Alex Niggemann - "Balance" (Mixed By Alex Niggemann/continuous mix) - (1:16:30) 124 BPM
Review: From his native Dusseldorf to his adopted home of Berlin, Alex Niggemann's name is synonymous with the German tech house sound and appearances on a who's who of labels in recent years. From Poker Flat, Last Night On Earth and Tsuba to his own respected Aeon and Soulfooled imprints, he has shown his knack for deep and sexy grooves and his last eight years of DJing and studio prowess is on display for the latest edition of Australia's Balance series of mix compilations. The programming on Balance runs the gamut from deep, dark journey tracks (Gui Boratto "Joker" (Dave DK mix)"/Baikal - "Pelican's Flight"), dreamy hypnotism (Aril Brikha/Sebastian Mullaert - "Illuminate"/Antigone "Blue Note") and some new exclusives from the man himself, such as the mighty slow burner "Divergent". As always, there's a bonus track featuring all the aforementioned on a continuous mix.
Review: Ben Klock's contribution to the Fabric series marks his coming of age as a DJ. The Berghain resident is known for his marathon, often pounding sets, but Fabric 66 sees him condense many of the elements that he covers over a twelve-hour period at the club into just over 70 minutes without losing his flow. From the spiky, bleepy rhythms of DVS1 to the midnight stepping rhythm of Burial's landmark "Raver", fellow Berghain resident Marcel Dettmann's visceral "Allies" and the big room percussive groove from Planetary Assault Systems, the mix takes in many of techno's diverse hues and shades. That Klock also manages to throw a few curveballs into the mix, like Rob Hood's gospel house as Floorplan or Mathew Jonson's neon trance, speaks volumes for his abilities.