Boomkat Product Review:
The legendary label limb of Berlin’s beloved kink palace marks 15+1 years of party frolics with 20 trax by label fam and fresh faces alike, including the first new MMM in years, and notable work by Luke Slater & Barker, Oren Ambarchi, Jessica Ekomane & Zoë McPherson, JASSS & Silent Servant +++
‘Ostgut Ton Fünfzehn + 1’ plays up to the full spectrum of Ostgut Ton, and, by extension Berghain’s tastes, with a bespoke, 20 stück taster menu that shows how their aesthetics have evolved from pure, all night bangers to encompass a much broader, related range of experimental, avant garde electronics. We’ve had the pleasure of witnessing its transition from its early dalliances with offbeat styles via the Sub:stance and Leisure System events, to hosting a widening array of Berlin’s experimental fraternity over the years, and it’s fair to say that that range, class and maturity is well documented here.
From an instant winner by MMM, arriving ahead of their upcoming debut album, to a surprise beatdown turn by Len Faki & Honey Dijon, thru a spangled trance mission by JASSS & Silent Servant, to the roiling brilliance of Jessica Ekomane’s turn with Zoë McPherson, or Tama Sumo & Lakuti’s NRG disco bomb, there’s an absolute glut of high caliber dance music on offer that doesn’t patronise its users, delivered in the knowledge they know how to join the dots beyond business techno markets.
The original US/Euro house and techno spirit of Berghain’s original all night kink parties is still there in the feathered swang of Substance & Soundtstream’s glittering ‘Session 2’, and the ruder EBM drive of Norman Nodge & Marcell Dettmann’s ace, while longtime residents Nick Höppner & nd_baumeker show a persistent experimental bent with their hearty, sloshing dembow-electro soup ‘Labskaus’, and trusty hard hands Luke Slater & Barker follow that stewing theme with the piquant, uptempo hyper carnival styles of ‘9/8 Gumbo’, with the motorik stroll of Oren Ambarchi, Konrad Sprenger & Phillip Sollmann linking the label’s styles back to Berlin’s kosmiche pioneers.
Alles Gute zum Gerburtstag. Thanks for the memories and here’s to many more.