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E7-E5 - (6:01) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bent - (7:08) 66 BPM
   
Polytely - (6:28) 57 BPM
BARKER 002D
07 May 21
Experimental/Electronic
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Neuron Collider - (6:06) 67 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Kickboxing - (4:41) 65 BPM
   
Maximum Utility - (7:25) 70 BPM
BARKER 001D
04 Dec 20
Experimental/Electronic
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O-Ton Reassembled 1 - (7:45) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
O-Ton Reassembled 2 - (4:42) 131 BPM
   
O-Ton Reassembled 3 - (11:40) 132 BPM
   
O-Ton Reassembled 4 - (6:16) 134 BPM
   
O-Ton Reassembled 5 - (5:27) 131 BPM
   
O-Ton Reassembled 6 - (6:45) 88 BPM
   
O-Ton Reassembled 7 - (9:33) 132 BPM
Review: It's no surprise that the world's most feted techno club has decided to celebrate its fifteenth anniversary with something special - a release that seeks to redefine the art of the DJ mix. In fact, Luke Slater has christened his approach on Berghain Funfzehn 'ripping the cut': it saw the storied UK techno artist scour all of sister label Ostgut Ton's Eps and LPs for source material in order to fashion 26 new tracks and then to mix them all together. The end result is a wild ride through the very best in contemporary club techno, with elements from well-known Ostgut releases from Ben Klock, Levon Vincent and Marcel Dettmann featuring alongside lesser-known gems from Lerosa and Rolando.
OTON 127DIGITAL
17 Apr 20
Techno
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Nolove - (4:07) 78 BPM
   
Unseen - (4:53) 71 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Polar - (6:28) 69 BPM
   
Eden - (4:24) 87 BPM
Review: With Berlin's clubbing HQ currently off limits it's pleasing to know Berghain's in-house label is still pumping. Nolove adds to the label's formidable run of EPs from Shed, Substance and Tobias, to albums from Efedemin, Barker and Planetary Assault Systems. Joining this hot streak is long associated DJ and artist with Ostgut, Etapp Kyle, and he realises his second release for the label following previous releases for underton, and Klockworks before that. For this four-track the artist goes spacey and percussive, with skittering white noise flickers and effects chosen over classic techno hi-hats and snares etc. "Polar" and "Unseen" present two cooler, cosmic freezes of subby, percussive drums and mellow overtones while "No Love" and "Eden" venture into more sparse, melodic and experimental territory. Hold on to love.
OTON 126D
20 Mar 20
Experimental/Electronic
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1972 - (8:45) 127 BPM
   
Schism - (6:18) 89 BPM
   
The Wisdom Of No Escape - (7:29) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Electric Storm - (6:32) 134 BPM
Review: Tobias Freund's catalogue is characterised by an intricate, layered production approach, and it's no surprise that he brings this aesthetic to bear on1972. The title track cracks and fizzles with raw percussive bursts as the veteran producer weaves an intricate web of haunting electronics. On "Schism", the rhythm is less direct and the sound deeper, but the same mindset applies, with Tobias multi-layering melodic elements to create a hypnotic effect. "The Wisdom Of No Escape", with its tripped out vocal sample, adds an extra dimension to his sonic armoury, while on "Electric Storm", Tobias diverts somewhat from the script to deliver an abstract, stripped back track.
OTON 125DIGITAL
14 Feb 20
Techno
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Velvet Imprints - (5:11) 122 BPM
   
Binding By Oath - (6:06) 110 BPM
   
Polystyrene - (5:21) 115 BPM
   
During The Freezing Process - (5:30) 160 BPM
   
Mass Deception - (5:25) 120 BPM
   
Proxy Contact - (2:52) 150 BPM
   
De-patterning - (5:49) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Splintered Heels - (5:50) 121 BPM
Review: Phase Fatale aka Hayden Payne follows his 2017 debut album Redeemer with this unforgettable follow up. The Berlin-based producer has spoken about how Scanning Backwards is inspired by his residency at Berghain, and it's impossible to play down this influence. "Velvet Imprints" is a lean but menacing club track, inspired by ebm and designed for blacked out rooms. Payne moves close to conventional song arranging on "Binding By Oath" - but waves of electronic intensity blast away any pop pretence - while at the album's midpoint "During The Freezing Process" sees him deliver a less intense take on his signature. These exceptions should not lure the listener into a false sense of security and as the head-shredding, visceral stomp of "Mass Deception" demonstrates, Phase Fatale is a master of neo-industrial techno.
OSTGUTCD 48D
24 Jan 20
Techno
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Binding By Oath - (6:06) 110 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
OSTGUTCD 48SINGLE1
14 Jan 20
Electro
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B1 (Anfang Und Ende) - (6:03) 135 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Die Oder - (5:11) 97 BPM
   
