Rok

Sturm Und Drang

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Rok's contribution to Tresor's Globus Mix series takes a much more intense path than any of the other DJs to appear on the first few volumes of the series: Mitja Prinz, Blake Baxter, and Dan Bell. The longtime Tresor club resident throws down a hearty serving of Detroit and Chicago tracks -- by Kevin Saunderson, Shake, Gary Martin, Paul Johnson, Phuture 303, and DJ Funk -- along with quite of few of his own productions as part of the duo Rok & Jonzon. The remaining tracks are produced by some of Germany's leading techno producers, most notably DJ Hell and Thomas P. Heckmann. From the opening moment of this mix, the resulting concoction of hard techno and jacked-up house never relents. Rok rarely lets a given track play out for more than three minutes as he throws down one after another, himself continually in the mix, each record seemingly establishing a further level of intensity than its predecessor. By the time he drops Heckmann's "Welt in Scherben" 45 minutes in, he can take his mix no further; this is about as intense as techno gets. He finishes off with the two Saunderson tracks -- "Inside Out" (credited to Reese) and "Heavenly" (E-Dancer) -- concluding with some unmistakably Detroit-style techno soul. Along the way to this wonderful conclusion highlights abound, particularly the Chicago tracks which stand apart from the Detroit and German ones: DJ Funk's "Freak Like Me" spices up the set with its booty motif and pitched-up rhythm, while Johnson's "The Music in Me" sounds similarly pitched-up, its thumping house rhythm downright mesmerizing. Rok overall sticks with the Detroit-Chicago-Berlin blend that made Tresor such a renowned club in the first place, and it's easy to see why. The different cities and their respective styles definitely stand apart from one another on this mix, but they also compliment one another: the Detroit tracks supply the dark, soulful side; Chicago the careless, party side; and Berlin the inventive, industrious side. When mixed together with such furious grace, the result is undoubtedly dizzying yet also incredibly energized.

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