The Innervisions head honcho makes a departure from his usual mixing style on his latest commercial compilation.
Steffen Berkhahn has gained quite a reputation on the international DJing circuit over the past few years for his smooth mix of melodious house, which has been bolstered by both his Body Language Vol 4 mix for Get Physical and his RA podcast. Both of these compilations were produced in a more traditional style with vinyl and CD, but for his latest collection, entitled Temporary Secretary, he's gone for a totally different methodology.
As ardent Innervisions fans will know, Berkhahn has been touring as part of the A Critical Mass laptop supergroup with Âme and Henrik Schwarz, and he'll be utilising many of the skills learned during this process on the mix. By slicing and looping certain elements of the tracks, he has attempted to create something more than your usual compilation, aiming to produce a body of work that would be impossible to recreate in the club with the normal tracks. Due to him having a close relationship with some of the artists that feature on the CD, he's even been able to access parts of tracks that would only usually be given to official remixers, aiding his quest to create something special.
Those expecting an out-and-out dance floor selection may be disappointed, as the compilation sits directly in between club and home compatibility. Starting out with the lush Balearicism of Icasol's "Ongou," Temporary Secretary quickly dives into darker, chugging territory before revealing a housey groove that dabbles between techy, organic and tribal vibes. The focus here is on material that is fairly recent, with cuts from Fever Ray, Peter Kruder and Ben Klock sitting alongside exclusive Âme and The Machine tracks.
01. Icasol – Ongou
02. Fever Ray - If I Had a Heart
03. Roland Bocquet – Exotique / Âme – Tube Beat
04. Jazzanova - Let Me Show Ya (Henrik Schwarz Remix) / Daniel Paul - Something About You (Instrumental)
05. Precious System - The Voice From Planet Love / Ben Klock - In a While
06. Junior Boys - Hazel (Ewan Pearson's House Mix)
07. Butane - Inferno Jack (Kalabrese Remix)
08. Peter Kruder - Law Of Return
09. Kiki - Good Voodoo (Visionquest Remix)
10. Code 718 - Equinox (Henrik Schwarz Mix)
11. The Machine – Fuse
12. Cortney Tidwell - Watusii (Daphni remix)
13. Ame – Setsa
14. Tokyo Black Star – Sepiaphone
Innervisions will release Dixon's Temporary Secretary on October 13th, 2009.