Compilation Review: ‘Kern Vol. 2 mixed by DJ Hell’ (Tresor)

Kern Vol. 2 mixed by DJ Hell


Hell has the fury to try and best the beast of DJ Deep’s volume one, armed with bangs and basslines causing blackouts both electrical and neurological, and using cellar-gleaned cuts previously left catching dust mites with the freshly encoded. As an activist of bringing skools together (or showing techno is consistent in its (non) movements over the last 20-odd years), the German is relatively forthright with his smoothness to begin with, using the oft-repeated hollering Indians via Odori as he settles to the ‘floor before bringing out the Gigolo’s brass knuckles.

Peace Division’s “Club Therapy” and its itchy, closed circuit monologue of keeping it real, and The Horrorist’s “Wet and Shiny,” with a list of its favourite things giving the compilation a Euro edge you’re anticipating more of, are part of Hell persistently teasing the fluency he’s installed, steered towards the precipice of dirty means and uncouth ends. That touch of the unexpected, also numbering DJ Spookie’s disco diversion “Home Jam”, gets to dragging back with classic Robert Hood and tribal thoroughfares, ahead of powering back up with effortless returns of high velocity spearheaded by Inner City’s “Ahnongay” into Hell remixing Halogen. Going in for the kill is therefore an easy job from superior balance management, with acid-soaked ill will on Shivers’ “Fornax” and barrages from Lisa Cadena coming at you before Recondite starts spilling bad blood. Another Kern classic.

File under: Steve Poindexter, Kenny Larkin, Joey Beltram

DJ Hell / International Deejay Gigolo’s CD Eleven (Int’l Deejay Gigolo)

DJ Hell

The 11th volume of the DJ Hell-run imprint once again captures the label’s eclectic style that ranges from dirty electro to gorgeous techno and sinister acid.

Once again the only thing binding this whole non-linear collection together is Hell’s refined musical taste—a cornerstone of the International Deejay Gigolo label mission statement. The first disc mainly focuses on very minimal and physical electro vibe with the old veterans holding things down as DJ Pierre, Richard Bartz, Peter Kruder, and Hell himself provide a dizzying unrelated whirl of fresh new sounds and directions in the seemingly played out world of electro. The second disc is the far better of the two as the label delves deep into the seedy world of underground, late night German techno. A seemingly endless supply of bottom-dwelling deep cuts from Abe Duque, Marascia, and Snuff Crew, among others, holds things down for the 4am crowd.

Sean Michael-Yoder
File under: Fischerspooner, Larry Heard, Sven Väth