KLOCKWORKS V/A | 20.1 / 20.2 / 20.3
Klockworks is a Techno / Minimal Techno label run since 2006 by DJ & producer Ben Klock from Berlin, Germany. Its rooster of composers and DJs includes Ben Klock, DVS1, Etapp Kyle, ROD, Trevino, Heiko Laux and Jay Clarke amongst others.
Ben Klock is one of techno’s greatest DJs. He offers the whole package: fantastic mixing, excellent taste, an instantly recognizable sound. The Berghain resident has a remarkable ear for finding tracks that slot perfectly into his DJing style, and he knows just when to let in some light to keep things from getting samey. Klockworks, which started 11 years ago, has become a dependable label for techno tools with the occasional flashy standout. But it’s a formula that, across the label’s 20-track, six-disc compilation, is stretched a little too thin.
Klockworks 20‘s best tracks reflect Klock‘s lighter side. “Dance Of The Warrior” from Georgian producer Newa, is unusually indulgent, with a fat 303 and a melodic bassline. The late Trevino, responsible for some of Klockworks’ best records, continues that streak on the fantastic “Sombre Tones” ROD‘s thick, gaudy synth textures on “Extra” provide another highlight.