Menschen Und Mauern - (5:19) 136 BPM
   
Sterbende Alleen - (7:37) 119 BPM
   
Nacht, Fluss, Grille, Auto, Frosch, Eule, Mucke - (5:00) 132 BPM
   
Der Wolf Kehrt Zuruck - (4:18) 126 BPM
   
Seelower Hohen - (4:10) 140 BPM
   
Trauernde Weiden - (4:18) 140 BPM
   
Das Bruch - (4:57) 131 BPM
Played by: Vincent Inc
Review: Oderbruch is Rene Pawlowitz's fifth artist album as Shed, and the title refers to the place in east Germany he comes from. It's no surprise then that this long player is a deeply personal affair. "Die Oder", named after the river in that region, flows serenely thanks to a slip-slide rhythm and gentle pads. "Menschen & Mauern" is the polar opposite, with Pawlowitz dropping high-speed break beats and evocative organ playing. A similarly introspective mood plays out on the dusky sound scapes of "Sterbende Alleen", where Pawlowitz's sense of disillusionment is palpable. However, like any personalised work, the mood swings, with the dreamy "Nacht, Fluss, Grille, Auto, Frosch, Eule, Mucke" restoring a sense of calm with its bucolic tones.
OSTGUTCD 47DIGITAL
29 Nov 19
Techno
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Red - (5:43) 131 BPM
   
Whip It Good - (8:14) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Spell A - (7:15) 133 BPM
   
Kamani - (8:18) 133 BPM
   
Mugwort - (6:22) 131 BPM
   
Peru Drift - (11:17) 132 BPM
Review: Plantae is Luke Slater's seventh artist album as Planetary Assault Systems and his fourth for Ostgut. If you're looking for forward-looking club techno, you've come to the right place. The album opens with the indistinct tones of "Red", before "Whip it Good" takes up the mantle and sees Slater deliver a tougher take on this sound, powered by hissing percussion and tough kicks. Meanwhile "Kamani" is a deeper, more understated take on this style. "Spell A" is a more stripped back affair, resounding to tight percussion and a rolling groove, while "Mugwort" calls to mind Slater's 90s work under this guise, with a hypnotic rhythm underscoring a cacophony of atmospheric sounds.
O-TON 123 D
01 Nov 19
Techno
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Bangalore - (12:32) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Love Lost - (6:21) 110 BPM
   
Start Trying - (6:16) 124 BPM
Review: Collaborating across continents, Gonno and Panorama Bar's Nick Hoppner deliver their second EP for Ostgut. It's an esoteric affair, with "Bangalore" opening the release in deep, atmospheric mode. Unravelling to the sound of ominous bass, layered textures and percussive bursts, it's an expansive, hypnotic serving of modern techno. "Love Lost" is quite a different proposition; it sees the pair drop a slinky rhythm track that provides the basis for sweet, acid-soaked melodies and dubbed out vocal samples. "Start Trying" is different again: they pick up the pace to deliver a warbling Detroit style groove, populated by cool bleeps and shiny synths.
OTON 124D
11 Oct 19
Techno
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Be True To Me - (5:26) 133 BPM
   
Sight From Above - (4:57) 143 BPM
   
Help Me Understand - (5:10) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Help Me Understand (instrumental) - (5:10) 136 BPM
   
Until You're Begging - (6:00) 152 BPM
   
Internal Bleeding - (4:11) 110 BPM
   
Work A Change - (5:27) 135 BPM
   
Work A Change (instrumental) - (5:27) 135 BPM
Review: Work is Steffi's first release on Ostgut in a few years, and it sees her hook up with long-standing collaborator Virginia. "Be True to Me" is a typical Steffi track: understated blips and lush synths unfold over a bubbling groove, with Virginia's soulful tones at the heart of the arrangement. However, the approach changes on "Sight From Above", where smoky beats support the vocal narrative. "Help Me Understand" and "Until You're Begging" both see Steffi reach back to the angular electro that her label Klakson became known for, albeit with vocals added. Meanwhile, the title track sees the pair head off into deeper waters, with a rumbling bass accompanying bruising drums and Virginia's soulful tones.
OTON 122D
20 Sep 19
Electro
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Paradise Engineering - (4:08) 87 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Posmean - (3:54) 92 BPM
   
Experience Machines - (3:39) 130 BPM
   
Gradients Of Bliss - (5:28) 123 BPM
   
Hedonic Treadmill - (4:09) 136 BPM
   
Models Of Wellbeing - (6:03) 145 BPM
   
Utility - (4:30) 140 BPM
   
Wireheading - (2:19) 160 BPM
   
Die-Hards Of The Darwinian Order - (9:07) 130 BPM
Review: On his debut solo LP for Ostgut Ton, Leisure System co-founder Sam Barker turns his focus toward the psychology behind the musical decision making process, with solutions for 'quantifying pleasure, abolishing suffering, and the ethical use of drugs and nanotechnology' - being just some of the themes over its nine tracks, with a strong aesthetic of dub techno throughout. From thought provoking IDM cuts like "Posmean" or the particularly cavernous "Gradients Of Bliss", right through to moments of emotive techno-soul as heard on the title track and the transcendental ambience of "Wireheading" - 'Utility' is a non-ironic musical approach to a whole spectrum of utilitarian and transhumanist ideas.
OSTGUT CD 46 D
06 Sep 19
Techno
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Odds Against Us - (5:42) 136 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
BC 2 - (5:31) 86 BPM
   
