The Waveform Transmitter’s Ste Knight presents the tenth in his Secret Weapons series. This week’s bunker busters come from the uber-talented Austrian techno legend, Florian Meindl. Fingers at the trigger!
Florian Meindl is a producer who has been on our radar now for over ten years. Since the release of his debut EP, titled (funnily enough) Debut EP, back in 2005 on Balkon, Meindl has been carving quite the niche for himself in the electronic music scene.
Since then, we have seen Florian bolstering his back catalogue with reams of quality tracks, enough to keep any techno head on their toes. October 2006 saw Meindl teaming up with Oliver Koletzki in order to bring their imprint, Flash Recordings, to fruition. The label has seen releases from some of underground techno‘s heavyweights, including the two owners, alongside the likes of Ramon Tapia, Electric Rescue, Hans Bouffmyhre, and even Hot Chip made an appearance back in 2010 with the remixes of their I Feel Better release.
Recently, we have seen the release of a remix EP, taking tracks from his 2017 Time Illusion album and passing re-rub duties over to some cracking artists, those being Italian techno producer Lucy with Space Traveller, Sigha with Frame of Mind, and Dutch duo TWR72 with Wild Sequence II (which makes an appearance in his Secret Weapons playlist, below).
Lucy‘s remix really opens the track up for some exploration. Clocking in at seven-and-a-half minutes, the Stroboscopic Artefacts head plays with some nice effects to stamp his mark on the track, using the breakbeat contained therein as a foundation for what he builds in terms of texture.
Frame of Mind, Sigha‘s rework, grabs the attention of the listener with machine-like synthesis, which is contrasted by ethereal, lilting layers that drape themselves over the top of the mix. TWR72‘s remix of Wild Sequence II would work perfectly as a DJ tool, giving the original the treatment ascribed to their own sound and making the track just as much their own as it is Florian‘s.
We are lucky enough to have been given AAA access to Florian Meindl‘s secret ammunition dossier and we can now reveal the devastating artillery he uses to wipe dance floors out with a single devastating blow. Here is his Secret Weapons playlist.
Roberto & Jamie Anderson – Corrugata (Original Mix) [FOSSIL ARCHIVE]
This tune has got a simple but magic harmony which is often able to lift the atmosphere on the dance floor into another dimension!
Kessell – Pentagon [GLTD005]
If I want to grab and hold the dancers, this is a Secret Weapon to do so – once you are hooked to this hypnotic sequence it’s hard to stop moving.
Florian Meindl – Wild Sequence 2 (TWR72 Remix) FLASH-X-004
This is an album remix from Twr72 which does crazy pattern-switching and has got surprising transitions, from full-of-suspense parts with strings, to massively grooving parts. It is one of those tracks where many people ask me what that is.
Mike Parker – Drain Hum
This dude has been around for ages and, along with his amazing recent tracks, I also love his old stuff – this was way beyond its time back then. He developed his sound further and further and his latest releases have the same DNA which is really nice in this case.
Kwartz – Rite [WU43]
I play many Kwartz tracks but this is really outstanding because it works with this challenging synth sequence and builds and collapses in such a nice way.
Thomas P. Heckmann – Welt in Scherben 2
When I was starting Djing this was one of the biggest tracks and I still play it and it works – a timeless masterpiece. Most people under 30 don’t know it.
TreVision – Live 01 [TREVISION01]
This is mostly the hardest pounding track I play, I don’t go further than this, it’s the limit and the peak in terms of hardness.
Andre Kronert – Dead Man Jam [TOTM02]
This is an acid track but a really grooving one! I use it a lot in the beginnings of my set when I want to build up fast rather than starting deep.
Avgusto – 0009 [FLASH Recordings 121]
My favourite Avgusto track! The perfect mixture between a big peacetime beat and deep atmosphere.
Johannes Heil – Die Eigene Achse (Heiko Laux Remix)
This is another record from my youth which I still play – nowadays I mostly play it slower and turn up the bass a bit, though – but it is still great and outstanding!