out now: Marcel Fengler – Frantic EP [Ostgut Ton]

 

Artist:
Marcel Fengler

 

Title:
Frantic EP

 

Label:
Ostgut Ton

 

Cat#:
O-TON 60

 

Release Date:
08th October 2012

 

Format:
12″ & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Frantic

02)
6 In A Row

03)
Mosaique

 

Info (English):
After providing Part 5 of the Berghain Mix CD series Marcel Fengler finally returns with a solo EP for Ostgut Ton. Consistently providing quality over quantity this long awaited new 12″ surprises yet again as Fengler develops his funkier side further for the label. Following the more industrial techno leanings on his EP for Luke Slater’s Mote Evolver and the launch of his own imprint IMF with the Sphinx EP, which concentrated on his darker atmospheric signature sound, Fengler now has the freedom to divide and progress into different directions.

The A-side track “Frantic” then immediately brings the essence of peaktime energy to the point. Bathing in melodic synth stabs, it mixes with wide open fields of euphoria. Instantly moving and memorable, it’s a track that crosses borders and unites different territories of techno and house.

“6 In A Row”, the first track on the B-Side, tries to deceive with a simple & mellow arrangement but soon enough grabs the listener from behind with it’s cleverly built architechture that mounts with subtle waves to an addictive groove, a lesson in how to use a less-is-more approach to maximum effect.

As if this wasn’t convincing enough the Berghain Resident now ventures further into spaced out dub structures & melodies and immerses the listener into sheer silk with the smooth “Mosaique”, a side of Marcel that he has only hinted at before but a pleasure to hear it fully realized on this track.

 

Info (German):
Nachdem Marcel Fengler im vergangen Jahr Teil 5 der Berghain-Mix-CD-Serie gestaltet hat, kehrt er nun endlich mit einer neuen EP für Ostgut Ton zurück. Getreu dem Motto “Qualität vor Quantität” weiß Fengler mit dieser lang erwarteten 12″ erneut zu überraschen, indem er den Funk in seiner Musik weiter ausarbeitet. Orientierten sich seine Platte auf Luke Slater’s Label Mote Evolver und die Sphinx EP auf seinem eigenen Imprint IMF, noch eher an industriellem, düster-atmosphärischem Techno, scheint Marcel in der Zwischenzeit eine neue musikalische Freiheit gefunden zu haben und schlägt nun neue Töne an.

Die A-Seite, “Frantic”, bringt ohne Wenn und Aber eine upliftende Peaktime-Energie auf den Punkt: Der Track badet in melodischen Synth-Stabs und eröffnet eine euphorsiche Dimension, die einen sofort mitreißt. Dabei prägt sich “Frantic” gerade deshalb so gut ein, weil er Genre-Grenzen verwischt und die zwingendsten Aspekte von Techno und House zusammendenkt.

“6 In A Row”, der erste Track der B-Seite, lockt mit seinem einfachen und sanft anmutenden Arrangement zunächst auf die falsche Fährte, packt den Hörer dann aber überraschend von hinten. Der clevere Aufbau schwingt sich durch sachte Wellen immer weiter auf und verdichtet sich nach und nach zu einem süchtig machenden Groove – eine Lehrstunde in Sachen “Weniger ist Mehr”!

Als wäre man nicht schon längst überzeugt, wagt sich der Berghain-Resident im Anschluss an luftige Dub-Strukturen und Melodien, die den Hörer in pure Seide hüllen. Mit “Mosaique” legt Marcel Fengler eine Geschmeidigkeit an den Tag, die er zuvor allenfalls nur angedeutet hat. Ein Vergnügen, wie er dieses bisher ungeahnte Potential in diesem Track zur vollen Blüte bringt.

 

Listen:

 

Special:
Marcel’s podcast for CLR including 2 tracks from “Frantic EP”

 

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Websites:
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Ostgut Ton

 

out now: Yazoo – The Collection [Music Club Deluxe]

Artist:
Yazoo

Title:
The Collection

Label:
Music Club Deluxe

Cat#:
MCDLX173

Release Date:
10th September 2012

Format:
2xCD

Tracklist:
CD1-01)
Only You

CD1-02)
Situation

CD1-03)
Don’t Go

CD1-04)
Nobody’s Diary

CD1-05)
The Other Side Of Love

CD1-06)
Didn’t I Bring Your Love Down

CD1-07)
Happy People

CD1-08)
Bad Connection

CD1-09)
Good Times

CD1-10)
Mr. Blue

CD1-11)
Ode To Boy

CD1-12)
Tuesday

CD1-13)
Too Pieces

CD1-14)
Goodbye ’70s

CD1-15)
Situation
(US 12″ Mix)

CD1-16)
Only You
(1990 Version)

CD2-01)
Situation
(Hercules And Love Affair Remix)

