this newest installment of the ongoin series presents four very different hardspace mixes, each one of which allowing a different shade of len fakis musical guise to shine through. on guidance a quick-paced bounce grooves on top of a three-note bassline, suspenseful strings and sensous vox giving the track an unsuspectedly burning itch. equally smacking, yet both tribal and technoid is his rework of f.e.x‘s never give up, which keeps breaking down in order for the slicing hats to come back in and do their magic. tackling a current uk-techno-favorite on the flip, randomer & cadans‘ anchor has got a grimey grind to it, which here gets churned into an even more wicked version of a twisted trip down the rabbit hole. closing the ep out on a bleeping note, ribé‘s outlines is a deep-spacious, echo-laden affair, oscillating in tune and zoning alongside skitting percussives. as with all releases of lf rmx, the proceeds of this record will be forwarded to the berlin organization straßenkinder e.v. to be used in actions against child poverty.
back with another pair of his heavy-hitting hardspace mixes, len faki hands two mighty club-weapons. aimed at no less than unleashing havoc on the floor is the edit of frantic drum-roll-fest lazer beam. already quite a force to be reckoned with, faki manages to beef-up the mix even more, adding rumbling bass-weight and injecting some extra steam to make it roll out until the end. on the flip side there‘s the hypnotic groove of space taxi. captivating and enveloping, this mix alters the original signature bass in order to shift gears into what feals like full forward there‘s no escaping this one! as with all releases of lf rmx, the proceeds of this record will be forwarded to the berlin organization straßenkinder e.v. to be used in actions against child poverty.
taking on a true trance classic and a personal favorite of his, len faki takes us back to the golden era of big melodies and early raves, sharing two very distinct interpretations of firedance by odyssee of noises, the prolific production outfit helmed by ralf hildenbeutel. originally released in 1994 on legendary label eye q, this track marked a special period for faki, when he was fully immersing himself into the scene, and accompanied him through his most formative times as a dancer and a becoming dj.brimming with the iconic elation of those nights, side a keeps with the emotive theme of the original‘s sunrise version, tweeking only slightly to cater for the needs of these days‘ dancers. re-shaping the classic to match modern productions for it to be mixed with current bangers, faki packs the tune‘s anthemic appeal into a propulsive ride down memory lane…
len faki isnt showing any signs of slowing things down over on his special edits-platform, already lining up the second round of 2018 and thus bringing the catalogue total up to lfrmx006. alex danilovs inside comes in two new versions here, both of which build upon the russian producers trademark filter action, making for a groove that funks as strongly as it remains subtle. first off the charming deepspace mix patiently unfolds into crisp breaks and lush strings, followed by a remarkably atmospheric hardspace mix, which soon steps it up a notch and gets smacking in order to get that floor chugging away to its choo-choo-chimes. meanwhile on the other side, developers steaming lost moments is treated to an array of additional elements, the outcome sounding razor-sharp and agile as ever, yet still channeling a considerable amount of propulsive force. as with all releases of lf rmx, the proceeds of this record will be donated to the berlin charity project straßenkinder e.v. to be used in actions against child poverty.
len faki is ready to share another batch of his personal secret weapons, this time giving away three floor-focused edits, starring a pair of russian producers philipp gorbachev and nocow. first up are two takes from gorbachevs recent lp, a throwback into the rave scenes heyday. featuring anthemic synths and even front-row vocals by polina. the catchy album opener gets rigged with a solid fundament and peak time-friendly bpm, while similarly sumptuous cut lazer waltzes through fakis tested and well-proven percussive layers. boasting massive low-end impact on the flip, the hardspace mix of nocows k$$$$ hits a special spot, mixing heavy bass, idm-grade level of detail and ghetto-ish vox into a unique and heady power-blend. as with all releases of lf rmx, the proceeds of this record will be forwarded to the berlin organization straßenkinder e.v. to be used in actions against child poverty.
on the latest installment of his remix series, len faki tackles two compositions from aleksi perälä, both of which feature the finnish artist’s renowned musical tuning system, dubbed ‚the colundi sequence’. both edits build on the originals’ deeply hypnotizing synthesizer sequences while adding some extra punch and arrangement tweaks in order to turn them into proper dancefloor weapons. a straight-forward bleep affair, the hardspace mix of gbbvt1337152 underlines its simple yet utterly effective beauty. in contrast, uk74r1409047 is a moody and mystical ride under the night sky, whose enchanted vibe faki carefully retains. as with all releases of lf rmx, the proceeds of this record will be forwarded to the berlin organization straßenkinder e.v. to be used in actions against child poverty.
