out now: Hermanez – Locomotive [Circle Music]

Artist:
Hermanez

Title:
Locomotive

Label:
Circle Music

Cat#:
CIRCLE027

Release Date:
16. June 2010

Format:
12″ & digital

Tracklist:
01. Locomotive
02. Snarey Business
03. Raw Shuffle

Track 03 is digital-only!

Info :
Circle Music welcomes a new family member: Michael Coninx alias Hermanez. The Limburg born Belgian who started his carrier very classical as a DJ in his early youth arrested attention with his latest productions on labels like Viva Music, Monique Music, or Quartz. With his style between deepness and aggression he convinced big names like Laurent Garnier, Gregor Trescher, Sven Väth or Christian Smith to support his releases. But know we will have a closer look to his first Circle Music release.

“Locomotive”:
With the cautious “Locomotive” Hermanez, who remixed collegues like, DJ Yellow or Kaiserdisco so far lays his focus on smooth sounds, strait beats, wafting basses, fluffy chords and really nice and sharp highs. Very functional the track creates a very easy and bulked atmosphere. Every beat is like taking the next step into something very strong and powerfull, everytime in motion, everywhere in room and time.

“Snarey Business”:
With “Snarey Business” Hermanez, makes it a bit more techno like. The arrangement is more tight, the groove is more impulsive (and Hermanez pushs it higher and higher with every minute. Very dry the percussions are the perfect complement to the wet and semi-melodic synthesizers. This is the perfect track getting the people on the floor.

“Raw Shuffle”:
“Raw Shuffle” is really raw. Pounding grooves and washed out percussions and highs are building the very strong center of the track. And around this strong base vocal snippets, dry chords and a lot of nice gadgetry are flying. Here Hermanez shows a very intuitional feeling for the small elements making his track to a waterfall of emotions, sounds and handcraft. A really strong track with a very sexy groove.

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Websites:
Hermanez
Circle Music

out now: Marcel Fengler – Thwack [Mote-Evolver]

 

Artist:
Marcel Fengler

 

Title:
Thwack

 

Label:
Mote-Evolver

 

Cat#:
MOTE017

 

Release Date:
31. May 2010

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Thwack

02)
Sculptures

 

Press Info :
Luke Slater’s Mote-Evolver label is doing more than most right now to keep the techno scene as fresh and vibrant as it should be. Combining the contrasting styles of peak time party cuts from Cari Lekebusch with the brutally heavy music of Ortin Cam and ultramodern techno from Finland?s Samuli Kemppi and American innovator Submerge; Mote-Evolver continue to bring fresh momentum to the scene by sticking to the twin values of consistent quality and varied content

As a fellow OstGut Ton recording artist and Berghain regular, the connections between Berlin’s Marcel Fengler and Luke Slater go beyond the usual mutual respect between artists. Strongly influenced by the heavier techno sounds of the early 90’s, Fengler has released his inspiring tracks on OstGut Ton and has now found another natural home in Mote-Evolver for his mood-soaked, often-abrasive music.

With the clue to its inspiration in the title, Thwack is typical of the Berghaininspired music for which Fengler is known. A no-holes-barred ride through mechanical sounds and raw beats; the track exudes a purposefulness that conjures up visions of steam locomotives relentlessly powering through the night.

Sculptures flips the emphasis of the EP from heavy industrial atmospherics to a decidedly funky yet definitely twisted groove. Intense, energetic and hypnotic this is a full-force production that not only has the energy to move the floor but also the power to melt the mind as warped loops of plucked strings work their charms.

 

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Buy Vinyl:
juno.co.uk
Deejay.de
djshop.de

 

Buy Digital:
Beatport Classic
JunoDownload
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djshop.de

 

Websites:
Marcel Fengler
Mote-Evolver

 

Savas Pascalidis – “Nuclear Rawmance” (Sweatshop Records)

Artist:
Savas Pascalidis

Title:
Nuclear Rawmance

Label:
Sweatshop Records

Cat#:
SWSH004

Release Date:
15. June 2010

Format:
CD, 2xLP & digital

Tracklist:
01. Logic State
02. Delta Ray
03. Get Down
04. Sonic Groove
05. Manipulator
06. Voyetra
07. Echoplex
08. Magic Orchestra
09. Interspace
10. Web Of Fear
11. Flash Point
12. Deep Inside Your Eyes