Rhythm Ritual - (5:48) 133 BPM
Review: Well well well, we seem to have been delivered treat as the legendary Martyn returns with new music via Ostgut Ton Germany. The EP itself is made up of three original heaters, kicking off with the super choppy drum swipes and gnarly bass twists of the title track 'Odds Against Us'. This is then followed in style by the super unique sounding minimal drums tones of 'BC 2', stooped in dungeon-esc energy. The EP is then finished up in style as we take a dive into the swirling synth pools and smooth chord progressions of 'Rhythm Ritual', a classy way to round off a fantastic new body of work.
OTON 121D
26 Jul 19
Bass
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Paul's Horizon - (6:11) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Martinsville Morning - (6:27) 128 BPM
   
Grafton Road - (6:23) 133 BPM
Review: Detroit native Ryan Elliott became one of Berghain/Panorama Bar's first international residents back in 2010 and has likewise made forays into production sporadically since then for in-house imprint Ostgut Ton. Following up his 2011 debut Rocksteady EP and 2013's Stepmode release, he's back in fine form with a couple of stylish bangers on his new Paul's Horizon EP. The title track's fierce functionality will no doubt suit the powerful sound system at his famed residency's main hall, equally so is the churning dub techno cyclicality of "Grafton Road" while the the rolling groove of "Martinville Morning" is seductive in equally both ethereal and emotive proportions.
OTON 120D
17 May 19
Techno
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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - "Ritual Music" - (1:30) 100 BPM
   
Virile Games - "Black Iron Prison" - (4:47) 140 BPM
   
Los Angeles Death Cult - "El Culto De Los Angeles De La Muerte" - (6:00) 120 BPM
   
Ron Morelli - "Colts Neck" - (6:40) 137 BPM
   
Volvox - "Becoming" - (7:03) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
JK Flesh - "Decontrol" - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
Alberich - "Werkstatt" - (5:18) 135 BPM
   
Ugandan Methods & Prurient - "Venom Timetables" - (4:13) 128 BPM
   
Merzbow - "Loop 1" - (1:01) 137 BPM
   
Merzbow - "Loop 2" - (0:54) 145 BPM
   
Merzbow - "Loop 3" - (0:54) 150 BPM
   
Merzbow - "Loop 4" - (0:58) 153 BPM
   
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge - "One Being, One Orientation, One Power" - (2:56) 157 BPM
Review: American industrial scene stalwart Dominick Fernow makes a somewhat surprising addition to Berlin institution Berghain's mix series on its ninth instalment. Under the Vatican Shadow moniker, he has increasingly flirted with techno, performing regularly at the Berlin institution as a DJ and with his intense live show. Of the mix, Fernow - who is otherwise known for work under many other aliases such as Prurient, Rainforest Spiritual Enslavement or Exploring Jezebel among others - has stated that his interest in DJing developed out of industrial music traditions such as mail art, tape trading, and sound collage. This sonic 'cut up' of electronic edits bridges the gap between several generations of electronic music subculture, taking in early UK industrial (Genesis Breyer P-Orridge), Japanese noise (Merzbow) and the very NYC underground that he came up in with contemporaries such as Virile Games and Kris Lapke (aka Alberich) also featured.
OTON 119DIGITAL
15 Mar 19
Techno
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Oh, Lovely Appearance Of Death - (5:13) 154 BPM
   
Good Winds - (6:13) 140 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
New Atlantis - (14:15) 135 BPM
   
At The Stranger's House - (3:13) 123 BPM
   
A Land Unknown - (7:48) 132 BPM
   
Temple - (1:44) 131 BPM
   
Black Sun - (4:12) 132 BPM
   
The Sound House - (7:19) 121 BPM
Review: New Atlantis is Efdemin's fourth artist album and takes its title from Francis Bacon's unfinished novel. In that work, there were musical instruments that could read all of the sounds of the universe. However, to start this album, the storied producer decides instead to go with the sound of the human voice on "Oh, Lovely Appearance Of Death". In spite of this bold move, he is soon back in his back in his comfort zone on the drum-heavy groove of "Good Winds" and the title track, where a sub-aquatic acid line is fused with woodwind sounds and dubbed out groove. While not as revelatory as his debut album, Efdemin, there are still wonderful touches here, such as the swirling sound scapes of "At The Stranger's House".
OSTGUTCD 45DIGITAL
15 Feb 19
Techno
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Rise & Shine - (4:20) 67 BPM
   
Countdown - (4:47) 65 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Bird Cave - (1:59) 71 BPM
   
Distance - (2:37) 67 BPM
   
Cruising - (6:30) 66 BPM
Played by: Spettro
Review: It's hard to believe that over two decades have passed since DJ Pete's Substance project released new material. The project's releases on Chain Reaction, along with the output of sister label Basic Channel, were one of the touch points for techno music. The question now is whether Pete will follow the same path? Based on the title track, it seems that he is now more inspired by the sound track of his Wax Treatment residency, as dub shanty melodies shimmer and flicker over spiky drums. If this seems ephemeral in comparison to the cavernous depth of his Chain Reaction work, then consider the robust broken beats of "Countdown" or "Cruising", a linear groove, underpinned by grainy drums and the grey scale hum of early Berlin mornings.
OTON 115DIGITAL
25 Jan 19
Experimental/Electronic
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Tacit Knowing - (5:23) 121 BPM
   
