I Could Never Live Without You By My Side - (3:53) 128 BPM
Martin (feat J.Manuel) - (4:42) 134 BPM
Apollo Tag 2 (feat Fadi Mohem & Tobi Neumann) - (4:16) 133 BPM
Arctic Warmth - (1:38) 126 BPM
**Smells Like Security** - (5:03) 129 BPM
Netto (Interlude) - (2:39) 133 BPM
All My Friends Are In The Bathroom (feat Koogan, Fadi Mohem & J.Manuel) - (4:08) 133 BPM
Anio' - (4:22) 125 BPM
Review: Following on from last year's debut album, techno trio Fjaak bounce back with another fine long player. Whether or not Havel is named after the former Czech dissident is unknown, but there is no doubt that it finds them in fine form. "Take Your Life", which features Koogan on paranoid vocals, could be an acid-soaked Prodigy during their heyday, while at the other end of the spectrum, "I Could Never Live Without You By My Side" and "Version 184.108.40.206" are atmospheric break beat pieces. Fjaak are also adept at creating tough techno - just check the banging sound of "Martin" - while they team up with Tobi Neumann for the deeper break beat house of "Apollo Tag 2". On the evidence of Havel, it seems Fjaak can do no wrong.
Review: Berlin wunderkind power trio Fjaak are back with the fifth installment on their eponymous imprint - strap yourself in for a wild ride on this one!. Features the furious and pummelling warehouse techno assault of "Phonox" reminiscent of '90s legends Devilfish, followed by the soulful hard jack of the 50 Weapons indebted "Midnight Take Out" (they are alumni of the label after all) and the industrial/dub techno experimental piece "They Can't Smell Us" - but unless they are hiding under a bar of soap we certainly can - this one's dirty!
Review: Fjaak are best known for their releases on 50 Weapons, but after Modeselektor shuttered their storied imprint, the Berlin trio went on to set up their own label. The third release on the label is everything that one would expect from them. On "Keep the Funk", a repetitive vocal sample intones the track's title as a pummelling drum track and rasping percussion play away in the background. It's tough, primal and highly effective dance floor techno. "XXL 14" is just as impactful: it also resounds to a pounding kick drum and searing hi hats, but on this occasion, the use of an insistent chord stab sets it and Fjaak 003 apart from all of the other white label techno releases in circulation.