After recently releasing a teaser EP for Werkschau, the full album is finally here and ready to roll. German producer and DJ Landsky has been through many different styles in his time, but today he’s a firm favourite on the Poker Flat label, and this album acts as a compilation of all his best work so far.
Probably his most well-known tune, “1000 Miles”, gets an overhaul, appearing here as “2000 Miles”. It becomes a more pacey affair with more punch in the bottom end, and more squelchy synths on top, altogether bigger than the original. Elsewhere his mix of Detroit Grand Pubah’s “Surrender” is a real winner, layering the laconic spoken-word acapella over some deep and beautiful minimal grooves. There’s more funky action on his mix of SoopaFi’s “Talkin’ Large”, as well as some fresh percussion on the dubiously titled “Mission Upskirt”. But mostly though, Landsky lays on superior deep techno by the pound on Werkschau. “FM Safari” is a hypnotic and brain-melting delight, while “Monitor One” is a shape-shifting essential which could work in any number of DJ sets. Well worth getting up to date with Martin Landsky’s work so far.
Review: Oliver Keens