CD2-02)
The Other Side Of Love
(12″ Remix)

CD2-03)
Sweet Thing

CD2-04)
Softly Over

CD2-05)
Winter Kills

CD2-06)
Anyone

CD2-07)
Midnight

CD2-08)
Nobody’s Diary
(Extended)

CD2-09)
State Farm

CD2-10)
Unmarked

CD2-11)
Walk Away From Love

CD2-12)
Ode To Boy
(Das Shadow Re-Work)

CD2-13)
Don’t Go
(Todd Terry Freeze Mix)

CD2-14)
Goodbye ’70’s
(Black Light Odyssey Remix)

CD2-15)
Winter Kills
(Electronic Periodic’s Sub/Piano Remix)

CD2-16)
Situation
(Dub Version)

Info:
Alison ‘Alf’ Moyet and Vince Clarke, collectively Yazoo, stood out among Eighties double acts for the classic combination of big, bluesy voice and stark synthesiser backing.

This compilation combines hits like “OnlyYou”, “Don’tGo” and “Nobody’s Diary” with 12-inch singles and stunning dance remixes to celebrate their 30th anniversary in floor-filling style.

Listen:
@ Amazon GER

Video:
“Don’t Go”

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Yazoo
Music Club Deluxe

out now: Ben Klock – Fabric66 [Fabric Records]

 

Artist:
Various – mixed by Ben Klock

 

Title:
Fabric 66

 

Label:
Fabric Records

 

Cat#:
fabric131

 

Release Date:
15th October 2012

 

Format:
CD & digital

 

Tracklist:
01)
Truncate
Ratio 1

02)
DJ Bone
Gemini

03)
Trevino
Forged

04)
Technasia
Final Quadrant
(The Cosmic Beats)

05)
DVS1
Spying

06)
K-Hand
Starz

07)
Octave One
Terraforming
(Kraviz/Klock’s 66 Interpretation)

08)
Wincent Kunth
Another Journey

09)
Sagat
Few Mysteries Solved In A Year Of Contact

10)
Sigg Gonzalez
Penny Pincher
(Head High Mix)

11)
Floorplan
Chord Principal

12)
D-Knox
Mind Calming

13)
Burial
Raver
(Edit)

14)
Marcel Dettmann
Allies

15)
Josh Wink
Are You There?
(Ben Klock Remix)

16)
Truncate
Coaster

17)
Planetary Assault Systems
Flat Tire

18)
Steve Rachmad
Rotary

19)
Staffan Linzatti
In Time

20)
Mathew Johnson
Panna Cotta
(Edit)

21)
Floorplan
Never Grow Old
(Edit)

22)
Terence Fixmer
When The Sun

23)
James Ruskin
Detached

24)
Alva Noto
Monophaser 2

Tracks 02 and 19 are previously unreleased.

 

Info:
When it comes to techno, there are few cities on the planet that have embraced and upheld the raw, foundational roots laid down by its pioneers more so than Berlin. Revered globally for its hedonistic club culture, freeflowing creativity and open-minded approach to life, the city has firmly established itself as one of the premier European destinations for techno of outstanding and uncompromising quality. This is due in no small part to the family of producers and DJs who live there, experience the city and continue to push the development of the sound. One of the centre-most characters in this movement is the inimitable Berghain resident, Ben Klock.

Born and raised in the formerly segregated west city centre area of Schöneberg, Ben was exposed to and instilled with a passion for music from an early age. Bored by the mainstream output of German radio, he quickly launched himself into record buying, a hobby which started with Michael Jackson’s ‘Beat It’ as a 7″ single and worked its way through hip hop, jungle, late 60s/70s rock and African music. One of the great turning points for Ben, however, was the discovery of the musical minimalism of Steve Reich’s ‘Music for 18 Musicians.’

With the falling of the wall in 1989, the city was primed for the global explosion of techno as imported records filtered across Europe. The city quickly latched onto the late 80s acid sound, sparking a series of parties which was to inspire a generation. It was surrounded by yellow smileys and strobe lights that Ben was first exposed to the sound of techno, a sound so unique that it was to inspire his career.

“I really only learned how to DJ in a club in front of people. I played jungle, trip hop, drum and bass for the first couple of months and half a year later changed to house and techno. That’s how it all started.”

Taking on this project for Ben has become more than just the mix itself; it’s been an adventure into the future sound of some of the best and most exciting producers out there. Recorded in his home studio in Berlin, the mix has a distinct intention; one of discovery. The selection reflects both his love of classic house and techno productions as well as his passion for unearthing new and unreleased music as his friends were personally invited to submit rare and exclusive tracks for the purposes of this very special fabric mix.

