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 Fakiâ€™s mastery at its most compact and intense. Unlike a recording from a clubnight, this CD concentrates all aspects and tonalities of Lenâ€™s extensive sets at Berghain on 77 minutes. Len takes the listener on a journey, or rather an odyssey: At the beginning one is sucked into a hypnotic techno sound gradually developing a more and more intoxicating, electrifying and dramatic dynamic. Len Fakiâ€™s exclusive contribution ‘BX 3’ marks a first euphoric highlight being absorbed by Radioslaveâ€™s dubby undertones of ‘Neverending’, another exclusive track on this mix, followed by Basement Jaxxâ€™ disco house transporting the euphoric atmosphere to a new frisky level. Towards the end Jerome Sydenhamâ€™s and Dennis Ferrerâ€™s ‘Timbuktu’ adds a spiritual depth underlined by Burialâ€™s remix of Bloc Partyâ€™s ‘Where Is Home?’ as a 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 new labels Figure and Podium on which he released a series of excellent 12â€œs. The highlights of his own output were ‘Mekong Delta’ on Ostgut Ton and ‘My Black Sheep’ on Podium.
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 itâ€™s still possible to bring oppositional tracks into a coherent context on this mix has been a task close to Lenâ€™s heart. As a matter of fact, this is the main theme of ‘Berghain 03’. Techno and house donâ€™t appear as antagonists here, but rather are the manifestations of the same emotive erruptions. 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.
In spite of the stylistic openness, ‘Berghain 03’ is still a techno mix. For Len Faki, techno is the music of happiness. The energy of the dancefloor feeds back to the turntables and creates a loop driving dancers into ecstasy, bedazzling listeners during the course of 20 tracks; from John Beltranâ€™s orchestral sounds to Burialâ€™s fey Dubstep.
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01. John Beltran â€“ Vienna
02. Edit-Select â€“ Bauer (Exclusive Track)
03. Roman Lindau â€“ Raumgestaltung
04. Collabs feat. Speedy J & Chris Liebing â€“ Magnit Express
05. Gez Varley pres. Tony Montana â€“ The World Is Yours
06. Someone Else â€“ Lowdown Brittle (Winkâ€™s Profound Sound Interpretation)
07. Pfirter â€“ Mi Chica
08. Eric Johnston â€“ Waiting For Weird
09. JP Montesino â€“ Viaje Numero Uno
10. Planetary Assault Systems â€“ Surface Noise
11. Len Faki â€“ BX 3 (Exclusive Track)
12. Radio Slave – Neverending (Exclusive Track)
13. Radio Slave w/ Dennis Ferrer â€“ Neverending w/ Jero A capella
14. Koljah & Oliver Deutschmann – Eaten Back To Life (Ed Davenportâ€™s Stripped Mix)
15. Tony Lionni â€“ Found A Place (Exclusive Track)
16. Basement Jaxx â€“ Fly Life (Xtra Mix)
17. Nick Holder & Kaje pres. Trackheadz â€“ Feel (Instrumental Mix)
18. Laurent Garnier â€“ The Man With The Red Face
19. Ferrer & Sydenham Inc. – Timbuktu
20. Bloc Party – Where is Home? (Burial Remix)