Berlin's Berghain / Panoramabar is now one of, if not the most infamous club in the world. Although spending the entire of this review discussing the club would not even begin to scratch the surface of its impact on clubbing culture, this release is about its label offshoot, Ostgut Ton. Andre Galluzzi (one of the club's residents) set the imprint on its way in 2005 with his pivotal, dark and edgy Berghain 01 compilation. Five years later, the German returns to the label for the first time to deliver a two tracker of cutting edge, percussive techno. Joined by close colleague, Dana Ruh, the pair dive deep into dizzyingly hypnotic territories to bring a slice of the notorious club?s dancefloor to record. Dana, who runs the Broquade platform, highly respected for exploring elegant sound inclinations, is already poised for further collaborations with Galluzzi.
The title track is an understated cut whose attitude and personality lies within the strength of insistent drum patterns, long rolling arrangements and its straight forward approach to the task at hand. Flourishing relentlessly forward, fluttering, tribal-like vocal utterances smear the top layer of sound, adding to the exotic and mysterious vibe. On the flip, "Mauersegler" continues the highly percussive journey but delves deeper into wild terrain, carving itself out a much more urgent path. Tripping delay effects and soft voice manipulations drag the listener further down into this undulating slice of next wave minimalism. Lost in a spinning world of drums and deep grooves, spell-bound listeners are reminded once more what Galluzzi, and his resident Berlin club for that matter, can do to even the most fortified minds.
On "Voyage", Berghain resident Andre Galluzzi and upcoming producer Dana Ruh bridge the gap between Berlin's past and present sounds. Featuring hissing percussion, an infectious rhythm and trippy tones popping in and out of the arrangement, on first listen, "Voyage" sounds like it is the sole product of the German city's house music boom. However, Galluzzi knows his history and the chiming chords are the byproduct of years listening (and playing) Basic Channel. There is no reference to Maurizio's catalogue on Agent, Vito and Danito's "Dopeman", but the tracky, percussive rhythm is shot through with acidic tweaks and sax riffs that call to mind Chicago and New York house.