Archive for June, 2010

Henrik Bergqvist w/ Ståltrådsvägen #3 (New World Order)

The third session of Henrik‘s unmistakable mix series, recorded a few hundred meters away from ‘The Office’ venue. This time, less subtle and more kicking, with short ran vinyl releases, white labels and unknown’s, combined through the rotary mixer.

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Event: Skudge LIVE at Berghain

After a lot of practice, tweaking, refining and reflection, Skudge made their debut performance at The Office in May. The performance was without any doubt, one of the best live sets I’ve heard. With some advancements since then, the core of Skudge is still a strong one, where the idea becomes something more in a pace that I doubt any other producer duo would be able to maintain.

The 10th of July they make their first apperance at Berghain, together with DJ Pete, Marcel Dettmann, Kenny Larkin as well as Chez Damier at Panorama Bar.

Them being two close friends of mine, I can’t begin to write how proud I am. I hope to see you there!

Review: Ben Klock – Berghain 04

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD13

Tracklist:

1. 154 – Apricot
2. DVS1 – Pressure
3. Junior Boys – Work – Marcel Dettmann Remix
4. Martyn – Miniluv
5. STL – Loop 04
6. Levon Vincent – The Long Life
7. Jonas Kopp – Michigan Lake
8. ACT – RoHd
9. Mikhail Breen – Veracity
10. DVS1 – Confused
11. Rolando – De Cago
12. Kevin Gorman – 7am Stepper
13. Ben Klock – Compression Session 1
14. Roman Lindau – Keppra
15. Tyree – Nuthin Wrong
16. The Echologist – Dirt – Ben Klock Edit
17. James Ruskin – Graphic
18. Ben Klock feat. Elif Biçer – Elfin Flight
19. Rolando – Junie

If you ever had the chance to hear Ben Klock play records in a state where he seems to have just as much fun as yourself, you can be assured that the dancefloor is in good hands.

Bringing a mixed CD with this atmosphere, where years of all night sessions in his prime residency has made it tangiable, Ben Klock manages to feature a lot of aspects in his longer dj sets into a one hour mix. ‘Berghain 04’ feels very unique in the same sense as Klock’s own record taste; there is a lot of new material that manages to encapsulate his selection of old and new tracks, but also bring something new to the table.

A side effect of this is that ‘Berghain 04’ requires a certain mood to be appreciated in its fullest. Whereas a purist heart and mind would see this as a positive thing, there is something that feels a bit overlooked.

The mix feels liberating, and in the highest sense, very fresh. In these times where people have a steady idea of the “Ostgut Ton sound” and the “Berghain sound”, he draws away the attention from the dark and throbbing records to make way of a melodic and unexpected track selection that actually feels more true to the club and label than recent outputs from other directions (following the previous said comprehension). The place Klock has created with this mix has so much more to it than just simply put “dark”, “hard” and “Berlin”.

For most residents at Berghain and Panorama Bar, when hearing them play the records they want and getting the people at the floor to follow, there’s always the feeling of not knowing what to expect. This is exactly the same case with ‘Berghain 04’.

‘Berghain 04’ is out the 28th of June, with both vinyl samplers out now.

Review: Robert Hood – Omega

Label: M-Plant
Catalog#: M.PM8

Tracklist:

1. Alpha (The Beginning)
2. The Plague (Cleansing Maneuvers)
3. Towns That Disappeared Completely
4. Alpha
5. Think Fast
6. The Workers of Iniquity
7. Are You God?
8. The Family Watches
9. War in the Streets
10. Saved By The Fire
11. The Wheels of Escape
12. Omega (End Times)

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When being able to create a conceptual album, it often feels as the old traditions in the artist’s sound disappears in benefit for just that concept.

Robert Hood re-issued his ‘Minimal Nation’ last year, where his early and classic sound was made available again. The timelessness of ‘Minimal Nation’ was still tangiable and it felt natural for it to be available again in new copies, but it was also time for a new album.

Even though there’s clear references to ‘The Omega Man’ movie, the album is not meant to run along it as a soundtrack, but rather to be considered as a techno interpretation of the film. The result is an atmospheric and very steady LP, where Hood reveals a side of his music that is less tied to the dancefloor as such, but rather focusing on this inspiration.

Even though the album feels true to his music, there’s a feeling of that something is missing out. For me, that feeling is the uncompromising core which has driven his M-Plant as well as ‘The Vision’ alias towards the timelessness of his hypnotic grooves.

When listening through the album, that missing feeling is replaced by a sense of calmness. Even in its most pounding moments, the sound remains steady as within a relaxed atmosphere. Valuable enough, that feeling alone makes up for the missing aspects, and also gives ‘Omega’ a place of being essential in a different way.

Following up on the single ‘Alpha / Omega (End Times)’, the rest of the album has a different sound going off from that single – especially in the highlight sound of ‘The Wheels of Escape’ and ‘The Family Watches’. Here, Hood is able to use sparse elements in a way that, subjectively, feels as previously untouched areas of his sound. The rhythm always feels as it’s going somewhere, reaching deep within the heart as well as keeping his original idea for ‘Omega’ intact.

‘Omega’ is appreciated, but in a different way from Hood’s previous material – being the judge of that, it’s hard being totally certain of it’s essentialities comparing to the previous material. This special piece of work is one that needs to be decided from personal factos, rather than being suited for the DJ or dancefloor.

My favorite tracks:

The Wheels of Escape

The Plauge (Cleansing Maneuvers)

The Family Watches

Chart: June 2010

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