Boomkat Product Review:
*Includes Mixes from Karl Marx Stadt, DJ Maxximus and Thaddi Herrmann* It all started back in the mists of time (well 2005 actually) when Hey-O-Hansen initiated what would become a six-part singles collection that sought to fully explore their numerous influences - pressing onto vinyl something which could happily skip from hard-boiled techno one minute, through to Alpine folk the next, all without perspiration. With the likes of Karl Marx Stadt, Thaddeus Herrmann, DJ Maxximus, Mum's Eirikur Orri and Olad Rupp all adding their weight to proceedings, it soon becomes clear that there was very little chance 'the06singles' would be anything other than essential. Which it is. A hybrid of styles and sounds, Hey-O-Hansen are the type of collective for whom the word 'eclectic' could have been minted - as they plunder the annals for dubstep, techno, reggae, ambient, folk and psych, then peel off the best bits before reassembling it as a fully functioning and utterly unique entity. Bringing together all six singles, this handy CD distillation will come as a boon both to those who missed out first time round or have seen their vinyl develop RTS through time under the stylus. Kicking proceedings into touch, opening track 'Moon' is a gleeful refraction of genre-bustin' excess that was originally conceived as the soundtrack to an as yet unwritten Emir Kusturica film. Jacked to the peak of fitness, 'Moon' is also included in its Thaddi clothed mix - wherein some minimal Chicago flavours are delivered via the Alps for warped nourishment. Next up is 'Gogogo', a fizzing plate of dub, tech, horns and shimmering grooves (bundled here with a startling mix from Berlin protégé 'Harzkrafthof), before 'Fire' burns down the house with a knob-on Karl Marx Stadt take that explores similar territory to Andy Stott's 'Choke'. Elsewhere, 'Fly Home' is 140bpm of sheer joy, 'Babylon System' deploys sub-bass galore, whilst 'Abraxas' marks the end through some wonk-step madness that really shouldn't work as well as it does... Hey you guys!