Ben Klock has been one of the biggest figures in techno for quite some time. A son of Berghain, the native Berliner has been regarded as one of the best proponents of German techno for over a decade, with his Klockworks imprint following his lead in pumping out relentless, crashing techno since 2006. Ahead of his show for Mixmag Live, Ticket Arena has served up our five favourite tracks from his label’s back catalogue.
DVS1 - Black Russian
DVS1’s three releases on Klockworks have all been high quality, but “Black Russian” probably makes the third instalment the one the narrow winner. Minimal synths blare out in a three note pattern, ceaselessly carrying a sense of alarm that makes the track a perfect tool for a night that has long since been heading into the darkness.
Sterac - In Circles
A workout blessed with tightly interlocked synth and percussion loops, “In Circles” sends you round and round until you’re fully warmed up, with pressurised hats and that familiar relentless thud. An acidic touch takes this one to the very edges of control, leaving it tantalisingly on the edge of explosion.
Trevino - Doldrums
Manchester’s Trevino brings an unmistakably British sound to the label, with techno of the darker variety boosted by swollen dub moans. A proper heart-pounder.
Etapp Kyle - Aurora
Slowly building with trickling echoes and a softness rarely given platform on Klockworks, B1 of the excellent Etapp Kyle EP is poised delicately, the gentle melodies washing over breezy pads and the unintrusive shake of hi-hats.
Ben Klock - Red Handed
One from the man himself, this minimal journey shifts around and builds slowly, finally embracing springy acid around the five minute mark. More bleeps than bangs might make it an outlier in the Klockworks family, but it’s a commanding presence nonetheless.
The Klockworks boss will be playing Underground Liverpool on Friday 14th October, taking charge of room 1 as presented by Mixmag Live.
Words by Andrew Kemp
Photos courtesy of Ben Klock