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 »
Amsterdam techno hub Delsin will surface from a summer of calm with all manner of forthcoming goodness from the likes of Mike Dehnert, Terrence Dixon, Unbroken Dub and more.
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.
Mike Dehnert and his Fachwerk and MD2 labels have been at the forefront of 90s-inspired techno for the past few years – but will his consistently high strike rate translate to a long player? Thankfully, Dehnert sticks to what he knows best, resisting the ill-advised urge to position himself as a versatile all-rounder. Apart from the brief, abstract “Intro”, the dreamy ambience of “Kontextfrei” and the hissing static noise of “Outro”, the album centres on the dancefloor, but manages to avoid repetition.
Indeed, Dehnert fans expecting rehashes of the dense, dubby Fachwerk releases may be surprised by Framework, but those who have followed his releases on MD2 and his “Many Roots” release on Deeply Rooted House will notice that his approach to the dancefloor is broadening. So while the dubby bass, scuffled beats and clanging percussion of “Infix” is indicative of the Berlin producer’s abeyance to the Basic Channel/Chain Reaction axis, Framework widens his scope; “Beatmatching” is an uplifting vocal-sample heavy groove and this new-found playfulness is also audible on the rave riff sampling “Teilfolge” and the purring bassline and synth melodies of “Quattro”.
However, Dehnert moves quickly to dispel any doubts that he is mellowing out, but does so in an unexpected manner: the title track, fuelled by snappy, Klock-style percussion, is more pumping than is his wont, “Klartext” sounds like an update of Dan Bell minimalism, reinforced with industrial rhythms and an extra layer of claps, while “Pallindrome” is his most intense track yet, a dense wall of sound and visceral bass building into a droning, acidic meltdown. Dehnert may be operating in a new format, but Framework proves that when it comes to techno functionalism, he is peerless.