The fact that Marcel Dettmann’s new album, almost ten years after his last solo LP, is not being released on the Berghain label Ostgut Ton, but by the Dutch company von Dekmantel, can be seen as a sign. Not that they had fallen out, but that the future of the Berlin imprint is unfortunately not exactly rosy.

    But that doesn’t affect the quality of the music in any way: As is so often the case with Dettmann, you get the feeling that the DJ and producer understands techno in its basic essence like no other. Whether that’s reflected in the rumbling synths weaving odd pads across “Suffice To Predict,” the graceful and simply beautiful feature starring Ryan Elliott called “Water,” or the raw drum workout “x12 “, which is reminiscent of Joey Beltram’s best times: FEAR OF PROGRAMMING combines finely produced tracks that are characterized by stylistic variance as well as a loose but firmly set contextual bracket.

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