Published Mar 22, 2017Minimal and measured, Objekt #4 is TJ Hertz's first original release since 2014's critically acclaimed Flatland. The record is a tribute to the now defunct Basement Q, a formative and beloved haunt in Berlin's Schöneberg district that quietly but profoundly shaped the musical identities of Hertz and several of his contemporaries until its closure in 2012.
Objekt #4's A-side is driven by a surging techno backbone; the B side, "Theme From Q," is Hertz's reinterpretation of a Basement Q anthem — that being owner and founder DJ Bogdan's own "Love Inna Basement (Morning Dub)." A disintegrating series of spatial effects and found sounds embellish the hypnotic pulse, leaving hyper-detailed soundscapes to frame the unrelenting rhythms of both sides. Objekt leans on tight and strident breakbeats to puncture the flanged and disfigured samples that produce his eerie atmospherics here.
The release, which comes as a continuation of the artist's club-focused white label series, is a seductive illustration of one of the most idiosyncratic and overlooked clubs in Berlin's recent history. (Independent)