Discipline - (5:42) 130 BPM
   
Gathering - (5:28) 125 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Embodiment - (5:24) 125 BPM
Review: It's hard to believe that Berghain resident Norman Nodge released his last EP seven years ago. Since then, techno has undergone seismic change, but as Embodiment demonstrates, the same ground rules still apply. As a veteran DJ, Nodge is ideally placed to articulate a variety of sounds and styles, which he does effortlessly here. There's the dubby, chord-heavy "Tacit Knowing", while on "Discipline", he caters for the main room with a rolling, filtered workout of epic proportions. "Gathering" is more subtle but just as effective thanks to its rolling bongos, while rounding off this seven-year comeback is the evocative, chord-heavy title track, which just keeps on building.
OTON 116DIGITAL
23 Nov 18
Techno
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Ross From Friends - "High Energy" - (5:46) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dave Aju - "Wayahed" - (6:12) 121 BPM
   
Duplex - "Isolator" - (6:03) 120 BPM
Review: For the seventh edition of Ostgut Ton?s acclaimed Panorama Bar mix, they have reeled in one of their finest and hard working sectors in the from of ND Baumecker - and it's about time! The Frankfurt native's compilation features a varied selection of moods and grooves, including exclusive tracks from FaltyDL, Gen Ludd and Jinje - as heard on volume one. The second one featured here is where you are treated to British deep house sensation Ross From Friends' trippy yet absolutely evocative "High Energy", Bay Area human beatbox Dave Aju getting into some deeply exotic microhouse on "Wayahed" and Rotterdam based electro heads Duplex delivering the ultra smooth "Isolator".
OTON 118DIGITAL
02 Nov 18
Deep House
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FaltyDL - "Paradox Garage" (Part 1) - (4:44) 123 BPM
   
Jinje - "Big Skies" - (7:36) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Gen Ludd - "Bloods Avalanche" - (6:51) 130 BPM
Review: For those of you lucky enough to witness it, seeing Andreas Baumecker own the room at one of his acclaimed sets at Berlin's Panorama Bar is an absolute privelege. A resident since 2004, he's what Ostgut Ton best described as 'a foundational part of the club's identity.' For those of you that can't get past the notorious bouncers, be assured that Panorama Bar 07 will no doubt distill the experience into one riveting continuous mix - that brings the experience to you. Featuring exclusives by the likes of Falty DL - the New Yorker going for a proper old school vibe on the sensual "Paradox Garage 01", Jinje (of Vessels fame) nailing some slinky and hypnotic nu-disco antics on "Big Skies" and Glasweigian duo Gen Ludd serving up some deep techno perfect for those heads down moments on the dancefloor with "Bloods Avalanche".
OTON 117DIGITAL
02 Nov 18
Deep House
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Something Invisible - (1:51) 164 BPM
   
Shout In A Black Hole - (5:40) 127 BPM
   
Mind Event Horizon - (4:37) 123 BPM
   
Fury - (5:43) 128 BPM
   
Accelerate - (4:28) 122 BPM
   
Expedition - (7:11) 52 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
A Halo Somewhere - (3:40) 53 BPM
   
Phase Shift - (4:37) 121 BPM
Review: Fixmer follows Depth Charged, his 2015 album on CLR, with this new long player for Ostgut. While he has long been one of the leading producers of EBM-influenced techno, Cortex sees him navigate a path through more grungy, industrial sounds. There's the droning, stepping rhythms of "Shout In A Black Hole" and "Event Horizon", the latter led by eerie sound scapes, while "Fury", which is aptly named, sounds like a brutal, wired take on Jeff Mills. The ghostly swagger and paranoid vocals of "Accelerate" see Fixmer return to his EBM sound and "Expedition" see the French producer deliver a slower, more teased out take on this sound, but Cortex is a diverse affair that also includes the spooky ambience of "A Halo Somewhere" and "Something Invisible".
OSTGUTCD 44DIGITAL
12 Oct 18
Techno
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Test-File - (3:03) 90 BPM
   
Ascending - (4:43) 128 BPM
   
Autumn77 - (4:49) 120 BPM
   
Torch - (3:25) 128 BPM
   
Error - (5:41) 131 BPM
   
Metalloid - (5:47) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Test-File is Marcel Dettmann's first solo record in over five years. Despite the passage of time, it sees him focus again on straddling experimental sounds and more dance-floor friendly arrangements. This is especially the case on the title track, where the Berghain resident blends stepping, rickety rhythms with ghostly soundscapes. On "Ascending", he focuses on a straighter, tribal rhythm, while Dettmann's exploration of the dance floor also sees him unleash the stripped back, oddball house of "Autumn77". However, experimentation is never too far from his agenda, and the water-drop abstractions and eerie, bass groans of "Torch" provide a reminder as to why he is so revered - on and away from the dance floor.
O-TON 114 DIGITAL
14 Sep 18
Techno
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Test-File - (3:03) 90 BPM
OTON 114SINGLE1
27 Aug 18
Techno
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Accelerate - (4:28) 122 BPM
OSTGUTCD 44DIGITALSINGLE
23 Aug 18
Coldwave/Synth
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Reverse Fall - (7:20) 130 BPM
   
