Len Faki releases the second EP from his Basement Trax series on Ostgut Ton.
While the first part of this 2013-established series was characterised by its vocals, spheric sounds and melodies, the Berghain resident almost completely passes on
these elements with Vol. 02. All three distinct, functional, composed tracks, oscillate
at about 124 BPM, reflecting Faki’s experienced eye for the peak time at Wriezener
Bahnhof and dance floors from around the world. “These tracks are crafted from the
same mould, but they differ by their character – it’s a bit like a family affair, by looking
into their eyes you can tell the connection,“ says Len.
“After coming home from a Sunday evening set at Berghain I felt inspired and
content. This feeling and energy was still present the next day – that’s how all tracks
were created – in the same session with the same flow,“ he explains. “Generally
speaking these tracks are slower than quite a few House or Techno tracks – but you
won’t realize it straight away.“ The tracks are also constructed in a similar way, yet
differently: With “B-PAX” and “For Real” Faki takes his time to set the tone before
adding melodic elements, bleeps or finally some hints of ambient sounds.
Precisely because of the reduction of its musical elements this release gains even
more momentum: “A track like ‘Hainish Cycle’ is an example for those moments of
trance, of zero gravity without a sense of time at Berghain. Which is why the rhythmic
hi-hat kicks in only more than halfway through. Everything’s in flux and harmony
already, you almost don’t need it.“ But then: some more energy for the masses inside
the dark room.