Review: There was a time during the late-'90s when Kanzleramt was the undisputed ruler of German techno and Heiko Laux was one of its main artists. Then minimal house happened and electronic music's focus changed. However, time and tastes move in a circular direction and while Laux or the label never stopped releasing music, both are now back in the spotlight. In part this is thanks to Laux's killer EP on Klockworks. Haulin Ass sees him ramp up the energy further - the title track revolves around a bombastic bass and mad hoover stabs, while on "Onyx", he lays own the kind of slamming, raw techno that will rattle your brain at 20 paces. However, there is another side to Laux and both "An Elephant in a Silver Box" and "Lila 7" explore a world where brittle breaks, chilling synths and warbling acid prevail.
The Ratchet (The Persuader remix) - (6:11) 130 BPM
Review: Kajioka has enjoyed a long relationship with Kanzleramt, releasing the majority of his music, including an album, on the label over the past decade. Perhaps mindful of his long relationship with Kanzleramt, owner Heiko Laux has commissioned some high-profile remixes of Kajioka material. First up is former UR member Rolando, who turns "Retro" into an epic, widescreen workout, its chords billowing and surging dramatically over a pounding backing. Laux's own take on "Constant" is more stripped back, with a bleepy groove and firing percussion underpinning filtered chord sequences. The release also features Jesper Dahlback working as The Persuader and under this guise he turns "The Ratchet" into a sublime, graceful deep techno track.
Review: Following on from the first remix collection of tracks from last year's Fernweh album, Laux calls out an impressive list of remixers for the second edition. Marcel Dettmann gets to grips with the title track, making an impressive fusion of an electronic bass pulse and tough, steely drums. At the other end of the spectrum is Steve Rachmad's takes on "Shimmer". The first version keeps the focus on the dance floor thanks to a robust drum workout, but it's the 'Basic' remix that impresses most thanks to its reflective synths. New school producer Yan Cook also drops a fine, stepping interpretation of "Neutron".