Boomkat Product Review:
Dubbed-out motorik groove experiments recalling classic Herbert or Wolfgang Voigt's Profan trips.
"Wanne 4, by renowned German artist and musician Markus Oehlen, is composed of a variety of percussive sounds with a focus on digital guitars. An homage to the sound of The Feelies early recordings, the track slowly works its way through a basic guitar riff of three chords accompanied by steel-drums and a steady bass drum beat giving it an air of a summer breeze until the guitar sounds gain more distortion. Occasionally broken up by disruptive by drum fills possibly performed by a stoned robot the song slowly morphs into a guitar-strumming finale with a clarinet solo of sorts.
Wanne 4 is a beautiful piece of woozy instrumental techno, a surf-dub summer tune for people who prefer Palma to Ibiza and Jessy Lanza to Katy Perry.
Besides having worked as a painter exhibiting internationally for almost 40 years and being a professor at the Academy of Fine Arts Munich, Markus Oehlen is known as one of the pioneers of German punk music (as the original drummer of Dusseldorf Punks Charley‘s Girls and Mittagspause) as well as being a previous member of The Red Krayola. His 1985 release Beer Is Enough has been called one of the first sampling records. Oehlen continued to release electronic music under the moniker Don Hobby and as Van Oehlen (with brother Albert Oehlen). Wanne 4 (IGR08) marks his first physical release since Rock & Roll Is Here To Die, 2003 on Blue Chopsticks (BC10)."