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.
As most of you probably know, Klockworks is the moniker and label from the Berghain resident Ben Klock. The label probably doesn’t have a release schedule based on the fact of the months (and years) between them. This makes me hope that every new release would be very well worked through and proper.
But since the first and second release I think that most of the tracks sounds like DJ tools that, quite frankly, don’t need to be released.
Starting with the A-side with the track ‘Pulse’, it brings up a little promise about a grooving record that with a crunched and mechanical-like atmosphere will keep both your head and knees nodding. For me, this track is the only one on the release which seems good enough for a vinyl.
The rest of the tracks seems quite insignificant. They are really close of being something special, especially with the small sounds here and there that craves your attention and the excellent use of effects on each channel.
The B2 side with ‘Grasp’ is the second best track on the release with it’s nice hint of Detroit influence and wobbling bassline and cut up hihat – unfortunately it doesn’t lift the release to a higher rating because of the tracks between it and ‘Pulse’ on the A1. If Klock would get rid of the tracks ‘Grope’ and ‘Grab Me’ this release would get a more solid energy and a distinct feeling to it.
If you are a fan of Klocks material, this release is worth a listen to and up for your judgement. If you haven’t liked his previous work you shouldn’t really bother.