Sascha Funke

Boogybytes, Vol. 2

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When Berlin's Sascha Funke made a complete break from Kompakt and began to release his 12" singles on an exclusive basis with his hometown-based Bpitch Control, he began to apply additional layers and melodic nuances to his productions, from a single that giddily updated Bros' "When Will I Be Famous" to an album (Bravo) that occasionally nudged toward Pet Shop Boys. While on Kompakt, Funke released some of the label's gloomiest ("Campus") and most lustrous ("Drei Auf Drei") material within a span of mere months. It's easy to forget or simply not know this, though anyone who has seen Funke spin throughout the past several years can confirm that he has never completely ditched one mood for the other. The second volume of Bpitch Control's ill-titled and comically uglified Boogybytes series, following Kiki's early-2006 volume, bears this out. Mixed fluidly and without flash, its breadth is exemplified best by the transition between the ominous rumble of Schatrax's Chicago house throwback and Transformer 2's 16-year-old cloud-jumping rave anthem. Funke's mix moves through the dark and the light with a remarkable level of guile. Selection-wise, the number of minor surprises nearly matches up with the bounty of recent releases. Voigt & Voigt's four-year-old "Vision 03," a gallant locomotive force of neo-acid ecstasy, sounds as fresh as the vibrating "Grace (Anxiety)," a track from Troy Pierce's Louderbach alias that flips the Perlon label's knack for bright-eyed bounce into pure panic. Phantom Ghost's cover of Nico's "These Days" as the finale is a brilliant touch, one that will cause at least a few DJs to kick themselves and wonder why they never thought to do the same. Other pivotal points: an Isolée remix of Ricardo Villalobos' "What You Say Is More Than I Can Say," Zander VT's "Cut the Lines," Carsten Jost's "Uccellini," Sleeparchive's "ACD-Voice."

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