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One

by Ben Klock

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    A1: Goodly Sin (feat. Elif Biçer)
    A2: Gloaming

    B1: Check For Pulse
    B2: Underneath

    C1: OK (feat. Elif Biçer)
    C2: Gold Rush

    D1: Cargo
    D2: Grip
    D3: In A While

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    01. Coney Island
    02. Goodly Sin (feat. Elif Biçer)
    03. Check For Pulse
    04. Underneath
    05. Gloaming
    06. Init One
    07. Cargo
    08. OK (feat. Elif Biçer)
    09. In A While
    10. Init Two
    11. Gold Rush
    12. Grip
    13. Thirteen Rounds

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Ben Kock | One | ostgutcd07/lp03

'One' is the debut album of Ben Klock. Controlling his output over the prior decade with care and accuracy, Ben only released a dozen EPs before this album, rather than falling for an inflationary release policy. Working with Ostgut Ton, Bpitch Ctrl, Memo and his own platform Klockworks only, he chose trust and longevity over quick visibility.

So how does a producer whose 12"s have always been dedicated 100% to the dancefloor, approach his first album? "I haven't had a prefab concept really. All I wanted was it to work on it as an album. The piece's atmospheres in itself and in relation to each other were of greater concern than thoughts like 'do I need another ambient track, or do I need a kick drum to make this work in a club?' In principle, all of it's techno, but I don't see 'One' as a pure club album."

Stylistically, Klock draws on plentiful resources. There's the dirty techno in 'Grip', the sexy intermittent 'Check Your Pulse', alongside ambient like tracks like 'Init One' and 'Init Two', as well as the dubstep inspired 'Goldrush'. And then there are the outstanding cuts 'Goodly Sin' and 'Ok' featuring Elif Biçer's vocals. In comparison to her records with Prosumer & Murat Tepeli, here her voice has been reduced to the bare essentials.

With its rugged bassline and crafty claps 'OK' is even reminiscent of a contemporary version of Nicolette's early work with Shut Up And Dance, but first and foremost it expands the Berghain sound to include a notion of pop.

'One' displays a depth and maturity of sound rarely found in this compactness. In all its stylistic variety, this album oozes with Klock's traditional understanding of techno. The special sound at Berghain, the low bass, the hiss and the rumble, the economically used melodic fragments and the eerie atmospheres are present at any moment of this recording. The album creates a sealed off space reflecting Berghain as an actual place. Ben Klock defines techno as visonary music knowing about its past, yet appearing completely up to date without ever coming close to Detroit and minimal clichés.

'One' is a powerful techno album marking a 2009 highlight and it raised the bar both for techno and Ostgut Ton. Not a small feat at all!

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released February 23, 2009

all tracks written and produced by Ben Klock

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