rekids celebrates 10 years of radio slave’s ‘grindhouse’ with remixes from len faki, slam, obscure shape & shdw, vatican shadow, markus suckut, lady starlight and special request. first appearing on a release as part of radio slave’s iconic ‘no sleep’ series, ‘grindhouse’ spawned multiple remixes from the likes of dubfire, danton eeprom, terrance fixmer and nic fanciulli to become one of the biggest techno records since its original release. to commemorate this fact, len faki has produced two different reinterpretations in the first of four heavyweight remix packages.
“i didn’t plan to go back to grindhouse. it’s a monster of a record and undoubtedly the biggest release we’ve had on the label, but after 10 years it seems right to revisit the track and also add some new versions from some of my favourite techno producers.- – radio slave with danton eeprom’s vocal resonating throughout, faki’s first remix features crunchy snares, ominous chords and shuffling effects before piercing synths come into effect in the latter half. meanwhile, the second version rumbles forward with its undulating bassline, soaring atmospherics and echoing elements to round up two solid productions exemplary of the figure founder’s seasoned abilities in the studio.
originally released as a b-side in 2007 on figure’s then-sublabel podium, len faki’s ‚my black sheep’ was one of those rare tracks that unpredictably take on a life of their own. a veritable underground hit, it not only came to define the sound of len faki at that time but for many became equally synonymous with the state of the scene in berlin around that time. now that ten years have passed since then, we felt it was about time to finally treat the sheep to a fresh shave
lf rmx is a new series, exclusively featuring edits and remixes originally made by len faki for use in his own dj sets. now releasing them to a wider audience, the second edition presents two complementary contrasting versions of deep in by stephen brown. sticking to the strengths of the source material, faki s sleek polish makes the centerpiece acid bassline and playful cut-up vocal stand out from the mix even more. already quite a force to begin with, the momentum only keeps growing as oldschool drum breaks and additional percussion roll in. the original s linear progression is traded for murky, modulating analog squelches on the deepspace mix, turning the tune into a dubby late-night groover, which still holds some surpises in store. as with all releases of the non-profit platform that is lf rmx, the proceeds of this record will be forwarded to the berlin organization straßenkinder e.v. to be used in actions against child poverty.
lf rmx arrives as new non-profit platform which will share only edits originally made by len faki for playing in his dj sets. what began as small technical tweaks has since grown into passionate work, the edits eventually becoming an important staple to the special feel and flow of the figure head’s well-renowned approach to djing. the series’ first release features the rework of dj bone’s 2016 slammer ‘black patterns’, whose heavily rolling nature the hardspace mix builds upon. keeping the oldschool drums’ weighty feel, len faki gives his a edit a more compact shell and punchy edge. the centerpiece piano stabs also reign over this version, albeit rising in a glimming, glistening fashion, making it a definite choice for this summer. the hardspace tool on the other side steers clear of piano and vocal, rather developing a lively sequence of unmistakenly len faki-styled, vigorous percussive permutations. as this project is very much a matter of the heart, and as much about honoring the orignal artists’ work as it is about sharing the edits with a wider audience, there will be no monetary gain involved. instead all the proceeds will be donated fully to straßenkinder e.v., a berlin organization fighting against child poverty
figure 86 finds the label’s headmaster revisiting a dormant classic from 2005, delivering two extended excursions that pick up on the lunatic vibe instilled by the original while each mix provides for a uniquely new experience. sitting on the record’s a-side is the hardspace mix, a sparse and bone dry rhythmic affair, built around the originals characteristic cut-up vocal sample. a hammering thump carries along the track relentlessly, the air of oppression created only amplified by a heavy assault of clangig claps. the digital bundle comes with an even more stripped-back hardspace tool version, making it an excellent surprise to throw in and out of mixes. on the flip faki takes opportunity to show us one of his lesser known sides, taking time to gently develop this deepspace mix into a meandering meditative journey. trading in the vocal for a spaced-out synth opens the track up for the shifting tribal drums to truly work their magic and makes this piece of music feel equally mysterious as it sways with cosmic energy.
