a project 18 months in the making, marcel fengler presents a imf10, a three part compilation series detailing the past, present and future of his label index marcel fengler. part 3 focuses on the tougher end of the techno spectrum and features marcel fengler’s first original production in two years, a rare offering from sebastian kramer (aka redshape), a prized luke slater re-work of thomas hessler, while belgian shapeshifter peter van hoesen crafts a powerful production to add to the pot. familiar to fans of the label from his excellent imf09, avion makes a return alongside emerging columbian talent gotshell.
a project 18 months in the making, marcel fengler presents a imf10, a three part compilation series detailing the past, present and future of his label index marcel fengler. part 2 focuses on the warmer and more soulful side of imf and features an outstanding array of artists making their debut for the label, all of which have a strong personal meaning to fengler. there’s fjaak, the exciting berlin trio he admires for their authentic identity and honest sound, a special shed remix of the enigmatic vril whose timeless productions continue to strike a chord with him, good friend eric cloutier who he has long wanted to get involved in imf and of course long-time label champion thomas hessler. viennas arthur robert a new face marcel discovered after he sent him tracks over facebook contributes a beautiful shimmering work to the compilation. highlighting this section of the project is the first azur track marcels new side project. he explains: ive always liked to be diverse with my music, but i also do’t want to confuse people. this is the reason why i decided to give my melodic side its own identity. my music under the marcel fengler name will go back to its roots and be more raw and rough in production terms. the final digital package will be complemented by a dj mix from thomas hessler comprised of tracks from imf10. stay tuned for parts 3 to follow, which includes originals and remixes by marcel fengler, sebastian kramer (aka redshape), luke slater, peter van hoesen and more.
dispersion is an ep deep in style, talent and wonder. embellishing the underground kudos of berlin-based techno dj and producer avion, owner of the hotly tipped, and renowned imprint crossing, dispersion is an eclectic mix of cerebral, uncompromising and colorful techno. title track dispersion is a gleaming display of spacious dancefloor beats melancholic, yet industrial. real is clinical, functional techno, emulating some of the wizards influential magic. inverse blends together a contemporary approach to sonic aptitudes, while remaining a strictly dancefloor and body orientated, while enidan a colorful moment of ambient beauty, plays the ep out. it is the first release on marcel fengler s regarded, techno imprint imf in 2017. dispersion is an ambitious, and unique ep, from a true underground and mysterious talent. the eps style embodies the bright, hypnotic and pulsing music that has characterized his releases to date on crossing. talking about the release, fengler states, he got my attention after some pretty strong releases on his own imprint crossing. i felt that this was something i didnt have on my label, but still reflected the idea of imf.
strength lies in calmness – and vice versa. marcel fengler returns on imf and offers three new inspirited musical pieces that protrude from the club context just as well as cater for your home stereo, picking up on the diverse musical moods defined by his debut album fokus (ostgut ton, 2013) while concentrating on intertwining sound aesthetics. with “kyu” laid out on the a-side, this new 12- starts off with a delicate yet muscular floor-pleaser – its subtle 4/4 rhythm is counteracted by lush claps on 2/4, but the true finesse comes in form of its varying rhythmic details, crisp hi-hats and underlying, subtle melodies, most notably the twirling organ trills, sustained synth pads and alienated shout outs. “shitau” on b1 picks up on these introverted and adoring musical moods with more organic bell percussion and swelling synth layers adding a more cinematic touch to the complex rhythm patterns—then pausing for a short dreamy break, gaining speed again before culminating in a grand finale. “zen” follows up with intimate string arrangements until fengler varies the tone and tempo with tribalist percussion and a lush kick drum. this ep is an ideal companion, whether you re pruning your bonsai or branching out a club set.
