- Not too much is known about Marcel Fengler outside of Germany, though he has DJed with Marcel Dettmann for years and is a resident at Berghain. Quite a lot, on the other hand, is known about the Berlin label Ostgut-Ton, which, even after just eight releases has become synonymous with quality techno music. This, the ninth release, is certainly not for the faint hearted, as Fengler takes the label back to its roots with two icey blasts of panic laden techno.
First up is 'Playground', a track that may have some of you reaching for a Xanax as a two note intro builds suspense before the track explodes into life. Fengler's sound here is quite bass heavy and almost dubby, but don't let that fool you, this is frenetic and pitch black peaktime techno, as you'd expect from the musical wing of the famous Berlin nightclub, Berghain. 'Early Glow' on the flipside is just a sliver less aggressive, but don't expect to take a breather. Once again the intense and doom-laden atmosphere is pervasive as slightly trippier effects combine with metallic percussion and deep sub-bass to create another fine piece of floor shaking techno.
Ostgut-Ton remains bang on point with this release, just don't call it "minimal"!
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