ostgut ton reissues neun of zehn with original tracks by ben klock and ryan elliott as well as len faki revisiting rainbow delta. 2015 marked ostgut tons ten-year anniversary, celebrated with an extensive 30 track compilation release, titled ostgut ton | zehn, spread out over ten 12inch vinyl records housed inside a limited box set. this sampler sold out in no time, which is why ostgut ton is re-issuing these ten 12inches individually in 2016. without any doubt, the best klubnacht moments are when dancers let go in trance not peak time, not big hitters, its the subtle nuances that matter. ben klocks first solo production in six years on a internalises this formula: a simple beat, pulsing sirens, a shimmering melody, some sprinkling flute notes and ben’s your uncle. sirens is a pure, hypnotic cut, shrewd and stylish. on b1 ryan elliott underlines why he has been playing both of berghains floors regularly: smith lake is somewhere along the lines of micro techno/macro house, something living inbetween musical worlds and floors, combining tribalist bongo percussion with ethereal synth pads and a delicate bassline. is it safe to say that rainbow delta is a modern classic? because it is! on b2 len faki revisits his 2007 release in form of a stripped-down, bare-naked and intimate ambient version. a modern classic, turned seren
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record store day 2016 rules apply dance mania records releases for record store day, len faki s edit of parris mitchell s rubber jazz band, unreleased on vinyl until now! the classic track rubber jazz band is from parris mitchells 1994 life in the underground double 12inch, with an even raunchier sound then before. also, featured on the b. side is a rare hard to find track, computer. get your copy while they last. this 2 track 12inch is limited edition.
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the third edition of figure’s recently launched run of limited edition hybrid discs sees the label head helping a 90’ies classic to new glory. when originally released in 1995, ian pooley’s celtic cross destroyed clubs everywhere with its iconic vocal sample and hypnotic bass bleeps. len faki’s remix treatment is a sublte one, which manages to leave most of the original’s elements in tact while still expanding upon its fiercely banging character
with the release of this set of remixes figure head len faki reveals previously unseen shades of both the source material and his own musical identity. produced over the course of last year and originally never intended to come out, the hidden objects were to remain just that – hidden from anyone but faki himself who was privately developing a different side of his in the studio.
up and coming producer, odd/even label boss and close stockholm ltd affiliate andre kronert arrives on figure with an astounding 3 track ep, completed by a deadly len faki dub. kronert has risen through the ranks yet stayed true to his reduced, warm and powerful sound strategy. the opening track g.i.a.n.t makes for a wonderfully tense opener, with its expansive dark sound design and deep dub kick arriving around the half-way point. this is countersigned then by two more energetic tracks in the shape of the throne room and fallen space, both pivoting over a fulcrum of classic synth hooks and carefully honed percussion. len faki takes the throne room into a different mental zone, with his almost tropical dub version, ensnaring a freaky pitched motif to accent and build upon andre s powerful original elements. classic reduction, and an ep of classic figure contemporary techno.
figures creator len faki steps in to the spotlight once again with his brand new >street dub< ep. constantly striving for excellence in sound design and deadly arrangements, fakis wonderfully precise and well honed strand of club techno continues to shine on figures 70th release - a classic example of lens tireless approach to production. packaged together in three different versions, >street dub< stylishly treads the borders between classic dub techno and modern club weaponry. with just a handful of perfectly balanced elements, perching atop a weighty kick and rolling sub bass, both >street dub< and >street dub version< are sure to satisfy purist techno fans and newcomers to the genre alike. as a bonus, an >ambience< mix is included, stripping away all the percussion and letting the beautiful subtleties of fakis production bubble to the surface.
len faki veroeffentlicht die zweite ep seiner basement trax-reihe auf ostgut ton. war der erste teil der 2013 begonnenen reihe noch gepraegt von vocals, sphaerischen klaengen und melodien, so verzichtet der berghain-resident der ersten stunde mit vol. 2 fast gaenzlich auf solche elemente. die drei neuen stücke sind klar, funktional, aufgeraeuumt und alle um die 124 bpm pendelnd, spiegeln seinen routinierten blick auf die peaktime am wriezener bahnhof aber auch auf dancefloors rund um die welt wider
slam turn to long time friend and collaborator, len faki, to head up the third part in the series of remixes of their album reverse proceed and he turns in 2 fantastic versions amalgamating two of his top picks from the lp. slam also feature in this package with a stripped back dub version of ghosts of detroit.
