Review: Reactions to the news that Marcel Fengler was going to mix Berghain 05 focused on the fact that he is the club's most overlooked resident. This is to do Fengler a disservice and to understand the club in the narrowest context possible. If anything, the trajectory Fengler follows here defines the broad brush strokes played out in the Berlin club. There's the eerie intro which moves from Dettmann's vocal version of Emika's "Count Backwards" into Peter Van Hoesen's spacey, bleeping "Axis Mundi". Classic sounds always form an integral part of Fengler's approach and this is evident on Octogen's widescreen yet menacing electro reshape of Terrence Dixon, the wiry 90s minimalism of Ratio and in the alternate version of Secret Cinema's chord-heavy early 90s classic "Timeless Altitude". In between these sounds, Fengler proves his technical prowess, moving effortlessly from the drones and broken beats of Dr Walker's take on Byteone and the Regis version of Tommy Four Seven's "G" into straighter, albeit bass-heavy techno and house from Duplex - remixing Gerd- and LB Dub Corp, who delivers a new, multi-layered take on Fengler's own "Thwack". Put simply, Fengler has that rare talent that most DJs lack - he can put together seemingly disparate tracks without losing the flow. The club he resides at provides Fengler with a blank canvas and this mix is his masterpiece.
Review: Bedrooms is one of Neil Landstrumm's finest albums. Originally released in 1997, it saw the Scottish producer move from his early noise-nik works like Brown by August and Index Man into a techno sound that encompasses other influences such as early 90s bleep, This stylistic shift is audible on killer tracks like the Hoover bass of "Tension In New York" and the hardcore referencing "Monaco Grand Prix". While the distorted jack of "Stretch Copenhagen" shows that Landstrumm found it hard to shake off his noisy past during the recording process, arrangements like the eerie "George Shoulders Is Alive" provide a path towards more refined Lansdstrumm works such as Pro Audio and later on, the masterful Restaurant of Assassins.
Review: Prime wielder of the wobbliest, nastiest techno known to mankind Neil Landstrumm is never short of some fresh ideas to freak us out with, but now Don't have seen fit to remind us of some of the most floor rocking of his madcap ideas from the pinnacle of his 4/4 powers in the late 90s. Lifting tracks from Bedrooms & Cities and Scandinavia Sessions, this EP provides a neat snapshot of just why he's such a celebrated producer. There is simply no arguing with the swinging gutter funk of "Tension In New York", which comes boosted with a fraught "Tension Unreleased" version. "Scandinavia Sessions" meanwhile jacks like Chicago's bastard son, and "Minneapolis Bass Treatment" comes on all grinding electro techno, but not in the catchy sense.
Your Love (Estate Minneapolis remix) - (4:24) 120 BPM
Review: A welcome return for Minneapolis' Dirty McKenzie, who here teams up with vocalist Sophia Shorai for a spot of seductive disco-acid fusion. The original version delivers just the right balance between Barry White-ish disco-soul foreplay and head-warping acid house tweakery - like Claudja Barry getting frisky with DJ Pierre, while the Walrus of Love watches on through a two-way mirror. The "Cocaine on Her Dress Mix", meanwhile, chugs along on a sweaty Italo tip, while the Your Love Is Gone mix turns the original into a spiralling chunk of intoxifying nu-disco prettiness. The shuffling synth bass of Bryan Gerrard's mix is certain to go down well with the Hot Creations crowd, while Faze Action's "Your Love Is Music" remix slows things right down with their irresistible brand of cosmic synth disco.