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Marcel Dettmann mixes timeless techno on ‘Conducted’

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 20, 2011 by dk

Music Man Records is proud to present the long awaited second mix-cd from Marcel Dettmann, resident at the notorious Berghain club in Berlin since it’s oldest incarnation as Ostgut and a key artist on their label Ostgut Ton.

Marcel Dettmann’s previous mix-cd was named best mix-cd of 2008 by Resident Advisor and last year he released his debut album ‘Dettmann’ to high critical acclaim. In the meantime he’s also built the profile of his own label MDR, and is a hugely in demand remixer for the likes of Emika, Ellen Allien, Radioslave, Scuba and O/V/R.

The tracklist of ‘Conducted’ includes a mixture of new to be discovered talents, alongside older ready to be re-discovered gems, and those you may expect such as Sandwell District, Redshape or Shed. ‘Conducted’ is simply a timeless mix from one of the most important DJs and producers of the current techno scene.

artist: Marcel Dettmann
title: Conducted
label: Music Man, BE. (Distributed by N.E.W.S., BE.)
date: 14.11.11

1. Sandwell District – Immolare (First)
2. Signal – Wismut
3. Roman Lindau – Sub Suggestion
4. Mono Junk – Channel B
5. Reel By Real – Sundog
6. Bluemoon Productions – Night
7. The Analogue Cops – Why You Love Me
8. Vril – V3
9. Milton Bradley – Don’t Phonk
10. Silent Servant – El Mar
11. Morphosis – Too Far
12. Redshape – The Lesson
13. Shed – Hello Bleep!
14. Cheeba Starks presents The Toupe Committee – GoGo Bop (A Trip To The Bodega)
15. O/V/R – Post-Traumatic Son (Ben Klock Wave Mix)
16. FBK – Nanomal
17. Answer Code Request – Escape Myself
18. Shed – 44A (Hard Wax Forever!)

Tracklist 12’’ sampler

12” sampler 1:
A1. Bluemoon Productions – Night
A2. Morphosis – Too Far
B1. Signal – Wismut
B2. FBK – Nanomal

12” sampler 2:
A1. Cheeba Starks presents The Toupe Committee – GoGo Bop (A Trip To The Bodega)
A2. Answer Code Request – Escape Myself
B1. Vril – V3
B2. The Analogue Cops – Why You Love Me


Download:tobias. Free No 2

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by dk

free track to teas tobias. album ‘leaning over backwards’ on ostgut ton. out now!
‘free no 2’ is a new version of the cut ‘free no 1’ which is part of the underwater techno album tobias

Download:tobias. Free No 2

Watergate 08-Lee Curtiss

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 10, 2011 by dk

Only 9 years after its official opening, Watergate has become one of the world’s most prominent underground electronic music institutions. In no small part due to its picturesque location running directly alongside the river Spree, its wall to wall LED dance floor installa- tion and most of all, its consistent flow of first-rate international talent performing every week.

Watergate’s presence and influence has spawned many side projects including a boutique- style Mix CD series now in its 8th volume. A who’s who of the club’s regular talent and resident artists such as Sascha Funke, Sebo K, dOP, Ellen Allien and others have all contributed to the aesthetically pleasing series, now regarded as collector’s items.

For the eight installment in our mix series, we bridge the gap between two global capitals of techno: Berlin, and Detroit, home of Lee Curtiss who delivers a forward-thinking mix, inspired by time spent living in both cities. Lee is one of a new generation of techno visionar- ies from the Motor City, that includes his Visionquest collaborators Ryan Crosson, Shaun Reeves and Seth Troxler, who are putting their own unique spin on their city’s most famous underground musical export. Based between Detroit and Berlin for the last four years, Lee has a fundamental grasp of what makes both dancefloors at Watergate tick, and this enduring love and understanding of the space clearly shines through in his mix. Building on the raw soul and funk of those who have blazed a trail before him, on both sides of the Atlantic, Lee brings his own subtle melodies and keen sense of dramatic tension to the fore in a mix that encompasses all that is vibrant and exciting about underground techno in 2011.