Incision - (4:41) 124 BPM
   
Blackbox - (7:35) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Empty Whip - (5:55) 123 BPM
Played by: Phase Fatale
Review: After a release on sub-label Unterton last year, Phase Fatale aka Hayden Payne now makes his debut on the mother imprint. Taking inspiration from industrial's dance floor and experimental strains in equal measures, the common bond across Reverse Fall is Payne's adherence to dark electronic sounds. This takes form on the pounding, Front 242-style title track and "Blackbox", where a tunnel of glitchy percussion paves the way for a peak time, pounding rhythm. In contrast, on "Empty Whip" percussive bursts simulate whip lashes doled out over a buckled, broken electro track, while on "Incision" brooding sub bass and murky textures collide to bring this bleak but compelling release to a finale.
OTON 113DIGITAL
13 Jul 18
Techno
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Reverse Fall - (7:20) 130 BPM
O-TON 113 SINGLE
25 Jun 18
Techno
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Voids One - (1:40) 138 BPM
   
Manchester - (4:41) 66 BPM
   
Mind Rain - (5:32) 140 BPM
   
Nya - (5:47) 127 BPM
   
Why - (6:11) 138 BPM
   
Try To Love You - (3:51) 129 BPM
   
Cutting Tone - (6:10) 127 BPM
   
World Gate - (6:07) 65 BPM
   
Voids Two - (5:58) 89 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Dreamers - (3:21) 134 BPM
Review: For his latest album, Martyn has turned a real-life, near-death experience into one of his greatest artistic statements. Recorded after he was recovering from a heart attack, it sees the storied Dutch producer at his most vulnerable. Granted, there are typical Martyn steppers like the melancholic "Manchester" and the recoiling sub-bass of "Nya", but the album also contains abstract, contemplative pieces like "Voids One", the jazzed-out drums of "Why" and the show-stopping, late night piano piece, "Try To Love You". Clearly, his experience has left him with an appreciation for music in its rawest form and thankfully, he is happy to share it with his audience.
OSTGUTCD 43DIGITAL
22 Jun 18
Bass
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Cascade Effect - (6:57) 136 BPM
   
When Prophecy Fails - (3:43) 97 BPM
   
Look How Hard I've Tried - (5:16) 90 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Filter Bubbles - (4:38) 89 BPM
Review: While it may not seem as familiar as other artists, Sam Barker's relationship with the Berghain / Ostgut axis is long-established. Working together with Andy Baumecker, he has released a series of albums and Eps for the label, while his own imprint, Leisure System, has hosted nights at the hallowed Berlin club. Now flying solo with Debiasing, he reveals a more contemplative edge to his sound. "Cascade Effect" and "Look How Hard I've Tried" are led by atmospheric chords and gentle bass tones, while on "When Prophesy Fails", he offers up a similar, albeit slightly more frosty melodic sequence. Clearly there is a lot more going on to Barker than dance floor techno, and even the warbling rhythm of "Filter Bubbles" is complex, intricate - but always intriguing,
OTON 112DIGITAL
01 Jun 18
Techno
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Manchester - (4:41) 131 BPM
OSTGUTLP 29SINGLE2
28 May 18
UK Garage
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Untitled 1 - (5:06) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Untitled 2 - (5:46) 124 BPM
   
Untitled 3 - (4:27) 100 BPM
   
Untitled 4 - (5:07) 126 BPM
   
Untitled 5 - (3:33) 83 BPM
OTON 111DIGITAL
13 Apr 18
Techno
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Ryte - (5:08) 133 BPM
   
Undress - (5:07) 55 BPM
   
AFL - (5:31) 132 BPM
   
Kilo - (5:38) 132 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: After a series of releases on Marcel Fengler's label and Unterton, rising techno producer Somewhen makes it onto the main Ostgut label. Part of Berlin's new school of artists, AFL doesn't focus exclusively on one style. Instead, Somewhen varies the release by moving from the storming dark techno of "Ryte" - replete with doomy vocals - to the murky downtempo "Undress", which unravels to the sound of eerie strings and more mysterious voices., Shifting gear again, the title track is a noisy, broken beat workout, while on "Kilo",

a straighter approach prevails. Revolving around a pulsing groove, its acidic undercurrents are sure to have the right impact on the main floors of the German capital's clu
OTON 110D
16 Mar 18
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Gens - (4:07) 127 BPM
   
Sphera - (6:16) 141 BPM
   
Ab Intus - (5:05) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sensa - (7:53) 145 BPM
   