Info :
Honing his production skills for over 15 years now, the underground powerhouse that is German Dj Savas Pascalidis primes his third Longplayer. But this Album ‘Nuclear Rawmance’ is soundwise very different from Savas previous albums so it can clearly be seen as his first Longplayer in a new sea of sounds.
Having founded the Lasergun label, UFO, and recently his new Sweatshop imprint, the hard working analog-fanatic is riding a freshly cut wave of attention, after records like his ‘Web of Fear’ on Figure SPC, and the seminal cut ‘Deep Inside Your Eyes’.
Over 12 masterfully produced cuts, all created in his studio using a veritable bank of hardware, Savas pours out his musical heart. From tough, old school edged house, to raw, jacking techno, dub atmospheres and smokey warehouse epics, its all here!
Opening track ‘Logic State’ sets the tone beautifully, with solid state drums forming the crisp backbone to all the tracks found on the album. Glistening and transforming over nearly 9 minutes, its a deep, heavy slice of future techno. The vibe is then maintained as tracks like ‘Get Down’ and ‘Sonic Groove’ apply funky hooks and minimalist aesthetics to the modern underground house sound.
‘Manipulator’ has a deep European techno soul at its core, pumping and mutating across a heavy canvas of dubbed sonics and powerful bass energies, as does the fantastic phasing swagger of ‘Echo Plex’. There are more than enough monsters to keep DJs happy here, and also a very high quality of sound throughout, that ensures repeat listening!
Neo-Detroit anthem ‘Magic Orchestra’ will have everyone’s hands firmly in the air, while the spooky dubbed out chimes of ‘Interspace’ chill things out for a moment, before the album final assault.
The freak-out bomb ‘Web of Fear’ features here, from Pascalidis’ recent Figure SPC outing, and also comes hand in hand with the technoid acid of ‘Flash Point’ and the incredible ‘Deep Inside Your Eyes’, the concluding bass-heavy floor killer!
Considering the sheer volume of upfront, insistent and downright funky tracks on offer here, its reassuring to hear that Savas is locked in at the controls after all these years, perfecting his art and consistently and devilishly delivering the pressure where its needed. We’re sure you’ll be head over heels, trapped in his ‘Nuclear Rawmance’…!

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Buy:
Label shop (CD)
decks.de (vinyl)
djshop.de (vinyl)
Beatport (digital)
Juno (digital)
7Digital (digital)
Amazon GER (digital)
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Websites:
Savas Pascalidis
Sweatshop Records

out now: Marcel Dettmann – Dettmann [Ostgut Ton]

 

Artist:
Marcel Dettmann

 

Title:
Dettmann

 

Label:
Ostgut Ton

 

Cat#:
OSTGUTCD12 | OSTGUTLP05

 

Release Date:
26. April 2010

 

Format:
CD, 3xLP & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Quasi (Intro)

02)
Argon

03)
Screen

04)
Motive

05)
Drawing

06)
Reticle

07)
Irritant

08)
Captivate

09)
Silex

10)
Home

11)
Viscous

12)
Taris (Outro)

 

Info (English):
The name says it all. Dettmann is the debut long player of Berghain’s resident DJ, producer and remixer Marcel Dettmann – and what an album it is. Intrinsically tied to the myth that is Berghain by now, the attached label Ostgut Ton and at the same time with the regeneration of no-frill, cleansed and powerful electronic music, Marcel Dettmann managed a daring feat: the production of a truly absorbing and veritable techno album.

Framed by “Quasi” and “Taris” as intro respectively outro, Spread out over ten tracks, Dettmann transports the raw energy, the rough aesthetics and the simple grace of techno. A Berliner-by-choice, the difficult format doesn’t bog him down. Neither does he give in to exhausting finger exercises that try to supersede his learned trade, nor does he confront the listener with hasty or brutal tracks that would rather feel at home pressed on a 12-Inch in a DJ-case. Tracks like „Reticle“, „Drawing“, „Captivate“ or „Silex“ seem like the convergence of his striking efforts and discography up until now. On the one hand you have his straight up and independent outfit MDR, on the other hand there is his remix work (e.g. recent interpretations of Mikkel Metal, Fever Ray or Junior Boys) and last but not least it has to be in tune with his passion as a disc jockey.