Artist: Lee Curtiss
Title: Watergate 08
Release Date: 04-Jul-2011
Record Label: Watergate
01. Lee Curtiss – Drivin’ / Jazzler aka Dixie Yure – Beth & The Gamma Ray’s Fields – Flumo
02. No Regular Play – Walking (Next To Me) (Shaun Reeves Remix) – No.19 Music
03. Maceo Plex – Fallin’ (live cut) – Visionquest
04. Footprintz – The Things That Last Forever (Lee Curtiss Feets Up Edit) – Visionquest
05. Guy Gerber – Hate Love (Maayan Nidam Remix) – Supplemental Facts
06. Maceo Plex – Your Style – Crosstown Rebels
07. dOP – After Party (Le Loup Remix) – Life And Death
08. Footprintz – The Favorite Game (Lee Curtiss Feets Still Up Edit) – Visionquest
09. Alex Smoke – Make My Day (Ryan Crosson Morning Sorrow Remix) – Soma
10. dOP – Your Sex – Supplemental Facts
11. Whomadewho – Every Minute Alone (Tale Of Us Remix) – Life And Death
12. James Teej – Daytime Ringer – Supernature
13. Hot Natured feat. Ali Love – Forward Motion – Hot Creations
14. Kim Ann Foxman – What You Need – Mr.INTL Records

tobias.-‘Leaning Over Backwards’ out July 4th on Ostgut Ton

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 3, 2011 by dk

Underwater techno. That could be ‘Leaning Over Backwards’ in just two words. Tobias Freundʼs debut album for Ostgut Ton also serves as the long player introduction for his tobias. moniker, giving a fascinating and profound insight into his special world of music and sound science. Having been involved in the music industry since 1980, you could easily fill tomes with his work and creations. Formerly based in Frankfurt am Main and for a few years now happily living in Berlin, tobias. started his quest in sound as a synth experimentalist with a Korg MS20, worked a day job as a studio engineer (for acts as diverse as Milli Vanilli and more recently Aerea Negrot, Ellen Allien, Nina Kraviz and Heartthrob amongst others), remixed, released as Pink Elln or in collaborative projects Sieg über die Sonne and NSI. (together with Max Loderbauer) and runs his own label Non Standard Productions. But thatʼs beside the point, even if tobias. does bring friends, old and new, on his debut album. Named after a lyric from a Wire song, ‘Leaning Over Backwards’ suggests the feeling one gets when doing exactly that, bent over a rail, testing how long you can possibly do it before gravity takes hold, toppling you over. In this case it can last forever. Amongst other things, tobias. renounces the ubiquitous dictate of computer sequencing. Reduced to a plain recording device, the computer makes way for the classic drum machines Roland TR 808 and a Korg Mini Pops. Known for their stubbornness, the character brought by unpredictability wins over standardised convenience. Tobiasʼ sound is rewarded with a dynamism that doesnʼt forego attention to detail, accuracy of sound or thoughtfulness.

Rooted in jam sessions with just beats and FX units, the mood and sound of the tracks on ‘Leaning Over Backwards’ follow these parameters. The results are sometimes unswerving club tracks (‘Skippy’, ‘Party Town’, ‘We Stick to the Plan’), occasionally an ambient or drone-like atmosphere (‘Zero Tolerance’, ‘Observing The Hypocrites’) or a hybrid of the two, as in the title track. All united by the imagery of “being underwater” that is apparent from the start with ‘Girts’. Take ‘The Key’ for instance; produced in Santiago by Tobias and his long standing colleague Uwe Schmidt aka AtomTM, you can listen to splintered beats and gloomy pads submerging into the Drexciyan depths. It all comes full circle with ‘Now I Know’. Both fantastical and fey, tobias. once again makes use of Aerea Negrot’s (from Hercules & Love Affair) powerful vocals. As before on ‘Party Town’ or ‘Zero Tolerance’, Negrot is the icing on the cake, turning the album closer into a yearning slice of Blade Runner-esque pop.

‘Leaning Over Backwards’ insists and bewitches with its nonconformity and almost frightening idiosyncrasy. tobias. creates a style of techno that is as far away from the steam roller kicks and traditional rules of functionalism as it is from being purely synthetic. Techno as perpetual motion machine, both above and underwater.

artist: tobias.
title: Leaning Over Backwards
label: Ostgut Ton, DE.
format: CD/ 2×12”
release: 04.07.11


01. Girts
02. Party Town
03. Voices Told Me To Do That
04. Skippy
05. Zero Tolerance
06. Free No.1
07. Leaning Over Backwards
08. Observing The Hypocrites
09. The Key
10. She Still Calls Me Mister
11. We Stick To The Plan
12. Now I Know