1 – Coils
2 – Pattern Abstraction
3 – Pattern Abstraction (Inigo Kennedy Remix)
4 – Coils (Mark Broom Remix)
Maral Salmassi and D Func. aka Alexander Kowalski come together to celebrate their comeback on Konsequent Records – Maral’s first record label launched in 1997 in Cologne. In the early years, Konsequent was home to some of the first releases by Alexander Kowalski who was signed at the tender age of 20, starting to release under the names D Func and DisX3 on Konsequent Records and Tresor in the 90s.
This release is also a celebration of their techno music background, rooted deep in the 90s but flavoured with hints of more contemporary dark ambient vibes and comes with two remixes by the UK techno doyens Mark Broom and Inigo Kennedy.
The title track Coils showcases both artists’ hallmarks – Kowalski’s big drums and rolling bass paired with Salmassi’s playful synth modulation and expert layering.
The second track – Patter Abstraction is a hypnotic anthem with a fluid synth motif – exploring the darker realms of sci-fi techno. It balances sturdiness and introspection, unleashing the energy of the chords gradually riding the heavy groove, fitting the track into a dramatic structure arrangement with great tension.
Inigo Kennedy – known for his methodically surgical approach – upholds his reputation and abstracts “Pattern Abstraction“ beyond recognition. Fragments of the original sample wend around the kick and spitting snares – diving up and down in granular haze – building up neatly to peak in an epic soul shattering spiral breakdown.
Mark Broom’s remix of “Coils” has a more old school vibe- masterfully stripping down the original to its skeleton, pairing the heavy rolling 909 drums and toms with a classic four-on-the-floor clap pattern, garnished with fragments of the original synth sample.
1 – Miscellaneous pt. 4 (Don Williams Remix)
2 – Visco Space Saves The World Pt. 1 (Sirko Müller Remix)
3 – Gem Club (Jeff Rushin Remix)
This diverse Bonus Remix package celebrates our upcoming, very exclusive vinyl Box – produced by German artist Thomas Scheibitz – out on the 18th of March. The first track is Don Williams’s remix of “Miscellaneous pt. 4” – a solid bounce, creating a classical vibe accentuated by the original chord sample shining on top of an irrepressible groove. Sirko Müller’s remix of “Visco Space Saves The World Pt. 1” preserves the raw 90s techno vibe of the much more heavy original – delivering a jacking, bouncy interpretation of Morgenstern’s noisy industrial monster. The third remix is Jeff Rushin’s version of “Gem Club” – a hypnotic masterpiece, with an undulating bassline rubbing against the roaring original sample while building great tension on the dance-floor.
1 – Mystic
2 – Replicants
3 – Riflesso
4 – CO1
Naples-based Diego Amura’s Konsequent debut is a well-crafted series of techno beats celebrating the art of abstraction.Amura fractionalizes the dark ambience that is the essence of this release gradually and pierces through its dense rhythmic structures with a synth architecture that leaves nothing but madness through method.This release is not for the faint-hearted but those who appreciate feeling uneasy and inspired on the dancefloor.
A1 – Ex Machina (Christian Wunsch Remix)
A2 – Ghost Town (Mørbeck Remix)
B1 – Miscellaneous pt. 1 (Jonas Kopp Remix)
B2 – 1969 (Original)
The last and eighth release in this series opens up with Christian Wunsch’s remix of “Ex Machina” on the A-side – which is all hypnotic bounce, roaring chords, cutting through the irrepressible groove. Mørbeck ’s remix of “Ghost Town” on A2 is an atmospheric but tough interpretation of the original, kicking hard with jackhammered drums, coupled with metal scraping metal sounds and a simplicity that makes it a handy tool to build great tension on the dance-floor. The B-side kicks off with Jonas Kopp’s remix of “Miscellaneous Pt. 1” – creatively pairing the heavy rolling 909 drums with a classic four-on-the-floor clap pattern, topped with the eroded drones of the original track. B2 is a re-mastered version of the utterly timeless and epic club hit “1969” by the mastermind Christian Morgenstern himself.
