Berghain 03


Following André Galluzzi and Marcel Dettmann's Berghain mixes, this is the third installment in this series, mixed by Berlin's Len Faki. There aren't many DJs who embody euphoric raving, moments fraught with happiness and electric discharges onto the dancefloor, as Len Faki does. What has been reserved for dancers at Berghain and other international clubs, is now available on CD for the first time ever. Berghain 03 is a display of Faki's mastery at its most compact and intense. Unlike a recording from a club night, this CD concentrates all aspects and tonalities of Len's extensive sets at Berghain in 77 minutes. Len takes the listener on an odyssey: at the beginning, one is sucked into a hypnotic techno sound that gradually develops a more and more intoxicating, electrifying and dramatic dynamic. Len Faki's exclusive contribution "BX 3" marks a first euphoric highlight, being absorbed by the dubby undertones of Radio Slave's "Neverending," another exclusive track on this mix, followed by Basement Jaxx's disco-house, transporting the euphoric atmosphere to a new frisky level. Towards the end, Jerome Sydenham and Dennis Ferrer's "Timbuktu" adds a spiritual depth underlined by Burial's remix of Bloc Party's "Where Is Home?" -- the perfect closing track. Having moved to Berlin in 2002, Len Faki took a creative break in order to restart as a DJ and musician. He became a resident at Berghain and launched his labels Figure and Podium on which he released a series of excellent 12"s. For anyone who experienced Len Faki internationally as a peaktime DJ or who only know him for his productions, the second, more house-y part of Berghain 03 might come as a surprise, as this aspect of his DJing has so far been reserved to his marathons at Berghain. But Faki rises to the special challenge of presenting such a set during the length of a CD, without suffering the loss of the broad stylistic range of such a night. Being able to show that it's still possible to bring oppositional tracks into a coherent context on this mix has been a task close to Len's heart. By changing styles, Len Faki reveals connections you can feel. By layering the tracks for very long periods, they all appear in a new light, from John Beltran's orchestral sounds, to Burial's fey dubstep. Berghain 03 is an injection of adrenaline into any raver's heart. Other artists include: Edit-Select, Roman Lindau, Collabs, Speedy J & Chris Leibling, Gez Varley, Tony Montana, Someone Else, Wink, Pfirter, Eric Johnston, JP Montesino, Planetary Assault Systems, Jero, Koljah & Oliver Deutschmann, Ed Davenport, Tony Lionni, Basement Jaxx, Nick Holder & Kaje, Trackheadz, Laurent Garnier, and Bloc Party.