Boomkat Product Review:
The square root of Berlin techno and UK Hardcore, Torsten Pröfrock's productions as Dynamo are now two decades old yet still sound like they were beamed in from some alternate timeline where electronic music took a turn away from polite conformity and instead splintered into the unknown.
Originally released in 2002, 'Außen Vor' collects tracks from four 12"s issued between 1996-2000 on Pröfrock's Din label and distributed via Hardwax, which he has staffed for more than two decades. A long-time staple around these parts, its ten tracks document the developments of Dynamo's dub-reduced techno tessellations from the scudding warehouse techno of 'Traktor Artists' thru the bass-swollen breakbeat minimalism of 'Voraus 1' and 'Voraus 2' to the spring-loaded step of four razor-sharp 'Aufenthalt’ variations.
While the definition of "Berlin techno" seems to have calcified around the dub chords and 4/4 formula in recent years, it's all the more important that the music on 'Außen Vor' reveals an ostensibly hidden history of Berlin dance music that’s as much influenced by UK Hardcore and D&B and the mechanics of the scene that followed, from Autechre in the UK, to the Schematic axis in Miami - all equally important, for us at least, to it's evolution, and an influence and predecessor to those contemporary artists who have continued to operate outside the margins.