len faki initiates a new series on figure. a hybrid of picture disc and classic vinyl, 65.5 looks to the future of the label in a bold statement both musically and aesthetically. already well known for his precise works, and with a wealth of remix credits under his name, djs have come to know exactly what they can expect from a len faki production - pure quality and dedication to his art! with other key figure artists expected to contribute to the concept too, we re excited to offer up this beautifully crafted series of collectors items. the classic rattling techno stabs of basic pain procedure are reworked into a storming deep quest for the floor - one for the heads, the original was produced by a certain and much heralded uk duo in their early years of operations… len faki takes the haunting, bare bones of the original and modifies it gracefully, resulting in this high-end reprise. emerging from the hazy echoes of a late 90s rave in the uk, by way of chicago, the classic synth line could be the epitome of a genre that seems to live on timelessly without borders or the need for hype: dub techno spirit 2015!
we welcome back len faki and present an unbelievable hot remix for young swedish techno activist fauntleroy and his track everything which was originally released on fauntleroys own label anemone. faki gives the original track a massive berlin flavoured techno polish. pressing on multi-color marbled vinyl.
rod needs no introduction as the prolific alter ego of a certain dutch producer already well associated with figure. here we are treated to 3 new rod cuts, precisely aimed at the dancefloor, plus a special len faki remix to crown the package. label curator len faki offers up his take on >truck one< in a storming, action-packed ride, building on rods sparse palette of sound-design rumbles, and creates a straight up modern techno roller that refuses to be shy!
featuring three more raw versions based on original tracks from 2000 & one, french fries and rodhad, dj edits volume 4 arrives just in time for the festive season. precision edited, endorsed and club-tested by len faki, the package offers yet another chance to delve into the record bag of the figure label head.
following on from his edits of dj hyperactive, jpls and mikael jonasson, len faki now takes on original sound associates material in two burning new interpretations. both >jacknife< and >boombox< blend the jacking, floor-burning funk of the original s.a cuts, with fakis unmistakable attention to detail, and deadly-high production values. finely tuned, yet raw and unrelenting, they are a perfect addition to figure s current run of releases, setting new and higher standards for underground techno in 2014.
limited 2014 repress >br> oh my god !! this is techno 2009! edit select brennt sich ein wie der paranoid dancer 1998 und beim hören von bx3 von len faki auf der b-seite verstehen auch die letzten wie geil 2009 techno sein kann !! chapeau !
figures creator, len faki, returns with volume 2 in his dj-edits series, featuring 2 intense reworkings of jpls and mikael jonasson. having already released volume 1 in 2012, with two bass-heavy edits of classic dj hyperactive material, faki expands the series further, choosing two more tracks from his personal archive of special edits made for his dj sets.
sure bomb !! dj support - carl craig, adam beyer, dubfire, monika kruse, shinedoe, christian smith, len faki ... this is the second of 2 fat remix records on drumcode of the 2 most popular tracks taken from the dc10 years album compilation last year. this release sees the truly awe inspiring >do us part< track from par grindvik get 2 classy overhauls from 2 producers of the moment - len faki and 2000 and one. lens remix is a real floor burner cleverly weaving hook parts of the original around a simple driving drum and bassline groove before building cleverly and introducing a harder hook later on to devastating efffect. on the flipside dylan aka 2000 and one adds his typical funky dutch trademark by using the same trippy synth hooks but also adding funky bass patterns and warped synth fx.
number 1 steve bug charts !!! redshape is len fakis musical partner of podium #05. with releases on delsin, styrax leaves and present he is regarded as on of the most exciting newcomers on the dance music circuit. few producers have achieved to delevop such an individual approach to detroit techno, few musicans managed to rough it up so relentlessly. redshapes track is an interminable battle against stagnation, each bar of the track bursts with musical creativity. on >whats on a moogs mind?<, this genre building synthesizer turns into a brain. the moog overrules all conventions of musical form, the machine becomes an unpredictable furious beast. the 808 cowbell develops an uncanny, emotional quality. a techno track as gripping as a cliffhanger. len fakis >odyssee ii< relates perfectly the dramatic tension of redshapes track. the absorbing sounds just soaks you in. through the whole accoustic journey of the track, you feel his sense for the special athmosphere of the berghain which reminds clubbers of a medieval cathedral
einer amtlichsten technohits (siehe techno - nicht minimal) des jahres kam von len faki. die ostgut crew beweist einmal mehr ein gutes händchen mit der wahl der remixer. ibandans jerome sydenham & adam beyer machen alles richtig. brett !!!