The slow-building and subtle warble of Truncate’s ‘Ratio 1′ is where the mix takes off from, immediately dipping into a huge selection of rarities and previously unreleased cuts of understated techno. Ben places tracks from Staffan Linzatti, Sagat, KHand and DJ Bone against some old school favourites – one of the central dynamics within the mix. Josh Wink, Robert Hood (as Floorplan), DVS1, Technasia, and Luke Slater (as Planetary Assault Systems), may all be familiar names but the track selection is clearly that of a die-hard DJ and producer who has spent a lifetime crate-digging, looking for those rare gems. The introduction of UK dubstep hero Burial creates an even more intriguing dialogue, fitting the classic production of the oldschool with the future sounds of rising talent. Other noteworthy appearances include brand new Mathew Jonson, Sigg Gonzalez, and Vlek Records’ Sagat, who provides incredibly teasing minimalist touches to the modulating oscillations of the overall product. Ben’s original productions, edits and reworkings perforate the mix alongside cuts from his signature Klockworks imprint, but these remain purposefully fleeting instances, executed to add moments of balance and transition.

As the mix seethes with rising intensity and builds to a crescendo, Floorplan’s ‘Never Grow Old’ brings a levity to the mix with its slow house groove, vinyl crackles and soulful vocal before we take one final sharp turn into ethereal techno as the metallic clashes of Terrence Fixmer’s ‘When the Sun’ ring out with only the rising synths and clanging percussion of James Ruskin’s ‘Detached’ driving us headlong towards the final, blissful ending of ‘Monophaser 2,’ which swathes us in low frequency, sustained bass and cosmic phasing, leaving the listener in deep, meditative reflection. There’s nothing linear about this mix, apart from the fact it has a beginning and an end. The rest is for you to discover.

“I didn’t want to include any of my ‘hits’ from my sets this time. The idea is more that you have something to discover when you listen.”

 

Listen:
Fabric page

 

Trailer:

 

Recommendations:
Terence Fixmer’s “When The Sun EP”
EP by Alva Noto’s new project Diamond Version

 

Record Release Party:

13.10.2012 @ Berghain, Berlin
>>> Ben Klock
>>> and more tba.

27.10.2012 @ Fabric, London
>>> Ben Klock
>>> and more tba.

 

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Websites:
Ben Klock
Fabric Records

 

out now: The Advent – Sonic Intervention [H-Productions]

Artist:
The Advent

Title:
Sonic Intervention

Label:
H-Productions

Cat#:
HPX67

Release Date:
24th September 2012

Format:
Digital

Tracklist:
01)
The Advent
Present Voyage

02)
The Advent
Gamora
(A.D.I.N Mutation)

03)
The Advent & Cari Lekebusch
Arrival

04)
The Advent
Body Count

05)
The Advent
Disco Diva

06)
The Advent
Need House
(A.D.I.N Mutation)

07)
The Advent & Jason Fernandes
Get Up

08)
The Advent & Industrialyzer
NZT

09)
The Advent
Electric Pandemic
[feat. Paris Da Black Fu]

Info:
H-Productions have been releasing their distinctive brand of ever-so-slightly left-of-centre Techno since 1994, however 2011 saw the beginning of a new way of working for Cari Lekebusch’s imprint. Motivated by the dual inspirations of the label’s original name – Hybrid Productions – and the brands long legacy within Techno, a concept was born which brought together a select group of artists whose musical style complimented one another and whose heritage matched that of the label. This deliberate hoarding and nurturing of creative forces within a group dynamic has breathed new life into the label, the highlight of which is a series of studio albums from Tony Rohr (Feb 2011), Cari Lekebusch (May 2012), The Advent (Sep 2012) and Alexi Delano (Nov 2012).

The Advent, originally formed in 1993, is widely regarded as a pioneer in the Techno scene. Originally a duo consisting of Cisco Ferreira and Colin ‘Mr G’ McBean, they made a release debut in 1995 with their ‚Elements Of Life’ album on Internal Records – a subsidiary label of the leading UK Dance Music imprint, FFRR, that at the time was home to acts such as Orbital, Genaside II, Zero B and Rob Acid – The Advent (now as Ferreira alone) has been an ever present ever since; pushing an assault on conventional music via trademark hard line Funk Techno and upbeat Electro that flows from an amalgamation of influences across the spectrum from hip-hop to house. Attracting on the way the ears of labels including International Deejay Gigolo Records, Tresor and Drumcode over the last twenty years. Now add Cari Lekebusch’s H-Productions label.

Despite The Advent and Cari Lekebusch being two of the most enduring names in techno, the release of ‘Sonic Intervention’ is the most high profile product to date of a working relationship that has that has spanned almost the entire history of techno.