A1 – Malaria (Dr. Shingo Remix)
A2 – Spiegelkerker (Staffan Linzatti Remix)
B1 – The Future Is On Fire Pt. 1 (Stanislav Tolkachev Remix)
B2 – The Future Is On Fire Pt. 1 (Original)
The seventh release in this series opens up with Dr. Shingo’s remix of “Malaria” on the A-side – a beautifully crafted downtempo version which skilfully dissolves the techno spirit of the original in crystal-clear electronic soul music with an epic build up. Staffan Linzatti’s remix of “Spiegelkerker” on A2 is a futuristic and minimal interpretation of the original, with a sturdy drum pattern, topped with an alluring blend of bleeps and spaced out synth tones.The B-side kicks off with Stanislav Tolkachev’s remix of “The Future Is On Fire Pt. 1” – a raw and sinister industrial monster with a bold noize overload.B2 is a remastered version of the classic club hit “The Future Is On Fire Pt. 1” by the mastermind Christian Morgenstern himself.
A1 – Lydia To The Edge Of Panic (Alexander Kowalski Remix)
A2 – Miscellaneous Pt. 7 (Trolley Route Remix)
B1 – Little Green Apples (Jeff Rushin Remix)
B2 – Konfort Corpse (Original)
The sixth release in this series of eight opens up with Alexander Kowalski’s remix of “Lydia To The Edge Of Panic” on the A-side. Kowalski’s version is a pounding techno monster, with a heaving baseline and delayed chords, hinting at a more sinister dimension beyond the edge of panic. Trolley Route’s (aka. Oscar Mulero) remix of “Miscellaneous Pt. 7” on A-2, lulls and hypnotizes with an acid-tinged interpretation of the original track, that nods to the plus 8 school of techno.
The B-side kicks off with Jeff Rushin’s remix of “Little Green Apples”, pairing the spacious and beautifully gloomy background atmosphere of the original track with a heavier version of its rhythmic framework. The final track gives us the re-mastered original version of “Confort Corpse”, which displays Christian Morgenstern’s uncanny dedication to exploration and his love for the 80s.
A – Spiegelkerker (Maral Salmassi Remix)
B1 – Ex Machina (TWR72 Remix)
B2 – Girls Got Rhythm (Original)
The fifth release in this tribute series to the techno legend Christian Morgenstern is here. Side A kicks off with a trippy version of Morgenstern’s “Spiegelkerker”, by Konsequent label chief Maral Salmassi – a carefully set psychedelic trap, building up gently just to drag you through its tunnelling groove, inside the eye of the hurricane. TWR72’s remix of “Ex Machina” on B1, merges the interlocking samples of the original in a vortex, spiral around the pounding kick, rolling right into the heart of the Milky Way.The final track, a remastered version of Morgenstern’s “Girls Got Rhythm” sets the pace, with a dense groove and pounding beats, accenting a colourful cluster of house elements, with streams of sparkling metallic percussion.
A – Steigrider (d_func. Remix)
B1 – Aces High (Jeroen Search Remix)
B2 – Lydia To the Edge Of Panic (Original)
Ep number four of this series of eight remastered tracks with remix-tributes to the techno legend Christian Morgenstern is here, and kicks off with D_func’s remix of “Steigreider” on side A. Creating a warm grayscale atmosphere, the track is carried by a heavy sub kick groove that’s saturated with the modern industrial energy that proves Kowalski’s skills as a techno craftsman. As a contrast, Jeroen Search’s remix of Aces High on B1 is a more minimal interpretation, carried by a slowly developing beat and playing skillfully with the most recognisable elements of the original. The final track, a remastered version of Morgenstern’s Lydia To The Edge Of Panic is a timeless classic, painting a Morgenstern-typical distant and dreamlike landscape and opening up into a widescreen chord progression, with an epic build up.
