VA – IMF10 Part 3 [IMF10.3]

A project 18 months in the making, Marcel Fengler presents a IMF10, a three part compilation series detailing the past, present and future of his label Index Marcel Fengler. Part 3 focuses on the other end of the techno spectrum and features Marcel Fengler’s first original production in two years, a rare offering from Sebastian Kramer (aka Redshape), A prized Luke Slater re-work of Thomas Hessler, while Belgian shapeshifter Peter Van Hoesen crafts a powerful production to add to the pot. Avion makes a return alongside emerging Columbian talent Gotshell.

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VA – IMF10 Part 3 [IMF10.3]

VA – IMF10 part 2 [IMF10.2]

A project 18 months in the making, Marcel Fengler presents a IMF10, a three part compilation series detailing the past, present and future of his label Index Marcel Fengler. Part 2 focuses on the warmer and more soulful side of IMF and features an outstanding array of artists making their debut for the label, all of which have a strong personal meaning to Fengler.

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VA – IMF10 part 2 [IMF10.2]

VA – IMF10 part 1 [IMF10.1]

A project 18 months in the making, Marcel Fengler presents a IMF10, a three part compilation series detailing the past, present and future of his label Index Marcel Fengler. Each volume consists of six tracks and encapsulates a different tone. Part one explores deeper and more hypnotic territory, as the legendary Alva Noto makes his debut for IMF re-working the Fengler classic ‘Sphinx’ into a spaced-out industrial beast. DIN, the collaborative project between Fengler and Efdemin reaps an atmosphere-heavy new production titled ‘Akustikkoppler’. Scuba also contributes courtesy of his SCB project, crafting a tripped-out interpretation of Somewhen’s ‘Dain’ from IMF05. Elsewhere close friends Matrixxman (in collaboration with rising producer Riccardo Limiti) and Lucy, also join the project crafting powerful and timeless originals. Always with an eye on the future, Fengler drafts in emerging Slovenian talent Blaukoma, who impresses with the pulsing, tension-packed ‘Iris Pattern’.

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VA – IMF10 part 1 [IMF10.1]

Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks [MOTELP003]

Having already unleashed a considerable amount of collaborative magic with the ”Planetary Funk: 22 Light Years” series of remix EPs, Luke Slater has now upped the ante with six full sides’ worth of material,all of them injecting the spirit of classic P.A.S. into new sonic organisms. Behind the controls: Marcel Fengler, Function, Psyk,Octave One, Kamikaze Space Programme, Lucy, Slam and Steve Bicknell.

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Planetary Assault Systems – The Light Years Reworks [MOTELP003]

Marcel Fengler – Kyu EP [IMF007]

Strength lies in calmness – and vice versa. Marcel Fengler returns on IMF and offers three new inspirited musical pieces that protrude from the club context just as well as cater for your home stereo, picking up on the diverse musical moods defined by his debut album Fokus (Ostgut Ton, 2013) while concentrating on intertwining sound aesthetics.

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Marcel Fengler – Kyu EP [IMF007]

Interval 100 @ Bucharest, November 27 – December 2, 2015

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Interval is the longest musical event in European nightlife history. Planned as a 100 hour nonstop party, it takes place in 3 of Bucharest’s central hubs devoted to house & techno fans. Interval features 100 international and local artists as well as over 380 hours of music throughout its 5 days.

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Interval 100 @ Bucharest, November 27 – December 2, 2015

VA – Ostgut Ton: Zehn [OSTGUTLP020]

Its been zehn years, ninety-two 12”; EPs, twenty albums, fourteen DJ mixes, seven Unterton releases, two compilations, one 7 single and one cassette. Within this time, Ostgut Ton has grown as a label not only in terms of catalogue numbers and musical variety, but also in terms of experience, professionality and as a musical haven for Berghains and Panorama Bars residents.

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VA – Ostgut Ton: Zehn [OSTGUTLP020]

Abstract Division – Metropolis [DREF025]

To Abstract Division, the city of Detroit and its artists are a major source of inspiration. As such, they decided their newest Metropolis EP was to be a homage, a means of giving back. This special package includes an original track that keeps close to the spirit of melodic, rhythmic, minimalism Detroit is known for. It also features three very special remixes by close friends Oscar Mulero – under his Trolley Route alias – Function, who ups the darker ante and Marcel Fengler who infuses it with his trademark Berlin funk.

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Abstract Division – Metropolis [DREF025]

VA – Masse Box [MASSEBOX001]

May 2013 saw the premiere of the choreography ‘Masse’, a co-production between Berghain and the Staatsballett Berlin. A whole evening of contemporary dance which has been set up by three different choreographers is in need of three different sound producers. The painter Norbert Bisky has been chosen to create the stage design. At the core of the dance night lies a tryptichon made out of pure sound: the music of Henrik Schwarz, Marcel Dettmann & Frank Wiedemann and DIN aka Efdemin & Marcel Fengler was taken as the starting point for developing the choreographies.

