Review: Marcel Fengler – Berghain 05

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD19

Tracklist:

1. Emika – Count Backwards – Marcel Dettmann Vocal Edit
2. Peter Van Hoesen – Axis Mundi
3. Terrence Dixon – Tranquility – Octogen Remix
4. Byetone – Plastic Star – Dr. Walker Remix
5. Tommy Four Seven – G – Regis Remix
6. Marcel Fengler – Thwak – L.B. Dub Corp Remix
7. Secret Cinema – Timeless Altitude – Minneapolis Mix
8. Ratio – Doublefeature
9. Gerd – Time And Space – Duplex Southside Mix
10. Seiji – More Of You
11. Claude Young & Takasi Nakajima – Think Twice
12. Puresque – 001A
13. Ben Sims – Slow Motion
14. Vril – UV
15. Marcel Fengler – Sphinx
16. Skudge – Man on Wire
17. Reagenz – The Labyrinth
18. 20:20 Vision – Future Remembrance – 20:20 Livestyle Mix
19. Convextion aka E.R.P. – Vapor Pressure

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Marcel Fengler is always able to present a multi-faced personality in his music. At one moment, the course and energy of his dj sets can suddenly shift, but it’s hard to notice that specific moment. Due to his talent in reading in how the tracks float, the shifting between them is done flawlessly and without momentum—a strength that is very unique for Fengler.

The strength in ‘Berghain 05’ is the uniqueness and feel of it. There is a subtleness that lies as a foundation similar to a real piece of art, where everything comes together in a pace that is hauntingly slow and never loses energy at the same time.

From the start, Fengler puts in a anthem like approach. For the sound of his residency, this is a mark of a very special night there and usually a sign of a well engaged dj or live act. The sign in this case, is the excellent beginning, where Dettmann’s vocal edit has somewhat become one of the tools for this. Following the exclusive ‘Axis Mundi’ from Belgian Peter Van Hoesen, Fengler manages to capture a lot of emotion whis is streamlined into a euphoria—a daring and pushing track that fits perfectly as a beginning.

Continuing on through the mix, a very futuristic attitude is presented, where broken rhythms, gritty sonic architecture and aggressive beat programming sets the mood from Germany’s capital. The special sound isn’t one similar to your regular noise-based techno, but closer to a spiritual journey put into a cathedral like atmosphere.

‘Berghain 05’ peaks in the middle, where all the built up tension gets released. Going through a anthem like parade of tracks, Fengler shows a real strength in keeping the pace. Nearing the end, the mix echoes through as it will never end, a emotion that is closely knit to Fengler’s Berlin residency, and somewhat the point of the Berghain-mix CD releases.

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