Review: The good chaps over at Hardwax, Klockworks' own distribution network, are calling this a "perfectionist techno compilation" and, in their own words, it comes "warmly recommended". We agree with both of statements, and believe this to be a fine piece of work from the Ben Klock collective. Perhaps listeners won't hear anything drastically game-changing in here, but it is certainly all dance music of the highest calibre, from a collection of artists who have truly crafted a neat and elegant vision of techno music. On this double, the first in an upcoming series, there's a mixture of old and new faces all coming together to showcase the sound they've been so close to over the years; the wonderful Sterac makes an appearance with a refreshingly off-kilter blur of dub techno on "Lately", while Ben Klock himself comes through with the ice-cold bleeps of "Twenty", and the mighty DVS1 blasts out some penetrative percussion folds on "In The MIddle. Trevino rocks the boat with "Sombre Tones", whereas relative newcomers Etapp Kyle and Jon Hester turn in their own 5am bullets.
Review: Ben Klock's own Klockworks is back with another surprise after last year's Anthony Parasole bombs. Sterac, otherwise known as Steve Rachmad, has been making pulverising techno heart-stoppers for the best part of two decades now, and it only makes sense that his latest concoctions should end up on one of the most iconic Berlin labels of this generation. Like all of the label's output, these are tracks which you can just imagine Klock playing in one of his legendary extended sets at Berghain or throughout the rest of the world. The grooves are tense, the beats stripped to their bare bones, and the melodies minimal and unobtrusive. Functional machine music from the heart of the scene. Don't miss it.