Boomkat Product Review:
Ostgut Ton celebrates five years at the forefront of the House and Techno arena with a muscular display of prowess. 'Fünf' collects 24 tracks from most of the label's artists and the roster of Berghain and Panorama Bar's resident DJs, all working with a shared palette of field recordings made by Berlin resident, Emika, at the venue itself. The concept tangibly links the intrinsic noise of the building with the music played there, using the clangorous sound of it's metal staircases, lighting rigs, and fridges, together with a reverb plug-in created using impulse responses from the cavernous space inside. Emika's opener 'Cooling Room' is one of the most literal translations of the source material, using it's sonorous resonance to create a clear sense of space and shape. Like Emika, most artists have retained the nature of these sound in their tracks, for instance in the visceral klang and buzz of Marcel Dettmann's 'Shelter', Fiedel's arrangement of ricocheting percussion in 'Doors To Manual', and Shed's manipulation of the bass kickback from those fearsome Funktion 1's in 'Boom Room'. Using the sounds and reverb setting in a more metaphorical sense, Tama Sumo's House gripper 'Iron Glance' alludes to the sense of space and party determination, and Steffi's 'My Room' tunes and filters them into rich melodies and harmonics. Notably, the compilation also features a debut production from the club's stamina specialist Boris, the intensely close and druggy 'Rem', besides tracks from members of their extended family like Margaret Dygas and Ryan Elliott and the established roster of Ben Klock, Luke Slater, Norman Nodge, Prosumer, Barker & Baumecker, Nick Höppner and many more. With 'Fünf' they've gone a step further than your average techno compilation and the results are more than worth it. Highly recommended!