September 5, 2014
To celebrate the launch of Independent Label Market: Berlin on Sunday, we’ve been on the hunt for the top Berlin records of all time. We asked bosses at !K7, Monkeytown and Klasse Recordings (who will all be manning stalls this weekend) to give us their essential Berlin selection, and here it is.
!K7 has a focus on electronic sounds, but the group also runs four independent labels that between them cover most of the musical spectrum. Their prolific DJ Kicks series has grown into one of the most prestigious DJ mix compilations around.
Selected by Horst Weidenmueller, below are !K7’s 10 essential Berlin records.
Halber Mensch (Some Bizzare, 1985)
Blaue Augen (Innovative Communication, 1980)
Papaya (Kontor, 2008)
Torus (Forum, 2014)
Berlin 8am (Morris/Audio, 2008)
A Piece Of Us (Giegling, 2010)
Rhythm & Sound
See Mi Yah (Burial Mix, 2006)
I’m Your Brother (Main Street, 1994)
Temporary Secretary – Dixon Edits (Innervisions, 2009)
Monkeytown Records is an electronic music label, owned by Sebastian Szary and Gernot Bronsert of Modeselektor. The label has released music by Moderat, Modeselektor, Mouse on Mars, Otto von Schirach, amongst others.
Chosen by Modeselektor, below are Monkeytown’s 10 essential Berlin records.
Ploy (Maurizio, 1992)
3 Phase featuring Dr. Motte
Der Klang der Familie (Tresor, 1992)
“Heroes”/”Helden”/”Heroes”/”Héros” (RCA Victor, 1981)
The Uninvited Guest (Monkeytown, 2009)
Monkeytown (Monkeytown, 2011)
Kollaps (Zickzack, 1981)
T2 (Bash, 1992)
II (Monkeytown, 2013)
Phylyps Trak 2 (Basic Channel, 1994)
Hows, Flows, Moneytoes (Home Recordings, 1999)
Started in 2010 and run by Lucas Hunter/Luca Lozano and Michael Ho/Mr. Ho, Klasse Recordings specializes in house and techno music.
Selected by Luca Lozano, below are Klasse’s 10 essential Berlin records.
Rhythm & Sound
No Partial (PK, 2010)
Fake Boys (L’Age D’Or, 2003)
Let Me Be Your Fantasy (Systematic, 1994)
DJ Fett Burger & Luca Lozano
Hands Of Doom (Sex Tags UFO, 2014)
Bad Format (Klasse, 2014)
Nigerian Disco Funk Special: The Sound of The Underground Lagos Dancefloor 1974-79
WestBam and Nena
Oldschool, Baby (Lowspirit, 2002)
Sonic Sunset (R&S, 1994)
Omar feat. Stevie
Feelin’ You (Stevie, 2009)
Berlinetta (Dirtybird, 2009)