smalltown with Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock

smalltown with Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock

14th October 2011

Brown Alley

smalltown presents Marcel Dettmann & Ben Klock (8hrs+).

Marcel Dettmann [Berlin. Osgut Ton]

Ruff, rugged and raw. Mentioning Marcel Dettmann as well as his feeling for and vision of electronic music, his way of dealing with it, is impossible without these attributes. Whether you take his DJ sets (Marcel has been made a resident DJ at the old Ostgut and also at Berghain from the very start), Dettmann's productions for the self-conducted MDR label, his remixes for the likes of Fever Ray, Junior Boys, Modeselektor as well as Scuba, or if nothing else his debut long player for Ostgut Ton into account, all the various contrasts and distinctions that come with it are manifested in these qualities.

Techno as Marcel Dettmann defines it, is neither a movement without history nor wistful nostalgia. In the hands of the Berliner, the well-known game of hi-hats, bass lines and kick drums draws its tension and momentum from a historically grown tradition and the conscious decision to break the rules. Reformation and solid construction outplays the use of any gimmicks. Dettmann pours Detroit's oil into European engines, puts British bass music under the control of Chicago's very own Jack, cuts classics with abstract nuances and connects yesterday with tomorrow and today. In the unrelenting manner of a great DJ, he generates moods and connections that are age- and classless, but never irrelevant or tasteless. Marcel Dettmann links up the art of improvisation with careful preparation and finally gives techno some of its often painfully missed serious physical constitution back.

Ben Klock [Berlin. Osgut Ton]

Berlin born DJ, producer and label owner Ben Klock is without a doubt one of the most significant characters in techno's recent history. A resident at Berghain since its opening in 2004, he has been able to leave his mark on the club's unique sound, in turn the special space influenced Klock's approach as a DJ and producer as well.

Playing techno sets full of hypnotic, deep and heavy grooves, releasing records on Ostgut Ton and last but not least the aesthetics of his own label Klockworks (founded in 2006), have earned him an excellent international reputation over the last few years. Supported by stringent and enthralling tracks, remixes for such diverse artists as Kerri Chandler, Martyn or Depeche Mode, the revered debut album "One" on Ostgut Ton and his Berghain mix, Ben Klock's name is synonymous with the vitalization of an essential definition of techno.

His music is free of crippling nostalgia and rather wins you over with consistency, tension, and dynamics and time and time again with a sensibility, one would usually expect from house music. In this vein, Klock pursues an unexacting fusion of quantum jumps and tradition - including effortless melodies or hook lines. Being able to harmonize this method of industrial austerity, natural musicality and an impressive physicality is Ben Klock's great art and skill.

And of course his monthly marathon sets at Berghain that escort all what's being said with pure sound and consistently motivate Ben Klock to skip the trapdoor called routine.

 

1st release tickets, "it's up to you" ticket price (available 22nd Aug to 26th Aug or until allocation exhausted)
That is you decide the price that you deem as fair to see these artists play their stuff