A – Be Good To Me (Fanon Flowers Remix)
B1 – Visco Space Saves The World (Henning Baer Remix)
B2 – Herz Aus Stahl (Original)
The third release in this series opens up with Fanon Flower’s remix of “Be Good To Me” on the A-side, and has everything we love about Fanon’s signature sound – an industrial rave-stomper that provides a heavy 909 beat topped with mercilessly propelling Chicago-style claps. The B-side kicks off with Henning Baer’s remix of “Visco Space Saves The World” – a super trippy and minimal interpretation of the much more heavy original, which was a raw and gloomy industrial monster with a bold noize overload. Its progression changes build up neatly but peak in an epic spiral break down that shatters the soul. B2 is a remastered version of “Herz aus Stahl” by the mastermind Christian Morgenstern himself, presenting an upfront, sinister Electrofunk monster that attacks with waves of synth menace straight from its metallic robocop-heart.
A – Spiegelkerker (Efdemin Remix)
B1 – Miscellaneous Pt.7 (Psyk Remix)
B2 – Return To The Living Deaf (Original)
Digital Bonus Track: Miscellaneous 9 (Ben Kaczor Remix)
The second release in this series starts with the heavily suppressed and hypnotic energy of Efdemin’s Spiegelkerker remix on side A. Creating a dreamlike atmosphere, the track is carried by a slowly developing beat that keeps you totally engaged as it floats along. As a contrast, Psyk’s remix of Miscellaneous Pt.7 on B1, with its classic 909 drum appeal and engrossed pad harmonies, creates a very deep classical vibe worthy of a Black Dog reference. The final track, a remastered version of Christian Morgenstern’s Return Of The Living Deaf presents its pleasantly over-funked snare programming and build-ups that forge “true techno” eclecticism and dance floor functionality into one mighty laser sword of a track.
The digital release features an additional bonus remix of Miscellaneous 9 by Ben Kaczor, which begins as classically dark and brooding but develops later into a surprisingly hard, jacking vibe a’la Chicago techno. Using only a handful of elements, the track is a perfect example of a minimalistic idea of doing more with less.
A – Miscellaneous 10 (Distant Echoes Remix)
B1 – Steigreider (Mistake Made Remix)
B2 – All Night Dancing (Original)
Digital Bonus Track: Miscellaneous 6 (CTRLS Remix)
The first release in this series of eight remastered tracks with remix-tributes to the techno legend Christian Morgenstern is here. Side A kicks off with Distant Echoe’s subtle and dark vision of Miscellaneous 10, followed by B1 with Mistake Made’s remix of Steigrider. The former gives us a more minimalistic version of Morgenstern’s original track that lulls and hypnotizes, while the latter takes us on a ride with saturated, pounding kick drums that pummel through an enchanted forest but wraps up melodiously in a signature Morgenstern way. The final track gives us the re-mastered original version of All Night Dancing, which even after 15 years is utterly timeless – sending shivers through the spines of even the most cynical techno lovers. It is the very essence of Morgenstern, showcasing his melodic strength, style-conscious mixing techniques, and epic background atmosphere that will command both underground bunkers and booming main floors alike. Additionally, the Digital release comes with a bonus Remix Of Miscellaneous 6 by CTRLS, pairing the hyperactive energy of striking drum sounds with the strung-out and driving pizzicato of the original sample.
After a 10 year hiatus, Maral Salmassi is back with a new EP and the relaunch of her classic techno label Konsequent. As the EP title hints, this release is a celebration of her techno music background, rooted deep in the 90s but flavored with hints of more contemporary dark ambient vibes. Beginning with the hypnotic, sci-fi Techno of 2016, to the relentlessly charging and tenebrous groove of 2005, to the dark futuristic banger 1994 the EP displays the wide range of techno that Salmassi has fused together into something that both reminds us of where techno came from and gives us an idea of where it might be headed next.