DVS1 has gone a long way in a short period of time. Building his atmospheres on what seems to be endless journeys through the history of techno (and in some cases house) through his dj sets, he manages also to charm, inspire and give hope through sparse, tense and suggestive tracks on Klockworks, Transmat and his own new label Hush.
‘Break Away’ gives a tense and thrilling groove, where DVS1′s style shines through in a way that feels refined and carefully arranged. Broken structures swirl around a straight and hard edged beat, similar to his previous releases. He has become a sort of expert in this field.
When going deeper into his own territory, something in the lines of ‘Behind Lines’ is what lies ahead. Less eccentric than the sounds and production than the other tracks from him, DVS1 give way for a more experimental edge, that shatters and rumbles in just the right way.
Being part of the ‘Berghain 04′ mix CD from Ben Klock, ‘Confused’ is a well established track in the case of Ben Klock, but also gives DVS1 a special place and atmosphere. This is perhaps the KW08 equal to ‘Running’ from KW05, but less tense but built on a more of a floating approach.
After DVS1 sent his demo to Klock, the response was immediate. Being played by Klock at Free Your Mind festival this year, probably as well as a large number of other DJ sets, DVS1 put out three tracks that represents the current sound and state of the Berghain DJs and followers.
With ‘Searching’, a track that might first strike as quite futile, the power of the excellent progression and mesmerizing capabilities might only be proven at the grounds it was made for; dark clubs with a soundtrack orchestrated by the DJs of the same atmosphere as the track itself. Endlessly climbing with a steady beat, ‘Searching’ combines the elements of Ben Klock’s own material as well as the unexplored sides of producers catching up on the Ostgut sound and influence.
Keeping things just as cool, but more reduced, ‘Floating’ pinpoints the more experimental aspects of f.e. Cio D’or, certain Sähkö tracks and even a dose of Peter Van Hoesen. The same haunting feeling of ‘Searching’ is there, only more abstract and not so direct.
‘Running’ sounds a little bit as a revised ‘Searching’, but exceptionally more climbing and not as punching as the previous tracks – things goes a bit more atmospheric and in the long run, probably, more interesting.