Mike Dehnert ‎– Funkwerk EP

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Fachwerk ‎– FW 002
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Vinyl, 12", EP, Darkred-Black Marbled
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A1 Live Pa
A2 Fremdbedarf
B1 Vorwarts
B2 Rolle

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brunov

brunov

February 15, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
There is a real mystic about this release. It stands alone as the Fachwerk release that has been almost unavailable on wax (I'm sorry to say that I snaffled the one and only copy I've seen in the last two years). The numbers suggest that it was an extremely limited release although there doesn't appear to be any official information confirming it as such. My guess is that there are thousands of the things in storage in a bunker deep under East Berlin hidden away because they were never approved for human consumption or, perhaps, to be used as a last line of defence against some unknown invader. I don't know who is responsible for exposing the few copies to the rest of us but we will be forever grateful to that generous individual.

When I think of these tracks I cannot shake the image of Dehnert slaving away in said bunker like some mad professor torturing whatever hardware he uses to produce these facemelting tracks.

In Frembedarf the traditional dub chords (more evident in Rolle and the Live PA extract) have been electrocuted, the torture causing them to be distorted beyond recognition. The resulting chord stabs and a static crackle attack every second beat complimented by some unintelligible, but disturbingly obedient, human wailing which all gives the impression that this brutal assault is the result of some dangerous experiment.

Vorwarts is perhaps more straightforward in its approach. The wooded drum kicks steadily pound away complimented by the grind of a radar bleep and other robotic noises which give the track its twisted feel. The only relief comes in the form of the familiar and excellent hi-hat work which is a trademark of Dehnert’s, and some dub chords which apparently survive whatever they were subjected to to make a surprising appearance at some perfectly placed break downs (if such a thing ever exists in Dehnert tracks).

The extract of the Live PA seemingly ties these sounds together in the impromptu setting of a live performance. It was the first time I heard an extract of MD's Live PA and it has always left me with the impression that the performances were almost unbearably intense.

My guess is that most would agree Funkwerk is the high water mark of Dehnert's earlier, industrial tinged works and one of his best releases. We can only hope that Dehnert revisits producing music of this intensity because his music never looses its sensibility. He has the rare ability to produce incredibly heavy but intelligent techno.

I know that you can get digital copies of these tunes but if the chance ever presents itself to get a copy of the delicious Darkred-Black Marbled vinyl, do yourself a favour and pay what I expect will be a slightly inflated price so that you can say you own one of the best and most unique EPs produced by this techno genius.
Psychogewitter

Psychogewitter

May 11, 2012

Killer Peaktime Techno with Oldschool Mid 90'ies Touch. Pounding and Thrilling. I think its a weapon on a phat Clubsystem!!