TOTD // 07/12 // Michael Klein

Published: December 7, 2016, words by Elle Clark

Frankfurt born producer Michael Klein has fully emerged in 2016. Having released on labels like Pan-Pot’s Second State, Micro.fon and Perplex, this year saw him announce the launch of his own imprint, the underground techno-focused platform BLK DRP.

As the former techno capital of Germany, Frankfurt’s early sound shaped and inspired Klein’s output today. Dark and brooding techno taken straight from the German underground forms the foundation of his releases, but riveting grooves and deep dub nuances pinpoint his unique sound. Michael Klein has forged a glowing reputation for his ability to weave together a thoroughly mesmerising set with unique selections, faultless rhythm and unrelenting energy.

Having garnered support from heavyweight artists such as Laurent Garnier, Chris Liebing and Danny Tenaglia, Michael Klein has become a worldwide artist. Playing at impressive venues like Watergate and Kantine in Berlin, Pacha Barcelona and Labyrinth Belgium, Michael Klein is set to continue on his rapid upward trajectory in 2017 with another busy schedule in front of him.

As mentioned, earlier this year Michael Klein revealed the launch of his new imprint BLK DRP. He’ll be inaugurating the label with two new original productions, featuring remixes from fellow Second State artist Amelie Lens and Truncate duo Raíz. BLK DRP is being launched for Michael Klein to showcase collaborations and productions from artists who are constantly inspiring him, whilst providing a platform for his own releases demonstrating his unique style of underground music.

Here at Watch The Hype, we caught up with Michael Klein ahead of the label debut Signal Response EP. He’s provided us with tracks that have shaped and inspired the BLK DRP label, including a textured, intricate soundtrack he created for an exhibition in his hometown of Berlin. Dark, hypnotic grooves and raw sounds make up his selections.

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Eduardo de la Calle

B1

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I’m a big fan of Eduardo’s work and how simple the tracks seem at a first glance. What I love about his work is how detailed and thought through the sound design actually is when you start paying attention. Eduardo made a lot of amazing tracks which are also very home listening compatible, but this one is special to me as it also works amazingly on the dancefloor through the way how it constantly builds up energy and holds the audience’s tension. This is one of the characteristics where I want my label to develop and this is also one of the reasons why I can happily announce that Eduardo contributed an amazing remix for one for the upcoming BLK DRP releases.”
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Echologist

Dirt (Area Remix)

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I think with listing this track as the third one that inspired me it becomes quite clear what sound I found very inspiring. It’s the minimalism and raw mix of this Area edit is what I really love about this one. Having only a few elements to work with but refining these to work perfectly with each other. Sounds constantly gain and loose attention making the listener ask for this particular sound to come back or to further get emphasised. This is what I want to achieve with the label. Having the platform for these kind of tracks that are in constant tension between the producer and the listener.”
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Atom

Stromlinien

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Atom TM is an amazing and inspiring producer in general, but Stromlinien really caught my attention because of its dubby low-fi vibe. Everything sounds so dirty and rough like it has just been recorded on tape at an abandoned warehouse. It is dark, hypnotic, but still driving. Being quite different on what I have been producing on my own so far I feel like this direction is having a strong impact on where I, as a producer, and BLK DRP will be going in the future.”
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Michael Klein

Drawings Installation Soundtrack

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“Over a year ago I built an audio visual installation here in Berlin. It has been an experiment for me trying to find ways how to further emphasise sound by very minimalistic visuals. While working on this I started focusing on noise and clicks and how it is possible to create an atmosphere using very basic raw elements. This is also one of the reasons why I created BLK DRP, to have a platform for anything experimental that comes out of my studio.”

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