Posts Tagged 'Ben Klock'

Review: DJ Deep – City To City 3

Label: BBE
Catalog#: BBE119

1. Dee Dee Brave – Feel The Breeze (DJ Deep “Mix” Edit)
2. Kerri Chandler – Pong (Ben Klock Remix)
3. Redshape – The Box
4. Traxx – XTC 4 Luv
5. M+M – M+M Theme
6. Mutant Beat Dance – In a Daze (Original Dub)
7. Project Democracy – Is This Dream For Real
8. Glenn Underground – Escuchame
9. Kool Rock Steady – I’ll Make You Dance
10. Marcel Dettmann – Apron
11. K.A Possee – Tell Alexi
12. Gentry Ice – Utilize The Beat
13. Frozen Border – Frozen Border
14. The Minister – 2nd Try Of The 1st Step Into The 3rd Dimension
15. Chicago Music Syndrome – Work It
16. Armando – Don’t Take It (Thomos Edit)
17. Armando – We’re On The Move (Snare Your Ass Off)
18. Claro Intelecto – Signals

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Review of the digital mix version.

For a really long time, there hasn’t been a house mix that was released as a official release containing so many deadly tracks, being mixed so vibrant and actually making a lot of sense.

Even though there’s been a lot of diverse, fresh-sounding and bullet proof house mixes being released in the last few years, DJ Deep’s latest volume in his ‘City To City’ showcase does something other mixes doesn’t; making the pure feeling of the tracks really stands out in a very unique way.

Featuring both timeless classics, new classics as well some deep dug 12″s, ‘City To City 3’ features tracks that have their foundation based on real, rather than purism. This makes the mix special in the long run as well, by being diverse and showcasing the sound of DJ Deep’s preferred house tracks in a way that is thought out and well respected.

Starting off the mix as a bit of slow building and mood defining selection, DJ Deep keeps it all interesting by carefully selecting the following tracks until the feeling of him actually being able to play whatever he wants, without second doubt shining through.

If this mix wasn’t enough, thanks to DJ Deep’s compilation and crate digging skills, there’s been a new way to get hold of long lost tracks and hidden classics being served through a 2×12″ vinyl sampler and CD.

Be sure to check this mix out, as well as getting hold of the sample vinyls. The tracks are truly essential!

Review: Ben Klock – Berghain 04

Label: Ostgut Ton
Catalog#: OSTGUTCD13


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: Ben Klock – Tracks From 07

Label: Deeply Rooted House
Catalog#: DRH 028


A: Red Alert

B: Viscoplastic


As Deeply Rooted House gets involved with Planet E as a distributor, the label manages to reach a wider audience as well as getting the selling support it deserves. With this insurance, a well placed EP is due.

Even though the label name might be a contradiction, Ben Klock manage to deliver two tracks that feel as they belong on it – somehow, they seem more connected to the current US standard as well as not losing ground with the Berlin home. The hard edged techno groove is there, but as Klock showcased with ‘One’ on Ostgut Ton, his influences ranges far beyond the genre in which he is most closely related to – the beat structure reminds a lot of Detroit house as well as a pumping groove close to DJ Funk and Cosmic Records.

‘Red Alert’ is a track that might be considered as an anthem, but at a closer and more focused listening will reveal, the elements are more subtle than that. Bringing a slow but powerful melody at first, the track peaks as the percussion comes together with a high pitch synth saw.

With the B-side ‘Viscoplastic’, a more current state is displayed. Subtle arrangements bind together with each other, as small variations through the melodies reveal themselves, the track hypnotises at an incredible amount. Playing this track at a powerful sound system will display the effectiveness and energy of it.

‘Tracks From 07’ is expected before the end of 2009.

Review: DVS1 – Searching

Label: Klockworks
Catalog#: KW 05


A: Searching

B1: Floating

B2: Running

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After DVS1 sent his demo to Klock, the response was immediate. Being played by Klock at Free Your Mind festival this year, probably as well as a large number of other DJ sets, DVS1 put out three tracks that represents the current sound and state of the Berghain DJs and followers.

With ‘Searching’, a track that might first strike as quite futile, the power of the excellent progression and mesmerizing capabilities might only be proven at the grounds it was made for; dark clubs with a soundtrack orchestrated by the DJs of the same atmosphere as the track itself. Endlessly climbing with a steady beat, ‘Searching’ combines the elements of Ben Klock’s own material as well as the unexplored sides of producers catching up on the Ostgut sound and influence.

Keeping things just as cool, but more reduced, ‘Floating’ pinpoints the more experimental aspects of f.e. Cio D’or, certain Sähkö tracks and even a dose of Peter Van Hoesen. The same haunting feeling of ‘Searching’ is there, only more abstract and not so direct.

‘Running’ sounds a little bit as a revised ‘Searching’, but exceptionally more climbing and not as punching as the previous tracks – things goes a bit more atmospheric and in the long run, probably, more interesting.

