Archive for April, 2009



Review: Len Faki – Berghain 03

Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: ostgut CD08

Tracklist:
01. John Beltran – Vienna
02. Edit-Select – Bauer
03. Roman Lindau – Raumgestaltung
04. Collabs feat. Speedy J & Chris Liebing – Magnit Express
05. Gez Varley pres. Tony Montana – The World Is Yours
06. Someone Else – Lowdown Brittle – Wink’s Profound Sound Interpretation
07. Pfirter – Mi Chica
08. Eric Johnston – Waiting For Weird
09. JP Montesino – Viaje Numero Uno
10. Planetary Assault Systems – Surface Noise
11. Len Faki – BX 3
12. Radio Slave – Neverending…..
13. Radio Slave w/ Dennis Ferrer – Neverending w/ Jero a cappella
14. Koljah & Oliver Deutschmann – Eaten Back To Life – Ed Davenport’s Stripped Mix
15. Tony Lionni – Found A Place
16. Basement Jaxx – Fly Life – Xtra Mix
17. Nick Holder & Kaje pres. Trackheadz – Feel – Instrumental Mix
18. Laurent Garnier – The Man With The Red Face
19. Ferrer & Sydenham Inc. – Timbuktu
20. Bloc Party – Where is Home? – Burial Remix

Being one of the most underrated mix series of today, Ostgut Ton flexes it’s well trained muscles from the dancefloor onto the compact disc. The undescribable momentums of the Berghain are showcased in this clever and unmistakeable way for everyone who want’s to get a taste of the music without visiting Berlin – and for us who enjoy the music on demand.

The previous installments from André Galluzzi and Marcel Dettmann differs a lot from Len Faki’s take. Leaving the purist techno and house for that special go-crazy-with-lots-of-fun-party-tactics-sound is a clever move. Ostgut Ton needs to remain somewhat magical – which means breaking away from repetative patterns (even good ones unfortunately). They also have a great DJ who in the right moment will lift you up from the ground just to throw you down again (Len Faki – Odyssee II at 10:00 on the Sunday morning at Berghain is the perfect reference).

The thing about this mix is that when you’re in the right mood, it’s one of the nicest things you’ve heard in ages. It brings you into a mood that really makes you want to dance. But, in regards to the previous Berghain-mixes, this one is a bit off when it comes to longetivity. It has a nice tracklist with exclusive tracks and zero fault on the transitions – but there’s just something missing.

As the attitude of the mix isn’t persistant, a feeling of timelessness gets lost which makes the mix a bit uninspiring. Giving it a listen at your house party or at the right moment – just as seeing Len Faki live in real life – it might just as well be a really great moment, but it also has the downside of bringing things into clarity and so the magical feeling is lost. Really tricky mix this one.

The CD is due very soon.

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Review: Gowentgone – Remixes 2

Label: Vidab
Catalog#: vidab 08.5

Tracklist:
A: Love And Respect – Oracy’s Dusty Basement Attempt

B: Point-Blank – Sven’s Blank Cut Mix, Remix By Sven Weisemann

Recommended!

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Gowentgone gets his second remix treatment by two producers that reside in the deeper house camp, which is strange and pretty daring since the original tracks are more techno-ish. As well as the previous installment, this one has a dusty feel to it. A certain rawness that in combination with the great structure and experimental value in both tracks makes them worth your while.

Oracy from Mojuba and a.r.t.l.e.s.s. throws in a lot of sublime power and ambient qualities and sonic manipulations, topping off with a haunting treatment on the vocal. The excellent sparse use of samples from the original makes the sound breathe in a different way, making the track more confident and a bit more uncompromising. Excellent material.

Swen’s nautical and gwan dub style fits perfectly with the style of the original ‘Point Blank’. Slowly evolving structures that have a special focus on them, which in combination makes the track feel heavy and always going forward.

Review: Unknown – Seldom Felt 5

Label: Seldom Felt
Catalog#: SELDOM FELT 005

Tracklist:
A1: Untitled

A2: Untitled

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Seldom Felt seems to always be able to bring something new and fresh, especially since they always tend to get themselves out of that locked groove.

This piece consists of two versions of a very weird disco, house or techno track that reminds me a fraction of Soundstream’s later work. Although this is a bit faster but also has a different vibe. The A1 is more oriented to a less structured and distorted field, while the A2 has a classical stream of synths and that stabbing electro-ish synth jacking in the background.

I can’t decide if I like it or not, but it’s very different and has a weird sound to it – that’s always a start!

Review: Francois X – Future Roots Vol 3

Label: Deeply Rooted House
Catalog#: DRH 024

Tracklist:
A: Bane

B: Plane

Recommended!

Francois X’ release feels so fresh by doing so little. Building tracks that are as groovy as these are hard to find, especially since it’s a ground that has been explored for quite some time. I love how he has created a sphere of extremely subtle variations that just goes by at a quick listen.

If you give the record a chance though, you’ll hear how well constructed the tracks are – and especially get the feeling of the depth and soul of them both. The groove is pretty straight forward on both sides, some small changes in the percussion are placed perfectly and blend into the groove that changes the direction of the wall-of-sound. The focus is both in the foreground and background, but giving changes to the main melody and the backbone of the track at different times makes them feel as if new elements are introduced.

Great sounds, synths, basses and percussion makes this record something special. If you’re looking for the next purchase at your local shop next time, be sure to give this one a listen.

THANK YOU!

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Noah at the decks, Cio getting ready

A view from above ...

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