NIEDERFLUR (Hannes Wenner and Christopher Bleckmann) are among the first acts on M-NUS since the early days.
Sharing eight years of the labels history, NIEDERFLUR-releases have come a long way from the first series of 12”es, inspired by the Cologne Subway system, appearing very fragmented and conceptual, to their highly regarded recent releases such as “DIN” or “TYPO EP” and the latest highly acclaimed “LUMEN EP”
Working together on their music for over twelve years, Christopher and Hannes never went for the easy option, always staying true to their very own sound-universe built around ground-shaking basslines and forcing drumpatterns.
Their constantly lucid sound, known to be very defined and deep, has experienced some major development to a more impulsive style over the..
“As always Niederflur deliver an update to their already forward
feeling music. Since their first records I've always been intrigued
with their delicate balance of instrumentation and space. Not to be
lumped in with any specific trend or genre, Niederflur slips between
all of them delivering music that is at home both on the dancefloor
and within your favorite pair of headphones.”
Richie Hawtin, Feb. 2010
Bipolar implies, among other meanings, the opposing poles within an electrical device (e.g. Transistor), that, although those poles are
pointed in different directions, work together as an unit serving a
This meaning has always been of huge benefit for Hannes Wenner and
Christopher Bleckmann and their approach to NIEDERFLUR. For well over
a decade, these two have put combined their individual ideas into
their music. Whether it be under the guise of MISC. or MONOPHACE, they
have continued to challenge themselves by straddling the delicate
border that is found between the two opposing poles of the club and
As a key component of the late ‘90’s burgeoning Cologne techno scene,
NIEDERFLUR caught the ears of Richie Hawtin and his (then) young MINUS
imprint…their first release “Autobahn” caused a wave of excitement in
the techno community and over a very short period of time NIEDERFLUR
would elevate to near legendary status thanks to their series of 12”
releases inspired by their hometown subway system. Boomkat reviewed
their 2002 full length “ND4” on MINUS being “examinations of the
depths of German minimalism as they sample its natural acoustics,
machine manifestations and other sounds indigenous to the platforms of
the Teutonic unterwelt…a new height in minimal docu-techno.” After
releasing two more 12"es and compilation-tracks on MINUS, there was
silence. Until now.
Last year, out of the blue, Canadian imprint ARCHIPEL issued a new
NIEDERFLUR EP....”Lumen” was a startling return to the percussive,
melodramatic minimalism the duo were known for and went on to become a
Beatport bestselling chart breaker and played by countless DJ’s.
Inspired by the support and motivated by the realization there is the
initial spirit of truest techno has subsided, NIEDERFLUR have reunited
and under their own imprint NIEDERFLURTRACKS have collected this
breakthrough full length “Bipolar”.
Leaping out the gates with the ominous crasher “Antiform”, the duo
immediately impress with their cunning ability to tweak frequency and
bass into precisely tuned aural art. Tracks as “Normalnull”and
“Integral” demolishes the barriers of genre – inviting disparate beats
that cleverly into an roll that resonates the aspects of modern
techno/dubstep. “Bipolar” is a remarkable accomplishment for
NIEDERFLUR – they unite the stark minimalism of their percussive drive
with the melodic flair and varied flow to their music, bringing
typically “DJ Tool” club techno into the living room with ease.
“Feldstärke” is a brilliant demonstration.
NIEDERFLUR have returned to relight the torch of true techno with
their first album in almost a decade – uniting over a decade of
experience as purveyors of teutonic techno with the modernity of solid
bass and dubstep that swims above the current sea of so-called minimal
techno - an obese myriad fattened by trend and overkill.
Selected discography Niederflur
"Autobahn " ( minus:ND1 )
"Kalk-Kapelle" ( minus:ND2 )
"Zollstock" ( minus:ND3 )
“DIN“ ( minus:ND5 )
„TYPO EP“ ( minus:ND6 )
„LUMEN EP“ (Archipel 018)
„Mimesis“ ( niederflurtracks 001 )
"ND4" ( minus 11 )
„Bipolar“ ( niederflurtracks 002 )
“Sülzgürtel“ on „DE:9 Closer to the Edit“ ( Novamute )
“Sprinkler” on “Minimize to Maximize” ( minus )
“Sprinkler” on “Transisions” ( Novamute )
“z. B.” on “Minimize to Maximize 2” ( minus )
“Drehbrücke” on “She´s a Dancing Machine” ( minus )
“Kalk-Kapelle” on “She´s a Dancing Machine” ( minus )
“Porz-Wahn” on “She´s a Dancing Machine” ( minus )
“isv” on “Nothing much and Something more” ( minus )
"Aquamodus" on "Alike Minds: 5 years of Archipel Music" (archipel)