Something of a landmark for all concerned; not only is it the first full-length album from The Advent since 2005’s T.R.I.N.I.T.Y long player for Berlin’s Tresor Records but for H-Productions and its founder, the project is the highlight thus far of the labels resurgent release schedule. As Lekebusch commented, “to have known and respected Cisco and his music or so long it was of course a great moment to get to release this album. The blend of old and new styles with high caliber The Advent production has created a strong album with depth and variety that I think new and old fans alike will really enjoy”.

Opening with the Vangelis inspired ‘Present Voyage’ then weaving a path through gritty throbbing bass, exemplified by ‘Arrival’ and on to minimized funk of ‘Disco Diva’ and ‘Need House’, ‘Sonic Intervention’ progresses naturally on through the swirling tension of ‘Get Up’ and crescendos with the combination of floor-burner ‘NZT’ and the old-school Electro stomping ‘Electric Pandemic’; featuring the vocals of Detroit Grand Puba’s Paris Du Black Fu. When quizzed on his motivations behind his latest studio album, The Advent stated “I wanted to do something quite personal for this first album and delve a little bit into the past to get inspiration from my influences… to make an album that reflected all the musical genres I have been inspired by over the years – electro, electronica, tech house – not just the techno tracks”. Future music from a past master, made for the here and now.

Listen:

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Websites:
The Advent
H-Productions

out now: Peter Van Hoesen – Perceiver [Time To Express]

 

Artist:
Peter Van Hoesen

 

Title:
Perceiver

 

Label:
Time To Express

 

Cat#:
T2X22

 

Release Date:
03rd September 2012

 

Formats:
tba

 

Tracklist:
01)
Objects From The Past

02)
To Alter A Vector

03)
Seven, Green & Black

04)
Spectral Participant

05)
Attack On The Reality Principle

06)
Nefertiti / Always Beyond

07)
Inspection In Solitude

08)
Rapture’s Coming

09)
Decoder

10)
Attribute 39

11)
Europa / Unlit Bonfire

 

Info:
Belgian producer and DJ Peter Van Hoesen offers a new full-length album, on his own Time To Express label.

‘Perceiver’, his second full length album following 2010’s ‘Entropic City’, is evidence of Van Hoesen’s continual experiments into sound. The textural, shifting and dynamic synth elements, hooks and arpeggios that characterise the album’s voice often reach into abstract zones, but never too far that the listener cannot easily delve into the hypnotism of the moment.

Since ‘Entropic City’, Van Hoesen’s role as a researcher into sound has expanded even further. As Sendai, alongside Yves De Mey, the pair released the celebrated ‘Geotope’ album in 2012. As a solo producer, he also continued his prolific output with releases and remixes on Time To Express, alongside other labels like Ostgut Ton, CLR, Hotflush and more.

Gently rhythmic pieces such as the album’s opening voyage, ‘Objects From The Past’, or the reduced modular electronics of ‘Spectral Participant’ plant the tone of the earlier tracks firmly in the high-tech, experimental realms of modern electronica. Sourced from enough material to fill two albums, ‘Perceiver’ represents a huge body of work recorded entirely in his new home of Berlin. With careful editing Peter arrived at a complete and concise album, spanning 60 minutes, exploring largely varied yet complementary fields of sound.

It is clear that intricacy and diversity are high on Van Hoesen’s sonic agenda. With that in mind, ‘Perceiver’, offers a telling insight into the explorations of a producer who is little concerned with fulfilling or expressing his artistic ego, and much more by the genuine discoveries one can make by diving deep into sound. In his own words Peter explains, “many of the tracks have been made with the idea of trying to uncover sounds and melodies that were potentially there. Sometimes it does not feel as if I am creating new music, but methodically uncovering something which already exists but has not yet been found. The emphasis of my work seems to go more and more in the direction of research… With Perceiver it’s clear that this has lead to a more varied and melodic approach to my sound.”

With a clear progression then, the album ascends patiently from serene and perplexing sound pieces into fierce clubready movements. With each track we find bold new percussive elements and sharp, textural, modulating synths entering the fold. In the later half of the LP the emphasis is clearly on headstrong body shocks designed for cavernous off-world clubs – the biting snarl of ‘Decoder’ – or futuristic festival settings with the entrancing arpeggios of ‘Inspection In Solitude’. Throughout we are ushered on with the rewarding feeling of movement. Elements modulate, build and eventually recede (see the two-tiered ‘Attribute 39’). ‘Perceiver’ presents an organic, flowing and modern take on techno – vitally alive, pulling us away from genre boundaries and more into the adventurous realms of electronica.

Written by E. Davenport

 

Listen:

 

Special:
“Album Mix”

 

Video:
“Inspection In Solitude”

 

Related Releases:
“Receiver (Part I)”
“Receiver (Part II)
“Receiver (Part III)

 

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JunoDownload
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Websites:
Peter Van Hoesen
Time To Express