Knbn2 - (3:47) 135 BPM
   
Orarum - (3:52) 136 BPM
   
Mora - (2:39) 129 BPM
   
Cicadae - (6:38) 65 BPM
   
Res - (6:21) 144 BPM
   
Audax - (3:21) 107 BPM
   
Tu - (5:31) 144 BPM
   
An Unattainable Distance - (5:36) 128 BPM
Review: While Berlin's Answer Code Request certainly comes from a techno mentality, the producer has shifted his focus to what Shed, and the rest of his compatriots, have eventually gravitated towards. This new LP for the capital's Ostgut Ton label, is more bass than tech, and we think that this is extremely well-suited to the man's loose, freeform take on German dance music. In fact, this is more UK than anything, with the majority of these tunes breaking the all-too-predictable 4/4 trance for something much more in line with the likes of Hessle Audio or Night Slugs. However, this is very much an Answer Code Request flex, with what undertones of German industrialism seeping their way through the percussion and structure of the grooves. What a corker - recommended!
OSTGUTCD 42DIGITAL
23 Feb 18
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Ab Intus - (5:05) 130 BPM
OSTGUTLP28 SINGLE2
15 Feb 18
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Electric Indigo - "Registers" - (6:19) 130 BPM
   
Stefan Rein - "Panther" - (6:54) 129 BPM
   
Rroxymore - "Tropicalcore" - (6:43) 85 BPM
   
Boris - "Div'hain" - (6:15) 129 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Fiedel is the latest Berghain resident DJ to contribute to its mix series and this sampler release captures the machine-driven energy of his varied sets. Electric Indigo's contribution, "Registers", is a cavernous, steely arrangement designed for maximum impact in the Berlin club's high-ceilinged main room, while Stefan Rein's "Panther" is more of a heads-down banger, charged to provide a boost to tired dancers. Fiedel makes a diversion with the off centre broken beats and odd but inspired combination of industrial drums and animal sounds on rRoxymore's "Tropicalcore", while Fiedel himself gets down and dirty with fellow resident Boris for the bleep-heavy, tone-shifting "Div'hain".
OTON 108D
26 Jan 18
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Knbn2 - (3:47) 135 BPM
OSTGUTLP 28SINGLE
16 Jan 18
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Process 1 - (5:08) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Process 2 - (8:25) 132 BPM
   
Process 3 - (10:40) 132 BPM
Played by: OPTICIAN
Review: This debut single from previously unseen outfit LSD is remarkable for a number of reasons, not least the fact that the trio is made up of legendary UK techno producers Luke Slater, Steve Bicknell and Dave Summer AKA Function. Given their collective history of making thumping, mind-altering techno, you'd expect Progress to be both heavy and trippy. That's certainly what you get from opener "Process 1", where psychedelic electronics and cascading, otherworldly noises rise above an armour-plated techno groove. They push the envelope even further on "Process 2", a track blessed with restless cymbal lines and weird, off-key electronics. In comparison, the similarly intense "Process 3" seems deep and woozy, though the incessant, 1990 style bleeps and "LFO" style synths guarantees a suitably hallucinogenic feel throughout.
O-TON 109 D
17 Nov 17
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Exit The Ego - (5:05) 134 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
The Big White Bang - (6:08) 132 BPM
Played by: ORKA
Review: Following on from her impressive third album, Steffi delivers a killer deep techno EP. The sound and mood on this two-tracker are similar to the tone that prevailed on World Of The Waking State. Inspired by classic UK and US techno from the 90s, "Exit the Ego" is a high-paced groove that resounds to insistent chord stabs, an upfront bass and even some vaguely menacing sirens. On "The Big White Bang", the Panorama Bar resident opts for a more introspective approach. While the groove is rickety and off-beat and the acid lends some sense of urgency, the overall mood is that of introspection - a common theme in what is Steffi's most rewarding artistic phase yet.
WAKING STATES DIGITAL
03 Nov 17
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Different Entities - (5:28) 84 BPM
   
Continuum Of The Mind - (5:35) 134 BPM
   
All Living Things - (4:58) 134 BPM
   
The Meaning Of Memory - (6:32) 120 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Schools Of Thought - (5:52) 128 BPM
   
World Of The Waking State - (4:43) 145 BPM
   
Kokkie - (5:46) 90 BPM
   
Mental Events - (5:34) 134 BPM
   
Bounces Of Nature - (6:17) 130 BPM
   
Cease To Exist - (6:15) 85 BPM
Review: By Steffi's own admission, State was recorded after she had 'freed' herself from a personal situation. This explains why the Dutch producer, who now feels more comfortable creatively, has made a third album that is more experimental than its predecessors. In places, it sounds influenced heavily by early 90s UK techno and electronics - in particular "All Living Things" is a dead-ringer for B12's Detroit-focused abstractions. At the same time, it still contains echoes of her previous albums. The warm, warbling bass on "Schools of Thought" could easily fit into the Panorama Bar's deep house releases. Counteracting this link to her past is the hyper-speed title track, where she channels Stingray's pacey electro funk, and the jittery, discordant techno of "Mental Events". It all adds up to an impressive, mature work.
OSTGUT CD 41 D
22 Sep 17
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All Living Things - (4:58) 134 BPM
OSTGUTCD 41SDIGITAL
15 Sep 17
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Alpha - (7:00) 129 BPM
   
Quantum - (6:37) 131 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Source - (5:55) 134 BPM
   
