TOTD // 12/04 // OAKE

Published: April 12, 2017, words by Elle Clark

Part of the 47 takeover


Berlin duo OAKE emerged in a big way back in 2013 with their debut EP Offenbarung on Downwards. With a sound that reaches way beyond the duo’s years, OAKE (aka Eric Goldstein and Bathseba Zippora) have been releasing a steady slew of refined 12”’s, cassettes, EPs and an album on creative platforms like Ascetic House, 2014 established imprint Noiztank, and Lucy’s acclaimed Stroboscopic Artefacts.

Their compositions encompass a vast spectrum of styles that are almost impossible to define. OAKE explore strange realms of experimental techno, synth-filled darkwave and unsettling ambient. Their productions are intensely atmospheric; combining murky drone soundscapes with unstructured drum patterns, industrial clangs and faraway vocals to create a feeling of murky ambiance flecked with ominous streaks of imposing tension. Last year, OAKE issued their debut full-length album on Downwards – an 11-tracker entitled Auferstehung that was met with an impressive amount of acclaim. Staying true to their trademark style, Auferstehung sneaks between genres, focusing on stark contrasts of murky hums, mechanised techno and grand soundscapes.

Despite their recent emergence, OAKE have already managed to cement a name for themselves as a rare kind of innovative worldwide artist. The duo have played and performed live sets at some of the best parties and clubs around the globe in the last 3 years, including Corsica Studios’ famous techno party Jaded, alongside Lucy and Yotam Avni at De School in Amsterdam, and at Berlin’s Berghain alongside the likes of Actress, Concrete Fence, Dasha Rush and Helena Hauff.

One impressive name who’s head has been turned by OAKE is 47 label head Tommy Four Seven. Earlier this year, OAKE contributed their track ‘Anaximenes’ on 47’s 47008 EP, and late April will see the duo play at Tommy Four Seven’s renowned 47 party. Included in a mammoth line up alongside the likes of Surgeon, Demdike Stare, Headless Horseman and Tommy Four Seven himself, OAKE will be controlling the decks for 47’s new Numerology party exploring diversity and experimentation in electronic music.

As part of this week’s 47 takeover, we’ve been given a glimpse into OAKE’s record collection. Expect dark rhythms, distorted melodies and unadulterated techno.

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Mas

Kholat Syakhl

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The release “Géométrie Du Coeur” came out on Modular Mind and was given to us when we played a live show at De:School in Amsterdam by Karl / Kujo, who runs the label and did our sound that night. This EP is an amazing dark piece of art and fits very well within the sound I am trying to stitch together when warming up a floor.”
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Grey Area 05

#2

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“The Grey Area releases are amongst the best things I’ve heard in a long time. This music is taking what I consider “techno” a step further and opens it up to a much broader spectrum of different styles that are not just the same old 4×4 formula. You can mix this track with tracks that run around 85BPM to calm your set down, stay within the 128BPM range or even go up and play some breakbeats on top, without ever losing the flow and identity of your set.”
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Albert Williams

Black Wave

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I do not know a lot about Albert Williams, but he releases so much music and so constantly, it’s just mind-boggling to someone who is as slow as me. ‘Black Wave’ is an absolute beast of a track, but you wouldn’t necessarily know that until you play it out. It’s so stripped back and powerful and everyone seems to go crazy whenever I play this one – and I do play it a lot.”
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ANFS

VPA

  • Calm

  • Energetic

  • Euphoric

  • Happy

  • Melancholic

  • Nostalgic

  • Tense

  • Wonky

“I think this one came out in August last year and I have been playing it regularly since. For me, that is one of the tracks that require some setting up of the crowd until you can unleash it on them, but once you do it, you can take the music anywhere. It is a raw, powerful, aggressive, hard yet groovy track that is using distortion to perfection. With its tribal percussion, it induces a shamanic feeling into the dancefloor that makes some people dance like possessed voodoo masters.”

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