Compilation Review: ‘Fabric 66: Ben Klock’ (Fabric)


Another month, another Fabric mix, another Berlin selector at the controls. The sound of underground alliances at work, forced down and sealed airtight, snipping away constantly, twitching between new skools and old – it’s techno wanting your full concentration and investment in celebrating the human metronome. It almost drifts into ambience with K-Hand’s “Starz,” the lightest indication that Klock’s dominantly steely streak constantly issues warnings if not full-on rebukes. Sagat’s “Few Mysteries…” is like a flex of the cane without the subsequent whiplash, as Klock dangles a sword of Damocles over the dance floor. Steve Rachmad’s “Rotary” is another peering its periscope above the surface before retracting to its dark domain, with James Ruskin providing an apt finale with the brooding flourishes of “Detached” — which the mix has never apologized for being up to this point. Floorplan’s “Chord Principal” is the designated headmaster of techno rules, looking at Burial’s “Raver” talking up its outsider credentials.

The king moment though is Klock’s remix of Josh Wink’s “Are You There?” – the vocal comes twofold, asking to give yourself up to a dance floor man hunt or whether you’ve reached your climax, combined with breakbeats snapping the locks off straitjackets. Floorplan’s “Never Grow Old” adds some humanity to what has been a mechanical uprising, pieced together without so much of a fingerprint on the fader and creating that often imitated, rarely bettered Berlin body heat.

File under: DJ Bone, Marcel Dettmann, Terence Fixmer

Ben Klock / One (Ostgut Ton)


With a steady release of dance floor 12” releases over the past decade, this album marks Klock’s first full-length appearance.

Mixing up the tracks between downtempo and club techno, the versatility of production techniques is apparent, showing a side not yet offered on previous EP installs. Bubbly looped-out acid remains a theme, while reversed female vocal treats are offered throughout as well. While many of the tracks are minimalist, the sounds developed in the music are unique and dynamic, displaying Klock’s ability to tweak an FM synth as well as a PCM sample set. Fragmented melodies, eerie noise structures, boom boom bass bits and euphoric atmospheres make for a diversified trip through Berlin techno. Avoiding the over swung click-clack of today’s German techno, this album embodies a lot of soul while still remaining loopy and decadent.

File under: Bpitch Control, Shut Up And Dance, Deetron