About the concept:
Here is the hundredth(!) 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 Reshift’s mix of stuff produced or remixed by Oliver Chesler, better known as The Horrorist.
Once upon a time, there was a guy named Justin. That‘s me, also known as Reshift, born and raised in the Ruhr area. … Co-Founder of Purify Records & Co-Founder of Acid Wave Records
About Oliver Chesler:
The Horrorist, Oliver Chesler is one of the best known and loved electronic musicians.
Recording since 1989 he and has released over 80 12″ singles and 5 full length albums. He had a Number 1 hit on the German Dance Charts (DDC) with the song “One Night in NYC” and his album “Manic Panic” went to Number 1 on the German Alternative Chart (DAC). The scope of his music catalog is huge and he has recorded for every major label (Universal, Sony, Warner, etc…) and all the best known techno labels (Tresor, Gigolo, Industrial Strength, Neue Heimat, Credo, etc..). The Horrorist has worked with the biggest names in techno including Chris Liebing, Ben Sims, The Hacker, Arnaud Rebotini, Marc Acardipane, Black Asteriod, John Selway, Frankie Bones, Ricardo Villalobos, Haujobb, Alex Bau, Radical G, Frank Kvitta, DJ Rush and more have all remixed and produced with The Horrorist. His subsequent albums “Attack Decay” (2007), “Joyless Pleasure” (2011) and “Fire Funmania” (2013) have been met rave reviews! He is currently working on his 6th studio album called “Separate Dimension” due late 2018 on the Berlin based Aufnahme und Wiedergabe. The first single from Separate Dimension is called Programmed and has been remixed by Silent Servant, Thomas P. Heckmann and Lado.
Although dance orientated most of his songs have vocals and usually progress to a crescendo at or near the end. Music journalist of the Village Voice and several books on electronic music, Simon Reynolds called Oliver Chesler “My favorite contemporary American singer-songwriter.”. A wide range of influences from Depeche Mode to Leonard Cohen to DAF factor into Chesler’s song writing manifesting into a completely original sound. His ability to make song structured music work on the dance floor is a big key to his success. His vocal technique is quite original and unique. He also refuses not to stick in one genre so on any given record expect styles from indie new wave, electro, EBM, techno, to synthpunk.
Oliver Chesler also ran the famous Things to Come Records from 1995-2007. The label will start up again in 2018 with the team behind Killikill and Flexiwave (Metabanana Airforce Distribution). “
Things To Come does exactly what the name suggests, and that gives the future something to look forward for…..” – Frankie Bones
The Horrorist is a sensational live act. A mixture of industrial attitude and punk style with synth-techno music. Playing a set that goes from minimal or new wave all the way to hardcore and everything in between, there is something for everyone. But the biggest thing about the Horrorist’s sets is the interactivity that comes with having a live performer that a crowd is capable of understanding. The show is comprised of Chesler’s in your face vocals, video projection and live drum machine and synth. The Horrorist performs regularly around the world and has played in every major nightclub and for most major event organizations. He’s wowed crowds from LA to Malta. Definitely something else, check it out if at all possible!!
The Horrorist is one of those unique artists that only come around once in a while. He is a big influence on the electronic music scene and will be for years to come.
Listen & Download:
“Reshift plays Oliver Chesler” (download coming soon)
Reshift About His Choice:
While living in Berlin for the past 5 years, I didn’t come around meeting Jürgen at the local nightlife. We first met during an Aufnahme+Wiedergabe night at Tresor. One of the main acts this night was The Horrorist. While drinking the fourth Moscow Mule at the bar with Jürgen, we realized that we are into the same kind of music and both dig the work of Oliver Chesler and all of his aliases. Shortly after meeting Jürgen at Tresor that night, he asked me to do a mix for his ABC plays XYZ series on NovaFuture.
While thinking back and forth for days what kind of mix I will do, the conclusion was staring into my face the entire time – „Reshift plays Oliver Chesler“. I chose to play Oliver’s records because his work influenced and accompanied me from the very beginning of my journey of digging electronic music. The variety of his productions made me discover many artists and labels that also had a great impact on my musical development.
That said, I want to present you 50 shades of Oliver Chesler. Enjoy!
