Actually, it is the sequencing of the different remixes that makes all the difference. Compared to some other remixes compilations (Depeche Mode’s one from 2004 comes to mind), this one doesn’t feel like an unfortunate blend of disparate aesthetics. Opener ‘Steinbeisser (Wighnomy Brothers Remix)’ may be all about floating synths in a beatless sea, but it perfectly blends into Sascha Funke’s minimal and highly melodic reinterpretation of ‘Miles Away’. Kalkbrenner’s best track, ‘Gebrünn Gebrünn’, also makes a welcomed apparition, here as the Alexander Kowalksi version, who actually turns it into a pounding, technoïd monster. Only the dub version of ‘Gia 2000’ by Modeselektor is slowing down the overall mood, but Michael Mayer’s reform of ‘Feature Me’, with its elegiac pads, brings the entire package back on track.
As an introduction to Kalkbrenner’s oeuvre, or as a Who’s Who of the contemporary Berlin scene, you couldn’t find a better piece of work.
Mon / 9 Oct 2006
1 Steinbeisser (Wighnomy Brothers Remix)
2 Miles Away (Sascha Funke Remix)
3 Page 1, 2, 3 (Agoria Remix)
4 Queer Fellow (Ellen Allien & Apparat Remix)
5 Press On (Joris Voorn Remix)
6 Gebrünn Gebrünn (Alexander Kowalski Remix)
7 Gia 2000 (Modeselektor Remix)
8 Feature Me (Michael Mayer Remix)
9 Der Berserker (Paul Kalkbrenner Remix)