Hecq ‎– Steeltongued

Hymen Records ‎– ¥772
2 × CD, Album

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1-1 Spires Awake 3:39
1-2 Typhon 3:55
1-3 The Descent (With Nebulo)
Featuring – NebuloMixed By, Producer [Additional] – Thomas Pujols
1-4 Steeltongued 5:10
1-5 I Will Survive (With Nongenetic)
Featuring, Lyrics By, Vocals – Nongenetic
1-6 Dfrm 2:48
1-7 Untitled (BK Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Ben Lukas Boysen
1-8 Frost 3:00
1-9 Howler 4:34
Hypnos Trilogy
1-10 I (Distant Fires) 9:44
1-11 II (Lost For Words) 6:22
1-12 III (Hypnos) 11:53
2-1 Steeltongued (Xabec Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Xabec
2-2 Steeltongued (Tobias Lilja Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Tobias Lilja
2-3 Steeltongued (Spyweirdos Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Spyweirdos
2-4 Steeltongued (Raoul Sinier Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Raoul Sinier
2-5 Steeltongued (Si Begg Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Si Begg
2-6 Steeltongued (Ultre Steal Tongues)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Finn McNicholas, Ultre
2-7 Steeltongued (Mothboy Remix)
Remix – Mothboy, Simon-John Smerdon*
2-8 Steeltongued (Steel Tank By Michael Fakesch)
Producer [Additional] – Michael Fakesch
2-9 Steeltongued (Blackfilm Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Blackfilm
2-10 Steeltongued (Hecqs Wolds Retreat By Team Doyobi)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Team Doyobi
2-11 Steeltongued (Disscoxx Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – Disscoxx
2-12 Steeltongued (El Fog Remix)
Remix, Producer [Additional] – El Fog

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All tracks written & produced in Berlin 2007-2009.

Thanks to all people involved in this album:
Chris, Rob, Micha, Sean, Jay, Stefan, Nicolas, Matty, Daniel, Dejan, Nongenetic, Tom.
Special thanks to all the remixers as well as to Chris and Tim for their support and brilliant work!

Released in a six-panel Digipak.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 821272204527
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, CD1): 00095 52288 491 01 52288684
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1, CD2): 00095 52288 493 01 52288682
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, CD1): 00095 52288 491 01 * 52288684 WWW.ADVANT.DE
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2, CD2): 00095 52288 493 01 * 52288682 WWW.ADVANT.DE
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1&2): IFPI LV26
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1, CD1): IFPI 0142
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1, CD2): IFPI 0133
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 0113
  • Other (Variant 2, Etched In Inner Plastic Hubs): A

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
¥772 Hecq Steeltongued(24xFile, MP3, Album, 320) Hymen Records ¥772 Germany 2009
¥772 Hecq Steeltongued(24xFile, FLAC, Album) Hymen Records ¥772 Germany 2009


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August 14, 2010
edited over 2 years ago
The remarkable career of Benny Boysen continues on this new double album from the mythical sonic alchemict HECQ. Let's get down to cases, what's this entity all about this time around, well let me tell you: more of the same mind vexing perception rending noises we've all come to know and love so well. It is as though he's taken the purely cinematic architecture of his previous work, the glorious Night Falls, and then added to it the fermenting mixture of disemboweled electronics he was brewing up previously.

This is no re-tread by the numbers safe as houses kind of material he's bequeathing to us by any stretch of the imagination. It has that alienated feel, the loss of any shred of hope which his albums contain. One does not listen to HECQ in a relaxed, loving atmosphere. One listens to HECQ and is taken out of their own context then placed somewhere within what he summons as his for the album you're perusing. Try to just let go of yourself for a little while, it helps. HECQ are the prescription dispensed from an apothecary not found on any map or contained in any search engine. You have to cut through the undergrowth of your own subconscious to locate this El Dorado but have no doubts: the view is just as magnificent. It surely is like going over the top of a waterfall but you don't dash yourself to pieces on the rocks below... no rather, you soar out of the mist and burn brightly as a phoenix.

Onto the second disc...

This has to be the most amazing remix album I have yet come across, all the artists involved tackled the same tune: the title track, but the range of expression and technology deployed make this pretty much an album unto itself. Xabec once more demonstrate what you're supposed to do when remixing someone else's work: make it your own. Given the climate of re-hash and regurgitation this powerfully composed slew of re-works does the business. There isn't one dud in the bunch. Who are some of the others you'll find on here: Michael Fakesch, wunderkind new comer Blackfilm, the enigmatic Mothboy and my pick for wildest of the lot: El Fog. There are twelve works in all to be treasured on this disc, twelve new ways to defragment your mind and spend hours trying to put it back together.

If you don't own any of what our hero has put out, this one will ensnare you with it's wiry wittily executed compositions. HECQ continue venturing further and further into the illuminated semi-tonal darkness.


July 19, 2009
Hecq... Have you heard? If you haven't, it's time to jump on board. And by the way, you're missing out! After all, this is Hecq's sixth full length release (fifth on Hymen Records). Dare I say it the following way : with Steeltongued, Hecq surpasses the leaders in electronic experimentation, Autechre, leaving them in the dust to scratch their heads in awe of this twenty-seven year old Berlin based musician. Like a villain of traumatized sonic disintegration, Ben Lukas Boysen unwinds the tight coils of sound into distinct entities of material forms and packs them away into carefully allotted spacial frequency shelves. I did not bring up Autechre for mere name dropping. I clearly remember the very first time I heard the decomposition of sound in the Booth & Brown's track Vose In on LP5, (Warp, 1998). I will never forget. Not one release in the last decade has stopped my breath with the penetrating thought of "what the hell was that?". In the last years, steps have been taken to evolve the sound and build upon the solid foundation, with only Autechre occasionally in the lead, piercing the darkness of uncharted territory. They are always allowed. Because, frankly, they are Autechre, right? The one falling in their footsteps is always behind. Apprentice to a skilled magician. Then... BOOM! ... Hecq. I don't know how Lappersdorf (Germany) based Hymen Records had discovered Boysen [that surely deserves an interview question], but when they did, they have struck gold. Quickly demonstrating his abilities with Scatterheart (Hymen, 2004) and Bad Karma (Hymen, 2005), Boysen has landed a coveted spot on a limited Hymen boxset, Travel Sickness (Hymen, 2006), with a mini-EP along with the releases by Lusine Icl, Solar X, Lowfish, Venetian Snares, Psi Spy, Snog, The Manhattan Gimp Project and Mad EP. Mmmm. My copy still smells like cedar... Delicious. Boysen's fourth album, 0000 (Hymen, 2007) made my Best of 2007 list, and in 2008... well... I have lost the words with Night Falls (see my previous review). So what to expect with Steeltongued? Twisted rhythms swirling around your brain like an inhaled sip of wine and a gulped breath of smoke. Divine soundscapes crawling beneath the barbed wire of the restraining acoustic prison, begging to rather be shot in the back then remain draining their minimalism onto the cold surface of tears and blood. I will survive, bounces the reverse reverbed voice of Nongenetic, Late for my funeral, rather be buried alive... Then destruction and mayhem... Then silence... Frost... and the Hypnos trilogy of tracks. Well, that's just gorgeous... This double disk release features twelve remixes of Steeltongued from an eclectic group of friends and collaborators, including Spyweirdos, Si Begg, Black Film, and Team Doyobi among the many. Words are too limited and gentle to describe the range of emotions evoked by Steeltongued. The album is a trip and an unforgettable experience. That one memento that will stay with you for years to come. That one beautiful moment of "what the hell was that?"