First Listen: Mike Dehnert – ‘Placide’ EP

Stream Fachwerk boss Mike Dehnert’s latest drop for the label exclusively here.

Mike Dehnert, alongside label mates Roman Lindau and Sascha Rydell, has become one of the most esteemed names in European techno, propelling their Fachwerk label to similar heights along the way. Before Limo‘s recent ‘Boot Break’ EP, Fachwerk had solely been an output for their own productions, reaching the quarter-century milestone with Dehnert’s excellent ‘Fachwerk 25’ LP in June of last year.

His releases have not stopped there though. He has teamed up with the Dutch Delsin imprint three times before, dropping two EPs and ‘Framework’, the eighth of his nine albums, in addition to appearances on Clone‘s Basement Series, Echochord, Colombage and his own Fachwerk sub-label MD2. It is one of the most extensive and consistently high-quality discographies in modern techno, and a wonder to many how just six years of releasing has proven so fruitful.

The four-track ‘Placide’ EP sees him in typically workmanlike form, with a sharp, purist approach. The EP opener ‘Drehimpuls’ was recorded live in Paris, and blatently displays the raw, analogue feel in a trudging low-end and resonant hi-hats. ‘Charger’ sees a return to the slick beats of old, as a simple groove, vocal sample and distorted synths dance around a 4×4 kick to absorbing effect. ‘Eigenzeit’ is the favourite of many of the DJs in support. The classic, bare-bones, Mike Dehnert way is pushed to the max in a wonderfully simple collusion between one incessant drum, a 4-beat melody and cymbal. The last track, ‘Isolant’, is the most energetic of the four, with the fast-release compression giving the track more of a bounce than is normal for his distinctively conservative production.

Buy the ‘Placide’ EP from April 1.

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