You get contemplative moments with almost weightless layers of sound that get used like melodies or chords, rotating with condensed, intensified and sappy snatches. Rigour and austere beauty go hand in hand. Surprisingly enough, with a genre that aware of its own history, Dettmann never falls prey to the dangerous and seductive nature of nostalgia. The very special and beloved yearning for a good old time that is often at the side of producers who try not to grandstand. However, Dettmann sounds as fresh and self-contained as techno nowadays can be. And more so, it once and for all establishes its eponym as a genre mainstay.

And what about the man himself? What does Marcel Dettmann care for with an album? “I like music with a depth that I can feel. There is no formula for that. It could be a concept album or one that makes use of various styles.” However described or classified, his own is a successful meditation about the art form we call techno.

 

Info (German):
Nomen est omen. Dettmann ist das Debütalbum des gleichnamigen Berghain-Resident-DJs, Produzenten und Labelbetreibers – und was für eines.

Fest verbunden mit dem Mythos Berghain, der zugehörigen Labeladresse Ostgut Ton und der damit einhergehenden Regeneration schnörkelloser, entschlackter und kraftvoller elektronischer Musik, gelingt Marcel Dettmann mit seinem Erstling ein äußerst seltenes Kunststück: die Fertigung eines wahrhaftigen und fesselnden Technoalbums.

„Eingerahmt von „Quasi“ und „Taris“, transportiert Dettmann auf zehn Stücken erfrischend unverkrampft die rohe Energie und kühle Ästhetik von Techno. Der Berliner Produzent verzettelt sich in diesem bockigen Format weder in anstrengenden Fingerübungen, die über sein angestammtes Handwerk hinausweisen wollen, noch übergibt er dem Zuhörer ungestüme oder leichtfertige Tracks, die sich ausschließlich auf 12-Zoll und in DJ-Taschen heimisch fühlen würden. Stücke wie „Reticle“, „Drawing“, „Captivate“ oder „Silex“ wirken wie eine Konzentration seines bisherigen Schaffens und seiner beachtlichen Veröffentlichungsgeschichte. Da gibt es einerseits die eigene unabhängige und kompromisslosen Plattform MDR, andererseits seine Arbeit als Remixer (jüngst unter anderem für Mikkel Metal, Fever Ray oder die Junior Boys) und nicht zuletzt den Dialog mit seiner Funktion als Discjockey.

Kontemplative Momente, in denen scheinbar schwebende Soundschichten wie Melodien und Akkorden eingesetzt werden, wechseln sich ab mit verdichteten, komprimierten und markigen Augenblicken – ruppige Strenge folgt auf herbe Schönheit. Dabei fällt Dettmann erstaunlicherweise nie der gefährlichen und verführerischen Nostalgie anheim. Jener Sehnsucht nach alten Zeiten, die sich in den letzten Jahren oft als lähmende Geliebte an die Seite von Produzenten schlich, die sich nicht der Effekthascherei bedienen wollten. Dettmann hingegen klingt auf ganzer Länge so frisch und in sich geschlossen, wie Techno in diesen Tagen nur klingen kann und etabliert seinen Namensgeber endgültig als nicht mehr wegzudenkende und obligatorische Größe.

Und Dettmann selbst? Auf die Frage, was ihn persönlich an einem Album interessiert: „Ich mag Musik die Tiefe hat, bei der ich etwas empfinde. Dafür gibt es keine Formel. Das kann ein Konzept Album sein oder eines, das sich an verschiedenen Stilen bedient.“ Wie auch immer man nun sein eigenes klassifizieren mag, Marcel Dettmanns Meditation über den Zustand der Kunstform ist jedenfalls durch und durch gelungen.

 

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Buy:
Hardwax (vinyl)
Juno.co.uk (vinyl)
Juno.co.uk (CD)
Deejay.de (vinyl)
DJshop.de (vinyl)
Amazon GER (CD)
Amazon UK (CD)
Amazon US (CD)
zero-inch (digital)
Beatport (digital)
JunoDownload (digital)

 

Websites:
Marcel Dettmann
Ostgut Ton

 

upcoming OSTGUT TON records from Ben Klock, André Galluzzi, Shed …

Some facts and some rumours … According to DE:Bug magazine there will be some very nice releases on the Berghain label OSTGUT TON – including a mix cd by Ben Klock, a 12 inch by André Galluzzi and the second Ostgut album by Shed.

This year OSTGUT TON will celebrate its 5th anniversary. Some rumours say that there will be a compilation to dignify this event.