Boomkat Product Review:
The first of the Berghain residents to produce a full length album, Ben Klock was always the likely choice to come up with something a bit special. 'One' is definitively a techno album, with the focus on a club friendly sound which Klock excels in every weekend with his extended DJ sets at Berghain and across the world. I was initially wary when I clocked vocalists listed on the tracklisting, but Elif Bicer (who previously contributed to the ace Prosumer & Murat Tepeli LP) provides a restrained and entirely welcome layer of drifting abstracted soul to tracks 'Goodly Sin' and 'OK', to balance out the house side of Klock's innate fusion of house sensuality with techno sensibilities. The rest of the 13 track album is made up of focussed technohouse tracks in his dancer-toned and efficiently trimmed style, minimising any drag on tracks like the aerodynamic 'Check For Pulse', or 'In A While' with delicate melodies and spacious application of reverb. Tracks like 'Underneath' or 'Gloaming' are the real gems in the set, steadily building an opulently darkside vibe perfectly suited to the cavernous space he plays in with a refined approach to stealthily introducing streamlined rhythms and concentrating on a few well thought sounds, but managing to avoid the pitfalls of bland mnml with ease. When he allows himself to indulge in his experimental side on tracks like 'Init Two' with futuristic Chain Reaction style dubtech textures or or skipping Monolake/T++ alike rhythms on 'Gold Rush' the results are simply outstanding. If you haven't gathered by now, this is an essential listen for any followers of the Berlin techno sound and comes with our highest recommendations.