The next Dekmantel Selectors compilation will be compiled by Marcel Dettmann.
According to the Dutch label, the compilation promises to "showcase another side" of the Berlin-based DJ-producer. Even Dettmann—who is well-known for being one of the most celebrated techno artists nowadays—had to start his musical journey somewhere. Long before Dettmann ever held court at Berghain (or its predecessor, Ostgut), he was just another young boy in Eastern Germany, whose earliest encounters with capitalism involved spending every penny he could scrape together down at the local record shop. In those days, it wasn’t techno that got him excited, but new wave, post-punk, industrial and EBM acts like Front 242 and Depeche Mode was what shaped him. “It’s music from my childhood,” says Dettmann. “It’s still relevant and still inspires me.”
That inspiration can be heard across his Dekmantel Selectors release, as Dettmann has put together what he describes as a “pre-techno compilation.” Much like the previous Selectors editions—which have come from the likes of Young Marco and Motor City Drum Ensemble—the compilation is not a mix CD, but a collection of tracks hand-picked by Dettmann from his own vinyl archives. Freshly remastered and occasionally reworked or re-edited by Dettmann himself such as Cabaret Voltaire’s “Low Cool” and A Thunder Orchestra’s “Diabolical Gesture”—the songs here are "vintage gems," but they also represent a very personal journey into Dettmann’s past. “It was a great opportunity to dig deeper into my own musical outlook,” he explains. “The tracks come from a time before I became a DJ.” Simply put, the songs here are some of the building blocks upon which he’s built an incredibly storied career, and now he’d like to entrust them to future generations.
A1. Front 242 "Don’t Crash"
A2. Force Dimension "Algorythm" (Manipulating Mix)
A3. Executive Slacks "So Mote It Be"
B1. Martin Dupont "The Light Goes Through My Mouth"
B2. A Thunder Orchestra "Diabolical Gesture" (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
C1 Twice A Man "Happy Life"
C2. Cabaret Voltaire "Low Cool" (Marcel Dettmann Edit)
C3. Kaa Antilope "Rise Up Helicopter, Like Bird"
D1. Ministry "Same Old Madness"
Marcel Dettmann's Dekmantel Selectors is scheduled for June 23 release, with a sampler streamable below.