Fachwerk, established in Berlin in 2007 By Mike Dehnert, will be celebrating their 8th year this September with an album showcasing the cohesiveness of their sound and artists. In the past years, Sascha Rydell, Roman Lindau and Mike Dehnert himself have called the label home, hosting frequent nights at Berghain among other venues with the whole crew. With the minor exception of a couple releases the label catalog almost uniquely features the German trio.
For this special series, the three have come together once more, with the last time being three years ago, to each contribute their perspective on this anniversary piece as they travel through various emotions that capture the uplifting energy of the label.
The story is told as a narrative opening with a prologue from an alluring French female which slips gently into a punchy bass and cheerful rifts. The plot continues to unfold with dub-like chords that nurture serene atmospheres, which glide between bouncy beats and darker intriguing synths. The camaraderie is evident as the story progresses through a series of interludes embracing the banter of daily life running a label.
The sheer ability for Dehnert, Lindau and Rydell to intermingle and rest so consistent has them fooling any ear into thinking this compilation is a solo album. This is not an easy task for many labels, yet they are able to embody the essence of what the label has achieved in the past 8 years as well as what is still to come.
Fachwerk also announces a “8 Years Fachwerk” tour, firstly in Europe, and here are the first dates and locations confirmed:
- 10/06 Boiler Room, Berlin
- 27/06 Concrete, Paris
- 04/07 Skala, Bielefeld
- 17/07 Culture Box, Copenhagen pt1
- 31/07 Transition, Italy
- 05/09 Berghain, Berlin
- 06/11 Het Transportbedrijf, Rotterdam
- 20/11 Culture Box, Copenhagen pt2
Since 2007, Berlin native Mike Dehnert has run raw techno label Fachwerk,MD2 and a more house oriented subdivision calling Colomabge . The imprint’s mission is simple: to release their own take on raw, floor techno. And so they have done, on 36 different occasions, earning both the label and the artists behind it the respect of in- the-know, serious techno fans the world over.Dehnert’s own productions (often informed by his grubby, dub infused and textured live techno sets at institution like Berghain) have also been unleashed on the world via other respected imprints including Clone Records, Echochord Colour and Deeply Rooted House, Delsin.
Roman Lindau has been a main stay of the Berlin techno scene for many years, based in the home of European techno; he has become a regular on the circuit with his solo performances, and as part of the Fachwerk stable alongside Mike Dehnert and Sascha Rydell, performing at many of the label showcases across Europe. Roman’s DJ sets move seamlessly between the hard edged techno sound of Fachwerk to raw house sounds, these are the sets that he has become synonymous for, and which have taken him around Europe and further a field over the past decade.
Sascha Rydell is one third of the Fachwerk triumvirate that is leading the way in stripped, funky, dancefloor focussed techno. The Berlin-based label Fachwerk continually breaks the mold and sets new standards in the world of high-end dub- techno and reductionist club music. He has an ear for an unfamiliar hook, ability to craft a devastating bassline and most inviting groove. Sascha, like Fachwerk, has never strayed from the addictive and highly effective sound philosophy: Groove is Central, Bass is Life, Texture and Detail are essential. The result is a stunning catalogue of truly underground club and experiment music, that has seen Sascha Rydell also become a world renowned producer and DJ.