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|1.||"West/Berlin Tegel Airport" (4:18)|
|2.||"Cold War" (4:38)|
|4.||"West/Berlin Underground" (3:15)|
|1.||"OST Berlin" (17:57)|
We don't know how he's done it, but Mannequin's head honcho has bloody done it again. Din A Testbild were a German synth-wave outfit who came to prominence at the start of the 1980s, but who always remained in the underground sector. In fact, they released three chapters of their infamous Programm series, the fourth of which was rejected by Innovative Communication at the tie, apparently because it was, well, too innovative. This feels like the perfect release for Mannequin, especially seeing as these are the product of original master tapes hand-delivered by Frieder Butzman, one of the outfit's original members. "West/Berlin Tegel Airport" kicks off with a punchy electro baseline and banging drums, all glazed in a coating of punky oddity, while "Cold War" sounds like Detroit electro from the likes of DJ Stingray, except the sounds are even more deranged. "Frontstadt" is another visionary electro experiment, driven by swarms of wild noise, "West/Berlin Underground" shudders its sinister vocals amid gnarly drums and synth glitches, leaving the entirety of the B-side to accommodate the viciously forward-thinking techno of "OST Berlin". You shouldn't really miss out on this if you're serious about your proto-techno.
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