Guten Tag is here. And Paul Kalkbrenner has returned to his basics leaving nothing behind in a very “Berlin” sounding album. As the director of “Berlin Calling” Hannes Stohr explained, “Techno is to Berlin what Reggae is to Kingston.”
His sound resonates in every song. Those hard-hitting beats, the complex drums, and the for some reason quite-PK-typical repetition. (Vörnern-Anwärter.) Some new sounds are here too of course, otherwise, why release a new album. Indeed, some of the sounds seem to have been inspired by old-school German experiments with techno. (Very prevalent in “Spitz-Auge” and a little bit in “Globale Gehung.”) Some tracks warm you for the winter cold (Das Stabsvörnern), and others seem to yearn for spring to come around again. (Das Gezabel.) Even other tracks will go in the opposite, going very very dark. It would appear every track has its own little nod to some sort of inspiration, all with a typical Paul Kalkbrenner sound. But the more important point here is that Paul Kalkbrenner has made another fantastic album, in my opinion just edging out his “Icke Wieder” album. It is awash in Berlin Techno, House, whatever you will. In a similar way to “Berlin Calling” this album screams inspiration from the past, sounding like it is totally fitting for post-wall-fall times in Tresor, Berghain, or E-Werk. (Though i’m sure PK himself would be quick to disagree.) But as fan, it’s certainly the vibe i get from many of the tracks.
That being said, there is a future thinking sound on a couple of the tracks, like the phenomenal “Der Buhold” which brings a big bass drum out of nowhere where if you yourself didn’t bring yourself to bobbing, it’s intesntiy would do the trick alone. Same goes for the mesmerizing “Trümmerung” which has a real seems to emulate the repetition of a major european metropolis through sound. Another track giving a total “ahead of the game” vibe is “Der Ast-Spink” which is a great blend of everything PK can seem to throw together. The album is finished by a brilliant redone version of “Das Gezabel” with a faster pace and a neat guitar sample.
So far, no online stream i can embed for you, but i can link you to this stream so you can check it out for yourself. Enjoy!
“Das Gezabel” (single from the upcoming “Guten Tag” album)
“Trümmerung” [Live] (Single from the upcoming Guten Tag album)
“Der Stabsvörnern” [Live] (Single from the upcoming Guten Tag album)