as passionate about music as him, resulting in founding the party Exotic State which is held regularly @ Griessmühle/Berlin.
Right now Tom is working on his imprint Level Delta, which is going to be not only a label but also a musicological blog including a podcast series.
Berlin based Techno label founded by Len Faki.
Listen & Download:
“Tom Talenberg plays Figure”
Tom Talenberg About His Choice:
Actually i came up with the idea to choose Figure for ABC plays XYZ when i was listening to Remains by Jeroen Search which is one of my all time favorite tracks.
I have to say i just love every single production of him. His releases on Figure and especially Figure SPC have always inspired me and i use them a lot in my sets.
Another reason i choose Figure/Figure SPC is that the sound i associate with the label has a deep connection to one of the clubs where i truly experienced techno.
Moreover, the variety of great artists like Faki, Setaoc Mass, Cleric or Markus Suckut that have released on Figure fascinated me. Though, i realized that this variety is a big challenge since most releases have a totally different sound. So i think the sound of Figure in general is not very distinct, except the productions of Faki or Cleric. The label has developed a lot over the years.
Therefore, i had some trouble to find a common thread while picking tracks and matching them. Especially because i also wanted to put my personal stamp on this mix. But in the end, i figured it out..
01. Cryptik – The Gate
02. Z.I.P.P.O – Symmetrica Therapy
03. Jeroen Search – JSMS 4.3
04. Rod – Dimsur
05. Markus Suckut – Section
06. Jeroen Search – Karuna
07. UBX127 – Felt
08. Setaoc Mass & Matrixxman – Pitch Black
09. Philippe Petit – Negative Zone
10. Rod – Mystery of None
11. Jeroen Search – Compressive Strength
12. Roman Poncet – SSSN02 (Truncate Remix)
13. Jeroen Search – Remains
14. Markus Suckut – Dissociation
15. Cleric – Turbine
16. Markus Suckut – For Set #1B
17. Viers – Zehn
18. Lewis Fautzi – Brain Filaments
19. Setaoc Mass & Matrixxman – Vortex
20. Jeroen Search – Formalized
21. Cleric – Seit 1990
22. Viers – Lain
23. DJ Hyperactive – Wide Open (Len Faki DJ-Edit)