thomas hessler returns with his second full ep for imf, with four tracks further establishing the on-the-rise german producer s talent for sleek, agile techno. ep opener push is the record s most intense cut, brimming with a powerful intent that s barely contained by the track s dramatic surging synths. it s followed by rise, which matches its rhythmic urgency to an escalating melody that teases while it builds towards its cathartic house lights up moment. the record s b1 track, the aptly-titled reflections, is the ep s most contemplative, with an unwavering pulse underpinning a subtle rising-and-falling melody that always threatens to burst into technicolour before dipping back into darkness. finally, ep closer the hope may be optimistically named yet is conversely the track most likely to incite dancefloor panic, with a drum rhythm that bucks like a rodeo bull, to which your best course of action is to hold on tight and enjoy the rid
munich’s zenker brothers arrive on index marcel fengler for the first time with pollioni, a four-track ep that captures the unique style that has brought the duo acclaim over a string of releases for tresor and their own ilian tape label since they combined their considerable production talents as a dual force in dextrous, charismatic techno.
index marcel fengler unearths another berlin-forged gem with a debut release for somewhen. following an impressive pair of eps on his own sana imprint, label boss marcel fengler was quick to invite the newcomer to the imf family. following a pair of head turning performances on line-ups alongside fengler at his berghain home, the time has come for imf 05 to bring somewhens talents to wider attention.
a cut *dain* is a stripped down techno trip engineered for dancefloors at dawn: a siren call to the club’s most battle hardened heads, its subtle machinations will prove deadly in the right dj’s hands. over on the b-side, *aula* is the eps more unpredictable beast, its rougher rave edges rounded off by a rich bass synth and enigmatic vox pads that give the track an unsettling air as it nears its conclusion. xj closes the ep with an insistent slice of acid with somewhens own playful modern twist.
the index expands into its fourth chapter with a rich collection of tracks from key label artists marcel fengler, thomas hessler, echoplex and vril. label co-ordinator marcel fengler drops scion on the a1, a non-typical, deeper house-influenced jam with a floating, mind-melting soft-focus. abstract, crafty techno meets classic sunday-afternoon vibes in this unique offering. after his wonderful 4-tracker on imf003 promising talent thomas hessler continues his run with the melodic and stark journey track, the escaper. what is initially shrouded in mystery and melancholy opens up into a funky, us vs. uk-styled workout, snapping snares and reduced percussion driving the meandering synth theme. echoplex, who graced imf002, also returns with a suitably trippy and percussive number, entitled the relapse. building into a bleepy, freaky, acidic killer, complete with some cleverly deployed rave vocal samples, filtering in and out of the fluffy aesthetic, the long-serving polish master is still on top form. going for impact and stand-out sound design, vril offers thronwagen, a mesmerising arrangement of synth layers, classic techno stabs and overlapping themes. already well-known for his powerful drums and bottom end control, this more musical piece goes a long way to showcase some of the german producers many other talents.
talented new german producer thomas hessler arrives on imf with a superb four track exploration into powerful, melodic and timeless techno. driven by rich synth arpeggios and textural percussion, this third release on the label continues the search for unique, stand-out electronic music full of atmosphere and finesse.
index marcel fengler continues with its second installment, introducing an expertly produced ep from respected long-running artist echoplex. since 2000 echoplex, the polish born peter sliwinski, has released truly pioneering, atmospheric and soulful techno, appearing on his own soleil label, or synewave amongst many others. this triumphant return to the limelight comes in the form of three stand out tracks.
marcel fengler launches his own label – imf (index marcel fengler) with a rich, experimental and varied 3 track ep. through his numerous releases for ostgut ton and mote- evolver, or remixes for artists like skudge or perc, fengler has built his own distinct modern techno sound. introducing the ep , setting the tone and announcing its intentions, >knavish< is a thick, textural and spacious piece of sound design that careers across the audio spectrum with stunning fluidity. like a seductive opening chapter, it draws us in, yet leaves much for our burning curiosity to discover. moving on further off-centre, the churning ten minute adventure of >hidden empire< begins its rumbling ascent in the paranoid depths of fenglers more subversive electronic language. fusing the attitude of punk with the metallic ring of industry, its lively synth play and heavy forward stomp make this a challenging and indeed rewarding find. featured on his new >berghain 05< mix, >sphinx< takes a straighter path into the kind of sensory techno that marcel is well known for presenting on the berghain floor. funky, playfully aggressive, heavily defined and certainly cosmic, a concerto of outer-space tones, static and filtered waves join the racing percussion in tense unison