Norman Nodge // Berghain 06 [Ostgut Ton]
The German mecca of all things Techno rolls on with another instalment in their mix series, this time manned by the slightly lesser known—in relative company—but equally awesome Norman Nodge.
Norman’s mix sits at the purest edge of Techno, breakneck pace with the frenetic rattle of wheels over track. This doesn’t necessarily translate to an all-out saucepan banging experience, in fact the opening of the mix shifts through graceful ambience and forward thinking electronics [Birds Two Cage / Oni Ayhun] before quickly settling into mist blanketed kicks [Redshape’s re-rub of Mokira], cosmic relay beeps [Patrick Graiser / Staffan Linzatti] and dramatic frozen organs [Silent Servant], with little pause for breath in-between.
As the mix progresses into its middle third, an expected grittiness arrives; moments like Planetary Assault System’s remix of The Nighttripper and Charlton’s Black Slong banging a rhythmic dancing command, and Mark Brook’s Vault 6 dropping bass laced menace cause you to purse your lips in concentration, steeling yourself. All this provides a contextual setting for the outro of throwback warehouse and electro, the pay off for the carefully plotted path up to and through the intense clangfest that preceded it.
Quality is assured when you are dealing with Berghain, Norman furthering this with a purist but expansive summary of contemporary techno.
Release Date: Out Now