February 16, 2007

Hannes Teichmann - Jäger Remixe

Festplatten has dug up Teichmann’s six year old tech-house track “Jäger” for a set of new remixes, and unsurprisingly it feels a bit nostalgic. The machine-like percussion, rigid basslines, and a thoroughly neutral mood: these are definite hallmarks of minimal Germany in 2001, a far paler color than the abstract psychedelic, gothic, and avant-pop leanings of minimal 2007. But for home listening and warm-up sets, this is a solid release, with the Sascha Funke remix leading the way—its steely motifs are reminiscent of draining liquid hardening into concrete upon contact with the air.

Festplatten / FEST 34
[Michael F Gill]

September 22, 2006

Andi Teichmann - Refaded

Berlin’s Festplatten are back with a remix 12 inch for Andi Teichmann’s Fades CD, which doubles as one of the few exercises in recent memory that makes clinical sterility sound enticing. While none of the these three remixes [plus a skip-worthy 20 second collage called “Loops”] are club material, there is something a bit jarring and claustrophobic about layering mellifluous Joe Pernice-styled vocals over such prickly, quantized, and whitewashed productions. With ultra-dry toms and chiseled minimal acid-lines, Hannes Teichmann’s remix of “They Don’t Care” is like an anemic version of Trentemoller, while Ukraine’s Dubmastas turn in a grim, mostly beatless mix that shows off only a few ugly glitches in its freshly shined exterior. When the disjointed kick drum comes in during the latter, it could pass as an unlikely combination of The Notwist jamming with the dubstep of Burial. Ada comes up with the biggest winner here, nailing the trademark Festplatten sound of synthesized electric guitar (used so well on practically every record by Gebr. Teichmann) while adding just the slightest bit of her own squelchy basslines and lush organ pads. Everything here might be carved a bit too lucid and upfront to really sink your teeth into, but just like excessive plastic surgery and botox, it still demands a curious kind of rubbernecking attention.

Festplatten / FEST 33
[Michael F. Gill]