On the Radar: Len Faki – My Black Sheep (10 Year Anniversary Mixes)

Credit – Genny Espero

Len Faki calls upon the services of several upstanding members of the techno fraternity for his 10-year anniversary release of My Black Sheep. The Waveform Transmitter’s Simon Huxtable is all ears.

There’s a rumble in the underground. A rumble taking the form of the 10 year anniversary of My Black Sheep. Now, unless you’re very new to dance music, you’ll remember it’s incendiary sound. Originally released as a B-side in 2007 on Figure‘s then sub-label PodiumMy Black Sheep was one of those rare tracks that unpredictably take on a life of their own. A huge 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 Techno scene in Berlin.

Even before his move to Berlin in 2003, Len Faki had the experience of managing two highly acclaimed techno labels, Monoid and Feis. These early years of fruitful productivity provided the necessary groundwork for the next big steps in his career. Upon his arrival in Berlin, it didn’t take long until he became a resident DJ at the newly opened Berghain – a match made in techno heaven and a monthly experience he wouldn’t want to miss for anything. The characteristic extra long DJ sets inspired him to vary in tone and fully explore and deepen his skills turning a DJ set into a bona fide musical journey.

In 2003 he founded his own label, Figure, as a new platform to play out his eclectic and open-minded vision of Techno. At first an outlet for his own productions, it soon developed into a well recognised, highly acclaimed label, releasing luminary names like Johannes Heil and Slam, as well as upcoming producers, Markus Suckut, A.Mochi, Psyk and more. Three years later, Len founded a second new label, Podium, with the intention of producing a short running series of EPs featuring exclusive tracks from colleagues and friends alongside his own creations. From its initial release Podium found a sizeable fan base and has since gained cult status within the techno fraternity.

For their very special tenth anniversary, Len has invited five cutting-edge artists to add their unique flavour to one of Techno’s most well known tracks, which will be released in October as vinyl and digital. Deetron takes us down the rabbit-hole with an hypnotic rattling drum workout using the vocal to great effect. Jimmy Edgar and Truncate playfully juxtapose Sebastian Leger-esque marimbas with a no nonsense industrial drum rhythm for those wonky moments late into the evening.

Matrixxman provides a more subtle dubbed out version, whose acid touches echo endlessly in eerie reverb. While star of the show Cleric takes things to opposite extremes in his trademark industrial style. His X mix features Drexcyian drums and apocalyptic overtones providing the perfect mid-set cooler which loses nothing in pace but gains so much in presence. A digital only bonus, Cleric also gives us his Y mix, a straight 4/4 affair with familiar metallic stabs and heavily processed vocals. Absolute dance floor carnage.

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