As "very charming minimal house producer with Black Forest funk" a reviewer from the United States once assessed the first publication of Joachim Spieth, born 1979 who's as nice as the misty-eyed gaze from overseas may be "'doesn't" come from the solitude of the Black Forest, but from a contemplative hicktown near Stuttgart.
"Abi 99" appeared at the freshly established label Kompakt, which combined the outrider labels of German minimal Techno, Profan and Studio 1, which up to that point had never featured any artist outside of Cologne's naturally grown former Delirium posse. When the British DJ and cult presenter John Peel played the EP shortly after its release in his radio show, it became clear that the years of research with synths and drum machines had been worth while. Inspired by the public interest, Spieth remixed Egoexpress on Ladomat during the following year, and added "You Don't Fool Me", the follow up-12" inch on Kompakt and released his debut album "Fluchtpunkt" on the Cologne-Stuttgart label Onitor. With the help of his ability to present a constant variable and diverse musical performance, he quickly was able to win new listeners within the dance music scene, his preferred terrain actually being somewhere between the intersection of minimal Technoscapes, grim sounding Techhouse and playful Ambient. A blend of influences that probably aren't found in the back catalogue of WARP without reason.
In 2003 The Orb mastermind Dr. Alex Patterson takes the track "You Don't Fool Me" onto his "Back To Mine" compilation, as Joachim deals with the eighth part of the "Speicher" series on the side of Kompakt CEO Michael Mayer, and moves forward with the track "Under Pressure" in the best Cologne-stripped-Techno-style.