Hauschka’s first releases of 2012 come in the form of two stunning remix 12”s that are pitched at the dancefloor and kick off a wider project of reinterpretations of his last full-length. Following May’s initial release (featuring mixes by Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbaur and Michael Mayer), EP2 sees another two hugely influential artists tackling the source material and combining to form a staggering 12” of immersive, visceral techno.
This second vinyl-only EP runs in advance of a full album of electronically-angled ‘Salon Des Amateurs’ remixes, which have been commissioned from a selection of producers - including the likes of Matthew Herbert, Vladislav Delay, Alva Noto, Ricardo Villalobos & Max Loderbauer, Patten, and Michael Mayer. Both Steve Bicknell and Vainqueur are very old friends of FatCat and little short of legendary names in the techno genre. London-based Bicknell is co-curator of the seminal, scene-defining Lost nights, which date back to the early ‘90s, where luminaries such as Jeff Mills, Basic Channel, Richie Hawtin, Suburban Knight, and Robert Hood gained their first ever UK bookings (and where FatCat founder Alex Knight frequently appeared as DJ). A close ally of Derrick May, Kevin Saunderson, Juan Atkins and Laurent Garnier, Bicknell also runs a number of labels, including Lost Recordings and Cosmic. His brilliant reinterpretation of ‘Tanzbein’ is a dark, pounding, floor-friendly track that drives on a rotor-flicker and a deep kick-pulse and coats everything in a pumping, viscous, bass-ooze.
Berlin-based René Löwe, under his moniker/alias Vainqueur, was a key player in the Hardwax shop/scene of the early ‘90s (back in the days when FatCat itself was a pioneering electronic record store, with the two shops closely linked, regularly trading records and ideas) and cemented his place in the pantheon of classic techno with several releases on the Chain Reaction imprint, as well as being one of the very few artists to appear on Basic Channel. René’s fizzing, shimmering, amorphous dub take on ‘Ping’ is classic Vainqueur – chasing clouds of radiance through the deployment of rippling delay and continual filtering. There are a host of Basic Channel / Chain Reaction imitators out there, but the sheer quality stamped across this heavyweight 12” punches holes in the opposition and marks it out as the real deal.
An album-length release of ‘Salon Des Amateurs’ remixes is scheduled for an August release. Hauschka will be touring throughout 2012, including taking part in FatCat’s 130701 showcase tour, which rolls through Europe in mid-May, and a series of dates where he will be appearing in duet with Hilary Hahn.
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