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VA – Masse Box [MASSEBOX001]

Hipodrome’s 2013 Review (Part 3 of 3)

Here is the third and final part of my 2013 review, featuring my favorite albums released last year. In the first part of the review, the preferences of hipodrome followers are shown, according to the number of click and stars. In the second part, I presented some of my favorite events and performances from last year.

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Now here it comes the serious business. Because there are so many good albums and different genders, I took the same approach as in the 2012’s review.

The list is covering all the genders that I like and post on The Hipodrome Of Music, so I came up with no more than 20 gender lists, going from house to techno, disco and funk to electro and new wave …

Here we go.

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Hipodrome’s 2013 Review (Part 3 of 3)

Peter van Hoesen – Receiver 3/3 [T2XS103]

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The ‘Receiver’ series presents six remixes of tracks from Peter Van Hoesen’s acclaimed ‘Perceiver’ album. The third Receiver release teams up Marcel Fengler with Italian producer Neel. Fengler brings his trademark Berlin sound to the table, craftly reworking Inspection In Solitude. He strips down the original and builds it from the ground up, using shuffling percussion and an insistent melody. Time to jack. Neel’s remix brings a deep and dark tunnel to mind. It builds and builds and builds until the original loop from Objects From The Past appears out of the fog, bringing this stunning remix to an epic end.

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Peter van Hoesen – Receiver 3/3 [T2XS103]

Marcel Fengler – Fokus [OSTGUTCD027]

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Berghain resident Marcel Fengler has enjoyed a long and productive relationship with the club’s label Ostgut Ton, putting out his first 12″ on the imprint – the shuffling carnival techno of “Playground” – way back in 2007. Despite this pedigree, Fokus is his debut album. It is, in many ways, like an extended love letter to electronic music, and techno in particular. Across the album’s 11 tracks, Fengler turns his hand to atmospheric ambience (“Distant Episode”, “High Falls”, the dreamy “Break Through” and Pete Namlook-ish “Liquid Torso”), eyes-wide-shut Detroitisms (the pleasingly melodic “Jaz”), basement-bothering early morning fare (the paranoid “Sky Pushing”) and, of course, balls-out techno wonkiness (“Dejavu” and the impressively robust “The Stampede”).

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Marcel Fengler – Fokus [OSTGUTCD027]

Marcel Fengler – Frantic EP [OSTGUTTO060]

Marcel Fengler returns with a solo EP for Ostgut Ton. Consistently providing quality over quantity this long awaited new 12“ surprises yet again as Fengler develops his funkier side further for the label. The A-side track „Frantic“ then immediately brings the essence of peaktime energy to the point. Bathing in melodic synth stabs, it mixes with wide open fields of euphoria. Instantly moving and memorable, it’s a track that crosses borders and unites different territories of techno and house. „6 In A Row“, the first track on the B-Side, tries to deceive with a simple & mellow arrangement but soon enough grabs the listener from behind with it’s cleverly built architechture that mounts with subtle waves to an addictive groove, a lesson in how to use a less-is-more approach to maximum effect. As if this wasn’t convincing enough the Berghain Resident now ventures further into spaced out dub structures & melodies and immerses the listener into sheer silk with the smooth „Mosaique“, a side of Marcel that he has only hinted at before but a pleasure to hear it fully realized on this track.

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Marcel Fengler – Frantic EP [OSTGUTTO060]

Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia EP [EPM019]

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Paul Mac is one of the UK’s real techno veterans, a producer with a sizeable back catalogue spanning a variety of sounds. For this EP, a taster for an album of the same name, he focuses on deep, Detroit techno, but with a twist. The title track is a driving affair, but Mac lends it a musical sound with evocative, breezy chords combined with dramatic string stabs. “Undoubted” sees him go down a more tracky route and its heads-down groove veers close to militaristic, but he keeps it on the right side thank to the clanging drums and crashing percussion. Marcel Fengler also contributes an excellent, wobbly bass-led version of “Insomnia”.

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Paul Mac – Hotel Insomnia EP [EPM019]

M>O>S – Lost Digits EP [DOLLY009]

Dolly’s first release in 2012 and immediately setting a high standard for the year to come! This time Aroy Dee under his M>O>S> disguise is delivering the deepness. Present as usual are his trademark vintage synths & drums, but this goes beyond the average retro Chicago stuff… skillfull on the machines while it’s very clear the music comes from deep within. Marcel Fengler on remix duty adds a little techno punch, which perfectly tops of this very fine release.

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M>O>S – Lost Digits EP [DOLLY009]

Rivet & Marcel Fengler – Amid the Roar [KM023]

Rivet puts a lot of effort in his sounds and his production. This is not another copycat. First out on the EP Amid the Roar is Metrist, a sexy march that blends the stiffness 80-ties disco with techno from the future. On the b-side Marcel Fengler takes his turn on Metris. He keeps the string of the original, chops up the bass and creates a dancefloor monster with a big anthem alert stamp on it. Amid the Roar ends with what might be the strongest track on the ep.

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Rivet & Marcel Fengler – Amid the Roar [KM023]