Shift & Badbox are proud to present an Ostgut Ton Night on the 29th of August featuring Answer Code Request and Kobosil.
Answer Code Request [Ostgut Ton / MDR // Berlin]
When Answer Code Request’s first EP suddenly hit the shelves of Berlin’s seminal record store Hard Wax in 2011, speculation across the web took up instantly. Was this another incarnation of affiliated Techno stalwarts, like Marcel Dettmann or Shed? A lot of people were very sure it had to be, even if further discussion seemed to agree that the music contained on this mysterious 12” would mean a bold redesign, as it was quite a different beast. Sure, there was the industrial punch, heavy groove and fierce determination associated with the Berghain sound and Ostgut Ton’s artists, but then again there were so many unfamiliar layers and signatures. It merged Berlin’s Techno heritage with Detroit melancholia, the heyday of UK’s “Artificial Intelligence” and the rhythmic innovations of the most current bass music, and ended up with a sound original and fresh. A musical concept that was so significantly different to what was already happening, that it was indicating the fact that this was not an established artist testing new grounds, but a new artist emerging to be that very new ground, and nothing less.
As the identity of the enigmatic producer behind Answer Code Request was revealed to be Patrick Gräser, at least some of the buzz was on the right path. Before Answer Code Request became his project to be in 2010, he spent his youth in the same small hometown near Berlin as Marcel Dettmann and Marcel Fengler, sharing their experiences of hitting the big city as a teenager, in search of the records and clubs that formed the tradition in the 90’s, then taking up DJing and producing shortly after, and sticking with it, and being successful with it as well.
If you listen to the music of Answer Code Request, be it on his astonishing records, as accordingly astonishing live act, or in the shape of his diversified and tremendously executed DJ sets, it all fits together. It seems it only took Answer Code Request a bit longer to enter the spotlight because he wanted it that way. He waited until everything was perfect and ready to go. And then it took him way shorter than almost everybody else to break through, and stay, just because of that.
From first public appearance to internationally acclaimed artist, performer and Berghain resident DJ, it only took Answer Code Request a year. Enough said.
Kobosil [Ostgut Ton / MDR // Berlin]
Kobosil’s first vinyl release, his remix for Barker & Baumecker’s “Silo”, released on Ostgut Ton at the beginning of 2013, impressed with it’s punishing drive, subtle, hypnotic synth sounds, escalating hi-hats and crystal clear production and spawned all kinds of speculation who might be behind the previously unknown Kobosil name.
Then his debut 12″ emerged just a few months after the “Silo” remix. With influences ranging from stark, raw machine techno, dark, purist, pumping acid, noise and distortion, the four bold tracks on this EP made a whole range of DJs pick and play different titles from the 12“ and stand out productions “Emil” and “Think & Think” made their mark on techno dance floors way beyond Berlin. Another 4-track 12″ on Ostgut Ton’s sublabel Unterton soon followed and the track “Osmium” from this EP was licensed for the Fabriclive.73 CD mixed by Panagea.
Simultaneously Kobosil introduced his dj sets as clubs started booking him on the strength of his first two releases alone and reports of fresh, no bars techno, informed by a whole range of electronic music styles, skilled mixing and well constructed sets followed. Kobosil had arrived and it wasn’t long before he made his debut on the Berghain Klubnacht floor. Hailing from Neukölln, Berlin, the 24 year-old Kobosil combines his talent with trained instruction, just finished a BA in audio production, this young producer knows his stuff. An avid vinyl collector, he has an almost nostalgic, passionate approach to music, combined with a truly futuristic outlook on where techno is heading. Deeply rooted in classic origins but reinvigorated and pushing sound frontiers and limits.
Next up were an EP for Marcel Dettmann’s MDR Label, a live set, his most recent releases on the RK label and a remix of Terence Fixmer’s “Aktion Mekanik Theme”.
Price: €15 at the door
Venue: Liquid Club
Time: 23:00 – 04:00