Ritual - (7:16) 129 BPM
Review: Over the space of just a few releases, Etapp Kyle has established himself as one of techno's most promising new artists. Of course, it helped him significantly that those initial Eps came out on labels like Klockworks, Prologue, Unterton and now Ostgut, the mother label associated with Berlin club Berghain, where he has a residency. As Alpha shows, Kyle's approach to techno is of the non-purist variety. On the title track, the sparse rhythmic pulses of Klockworks collide with Detroit otherworldliness for an expansive track. "Quantum" is more direct and sees the Ukrainian artist use his loose sounding drums and percussion to undercut a darker approach, while clouds of filtered sound and eerie textures crash in over the doubled up drums of "Source". "Ritual" sees him complete the release with a hint of bass-heavy menace, not entirely dissimilar to Prologue's sound.
O-TON 107 DIGITAL
08 Sep 17
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Force - (6:19) 127 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Sidewalk - (6:09) 128 BPM
   
Melting Planets - (6:33) 122 BPM
   
Striking Patterns - (4:52) 128 BPM
Review: Fixmer is fresh from remixing Depeche Mode, but don't expect to hear any synth pop influences here. In reality, the opposite is true. Force sees him deliver one of his most bruising releases to date. The title track kick-starts the release with noisy riffs and brutal kicks, as oppressive as the mid-day heat in Death Valley. "Melting Planets" sees he French producer embrace surging chords, and is not quite as foreboding, but it's only a temporary reprieve. Fixmer brings back a dark mood with the stripped back "Sidewalk", which resounds to jittery, minimalist beats, while on "Striking Patterns" an understated sense of menace rumbles on.

O-TON 106 DIGITAL
28 Jul 17
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40000 L - (5:25) 135 BPM
   
Bei Nacht H (178) - (5:07) 135 BPM
   
Backmask N - (5:54) 133 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Derange - (6:13) 135 BPM
Review: Despite his young age, Kobosil has already got a series of well-regarded releases to his credit, including a debut album on Ostgut. 105, his latest release for the label, will only serve to consolidate this reputation. "OOL" resounds to a pounding rhythm and rough, frazzled kicks, exactly the kind of track that is tailor made for Berghain's main floor. "Bei Nacht (178)" is of a similar disposition and revolves around a rolling, percussive groove and tough drums, while the aptly-named "Derange" sees the young German artist deliver a pacey, percussive workout. The most impressive track is "Backmask N"; a tough, pacey percussive roller, it hinges on the kind of sub-bass menace that Suburban Knight used to specialise in.
OTON 105DIGITAL
14 Jul 17
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All By Themselves (My Belle) - (8:18) 118 BPM
   
Clean Living W/Tram 78 - (6:31) 120 BPM
   
In My Mind - (6:02) 123 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Hole Head - (4:21) 128 BPM
   
The Dark Segment - (9:09) 99 BPM
   
Forced Resonance - (6:13) 126 BPM
   
Fly Your Colours - (7:06) 120 BPM
   
From Up & Down - (7:14) 112 BPM
   
Three Is A Charm W/Randweg - (5:33) 128 BPM
Review: Work is Nick Hoppner's second album for the iconic label that he manages, but despite this reversal of roles, it shows his considerable talent and versatility when it comes to making music. "All By Themselves (My Belle)" is a dreamy pop track, while on "Clean Living" he adeptly mixes deep house synths and floaty melodies with a churning Chicago bass. "In My Mind" is a stripped back affair that breaks into soaring melodies, while on "Hole Head', he veers into broken beats and jazzy chords. "The Dark Segment" continues Hoppner's voyage into the abstract, featuring broken beats and eerie sound scapes, while he heads back to the dance floor with the flamboyant Latino chords and pared back rhythm of "Forced Resonance". It's an assured second album from one of Ostgut's secret weapons.
OSTGUTCD 40DIGITAL
09 Jun 17
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They Deserve Death - (3:37) 160 BPM
   
Rubbish Of The Floodwaters - (6:16) 130 BPM
   
Weapons Inspection - (11:15) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Despite featuring what appears to be a refugee camp viewed from the other side of a fence on its cover, Vatican Shadow's "They Deserve Death" is one of its author Dominc Fernow's most mellow, introspective moments. Its layered guitar textures recall The Durutti Column's eponymous album and early New Order. Shifting the tempo and style for the title track, the author surprises again with what sounds like his approximation of jacking Chicago house, albeit with a man groaning away in the background. Completing what is one of Fernow's most unpredictable releases is the tunneling techno groove and layered, distant shrieks of "Weapons Inspection".
OTON 104DIGITAL
12 May 17
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Cr 24 - (4:34) 66 BPM
   
Autopoiesis - (5:03) 82 BPM
   
Blind Mass - (3:58) 65 BPM
   
Syndrome - (5:52) 66 BPM
   
Single Minded - (5:00) 69 BPM
   
In Between - (4:54) 62 BPM
   
Visitors - (5:29) 64 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Geometric - (5:09) 61 BPM
   