Review: Deepgroove & Jamie Anderson – The Clock

Label: Rekids
Catalog#: REKIDS 037


A: The Clock

B: The Clock – Ben Klock’s Timepiece

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Every time I listen to this record, I wonder over and over again why the original track was pressed on it. It’s so clear that Ben Klock transforms the originals lack of groove and blunt futile shape into a very original and impressive remix.

If I had a say in it all, I would put Klock’s remix on the A side, which suits perfectly with it’s cavenous atmosphere and scour drums. The tripping melody that acts like glue in the structure of the track, gets shook up by the heavy synth stabs that penetrates it all in a excellent way. As for the imaginative B-side, a suitable remix from Radio Slave himself would bring a much more interesting sound than the current tracklist.

It’s all about the B-side!

Review: Ben Klock – Before One EP


Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: o-ton19

A1: Napoleon Hill

A2: Subzero

B1: Before One

B2: Init Two

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One of the most inspiring releases this year comes from Ostgut and Ben Klock. It’s haunting and mesmerizing sound captures what the most interesting techno of today stands for.

Ben Klock has recently put out a lot of his own material together with a few remixes, but the ‘Before One EP’ is definitely the best one.

Starting off with ‘Napoleon Hill’, a track with a vibrated synthline and 0 degrees pads swirling in the background, combined with Klock’s remarkable beats and sounds, senses that he has established a new direction in his own sound – a direction that feels a lot more inspiring and confident.

‘Subzero’ on the A2 is drenched in oil and howling beats, a rolling bassline with brush stroke-percussion and ambience, filling the excellent synthline with more depth and darkness. Unbelieveable power that only does justice on a well invested soundsystem.

The most tripping and mesmerizing piece on the release is the title track ‘Before One’. Resembling to the previous tracks of the release, ‘Before One’ picks the pace up a notch and removes most of the frills in comparsion to the A-side. Lot’s of focus on the melody and ambience, with small variations going on in the background to keep you peeled. A focus that comes to a climax with the ambient track ‘Init Two’, which is lifted from Klock’s debut album ‘One’.

Highly recommended release that sounds as 2009.

Review: Ben Klock – One

Label: Ostgut Tonträger
Catalog#: OSTGUT CD 07

1. Coney Island
2. Goodly Sin – feat. Elif Biçer
3. Check For Pulse
4. Underneath
5. Gloaming
6. Init One
7. Cargo
8. OK – feat. Elif Biçer
9. In A While
10. Init Two
11. Gold Rush
12. Grip
13. Thirteen Rounds

Every day since I first read about Ben Klock’s debut album ‘One’, I’ve been extremely curious about how it would sound. Reading a interview with the man himself, where he states he didn’t want to make a entirely club oriented album, I got even more interested. I wondered how a resident DJ at Berghain would produce such a album, would it be techno tracks with no beats, just drones and ambient material?

Finally getting a listen to it, I was filled with all sorts of expectations and wondered how he actually managed to do what he said he wanted to do.

The thing is that all tracks on ‘One’ aren’t set for the club, but the same energy that Berghain has is transformed into something in-between club music and a unidentifiable atmosphere. Ben Klock has clearly put a lot of emotion into this album, a emotion that I’m certain he feels when he is playing at his residency, and that alone is a really remarkable achievement.

It’s hard to compare it to his previously released material, as it differs so much in so many ways from ‘One’, but since this album can speak for itself it isn’t necessary. The concept here was to create something different, which Klock most certainly managed to do.

Sound wise, the album has a very haunting structure. Dark pads and synths sparks off at the first track, merging different sounds and noises and continuing to excel even more with ‘Goodly Sin’ as the second track. Elif Biçer’s voice poisons the structure of the track, making the beat drown in it and adding to the dark flavour.

The album progresses slowly between different areas. In some tracks, such as ‘Underneath’, the beat is placed in the background with well produced subtle changes, a warm melody is introduced but has a haunting sound and adds up to the built up atmosphere and energy. The progression remains over the next three tracks until ‘OK’, also made with Elif Biçer’s vocals, which is for me together with ‘Gold Rush’, the best track of the album. Klock proves that he is absolutely certain of what he’s doing, creating a rough, industrial feeling but also not letting go of the haunted wall of sound – a good balance is created.

‘In A While’ would be the light of the album, creating a mystical Detroit techno influenced atmosphere – a beautiful piece with little reverbation and echoing going on, it fills your heart with warmth and is put at a perfect place on the album which leads on into a more dubstep influenced structure.

Reducing things into a core and more purist state, ‘Gold Rush’ introduces a much more raw side of Klock’s material. The last three tracks of the album is where all the highlight is, which I guess is not a accident.

The album is out sometime in February/March 2009, together with ‘Before One EP’ which features tracks in addition to ‘One’