01. Oliver Chesler – Untitled Voice Message
02. Koenig Cylinders – Air Flight
03. Interview with Oliver Chesler
04. Fraulein Z – Zug Nach Herr Zimmermann (The Horrorist Remix)
05. The Horrorist – Kissing And Burning
06. The Horrorist – The Real World
07. The Horrorist – The Hell You Live
08. The Horrorist – The World Will Know Us
09. The Horrorist – Wire To The Ear
10. Radical G & The Horrorist – Here Comes The Storm
11. The Horrorist – Programmed (Thomas P. Heckmann Remix)
12. The Horrorist – Mission Ecstasy 2003 (Phuture Remix)
13. The Horrorist – HSFF
14. The Horrorist – Automatic
15. The Horrorist – Sex Machine
16. Al Ferox – Effet Hypnotique (The Horrorist Remix)
17. The Horrorist – Pain And Pleasure
18. The Horrorist – The Virus (Northern Lite Remix)
19. DJ Cybersnuff – Speed Junkies
20. DJ Skinhead – Extreme Terror
21. The Horrorist – RIOT
The Horrorist’ EP “Programmed” on Aufnahme + Wiedergabe
“The Horrorist’ album “Separate Dimension” on Aufnahme + Wiedergabe
“AWR002” by Reshift & Robin Tasi on Acid Wave Records
“AWR001” by Reshift & Robin Tasi on Acid Wave Records
sampler ” Various Artists I” w/ Reshift on Purify Records
iN fact It’s Different EP
26th May 2020
iN fact It’s Different
iN fact It’s Different
(DJ Exos Remix)
The third release of iN records – 4 tracks EP features Eljan with his hypnotically grinding, sinister soundscapes and uplifting revise from Exos.
Full Track Streaming:
“Warehouse Podcast 59”
iN Records @ Bandcamp
Various Artists I
22nd June 2020
X Æ A-12
You Pump Them
Part Time Killer
The First Two
Over the last few years Selected has established itself as a main player of the Berlin Techno scene, representing new local talent alongside well-known acts. With ‘Various Artists I’, Selected is launching its own label, showcasing the sound of the events-series to everyone who can’t regularly attend the events or simply wants their dose of Techno during a time where clubs are shut down. Artists include both newcomers and veteran producers, as well as all Selected resident DJs. Across twelve tracks the compilation spans a wide range of sounds typical for Selected lineups – high BPM, rough synths, a wide range of influences, and a knack for complex sound-design being shared key features. While MCR-T, Gutter, and TRQ-30 contribute 90s sounding, jacking rave and acid to the compilation, tracks by LYRIC, Vermeer, Corium, and Zidané lean more towards modern atmospheric Techno sounds. WAST presents a raw Acid and Industrial inspired cut. The compilation is rounded of with SWART, Chlär and Falling Apart who use contemporary Trance sounds and Part Time Killers unique blend of soundscapes. ‘Various Artists I’ will be out on vinyl and digitally on
— Text by Felix Ansmann —
Full Track Streaming:
SWART – “Genesis”
SWART – “@ Studio Brussel / From Disco to Disco”
Corium – “Offel Podcast – 20-04-2020”
Gutter – “Synoid Research Podcast #14”
Chlär – “Monasterio Chamber Podcast #72”
Vermeer – “[selected] residents”
WAST – “Possession Podcast #”
TRQ-30 – “Hypnaughtic 007”
SWART’s “Mary x Molly” on C O U P
Falling Apart’s “006RMX” on his own imprint
Falling Apart’s “Fragments” on his own imprint
TRQ-30’s free download “The Weekend”
Chlär’s “Artificial Supremacy EP” on Bipolar Disorder
Artificial Supremacy EP
26th June 2020
vinyl & digital
Deeply Rooted In Us
(The Chronics Remix)
Bipolar Disorder co-owner Chlär delivers his Artificial Supremacy’ EP as the latest release in the label’s vinyl series this summer, backed by a remix from fellow co-owners The Chronics.
Having arrived onto the techno scene at the age of just 20 following his notable debut introduction via Bipolar Disorder in 2018, Berlin-based artist Chlär is rising a name to take note of. A DJ, producer and A&R, the emerging Swiss talent has quickly gained notable support from some of the industry’s leading names including Dax J, Randomer, Shlømo, Marcel Fengler and Keith Carnal, and late June now welcomes an up-front and dynamic return to home turf to deliver his latest EP ‘Artificial Supremacy’, accompanied by a remix from label co-owner The Chronics.
Opening the package in ominous fashion, lead production ‘Deeply Rooted In Us’ is a snaking, warping cut armed with off-kilter synths, hefty kicks and murky low-end sonics, whilst ‘Consciousness Computation’ lays the focus on rumbling percussion and hypnotic synth melodies throughout. On the flip, title track ‘Artificial Supremacy’ invites frenzied drum licks alongside further menacing lead lines to take the EP firmly into the peak time hours, before closing with The Chronics’ interpretation – a spiraling, high-octane journey via a combination of bright and resonant, and darker more sinister atmospheres.
Full Track Streaming:
“Carnalist Podcast Series #5”
all stuff on Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar Disorder @ Bandcamp
Bipolar Disorder @ Bandcamp