Beautiful Mistake - (4:17) 69 BPM
   
Vertic - (7:32) 66 BPM
   
El Mundo Ser Feliz - (3:27) 79 BPM
   
Eyes In The Center - (5:09) 83 BPM
Review: Center is Tobias Freund's third studio album for Ostgut and its title provides a good indication of where its author is at. It veers in style from the dense electro of "Cr 24" to the experimental abstractions of "Autopoiesis" and "Single Minded" and ominous dark ambient compositions like "In Between". There is more dance floor friendly techno tracks such as "Blind Mass", but it is not like Freund makes conventional music and both "Mass" and "Syndrome" resound to stepping rhythms, layered textures and insistent percussion. This has a lot to do with Freund's background as a studio engineer and his perfectionist approach, and it feels like every note, tone and frequency on Center has been carefully, expertly calculated.
OSTGUTCD 39DIGITAL
21 Apr 17
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Box Drop - (7:07) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Still - (6:09) 126 BPM
   
Out Of Sight - (7:45) 125 BPM
Review: It's a case of gamekeeper turned poacher as Ostgut boss Nick Hoppner appears again on the label, following his 2015 debut album, Folk. This three-tracker is like a distillation of his time spent in the Panorama Bar booth. The title track is a hypnotic, techy groove, covered in warm, hazy chords and redolent of classic David Alvarado's Sun Children material. On "Still", Hoppner keeps it deep, but injects some trippy acid undercurrents. The closing track, "Out of Sight", is the most dance floor friendly, with Hoppner opting for a lithe, swinging rhythm as a backing for his warm, sun-kissed chords and melodies.
OTON 103DIGITAL
17 Mar 17
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Substance B - (7:45) 133 BPM
   
Track 432 - (6:57) 132 BPM
   
S-Drive - (5:43) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
Review: Despite being associated with the Berghain-Ostgut operation for years and releasing the occasional track for the label, Substance B is Fiedel's first full EP for the German imprint. It's a dark, heavy affair, but not without the funk and sense of groove that is audible in all of his solo work and his MMM collaborations. "Substance B" itself sees him drop tough kicks and acidic licks, backed by a disco-y groove, while on "Track 432", he veers into a 303-heavy direction, accompanied by eerie synths but also a rolling rhythm. Only "S Drive" lacks Fiedel's usual playful approach - and sees him deliver the kind of quasi-industrial prowler that will hit the spot in Berghain's darkest corners.
OTON 102DIGITAL
03 Mar 17
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If I Try To Forget I Miss You Even More - (6:38) 124 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Time And Again - (6:31) 118 BPM
   
To A Faraway Place - (7:57) 125 BPM
   
A Passing Day - (4:36) 54 BPM
Review: With releases on Live At Robert Johnson - including two albums - Balihu and Uncanny Valley, Pagliara might seem like an unusual choice of artist to put out music on Ostgut. That said, the Italian producer has had a long association with Berghain and was even a regular at its first incarnation. In any case, "If I Try to Forget I Will Miss You Even More" sees him ride a pulsing electronic disco groove, while on "Time And Again" he provides a rougher version of that sound as a pulsing bass and raw drums crash and pound away. "To A Faraway Place", with its insistent chord builds, is the kind of track that Steffi might play in the Panorama Bar, but it's only a fleeting nod at the club's chosen soundtrack and Pagliara quickly swings back towards the left of centre - this time with the acidic downtempo epic, "A Passing Day".
OTON 101DIGITAL
10 Feb 17
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Phantom Studies - (8:49) 130 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
No One Around - (4:34) 133 BPM
   
The Room - (4:47) 128 BPM
   
Prophet Man - (6:46) 127 BPM
   
Bad Boy - (4:01) 130 BPM
   
The World Tonight - (5:54) 130 BPM
   
The Tenant - (4:09) 129 BPM
Review: Quite a number of techno fans will go weak at the knees when they spot this expansive collaboration between longtime friends and occasional studio partners Marcel Dettmann and Ben Klock. It's their first combined release since 2013. Every one of the 7 tracks are full of high quality, atmospheric, late night techno workouts, from the creepy riffs and off-kilter drums of "Phantom Studies", and the horror-influenced post-dubstep shuffle of "The Room", to the raging, mind-altering dancefloor heaviness of "Bay Boy" and sparse, minimalist techno closer "The Tenant". Given their abilities as producers, we'd expect nothing less than superbly produced, club-ready cuts. Predictably, Phantom Studies delivers that in spades.
OTON 100DIGITAL
27 Jan 17
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Senden - (12:50) 118 BPM
   
Encipher & Decipher - (6:10) 127 BPM
   
Club Entropicana - (11:08) 129 BPM
   
Technogate - (0:38) 145 BPM
   
Turnhalle - (7:26) 128 BPM
   
Noctural - (8:59) 128 BPM Biggest-selling track on this release
   
Statik - (13:50) 130 BPM
Played by: Ian Max Mauch
Review: Turns is the second album from Sam Barker and Berghain resident Andy 'Nd' Baumecker and shows that the pair have evolved and matured. "Encipher & Decipher" is rooted on the dance floor, but flows to the sound of ghostly synths and spellbinding bleeps. The pair also deploy this musical approach in slower settings audible on the reflective opener "Senden", while "Nocturnal" is an uptempo but chord-heavy groover similar to Aril Brikha. Some references to an electronic, experimental sound linger though; this is audible on the glitchy beats of "Club Entropicana" and the bass-heavy "Turnhalle", but overall, Turns is a musical, melodic affair.
OSTGUTCD 38DIGITAL
25 Nov 16
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