Paul Kalkbrenner
Icke Wieder


3.5
great

Review

by Daniel Incognito EMERITUS
June 27th, 2011 | 15 replies | 7,522 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A solid minimal techno follow up to 2008's Berlin Calling from one of Berlin's biggest names.

The 2008 film Berlin Calling wasn’t exactly a huge hit in the west, yet as actor and composer for the film, Paul Kalkbrenner achieved quite substantial popularity in Germany. Sure some such as Ben Klock, Marcel Dettman and others around the Berlin scene may have as much talent; but comparing to his status and fame would be very difficult. Kalkbrenner’s work on Berlin Calling should not be trivialised because of its popularity. Sky and Sand still connects so easily and with such minimal effort, in a way that many in his field wouldn’t have a handle on. Tracks other than the single such as Azure likewise are in persistent motion, with minimal brush strokes conveying such beautiful imagery.

Sure it was always going to be difficult to follow up on Berlin Calling given its popularity, but Icke Wieder certainly delivers on the sounds that have served Kalkbrenner well in the past. The album takes awhile to reveal itself, with lead track Boxig Leise taking four minutes to warm up, before fizzling out as if not concerned with ever defining a beginning middle and end. Gutes Nitzwerk moves along with more urgency in the beat, flourishes of melody appear like railway crossings interspersed throughout the song, while a softer coating surrounds the focused beat. Though composed minimally, the layers are crossed over dynamically to create ever-changing scenery. Other songs like Jestrupp don’t resonate with as much dynamism, the beat and textures never quite gelling together as they should.

At its best, Icke Wieder never redefines nor sets a new path. Kleines Bubu utilises fairly simple string melodies over a strong rhythm section. Yet where on Berlin Calling, this may have evolved into a single with vocals, Kleines Bubu is content to flourish its strings. The seventh track Sagte Baer and Kruppzeug again move with more urgency in the beat, yet the disjointed pacing to the album is noticeable. Songs don’t flow well into each other, nor does the album moves as a whole with purpose. Nevertheless Kruppzeug and Sagte Baer themselves move with quite beautiful minimalism, and harness a soft beauty that his more industrialised contemporaries in the minimal techno field do not appear responsive to. Der Breuzen and Sckmoekelung round off a strong back end to the album, the former more embellished with colour than others on the album; even bringing in some woodwind, though still encased in a minimalist narrative.

Kalkbrenner’s work in Icke Wieder is still very much a part of Berlin, and looking back on past work by Kalkbrenner; there is a strong consciousness of sounds of the past. Though not possessing anything to compare to the hits of Berlin Calling, Kalkbrenner is still aware of a side of Berlin that his contemporaries struggle to capture convincingly. At times Icke Wieder, though disjointed, illustrates Kalkbrenner’s knack for beautiful minimalist techno.



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Acanthus
June 27th 2011



9537 Comments


Minimal techno eh? Might have to check out one or two songs.

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Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
June 27th 2011



31039 Comments


I've just never been a fan of this guy. Berlin Calling was very hit and miss for me, and if you say this doesn't quite live up to it....

Digging: Marcel Dettmann - Fabric 77

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
June 27th 2011



6382 Comments


Sky and Sand was a big hit around here, and I didn't like it very much...
So if this is somewhat in the same vein... Will probably check him out live though

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Baphomet
June 27th 2011



7364 Comments


Didn't know this was out. Keule was ok and I'm in the mood for some minimal.

aok
June 27th 2011



4381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I dig this guy. Nice seeing some more exposure for him on here

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Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
June 27th 2011



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Will probably check him out live though

Good decision.

For some quick listening here are a few good ones of the album:
Kruppzeug:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=etXy72jYNfM
Sagte Der Baer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EcoP6Nns7zE
Gutes Nitzwerk
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=abx7iMcoWj0

Adash
June 28th 2011



1356 Comments


SputnikMinimal, I likes

Calculate
June 28th 2011



1135 Comments


Sagte der Bär sounds super nice

pizzamachine
July 2nd 2011



12571 Comments


This is pretty meh.

aok
July 3rd 2011



4381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

this not being featured is kinda funny to me.

His song 'Platscher' ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50PuotCodMY ) is a fav of mine

Liberi Fatali
Emeritus
July 3rd 2011



1588 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Why is it funny, I aint at all surprised. Too bad we're not a German music site.

aok
July 3rd 2011



4381 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

neja denn hätten wir Deutsch sprechen können

clercqie
Contributing Reviewer
July 5th 2011



6382 Comments


Thank god this isn't a German site...

Adash
November 13th 2011



1356 Comments


I wish this was a German site; all the features would be Alva Noto and Sakamoto bleeps and staff would obliged to visit Berghain every week.

Seeing Kalkbrenner tonight and I fully expect it to be full of lust filled german girls going crazy over his average techno fare. So it's not all bad

vakuola
November 24th 2011



276 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

It's quite enjoyable, nothing more.



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