Mike Dehnert throws a spanner in the werks for his label’s 28th release by opening the doors to his fortified techno imprint for Italian producer Limo. Read the rest of this entry »
As a growing number of bass music and erstwhile post-dubstep producers find themselves forging a career in techno, is it a coincidence that Fachwerk, a label long associated with an hardened sonic aesthetic, now regularly venture away from the sound of Berghain?
Berlin producer Mike Dehnert’s second artist album in as many years will probably not win any awards for its imaginative title, but once the needle drops, there is no end of surprises. The most remarkable aspect of Fachwerk 25 is that it sounds unlike anything else he has released. This is especially surprising given that he had come close to perfecting the art of creating grungy, Chain Reaction-influenced techno, but it is crucial that he did so as his releases had started to sound samey.
Berlin techno deities Fachwerk are celebrating their 25th release with a tour, and we have a pair of tickets to give away to their London appearance.
It’s refreshing to hear that unlike most underground labels, Fachwerk has a plan. The main artists on Mike Denhert’s operation – in effect Dehnert and his mates Roman Lindau and Sascha Rydell – will work on a series of collaborative releases, culminating in a tour to celebrate release number 25. Fachwerk EP is the 23rd record on the label, so expect a few more co-authored works. It’s not that surprising that there is an agenda driving the Berlin label. For the past few years, it has been one of the most industrious (and consistent) imprints, churning out functional but distinctive grooves first by Dehnert and then from Lindau and Rydell. It sounds like Fachwerk artists work hard to make the label thrive and it shows on this release.