A versatile double EP from the Berghain resident.
"Autumn77," possibly the most house-orientated thing he's released, could be Dettmann's Panorama Bar track. It's a heavy-set 120-BPM groover that becomes more serious when a wistful string line arrives. Like the other five tracks, Dettmann focusses on the power of the loop, preferring subtle tweaks to big changes. "Test-File" and "Torch" both feature tumbling rhythms and spidery sound design, the kind of tracks that would nicely (if briefly) break up a long period of four-on-the-floor.
"Ascending" and "Metalloid" also share qualities, namely tough drums, an overloaded mid-range and smart uses of noise. Dettmann is particularly great at this type of track—also see his killer 2013 remix of Vedomir's "Musical Suprematism." That just leaves "Error (1st Take)," a minimal-leaning cut that, were it not for its sharp percussion, could have come from Ricardo Villalobos's studio. Nothing on Test-File will make a "best of 2018" list, but the EP's efficacy for techno DJs could be enormous.